Farm Manager Position at Twin Star Orchards

Farm Manager


Position Overview
Twin Star Orchards in New Paltz, NY is seeking a farm manager to oversee the day-to-day management of all orchard operations. Twin Star Orchards is the home orchard for Brooklyn Cider House, an award-winning craft hard cider company. Twin Star features a mix of dessert and heirloom cider apples. The farm’s underlying philosophy is that “ugly apples taste better.” This philosophy translates into low-impact farming practices that produce “ugly” yet delicious fruit for our hard cider and for our pick-your-own business in the fall. With a small but dedicated team, the farm manager is responsible for carrying out the mission of ugly apples on the 200-acre property.


• Manage crew of 4-5 orchard workers
• Coordinate pest management, pruning, thinning, trellising, harvesting with the support of a consultant and crew leader
• Maintain detailed records
• Ensure equipment and grounds are well maintained
• Develop market for apples
• Capital planning
• General administration including payroll, bookkeeping, etc.


The ideal candidate should have
• 2+ years of farm management experience
• Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or a related field is preferred but not required
• Extensive knowledge of apples, fruit, or stonefruit
• Strong leadership and management skills
• Excellent communication skills (Spanish language ability is a plus)
• Passion for sustainable agriculture and quality food (appreciation for hard cider is a plus)
• Ability to work independently and in collaboration with other members of the team
• Pesticide applicator license or desire to secure licensing


Work Schedule and Compensation
This is a permanent, salaried position averaging 50 hrs/wk, but can range from less than 40/wk to 60/wk, depending on season, Monday through Friday or Monday through Saturdays during harvest. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. No benefits are available at this time.


155 N Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561


To Apply
Send résumé, cover letter, and 3 references to hannah@twinstarorchards.com. The position will remain opened until filled, with a target start date of May 15, 2017.

6 months, 2 weeks ago

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