North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Farm Manager

TRACTOR Food and Farms

Location: Burnsville, NC

Position Description: Farm Manager

Classification: Full Time / Salaried

Reports to: Director

Posting Date: 11/22/17

Closing Date: 12/13/15

Summary:

  • The Farm Manager is responsible coordinating with individual growers during all stages of vegetable and fruit production on the farmland managed by TRACTOR as well as working with growers who are on their own land and sell their products through TRACTOR.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain all records in order to maintain Good Agricultural Practice certification for Bowditch Bottoms Farm and future farm properties
  • Will oversee Bowditch Bottoms Farm, which has 20 acres of land in production
  • Work on a plan for planting perennial crops including blackberries
  • Will recruit new growers both to sell through TRACTOR and to grow on TRACTOR lands and offer technical assistance if needed
  • Will be involved with getting any new tracts of land up into production for row crops
  • Responsible for maintenance of irrigation equipment and shared-use equipment
  • Manage shared-use equipment and maintain accurate logs of when equipment was used and note the condition that is was rented and returned
  • Assisting growers identify and control stress from weeds, pests, diseases, and drought
  • Training on post-harvest handling and proper use of equipment/implements
  • Will be involved in production planning and forecasting estimates
  • Assist with receiving, grading, and packaging of products
  • Grant writing for farm related funding such as soil and water conservation projects and new equipment
  • Posting to social media platforms with farm activities and produce related updates

Duties to include:

  • Work with team and growers to forecast availability list throughout the season
  • Create and maintain relationships with growers
  • Represent TRACTOR at community events

Authorities:

  • Post to all social media platforms
  • Suggest new items for growers to plant
  • Purchase farm equipment

Competencies:

  • Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
  • Knowledge of a wide range of growing practice
  • Tractor skills, including a three-point hitch and farm implements
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Effective public speaker
  • Experience with social media
  • Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong analytical, written, and verbal reasoning skills
  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
  • Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities

Supervises:

  • Interns where applicable

Work Environment:

The job operates in a professional office environment, in a warehouse, and on a farm. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, printers, and label makers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips and potential overnight conferences

Required Education and Experience

Farming experience is highly desired

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in restaurant/produce industry.  Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with the operation and maintenance of tractors, irrigation systems, plasticulture, and three point hitch equipment. Pesticide license preferred, but can obtain after start date.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter by 12/13/17 with subject  “TRACTOR Farm Manager Position” to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com  If you have questions, please call  828-536-0126.

 

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