ESTATE GARDEN TECHNICIAN
Location: Mills River, NC
Employment Type: Full-time
The Estate Garden Technician is responsible for operating our organic garden that provides produce for the Taproom Restaurant, the Pilot Brewery and other specialty events at our Mills River Brewery. It is key that this person communicates at a high level, is a team player and is passionate about growing produce and working with a sustainably minded and innovative company. The Estate Garden Technician coordinates with the Taproom Garden Supervisor and Executive Chef on the vegetable, fruit, herb and flower needs of the Brewery and works closely with other Natural Resources department staff to ensure the successful operation and production of the garden.
Work closely with the Taproom Garden Supervisor to determine seeding, transplanting, propagation, pest control, harvest, and prep for consistent, quality produce and egg delivery to kitchen
Collaborate and work as a teammate with kitchen management in a dynamic working environment with many menu changes and special event needs
Grow, clean and deliver needed produce to supply Taproom and Pilot Brewer
Maintain garden area aesthetics with help of Interns, temporary employees and Natural Resources staff
Operate various types of equipment and hand tools to perform the listed fieldwork and associated work involved in operating the garden
Collaborate with the Taproom Garden Supervisor, Executive Chef and brewers to plan the garden rotation to meet Taproom/brewery needs
Assist Natural Resources Team members when needed in other areas of the brewery grounds
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education & Experience
Experience in hands-on, outdoor work that is associated with vegetable, herb, and fruit production is required. The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge and experience of all organic vegetable, fruit and herb production methods including propagation, planting, harvest, seasonal varieties, pest control, plant health and nutrition, growth habits, irrigation, and greenhouse operations. This would include minor maintenance and repairs of equipment and infrastructure related to gardens and greenhouses.
A degree, Associates or Bachelors, in Agriculture, Horticulture, or a closely related field is preferred
At least three years’ experience in agriculture, horticulture or organic vegetable production on a small-scale farm is preferred – sorry, home gardening experience will not suffice
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to work independently and effective communication skills are essential to success in this position
Ability to take lead position in working with coworkers, interns, and temporary employees in the vegetable garden
A strong ability to communicate, verbally and written, with immediate team members and other departments
Ability to work alone or with crewmembers with minimal supervision
Knowledge of organic input use as related to garden
Ability to operate power tools, tractors, and implements with minimal supervision and in a safe manner
Ability to keep equipment cleaned after use
Knowledge of irrigation timers/systems and the ability to make adjustments, changes and to make repairs to the irrigation systems
Occasional travel required, primarily to acquire garden related materials, maintain farmer relationships, and attend appropriate conferences for personal development
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be exposed to adverse weather conditions and occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, but may occasionally be moderate or require hearing protection.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must be able to lift up to 50 pounds without assistance, and maneuver 100 pounds safely and with proper body mechanics. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Occasional computer and documentation work will require the employee to sit for temporary periods. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
Additional REQUIREMENTS to consider before applying
You must have a positive attitude and the ability to work closely with other team members
You must be able to work outside, in all weather conditions, and be willing to get dirty
A pattern of regular, prompt, dependable attendance as well as a consistently positive attitude and the ability to be flexible as the workload shifts is essential to this critical support position
Must have a valid Driver’s License with a driving record free of any major violations in the last five years
The selected candidate will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check.
You must be at least 21 years of age to work for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
**Applications will be accepted until Midnight Pacific time on Monday, January 29, 2018**