Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems hiring Assistant Farm Garden Manager

Santa Cruz, California

Job Available at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) in the UCSC Farm Garden

An assistant farm garden manager position is now available at the UCSC/CASFS Farm. This is a full-time position; see the details below.

To apply, go to the UCSC Employment website, www.ucsc.edu/about/employment.html

Click on the Staff Employment link, then click on the Search Postings link (in the upper left-hand bar) and enter the job #1505965

Please note that the Initial Review Date is October 25, 2015.

Summary Statement Under the direct supervision of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Farm Garden Manager, The Assistant Manager will perform tasks and assist in the management of the daily operations of the CASFS Farm Garden and greenhouses, acting independently, as part of a team and leading student audiences. The Assistant Manager will also use their experience as a grower and mentor to support the instruction of apprentices, advanced apprentices and undergraduates, with a focus on building agricultural skills and the capacity of participants to work with others to create more equity in the U.S. and global food systems.
Qualifications / Competencies A Certificate in Ecological Horticulture or equivalent work experience.
Broad foundation of knowledge and experience related to organic soil fertility management, crop production and the associated skills of irrigation delivery, weed management, pest and disease management, harvest and post harvest handling of vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers.
Knowledge of organic propagation methods, and experience growing crops from seed, cuttings and divisions, as well as the greenhouse management skills to optimize plant health and productivity.
Experience leading activities and mentoring in an applied agricultural setting, and the ability to employ a range of methods to assist learners from diverse backgrounds.
Interpersonal and communication skills to respectfully and effectively interact with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
Ability to take direction, and work both independently and as part of a team to meet the needs of a complex production and education environment.
Demonstrates ongoing initiative, and a strong desire to continue growing as a lifelong learner so as to share new skills and capacities with many audiences.
Embodies values that create and maintain a welcoming environment, and demonstrates respect for diversity and difference.
Preferred Qualifications / Competencies Demonstrated experience working for equity and justice in the food system and the desire to facilitate conversations that engage learners to think about their role in changing the food system.
Experience with season extension techniques, resource conservation, direct market sales, and the desire to improve production efficiencies, with the goal of increasing sales revenue.
Experience with organic certification standards and associated record keeping to maintain compliance with USDA NOP standards.
Experience using a front-end loader, tractor mounted forklifts, mowing, and operating small engine equipment such as weed whackers and BCS walking tractors, as well as light carpentry skills.
Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish or another language in addition to English.
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