Apprentice Orchard Technician

At Thatchers, we have been making cider with care and expertise since 1904. We are a family owned business in its fourth generation and you will often see Martin and John Thatcher going about their daily work here on Myrtle Farm in Somerset. Each generation has brought their own positive change to Thatchers, whether it was Stan’s commitment to making old-fashioned draught farmhouse cider, or Martin and John’s innovations with single variety ciders. Each generation also passing on their secrets, from how to encourage bees to pollinate apple blossom and looking after the 150-year-old oak vats where the cider matures, to the art of cider making itself. Our cidermakers love to marry traditional techniques with state of the art technology to create ciders that are smooth, fresh and full of flavour.

This is an opportunity to work as an apprentice where it all starts to, maintain and develop the orchards that make one of the most famous ciders in the country.


As part of the role you will complete an apprenticeship as well as additional training specific to orchards and Thatchers.

The countryside worker apprenticeship has been designed to give you the specific skills and knowledge to become a confident member of our farm team.

As an orchard technician you will working outside in all weathers with early starts that meets the demand of the farm environment. You will be part of a team working alongside leading industry experts who are passionate about apples. Your training will include a mix of classroom and on-the-job learning to ensure you complete your apprenticeship with a sought-after combination of industry and technical skills.

 Your apprenticeship will start in the height of our harvest season. This is a fast paced and demanding start to an apprenticeship where you can make a real difference. After the harvest season you will start your classroom based learning to develop your technical skills further.


–Operate and maintain farm machinery and tools

–Work as a team to maintain and develop our orchards

–Follow schedules and procedures accurately

–Have a “can do” attitude with a practical approach

–Show resilience and have a motivation to succeed

–Enjoy working outdoors


To be successful here, you need to be a remarkable person who gets stuff done and will share the same enthusiasm and passion for our cider and business as we do. You will be pro-active, have a passion to learn and relish operating in a fast paced, demanding and high tech environment.

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