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Seeking Experienced Orchard Manager

Blue Bird, Inc.
othello, Washington 99344
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  • Job Type
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    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

We are looking for an experience Orchard Manager for our Othello Orchard location.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to our jobs@bluebirdpears.com email address for review by Human Resources.

Job Summary:
The ideal candidate will have experience managing a large, modern orchard system, with a large workforce. Responsibilities include planning, goal setting, and directing orchard foreman and staff to produce high-quality apples and pears.

Blue Bird, Inc is an equal opportunity employer.



Essential Functions:
• Direct and coordinate the overall orchard operations including main ranch and other off-site ranches with the specific goal of implementing strategies and practices to maximize returns for conventional and organic apples and apples while adhering to our values and mission. This entails, but is not limited to:
o Supervise and lead the orchard managers to meet key objectives;
o Manage orchards to ensure efficient/profitable operations while also meeting certification expectations for organics and food/human safety
o Lead the day-to-day direction and implementation of the orchard operations, including but not limited to orchard renewal, crop management, crop protection, pest management, irrigation, harvest timing and post-harvest strategies.

• Manage and lead a team of skilled orchard foreman and crew leaders ensuring that there is continued development of a training/coaching system in order to have a team of full-time and seasonal employees experienced with modern orchard practices, such as pruning, tree training, trellising, and harvesting as well
• Further develop manager training mechanisms with clear goals and pathways for leadership opportunities among staff.
• Establish orchard production goals and direction while strategically planning projects with President, Orchard General Manager, Field staff, and Human Resources and SQF/Safety management team.
• Must have ability to lift 50 pounds
• Must be able to work in an outside environment that has a small amount of dust in the air and may be subject to weather conditions.
• Must abide by company policies, practices, global gap and safety/SQF procedures
• Must be able to maintain good records required by corporate office for internal, customer, state and federal audits.
Desired Qualifications/Requirements:
• Working knowledge of modern, high-density tree fruit production practices
• Proven ability to build and manage a team-oriented culture
• Strong leadership and decision-making skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to implement projects under pressure
• Proficiency in English and Spanish, a plus
• Familiar and comfortable using Microsoft Office software programs
• Preferred but not required a Bachelor degree in Horticulture, Ag Sciences or Management; and/or Extensive working experience in tree fruit production.
Physical Requirements:
The incumbent is required to stand and walk around work sites, and it is felt that the job responsibilities could not be met by people with severe restriction to their mobility. Moreover, given the accent on the communication process, it is felt that it would be extremely difficult to meet the job requirements with severe limitations in eyesight, hearing or speech.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


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othello, Washington 99344

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othello, Washington

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