Job Posting: Farm Coordinator

Reporting to: Operations Manager
Direct reports: One to two

About Sea Cider

Sea Cider is a rapidly growing, certified organic farm and award-winning cider producer.  Incorporated in 2004, it was borne from the founder’s desire to build a community-minded business rooted in farming.  At its core, Sea Cider exists to create exceptional cider experiences and to:

  • be a profitable family-owned farm

  • provide high quality cider and positive experiences to its customers

  • provide a safe and fulfilling work environment to its staff

  • operate as a community-minded, value-driven business

Since sales began in 2007, Sea Cider has grown to nearly 40 employees with annual cider production approaching 12,000 cases and growing.  Sea Cider produces several styles of cider – from traditional to innovative – which consistently win awards. Cider wholesales span Western North America. Locally, Sea Cider is known as one of the region’s top attractions, greeting visitors year round for tours and tastings. The ciderhouse is also a unique agri-chic venue for cider-centric events.

Our work culture embodies many values. We have a sense of humour and a positive outlook; we are kind, conscientious and reliable; we enjoy collaborating and learning from one another; and we are tenacious in our efforts to consistently produce award-winning cider. Other fundamental values by which we operate include:

  • a respectful, service-oriented approach to everyone;

  • transparency, integrity and honesty; and

  • a desire for meaning and earning more than a pay cheque.

As someone on our team you live and work by these values too.

Focus of Accountability

The Farm Coordinator ensures that Sea Cider’s orchard is healthy and productive and that our organic certification is maintained. The Farm Coordinator also ensures that Sea Cider maximizes the quality and quantity of juice pressed from our apples as well as the juice from apples of other local growers. Activities include:

  • Farm Work:  Coordinate and perform farm activities such as harvesting, pruning, thinning,  planting, mowing, weeding, mulching, compost management, dust control. Keep the grounds well maintained to ensure a positive guest experience. Farm work is mainly focused on the orchard but also includes the gardens, the forest and the grounds in general. While the main focus is growing apples, Sea Cider is interested in expanding farm production to other fruit, herbs and vegetables, and the Farm Coordinator will lead these initiatives.

  • Pressing: Lead the annual fall pressing activities, making sure that Sea Cider is producing as much juice as possible from the apples we grow, as well as juicing other local apples and coordinating their purchase and delivery.

  • Equipment Operation:  Operate tractor, forklift, weed eater, apple press and other machinery required to complete farm and production work.

  • Equipment Maintenance:  Identify issues, plan repairs and maintain equipment

  • Organic Compliance:  Record organic compliance information, and ensure that Sea Cider’s organic status is maintained. Regularly review Organic Standards and recommend changes to Sea Cider’s organic practices as needed.

  • Planning and Analysis:  Coordinate farm planning and improvements and implement solutions to improve orchard health and productivity

  • Information Management:  Collect farm and orchard data in a timely and accurate manner. Report and analyze data against performance metrics.

  • Health & Safety:  Maintain a safe work environment for employees and visitors, identify health and safety risks, and help to implement solutions to reduce risks.

  • Training and Staff Supervision:  Lead training and supervision of farm assistants.

  • Project Management:  Lead farm projects and new farm initiatives when requested.

  • General Support:  Support the Operations Team and other Sea Cider divisions.

Requirements

This position suits a hands-on problem solver who loves working outdoors. The work involves some desk time but mostly “doing time” taking care of the orchard and property. You are physically able to perform orchard and farm work for hours at a time (e.g. weed eater, pruning, pressing apples), plus the following:

  • Education: Post secondary diploma or certifications preferred

  • Work experience in a similar role: at least one year

  • Work experience in this industry: farming, orcharding, vineyards, environmental fieldwork, nursery work preferred

  • Leadership experience: N/A

  • HR management: no experience required, but a willingness to train and supervise other staff and to learn HR management skills

  • Stakeholder relationships: able to build and maintain positive relationships

  • Communication skills, both written and oral: very good

  • Software experience: some familiarity with relevant programs (e.g. Google Sheets)

  • Personal aptitude: a high degree of initiative and personal accountability. Excellent time management skills. The ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, work well under pressure and “roll up your sleeves” to get the job done. Curiosity, great listening skills and an openness to feedback from colleagues

  • Work week flexibility: Able to work Monday through Friday, with occasional weekends and evenings.

  • A desire to develop professional skills, and to train others in those skills.

  • A valid Class 5 driver’s license.

  • The ability (or willingness to learn) to operate farm and other production equipment.

  • The physical strength to safely and manually lift up to 25 kg multiple times daily.

  • A desire to work for a business that is growing and seeking to continually improve.

 

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in confidence with a resume and a cover letter that includes compensation expectations and describes how you meet the requirements listed in the job description.

Please email this information to our Operations Manager at tom@seacider.ca no later than Sunday, September 8th. We thank all applicants who apply; however, only those selected for consideration will be contacted.