2 Ag. Positions Available: Director of Orchard Operations & Orchard Production Operations Manager

Director of Orchard Operations
Job Summary
Champlain Orchards is managed through advanced IPM protocol with EcoApple certification. Critical pest and nutrient management decisions must be made daily to ensure health of the crop, trees, and orchard ecosystem. The director is responsible for organization and oversight of pruning, planting, fertilizing, spraying, thinning, mowing, harvesting, and storage of fruit. The director must possess a high level of practical orchard operation experience, entomology & tree fruit knowledge; and must enjoy and be familiar with equipment operation, physical hard work, and working outdoors year-round. They must be self-motivated, enjoy teaching and leading staff, and able to work weekends and nights on occasions.

Monday thru Friday 7:00am-5:00pm

Production Operations Manager
Job Summary:
To plan, organize and oversee production, packaging and transportation of the fresh apples and other products produced at the orchard. To ensure that all quality standards are followed, such as: Dept. of Health, GAP and HACCP standards. Oversee the following departments: Fresh Apple Packing, Sweet Cider Production, Shipping & Transportation and Food Safety.

Monday, Wednesday-thru Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – completion

About Peter J Jentsch

Peter J. Jentsch serves the mid-Hudson Valley pome fruit, grape and vegetable growers as the Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology for Cornell University’s Hudson Valley Laboratory located in Highland, NY. He provides regional farmers with information on insect related research conducted on the laboratory’s 20-acre research farm for use in commercial and organic fruit and vegetable production. Peter is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Masters degree in Entomology. He is presently focusing on invasive insect species, monitoring in the urban environment and commercial agricultural production systems throughout the state
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