This position has the responsibility for coordinating and leading production orchards, planning and executing pest management in production and research plantings. This position is primarily responsible for planting, training, maintenance and harvest of the fruit crops at the Horticultural Research Center. This position is primarily responsible for the apple production orchard but may work with research orchards and small fruit plantings. This position will involve working with research project leaders, scientists and graduate students and is responsible for maintaining open communication between research project and apple production staff.
25% Establish and Maintain Production Apple Plantings Plan, schedule and maintain apple trees in production blocks to produce good quality marketable fruit. To include: pruning, fertilizing, thinning, weed and pest control and other duties as needed to produce marketable fruit. Design production apple blocks and purchase/propagate and plant apple trees needed to maintain a supply of quality apples through the harvest season.
25% Maintain Tree Fruit Research Plantings Coordinate with research staff to prepare soil, mark rows, plant, water, stake, prune, and train trees and other plants in fruit research plots. Monitor and control pests and weeds before research projects are compromised or fruit quality is affected using an integrated pest control program. Manage ground cover in orchards according to project requirements.
15% Maintain Apple Seedling in High Density Evaluation Blocks Work with research staff to maintain plantings including watering, mulching and controlling pests and weeds. To include planting dwarfing rootstock in spring, harvest buds in late summer from containerized apple seedlings and bud graft onto dwarf rootstocks, cut rootstock and duplicate scion shoots back the following spring, build trellis, train budded seedlings onto the trellis, remove discarded trees as marked by project personnel.
15% Coordinate and Supervise Apple Harvest and Grading Monitor fruit maturity and harvest fruit in production and research blocks. Train staff in safe use of ladders, judging apple maturity and careful handling of fruit to maintain quality. Grade apples in accordance with USDA standards.
10% Assign and Coordinate Work of Seasonal Staff and Volunteers Plan and organize work of seasonal employees working in production orchards, apple sales and assist with other fruit research areas. Train staff in proper planting, pruning, watering, spraying and weeding techniques. Train staff on the safe use of equipment, tools and pesticides. Recruit, train, and organize volunteers.
5% Interact with University Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students To facilitate research project needs and coordinate research plot functions as well as maintaining open communication between research project and research maintenance staff.
3% Maintain Records on Production and Research Orchards and Plots Record all pesticide and fertilizer applications in accordance with Minnesota Department of Agriculture requirements. Maintain apple harvest records and records of time spent by crews assigned to fruit research plots. Map new production apple planting and nurseries. Inventory and order chemicals and supplies needed.
2% Maintain Work Areas, Buildings, and Equipment Perform periodic maintenance, set-up and calibrate tractors, sprayers, and mowers used for orchard maintenance. Clean apple house and shop areas. Keep areas neat and tools picked up.
Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent. Combination of college horticulture education and experience in research plot maintenance and production orchards to equal five years.
Internal Number: 328829
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