Employment

Production Foreman/Farm Mechanic

Reporting to the CEO/Farm Manager, this full-time position involves performing and supervising crews performing the various tasks necessary to produce and deliver high quality fruit and vegetable crops to market, including but not limited to: pruning, planting, thinning, spraying, mowing, harvesting, packing, and processing (cider) the various fruit and vegetable crops; as well as assisting in the maintenance of farm vehicles, tools, and equipment.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Operate trucks of a range of sizes and weights in the loading, hauling, and unloading of various equipment, materials, harvested crops, and supplies.
  • Operate trucks, tractors, and farm and power equipment, such as mowers, sprayers, plows, harrows, seeders, spreaders, trailers, dump trucks, snowplows, front-end loaders, and forklifts.
  • Operate chainsaws, mowers, and other small equipment and tools to care for crops and to maintain and/or adjust equipment.
  • Work with and supervise farm crews.
  • Under direction of the Maintenance Supervisor, assist in the operations of a farm service garage.
  • Set up inspection and preventative maintenance schedules, maintain and repair all types of light and heavy duty agricultural equipment such as trucks, tractors, loaders, sprayers, fertilizer spreaders, stationary engines, and pumps; establish and maintain shop safety.
  • Maintain records of service, inspections, and replacements.
  • Design and fabricate specialized farm equipment and machines as required to accomplish particular tasks and/or projects.
  • Receive and assemble new farm machinery and equipment; adjust and calibrate machinery in accordance with operating specifications.
  • Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Valid Connecticut Driver’s License with clean driving record.
  • A valid Connecticut Pesticide Applicator’s License and a Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License are preferred, but not required.

Benefits:

Competitive salary (based on experience), paid holidays, personal time, employee discounts, profit sharing and 401(k) plan, health insurance, dental insurance, group life and disability insurance.

Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Questions and resumes to: Jonathan Bishop:jonathan.bishop@bishopsorchards.com


Tree Fruit Production Manager

Reporting to the CEO/Farm Manager, this full-time position involves coordinating and executing the various tasks necessary to produce and deliver high quality crops to market, including but not limited to: planting, pruning, thinning, spraying, mowing, irrigation, harvesting, packing, and processing (cider) of the various tree fruit crops.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Inspect orchards, and other units; confer with and advise CEO/Farm Manager on problems; requisition equipment and materials; approve work schedules.
  • Plan and supervise the planting, cultivating, harvesting and storing of tree fruit crops on large, diversified farming operation.
  • Create reports on time, equipment, materials, costs, and production; keep records and prepare estimates of needs.
  • Manage and implement crop protection programs.
  • Research and make recommendations regarding new or replacement plantings, changes in crop mix and/or cultural practices.
  • Perform routine inspections on and direct the repair and maintenance of farm buildings and equipment. Coordinate maintenance of trucks, tractors, and farm machinery with Mechanic, Assistant Managers, and/or Production Foremen.
  • Hire, supervise, and train employees as needed and/or assigned.
  • Coordinate receiving and storage of crops with Packing Room/Warehouse Manager to ensure optimal utilization of space and to minimize handling.
  • Consult with Produce Manager to ensure adequate supply of Bishop’s Orchards products in the market and to enable sufficient purchasing from outside suppliers.
  • Research and make timely recommendations to CEO/Farm Manager regarding equipment and supply needs.
  • Operate trucks, tractors, and farm and power equipment to care for crops and to maintain or adjust equipment.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Graduation from a standard vocational or high school supplemented by some college course work in agriculture; and extensive responsible experience in general farm work involving farm planning, methods, and production; and experience in supervisory farm work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of farm equipment and materials and ability to manage the use of materials and equipment efficiently and economically.
  • Ability to keep records of time, production, and costs, and to make reports and recommendations for improvement in methods and equipment.
  • Ability to plan and direct large-scale diversified farm activities, to supervise groups of farm workers in farm activities, and to direct skilled and unskilled employees in varied farm operations.
  • A valid Connecticut Pesticide Applicator’s License and a Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (or a plan to obtain them within a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Computer Skills: Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Ag Management Software. (e.g. Tiger Jill)
  • Familiarity with Good Agricultural Practices, HACCP and Food Safety Regulations.

Schedule:

Work week will generally be six days per week from April 1 through October 31(30 weeks) and five days per week from November 1 through March 31 (22 weeks) with hours varying as needed to insure the proper management, harvesting and packing of the crops grown. This may include some Sundays and other hours as required by seasonal demands and cultural practices.

Benefits:

Competitive salary (based on experience), paid holidays, personal time, employee discounts, profit sharing and 401(k) plan, health insurance, dental insurance, group life and disability insurance.

Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Questions and resumes to: Jonathan Bishop:jonathan.bishop@bishopsorchards.com


Looking for a great PART TIME job with flexible hours?
Part of offering great service and products is having great people who like our products and interacting with customers and fellow staff members. Our family is looking for sharp, enthusiastic people to join the Bishop’s Orchards team. Bishop’s offers a bright, active environment, with a variety of possibilities. We offer paid vacations and holidays, employee discounts and a 401(k) Profit Sharing plan to qualified employees, along with flexible hours. Weekends, after school, weekdays, mornings are all possibilities in our flex scheduling.

Full Time jobs offer paid health and dental benefits, paid vacations and holidays and a 401(k) with profit sharing plan to qualified employees.

Consider Working at Bishop’s Orchards
Applications are being accepted for the following jobs. Pick up an employment application in our Market or Download it now in Adobe PDF format. For an interview, please come to our Farm Market with your completed application. No appointment necessary for part-time applications. Just stop in between 8 and 5! Most openings are for Part Time, with flexible schedules, including during school shifts, after school shifts, weekends only or a combo.


Retail Farm Marketing Intern Program
We are seeking interns to work at Bishop’s Orchards who are looking for hands-on experience in management here at our farm market. They will be assisting our management staff with day-to-day issue, including but not limited to personnel, inventory, scheduling, stocking, ordering, customer service etc. Applicants should be able to demonstrate through work, school or other programs that they have a sincere interest in retail marketing and management. For more information please E-mail us.