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Old 08-28-2018, 11:05 AM
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Exclamation 3 Job Openings at Apricot Lane Farms

LANDSCAPE TEAM LEAD

Apricot Lane Farms, a Biodynamic/Organic farm is looking for a responsible individual to manage and execute any and all needs of the Apricot Lane Farms Landscaping needs while striving to maintain the principles of Biodynamic and Organic Farming.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
-Upkeep of any and all landscape needs as directed by management.
-Collaborates with Habitat Restoration Lead in regards to overlap with Habitat and Landscape needs.
-Schedule/Monitor irrigation of plant/trees to ensure sufficient watering.
-Oversight and performance of daily task, including but not limited to, dead-head plants, pruning, and mulching, planting, mowing, weed whacking, blowing, trimming, trenching, digging, trash clearing and hand weeding.
-Train the field crew for proper planting, pruning, irrigation installation and maintenance procedures.
-Oversee and perform upkeep needs of various areas around the farm, including but not limited to, gates and call boxes at main entrances, as well in and around farm buildings.
-Prepare schedule for planting, replanting, pruning, treating diseased plants and trees,, gopher trapping as needed, seeding and seed collection, transplants, etc.
-Work closely with the Livestock Team to identify and make a plan regarding plants that may be poisonous to the animals.

Candidate Must Have:
-Minimum 3 years experience with organic landscape methods such as hand weeding, etc.
-Knowledge of California Native and a wide range of plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees
-Be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds
-Supervisory Experience
-Be able/willing to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions
-Irrigation Experience
-Capable of working under pressure and independently as necessary as well as handling a diverse range of responsibilities
-Ability to work as a team member maintaining positive work relations of staff & volunteers.
-Ability to operate all tools, vehicles, and equipment required for use by garden staff
-Ability to interact with all levels of management and staff
-For safety purposes, the ability to swim is required

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@apricotlanefarms.com. No phone calls or walk ins please.

LIVESTOCK AND PASTURE MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT

Apricot Lane Farms is a 214-acre organic and biodynamic farm looking for a Livestock and Pasture Maintenance assistant. This program utilizes biodynamic and rotational practices. Equally as important to caring for the livestock is caring for the land and soil on which they are raised. The Livestock/Pasture Maintenance Assistant oversees all aspects of the daily care, feeding, and life support system maintenance of our diverse collection of animals and pastures.

This position work will include work with volunteers from our WWOOF program on a daily basis.

If interested, email your cover letter, resume, and references. Be sure to TELL US YOUR STORY!!!! No phone calls or stopping by please.

Principal Accountabilities:

Responsible for any and all livestock needs at Apricot Lane Farms.

This is hourly position is structured as a six-day/week position, 6:30 AM - 4PM with a 1/2 hour lunch break. However, farming by nature, requires long hours. Therefore, this position may require early mornings and late nights, and on call duties.

Performs daily tasks including, but not limited to, tending to the water and food of all animals, sheering sheep, moving animals from one area to another, organizing supplies, building & moving fences, moving chicken coops, monitoring grass levels, closing chicken coop doors, and mucking stalls.

Assist and facilitate the vetting of animals, under the direction of the Livestock Manager and John Chester.

Perform mowing, fertilizer application, cultivating, spraying and more in the animal pastures of Apricot Lane as needed.

Assists in the birth of all animals across the property and may be on call at all hours of the day or night to do so.

On call as needed to conduct night visits to check on sick animals, nursing animals or animals that are left out in the pasture or orchard.

Responsible for training and overseeing the work of WWOOFer assistants as related to livestock/pastures.

Support the farm's needs outside of all core responsibilities, including, but not limited to, irrigation work, supporting the needs of the orchards, building structures, installing and repairing fencing, tractor operation, running errands and addressing reasonable requests by Farm Management.


Requirements:
Ability to maintain clear communication with others
Detail oriented
ORGANIZED
Sincere passion for livestock/animals and the land/animals/ecosystem (especially soil!)
PREFERRED 6 months to a year farm experience with livestock
PREFERRED 6 months or more farm experience
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED with Holistic Animal Husbandry
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED 6 months or more farm experience with Organic Animal Husbandry
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED Animal Welfare Certification
PREFERRED experience with tractor
Comfortable with MS Office - Word and Excel
Must live within 30 minutes of the Farm*

HOLISTIC POULTRY PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Apricot Lane Farms, a 214 acre Biodynamic and Organic farm, is looking for a new Assistant for our Holistic Poultry Program. This is a long term position that will grow along with the Farm.

This program utilizes biodynamic practices in combination with pasture/livestock rotational practices for over 1,000 birds in several different mobile coops varying in age throughout the year from 1 day old chicks/ducklings to 18-month old adult chickens/ducks. Equally as important to caring for the chickens is caring for the land and soil on which they are raised.

Our Poultry Program consists of three components : Layer (Eggs) and Roasters (Meat) and Ducks. All are run in coordination with each other throughout the year in order to accommodate for scheduling and space requirements.


Principal Accountabilities:

Assist with Mobile Coop Moves during morning animal chores including tractor work and taking down and putting up mobile fences
General tasks such as deep clean of coop, checking on chickens'/ducks' well-being, collecting eggs, making sure poultry's basic needs are met, general coop maintenance, coop doors shut at end of day (chicken safety), etc.
Assist with general tasks (including but not limited to chicken/duck chores, egg tower cleaning, chicken processing, close ups, transfers at night, etc.)
Assist with egg production including but not limited to hand washing approx. 150-400 eggs on a daily basis (including weighing eggs, sorting eggs, preparing eggs for sale boxes, selling eggs to staff weekly, stamping boxes, logging all information on excel, etc.)
Assist with program schedule (E.T.A. of baby chicks in spring, summer and fall, Processing of adult chickens spring, summer and fall, expansion deadlines and projects, organizing/cleaning different parts of the program areas, coordinating coop moves around other departments and around seasonal situations, etc.)
Assist with Chicken Processing

Requirements:
Ability to maintain clear communication with others
Detail oriented
ORGANIZED
Sincere passion for chickens and the land/animals/ecosystem (especially soil!)
PREFERRED 6 months to a year farm experience with poultry
PREFERRED 6 months or more farm experience
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED with Holistic Animal Husbandry
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED 6 months or more farm experience with Organic Animal Husbandry
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED Animal Welfare Certification
PREFERRED experience with tractor
Comfortable with MS Office - Word and Excel
Must live within 30 minutes of the Farm

To apply please email your resume and tell us your story! jobs@apricotlanefarms.com. No phone calls or walk ins please.
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