Colorado – Cloud City Farm hiring Farmer

Leadville, Colorado

Farmer Position Cloud City Farm

PO Box 459
Leadville, CO 80461
719-465-6164
www.cloudcityconservation.org

Organization Description:

Cloud City Conservation Center has been inspiring stewardship of our natural resources in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado since 2013. We do this by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure. The Cloud City Farm grew out of our school recycling and composting programs, when students and teachers asked for a place to grow food with the compost they are creating from lunch room scraps. A recent LiveWell Leadville Community Food Assessment has concluded that healthy foods are not adequately accessible and affordable in our community. We are on a mission to change this.

Job Description:

We are constructing a 1,300 square foot greenhouse, 2 – 2,400 square foot high tunnels covering raised beds, and 2,000 square feet of outside raised beds on a 2.5 acre piece of land adjacent to schools, bike path, and a community field. Located at 10,000 ft above sea level in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, the Cloud City Farm will be the first of its kind. Summer temperatures in Leadville range from 30° – 80°, an occasional snow fall is possible. Crops will be sold directly to the public through a CSA program and local farmer’s market.

The Farmer is responsible for all aspects of production, developing and executing long-term farming strategy in partnership with the Executive Director. The Farmer provides leadership for the interns and volunteer farm staff, and diligent record keeping to support the long-term viability of the program. The Farmer supports the Education Coordinator with education programs and outreach as well.

Position Details

  • Reports to Executive Director
  • Location: Leadville, CO
  • Weekend & extended hours required during growing season

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the planting and harvesting required to make the CSA program
  • Responsible for farm operations including production schedules, equipment, and intern and volunteer super
  • Develop with Executive Director and lead execution of long-term strategy for farming operations
  • Perform basic maintenance and improvements on farm infrastructure, facilities, and equipment
  • Maintain records related to production
  • Holistically manage soil fertility, nutrient cycling, promote biodiversity, and weed, pest, and disease management
  • Assist Education Coordinator with youth and community programs, outreach events when

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with emphasis in organic or sustainable agriculture
  • Experience in organic agricultural practices with a working knowledge of plant health, fertility management, pest and disease management, weed suppression, and greenhouse
  • Creative thinker and problem solver with the ability to
  • Strong oral communication
  • Willingness to communicate with visitors to promote the farm and its
  • Must be able to comfortably lift 50lbs and perform work outdoors in all types of weather

Competencies

  • Passion and enthusiasm for holistic farming and stewardship of natural resources
  • Willingness to be flexible and adapt to changing job requirements and priorities
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Team player with positive attitude

Compensation

$2,000 – $2,600 per month depending on experience Start date: June 15 – July 1

Please send a resume and cover letter to kendra@cloudcityconservation.org. For more information, go to http://cloudcityconservation.org

Advertisements