The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm Manager- Bethlehem
The nonprofit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated individual for the position of Christmas Tree Farm Manager. The successful candidate will have two to three years of commercial farm experience; experience hiring, training and managing others; and excellent oral communications skills including experience interacting with the public. The position requires evening and weekend work.
This is a full time position, based at The Rocks in Bethlehem, NH. The Rocks is the North Country Conservation and Education Center of the Forest Society. The landmark 1,400-acre property includes numerous buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers Agri- and Eco-tourism opportunities throughout the year. A campaign currently underway will renovate the stone carriage barn as a net-zero program center with a new gift shop, exhibits, forest and nature education programs, and offices for locally-based conservation and outreach staff. For more information about the Rocks, visit The Rocks' webpage.
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests was founded in 1901 to “perpetuate the forests of New Hampshire through their wise use and complete reservation in places of scenic beauty.” The Forest Society owns and manages 191 Forest Reservations totaling over 57,000 acres located in more than 100 New Hampshire communities. As a land trust it holds more than 750 conservation easements protecting an additional 130,000 acres statewide. Our 10,000 members make us what we are today – a unique blend of visionary land trust, balanced environmental advocate and intelligent forestry association. We think it's a winning combination – for New Hampshire's beautiful landscapes, its caring people and for the many generations to come.
If you enjoy working both independently and in a cooperative team-approach in a challenging, at times fast-paced, but always rewarding, setting you may be the right person for this position.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. The Forest Society offers an excellent benefits package and an extraordinary working environment at the historic Rocks in Bethlehem, NH.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the dedicated Forest Society staff, email a resume and cover letter to Rebecca Lapitino or mail a hard copy resume and cover letter to The Society for the Protection of NH Forests c/o: Rebecca Lapitino • 54 Portsmouth Street • Concord, NH 03301-5400. POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED!
The Forest Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
No phone calls please.
The Christmas tree farmer (farm manager) is responsible for running the Forest Society’s 32,000-tree Christmas tree farm operation at The Rocks in Bethlehem, NH. Since 1989, this relatively large tree farm has been a successful retail and wholesale Christmas tree farm. The Rocks is an iconic part of the community serving as the Forest Society’s North Country hub for community engagement through recreation, educational programming, and tourism centered around this scenic tree farm and historic estate.
The primary responsibility of the farm manger will be to ensure successful planting, cultivation, sales and operations of the tree farm. The farm manager’s focus will be to work with seasonal staff to ensure all aspects of the Christmas tree operation are implemented. This position will also oversee property, trail and equipment maintenance at The Rocks, while also being responsible for the day-to-day fieldwork in all four seasons. This person will also hire, train, and supervise all seasonal farm staff and be responsible for managing the tree farm budget.
The tree farm manager is also responsible for general oversight of the 1,500-acre Rocks property which hosts several miles of recreational trails and the buildings that serve as the hub of the Forest Society’s north country operations. The farm manager will work with other north country staff and lands team staff as time allows to accomplish stewardship goals at The Rocks and other nearby north country properties.
This individual will represent the Forest Society on Christmas tree and farm organizations such as the Christmas Tree Growers Association and attend regional conferences. Good communication skills and the ability to interact with people positively are vital. The position is full time, year-round with more hours needed during peak seasons such as tree planting, tree shearing, tree harvesting, and Christmas season sales.
Reports to: Managing Forester
Full time (40 hrs/week)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Carry out operations for the Christmas tree farm, including planting, spraying (requires license), tree shearing, fertilizing, tree harvesting, mowing, and Christmas tree stump removal
- Responsible for all wholesale and retail Christmas tree and wreath sales
- Responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and overseeing seasonal staff
- Hire and manage contractors when necessary
- Responsible for the preparation and management of the Christmas tree farm budget
- Responsible for the timely deposits of all cash receipts related to sales at the Christmas tree farm
- Represent the Forest Society’s membership in National Christmas Tree Association, and the NH/VT Christmas Tree Association, including attendance of local meetings.
- Repair and maintain grounds equipment: tractors, mowers, ATV utility trailers, saws, & trimmers
- Manage day-to-day seasonal campus maintenance; lawns, driveway, parking lot and roads
- Coordinate with North Country Campus staff to facilitate educational programming which may entail tasks like driving the tractor and trailer during maple tours and other programming needs
- Wild apple tree pruning in early spring at The Rocks and other north country forest reservations
- Maintain, repair and replace property signage as needed.
- Attend staff and lands team meetings in person when possible, keeping the larger staff informed of program activities for the Christmas tree operation.
- Collaborate with the Forest Society lands team to help with forest and recreation management of The Rocks and other north country properties
- Manage the invoicing of, and payment from, local inns and hotels for activities related to the Christmas tree farm
This position is primarily responsible for managing the Christmas tree farm operation as a core Forest Society program. This person will be responsible for the successful cultivating, planting, and harvesting of our Christmas trees. This includes the hiring and supervising of necessary staff and volunteers and providing a safe and productive workplace environment. Additionally, this position plays a key role, in working with other north country staff to ensure a positive experience for visitors to the Rocks and to maintain The Rocks relationships as community ambassadors to the north country. The position is also responsible for year-round maintenance of The Rocks and Bretzfelder Park properties, and assists the Forest Society’s lands team in maintaining other Forest Society properties in the area. The successful candidate will foster a profitable and sustainable tree farm business.
Qualifications and Skills required:
The Christmas tree farm manager should have experience with Christmas tree cultivation or agriculture and a minimum of 2-3 years of experience with hiring, training and supervising others. An education of a two-year associates degree or equivalent is preferred. A degree with program focus in arboriculture, agriculture, or horticulture is preferred.
Demonstrable skills include:
- Good people skills (including friendly, outgoing manner).
- Ability to operate and perform basic maintenance of farm equipment including one-ton truck, tractor and chainsaw.
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
- Ability to hire, supervise and manage seasonal staff.
- Driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required.
- Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Quickbooks (basic invoicing)
- Willingness to acquire a private spray license from the Division of Pesticide Control, specifically for Christmas trees (acquired at expense of Forest Society).
- Good organizational skills (with strong attention to detail).
- Farming experience, including a proven ability to cultivate Christmas trees.
- Knowledge and skill at safely operating farm equipment, including chainsaw and tractor operation.
- Driver’s license and capacity to drive a one-ton truck with a 20-ft trailer; maintain the required Medical Examiners Certificate (acquired at expense of Forest Society).
- The Christmas tree farm manager must be prepared to work year-round indoors and outdoors, conducting physically strenuous work in a wide variety of weather conditions. Schedule will include some evenings, weekends and holidays during parts of the year. Seasonally, this job may involve as much as 90% outdoors work.
- Fieldwork in this position can be physically demanding. Individual should be able to walk long distances over variable terrain in fields as well as in the woods, sometimes carrying equipment. Must be prepared to work mostly outdoors, tolerating a range of weather conditions. Must be able to stand for long periods of time in the cold or the heat, climb stairs, and be able to lift approximately 80 lbs.
- Christmas tree farm seasonal staff and volunteers.