Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring AMI Village Manager

Hightown, Virginia

POSITION TITLE:  AMI Village Manager

MISSION:  Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that culti- vates healthy communities through food and education.

HISTORY: AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on coopera- tive experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

VISION:  A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health


  • Positivity
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Stewardship
  • Experiential learning
  • Regenerative agriculture


The AMI Fellowship is an 18 month, two phase program. During Phase I (May through October), AMI Farm Fellows live, work, and study at the Allegheny Mountain Farm Campus in Highland County, VA.  They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambas- sadors for a healthier food culture. In Phase II from January – December of the following year, AMI Sen- ior Fellows work in the service of AMI and/or a Partner Organization and focus on activities such as: building community gardens and urban farms, developing school gardens and site based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, AMI manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind), which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, trains educa- tors, and provides nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable  farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom/ kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plant-     ings.  The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities.


The AMI Highland Campus is situated between 4000’ and 4400’ on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela Na- tional Forest.  The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally home- steaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared.

Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce alongside mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens.   This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vege- tation.  Summers tend to be quite cool, and the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost free days.


The AMI Village Manager (VM) serves as residential leader, mentor and mediator to the AMI Fellows. The VM assists both the Education Director and Farm Manager, but reports directly to the Education Director.


The VM is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted  in  organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so  the  AMI Village  Manager should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

The VM will work closely with the Education Director and Farm Manager on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least one season of experience working on a vegetable farm, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.


Communication and Relationship Building

  • Mentors Fellows  in  community  development,  ecological  living  and  use  of  kitchen  garden; models best practices at all times
  • Promotes cohort development and helps mediate community conflicts as needed
  • Works with Education Director to plan and facilitate educational sessions, workshops, field trips and other events
  • Works with AMI staff to provide Fellow check-ins to assess Fellow growth and needs
  • First responder to emergencies by calling Emergency Services or 911

Program  Assistance

  • As needed, assists Farm Manager in all aspects of fruit and vegetable production and animal husbandry at the farm including but not limited to: planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, animal care, records, maintenance, supply procurement, sales and storage
  • Coordinates logistical  and  overnight  needs  for  workshop  instructors  and  overnight  guests; prepares community meals during full day workshops

Organization  Management

  • Manages and  maintains  Village  Calendars,  chore  rotations  and  vacation  days  to  ensure  well- kept, healthy village, cohort, and outbuildings
  • Works  with   Fellows   to   manage   Village   food   production,   use   and   storage;   manages   and replenishes  supplemental groceries
  • Manages petty cash and submits monthly reports to AMI Administrative Manager

Records and Reporting

  • Reports facility maintenance needs to Farm Manager
  • Reports and  records  all  accidents,  illnesses,  medical  or  other  emergencies  according  to  the protocol set forth in the AMI Village Policy Manual
  • Submits weekly report communicating village needs, events and experiences of past and coming weeks to Education Director
  • Reviews Village and Farm record keeping for quality control; may allocate some aspects of the record keeping to the cohort as prudent
  • Inspects Village Spring daily during dry season and reports water level to AMI Caretaker

Outreach and Event Coordination

  • Coordinates and  supports  community  event  marketing  (Open  Houses,  Community  Workshops, Public Visits, Farm Stays, ) and logistics
  • Ensures guest signatures on AMI Waiver of Liability
  • Organizes documentation  by  photo  and/or  video  of  events,  farm  activities,  and  guest  lecture activities; emails photos/videos to AMI Administrative Manager
  • Maintains blog schedule; submit Fellow’s blogs to AMI Administrative Manager
  • Uploads  current   photos   to   AMI   Facebook   page   and   social   media,   as   directed   by   AMI Administrative  Manager
  • Coordinates and ensures prompt mailing of thank you letters written by Fellows


  • Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent amount of training and/or work experience (required)
  • At least one season of experience working on an organic vegetable farm (required)
  • Experience living and/or working in intentional community (required)
  • Certification in First Aid/CPR (desired)
  • One year of experience in animal husbandry (desired)
  • Comfort mentoring and/or teaching peers
  • Ability to manage complex projects with tight deadlines
  • Conflict and Mediation Skills (desired)
  • Flexible problem solver
  • Knowledge of and commitment to building sustainable food systems
  • Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experienced crew leader
  • Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office
  • Experience in culinary arts/hospitality
  • Demonstrates high level of personal and ethical standards
  • Ability to understand, interpret and enforce policies in an accurate and equitable mann
  • Ability to complete and maintain applicable training and certifications as necessary
  • Has a valid driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Ability to deal with Fellows, colleagues, and guests in a professional, timely, fair, and confiden- tial manner


Work will take place in multiple locations in a farm setting: outdoor working farm, office environment and kitchens. Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.


This is a non-exempt, 40 hours per week, part time, seasonal position, available as soon as possible and extending through to November 30, 2017. The base salary is $1,250 per  month.  Benefit  package includes: lodging,  meals  during  Fellowship  season with  AMI Cohort, workers’ compensation  coverage, earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays (according to AMI Personnel Policy Manual).  This  position requires occasional weekend and periodic evening work.


Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, sex- ual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.  AMI is an equal opportunity employer.


Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter, resume, AMI application form, and a list of at least 3 professional references to:  No phone calls or mailed applications, please.