Michigan – Tamarack Camps hiring Farber Farm Manager

Ortonville, Michigan

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:         Tamarack Camps, Farber Farm Manager                            
Reports To:     Camp Maas Associate Director

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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Position Summary & Accountabilities:

New Farm Development

The Farber Farm Manager (FFM) is a new position at Tamarack Camps. We are looking for a farm manager who will help lead in the construction, management and programming of the Farber Farm.  The FFM will be an integral member of the planning team to fully establish agricultural and educational operations on our new site. The FFM will work very closely with staff and lay leadership, under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Associate Director.

Specific farm development objectives include:

  • Develop soil building, including irrigation, tilling and chiseling, as well as planting and managing of a cover crop in the main farm fields and orchard.
  • Provide leadership in finalizing the development of the design for beds, irrigation, paths, and plantings of main farm fields and orchard.
  • Manage increasing areas of production as they are planted.
  • Participate in planning of landscaped areas of the site and implement planting of edibles, natives, and other perennials – in specific planting beds, along paths and edges, and exterior of the site.
  • Finalize and implement plans, infrastructure/mechanics, and routines for future animal care.
  • Provide leadership to develop an overarching vision incorporating Tamarack Camps’ core values and mission to its new agricultural operations.
  • Develop a vision and plan for composting and nutrient cycling on the site, including all organic waste generated on site and considering use of organic waste from nearby sources, (i.e., kitchen).
  • Complete interior of propagation greenhouse and propagate for spring planting.
  • Collaborate with new Farm Educator on crop plans and timeline to deliver curriculum for Campers in summer of 2018, as well as for Outdoor Ed.

Farm Management

The FFM is responsible for the operation of the Farber Farm in accordance with best science-based practices in organic growing methods. The expectation is that the farm will be designed and managed to optimize efficient food production, effective education and training, and resource conservation. Responsibilities cover all aspects of production (including propagation), orchards, composting, pest management, irrigation, and animal husbandry (eventually goats, bees, chickens). The crop plan (annuals, orchard, edibles across the farm) should be oriented to serve the Farm’s camp community, the wider Metro Detroit Jewish and general communities.

The FFM is responsible for maintenance of all planted areas of the Farber Farm and adjacent sites, including those areas that do not produce food. This includes irrigation, pruning, weeding, pest-management, mulching, and anything else required to maintain the health and beauty of the planted areas, which may include: farm field beds, orchard installation and maintenance, the nearby Sensory Garden, as well as the large, uncultivated field. The FFM will work with the Camp Maas Associate Director to ensure proper coordination of activities and staff management around the site.

Facilities

The FFM is responsible for overall farm maintenance (with support as needed from the Camp’s Facilities Manager) as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all farm tools and the production, growing, processing, storage, and other areas used by and managed by the farm team. The FFM will also work with the agency CFO to create and manage the farm budget.

The FFM will be responsible for building his/her team, e.g., identifying the work of seasonal farm woofers/fellows, Farm Apprentice/Assistant; (these are currently un-funded positions, but based on the vision, may be added). The FFM is also responsible for collaborative planning and ongoing work with the Farm Educator.

The FFM is responsible for taking a continual improvement approach to farm operations protocols, systems, and procedures as well as instructional materials, while maintaining appropriate continuity and predictability with the camp program staff, farm workers, and other staff.

Youth, Family, and Public Programs

The FFM also works with Tamarack Camps Adventure & Retreat Center to ensure that camp and other year-round visitors to the farm are integrated into the farm in meaningful, productive, and educational ways. The FFM is responsible for supporting the Farm Educator in identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during various year-round programs.

Additional Roles and Responsibilities

The FFM may be occasionally asked to work in areas outside of the responsibilities described above. This is a start up farm, so flexibility, working with team members and lay leaders, and thinking “outside the box” is essential.  The FFM participates in weekly staff meetings and other organization-wide meetings and processes, and performs administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.

Qualifications, Experience, and Education:

Three to five years prior experience in farming and farm management required. BA or associate degree in farming agriculture related field preferred.

Salary, Benefits, Schedule:

Full-time annual salary of $45,000-$50,000 (based on experience), plus year-round housing.

The FFM will also receive all benefits as described for year-round employees of Tamarack Camps.

If interested, please contact Sean Morgan, Associate Director at smorgan@tamarackcamps.com or 216-952-9033

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