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Our team members are passionate about growth, innovation and collaboration. We are constantly striving to improve and better ourselves so that we can better support our work. If you have a growth mindset and you thrive working in a unique environment, you are probably a great fit for our team!

Please apply by emailing jobs@apricotlanefarms.com.  Be sure to include your resume and TELL US YOUR STORY!

Because of recruiting volume, we kindly ask that you do not contact the office to follow-up on your application. Should your application move forward in the hiring process, we will be sure to contact you directly.  No calling, no dropping by, no exceptions.

*Apricot Lane Farms offers competitive salary and benefits incl. 401K and paid vacation.

 

Holistic Poultry Program Assistant:

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
  • PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED to live within 30 minutes of the farm due to nature of animal
    responsibilities
  • Comfortable with MS Office – Word and Excel
  • Must have a valid drivers license

 

Pick/Pack/Sorter/Farmer’s Market Rep (Full-Time)

We are looking for a highly efficient Pick/Pack/Sorter.  The Pick/Pack/Sorter  is responsible for picking, packing and sorting agricultural produce, such as fruits and vegetables according to grade, color, and size, and places produce in appropriate containers/boxes.

Principal Accountabilities including but not limited to:

  • Picking of produce/product lines/merchandise
  • Sorting of produce
  • Washing of produce
  • Grading of produce/Packing of produce/product lines/merchandise
  • Pack and organize orders
  • Assist with orchard testing and tracking

Requirements:

  • One year experience PREFERRED
  • Interest in Agriculture A MUST
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all kinds of weather (rain, heat, cold, etc.)
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Ability to maintain clear communication with others
  • PREFERRED looking for long term employment
  • Physical Demands:
  •  Stand, walk, balance, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds

This is a physically demanding position.

 

Landscape Lead and Landscape Worker (Full-Time)

We are 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.

Principal Accountabilities including 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.

Requirements:

  • Work closely with the Livestock Team to identify and make a plan regarding plants that may be poisonous to the animals.
  • 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
  • Ability to communicate clearly with team, co-workers, management, and vendors
  • For safety purposes, the ability to swim is a must
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Must pass a background check.

Note:  This is a physically strenuous job.

 

Livestock and Pasture Maintenance Assistant

We are 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.

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*
*Potential opportunity to live on the farm may be available with additional responsibilities.

 

 

 

Part-Time Farmers Market Representatives

Apricot Lane Farms is looking for a friendly, energetic person to facilitate and participate in local Farmer’s Markets, who wants to work hard and is dedicated towards growing Apricot Lane Farms’ presence in the community.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Attend Farmers Markets
  • Ensure all product and supplies are ready and available at the Farmer’s Markets
  • Loads and unloads equipment, tools and inventory to set up sales booth and tear down sales booth
  • Responsible for Farmers Market duty from set up to load up to unloading back at Farm
  • Greet customers in a friendly and cordial manner
  • Responds to all customer requests politely and promptly – and helps educate the customer on the health benefits of products from Apricot Lane Farms
  • Accountable for cash made available for sales transactions
  • Effectively manages electronic and cash sales
  • Orders and maintains appropriate inventory materials and supplies
  • Related Administrative duties
  • Attends other events when assigned – such as expos, tastings, conferences, and other event that require the presence of an Apricot Lane Farms representative

Requirements:

  • Ability to maintain clear communication with others
  • Detail oriented
  • ORGANIZED
  • Willingness to work outside in varying weather conditions
  • Passion for community-based Farmers Markets, small farmers and healthy urban neighborhoods
  • High energy and friendly demeanor
  • Customer Relations and Retail Sales experience PREFERRED
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record (comfortable driving delivery van)
  • Valid food handler’s manager level license must be obtained within a month of hire
  • Comfortable with MS Office – Word and Excel PREFERRED
  • Willingness to be trained in Traditional Foods as well as work in different areas of the farm in order to gain an intimate understanding of biodynamic farming practices.
  • Physical Demands:
    – Stand, walk, balance, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
    – Must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.

This position requires evenings and weekends.