Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Farm Laborer (Maple / Bees / Orchard)

Location
Prior Lake, MN
Posted
Dec 24, 2013
Closes
Jan 23, 2014
Category
Labor / Trades, Other
Job Type
Temporary
Employment Status
Seasonal

                         

One year crop production experience, to include organic farming experience.

Ability to operate farm machinery.

Valid driver’s license required with a good driving record.

Seasonal - February to November

Job Description:

Plants, cultivates, and harvests field crops. Assist with honey collection and maple syrup operations. Works with volunteers and youth.

Performs one or more of the following duties:
Assist in planting and cultivating edible fruits and vegetables for a farm to market operation including greenhouse work, installation of a fruit orchard and working in a high tunnel.
Assist in farm operations by: hand cultivation of produce, operating tractors, implements, and other machinery; harvesting and storing vegetables in preparation for delivery to market; packing and delivering produce orders.
Assist to collect and process maple sap for the production of maple syrup. Bottle maple syrup. Deliver maple syrup to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
Manage honeybee colonies for the production of honey. Harvest and bottle honey. Deliver honey to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
Assist in farm-related record keeping and documentation.
Assist with volunteers and youth groups.

Performs one or more of the following duties:
Assist in planting and cultivating edible fruits and vegetables for a farm to market operation including greenhouse work, installation of a fruit orchard and working in a high tunnel.
Assist in farm operations by: hand cultivation of produce, operating tractors, implements, and other machinery; harvesting and storing vegetables in preparation for delivery to market; packing and delivering produce orders.
Assist to collect and process maple sap for the production of maple syrup. Bottle maple syrup. Deliver maple syrup to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
Manage honeybee colonies for the production of honey. Harvest and bottle honey. Deliver honey to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
Assist in farm-related record keeping and documentation.
Assist with volunteers and youth groups.

Special working conditions:

Maple Syrup: Unpredictable work days, as maple surgaring is a very weather dependent activity. Odd hours (majority of work 3pm-midnight when sap is ready for daily harvest and boiling down), cold outdoor work (sometimes wet), light mechanical troubleshooting (pumps), working with boiling liquids (maple syrup), light chainsaw work (training and personal protective gear provided).
This year all sap will be harvested by a tubing system, so very limited manual handling of sap.

Bees: Working with stining insects. Heavy lifting. Instruction and personal protective gear provided.

Orchard: Heavy lifting of harvested or culled fruit. Ability to use tractors and implements (mower, sprayer). Training provided. Ability to identify orchard pests and diseases (training provided).

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