Farm Manager – Ojai Citrus Farm

 
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Ojai, CA

Website Marmalade Grove

Made in paradise.

It’s a pleasure to meet you. We’re a 30-acre citrus farm in Ojai, California called Marmalade Grove (www.marmaladegrove.com) and we’re looking for a full time foreman to oversee our operations.

Who are we? We sell over 300,000 pounds of citrus directly to consumer through our website, harvesting from over 100 acres of surrounding farms, including our own. In the sun-drenched valley of Ojai in California, we grow a variety of citrus, part of which are transformed into delicious marmalades now sold at Bristol Farms, Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma. Founded in 2021, we specialize in marketing, having grown 300% in 2023 alone and we are quickly on our way to continue that record.

How do you fit in? We are looking for an experienced citrus foreman to manage our 30-acre citrus grove:

1. Train our farmhands about citrus orchard management: pruning, irrigation, weed abatement, pest management, soil amendment, fertilizer etc.

2. Manage farm activities, organizing and supervising daily tasks to help us grow the best citrus possible for our customers.

3. Schedule third party fertilizer and pest management contractors, oversee their activities and review their proposed budgets and materials.

4. Help plant new trees, working with our marketing team to decide what varieties should be planted.

5. Help farmhands with general farm activities.

6. Perform regular equipment checks and perform maintenance as needed.

7. Openness to adopt to new technology and ideas. Who we are looking for is someone who wants to shine in a small operation where they have less bureaucracy and more opportunity to teach, experiment and grow with us. We are open to a part time consultation position (meeting weekly at the farm to schedule tasks and review finished work) as well if you’re not local to Ojai or the nearby towns. Ideally, we would want a full time foreman to help at the farm while our picking team is handling harvests. Most important, we want someone who is passionate about citrus and excited about teaching our team (and our customers) how to grow the best fruit in the world.

Please apply with a resume or a brief explanation of your previous citrus farm management experience.

Skills

1. Formal education in citrus agronomy preferred but not required. Please list experience in citrus farm management or education.

2. Have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

3. Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.

4. Honesty, kindness, patience and openness are core values of our team. If you’re someone who is eager to teach and to help us grow the best citrus in the world, we’d love to hear from you.

5. Enthusiasm. We are a young and ambitious team of farmers and creatives looking to grow our paradise with a purpose. As proud participants of California’s citrus heritage and legacy, we want your help to elevate the art of citrus farming by growing our treasured fruit sustainably while contributing to the local community.

6. Good sense of humor; have fun while staying professional. Salary will be discussed during your interview after we discuss scope of work and whether you will be working as a part time consultant or full time manager.

Sincerely, Peter CEO Marmalade Grove

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