Head Gardener Minam Lodge
- Date Posted September 26, 2023
- Location Joseph, OR
- Category Agriculture / Culinary
- Job type Summer Job
The Lodge Gardener grows a productive wilderness garden to support the Farm to Table cuisine of our wilderness lodge. The capacity of the Lodge is 36 guests, and we average around 28-30. The greenhouse and garden serve as a focal point of the property and receive frequent visitors. The Lodge Gardener also has an opportunity to cultivate native plants around the Lodge and cabins and contribute to overall property restoration. The primary production focus is on greens, herbs, and flowers, however, the gardener has a lot of room to grow other crops such as radishes, peas, peppers, carrots, beets, and whatever else they or the chef are interested in. The space consists of a fenced area of about eight 45-ft rows and a greenhouse about half the size. Our elevation is around 3,600 ft.
In its 8th year of full operation, the garden has been loved and cared for by only a few different hands and is in great shape, complete with irrigation. Support materials such as a planting guide, seed order guide, and past years' synopses will be provided upon hire.
This position is part of the kitchen team, led by the Head Chef, and reports to the General Manager. The pay is $850 per week, plus a full tip share ($200-$800 extra per week during guest season). All staff work 6-day workweeks. 5 days of PTO are provided to staff who work an entire season. The gardener position starts in early April and ends in late October.
On-site Staff housing and food are provided by the Lodge. Staff enjoy property amenities during off times, such as hiking and foraging along the endless trails in the surrounding Eagle Cap Wilderness, enjoying river time in or alongside the designated Wild and Scenic Minam River, or completing a few rounds of the hot sauna/cold river loop.
We work hard and take pride in the level of service and special experience we can provide our guests. Time and again, the guests report a fantastic staff as one of their favorite parts of their stay. We work as a true team and it shows. Living for months in the wilderness is not for everyone, but for those who "get it," a season spent living and working at the Minam Lodge can be life-changing.
This is a great opportunity for an experienced farmer/gardener who is looking for a comprehensive opportunity to apply their skills and experience. The ideal candidate has planned and executed at least a couple of full growing seasons under their belt. Does the prospect overseeing a wilderness garden in the mountains from start to finish sound like an exciting challenge? If so, then we'd love to hear from you!