Connecticut – Common Ground hiring Interim Farm Manager

New Haven, Connecticut

INTERIM FARM MANAGER

Spring-Fall 2018

Organization Overview

Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut where a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice.  Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1500 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests.  Common Ground delivers three tightly knit programs on site and in the community.

  1. Common Ground’s college preparatory Charter High School uses the site and the City as an organizing principle of its curriculum which is guided by an ecological framework that recognizes the connection and interdependence of all living and non-living things.
  2. The Environmental Education Center receives more than 12,000 community members/year who participate in festivals, field trips, after-school programs, and other educational opportunities on site.
  3. Our Urban Farm is a key resource for both the high school and community programs, as well as for the greater New Haven community. It includes both production and educational gardens used to demonstrate and teach lessons in agriculture.

Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society. For more information on Common Ground, see www.commongroundct.org.

Job Description

Common Ground ​is looking for an Interim Farm Manager. Our farm is a valuable resource for both the CG High School and Community Programs. It includes a ¾ acre production farm, greenhouse, four season high tunnels, compost operation and a variety of livestock. This is a full time, one season position, and offers the opportunity for someone with farm experience to build confidence running a small, sustainable, educational farm with a diversity of markets. The Interim Farm Manager will co-manage and train our Green Job Corps High School crews, adult seasonal interns, and Saturday Volunteers, in addition to supporting other school and community programming needs. Farm responsibilities include, greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, bed preparation, harvesting, irrigation, pest and disease management, harvest and post harvest handling, animal care and record keeping.

At the end of the season (from August-October) you will be running the farm on your own (with support from farm interns, high school volunteers and our Farm Based Education Coordinator), and helping transition it from the Summer to the school year while our Farm Director is on maternity leave.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Farm

  • Manage farm tasks efficiently and thoroughly in accordance with the crop plan created by the Farm Director
  • Physical farm work including bed prep, direct seeding, transplanting, cultivation, pest and disease management, harvest, irrigation
  • Support record keeping for invoicing, season evaluation and board reports
  • Manage and work farm stands as needed
  • Coordinate compost production

Livestock

  • Care for livestock (turkeys, ducks, chickens, goat & sheep) including mucking, maintaining yards as safe educational spaces, water and feeding
  • Assist in the management of animals (order supplies as needed, research, communicate with veterinarians, etc..)
  • Schedule chore rotation

Markets

  • Co-Manage weekly Farm Stand
  • Coordinate small CSAs for staff and students
  • Managing sales to our HS Kitchen sales
  • Support our Spring Seedling Sale and run our small Fall Seedling Sale
  • Communicate and organize produce for restaurants participating in our large Common Ground Fundraiser- “Feast”

Education

  • Co-supervise and train highschool student volunteers and workers
  • Manage Saturday Open Volunteer days
  • Support individual classes as need be on the farm (in communication with the Farm Based Education Coordinator)

General

  • Communicate with our Environmental Education Programs about kid friendly farm tasks
  • Regularly communicate with the Farm Director about weekly farming responsibilities.
  • Maintain records and resources related to education program administration.
  • Participation in overall organizational professional development, meetings, fundraisers, events and activities.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPENSATION

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 or more years experience working on an organic farm or urban garden.
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, food systems and food justice.
  • Knowledge about and commitment to working for an organization that is committed to social justice, the dismantling of systems of oppression, and creating a just, equitable, and inclusive culture.
  • Demonstrated management experience
  • Ability to lead high school aged youth and adults, including managing groups of volunteers
  • Experience working closely with a racially and economically diverse urban school community.
  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving skills, and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication and interest in collaboration.
  • Flexibility regarding the often changing needs and schedules of the school and farm.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and comfortable with social media.
  • Demonstrated experience with projects that require attention to detail and efficiency.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs.
  • Willingness to work outside in all kinds of weather.

 

Desirable Skills

  • Experience working with small livestock (poultry, goats and sheep)
  • Experience with Farmers Markets, CSA and restaurant or farm to school sales
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Drivers License or willingness to get one.

 

POSITION DETAILS  

Compensation: Rate commensurate with experience.

Position Type: Full time, Seasonal; up to 40 hours a week; tentative schedule Tuesday-Saturdays

Position Length:  One Season; April through November

 

Please send Resume + Cover Letter to Deborah Greig deborah.greig@commongroundct.org by February 19th.

 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY STATEMENT

Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who help us fulfill our commitment to building a racially and culturally diverse faculty and staff.

 

It is the policy of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and Common Ground High School that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment, because of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, civil union status, sexual orientation, mental retardation, and past/present history of mental disorder, learning disability and physical disability.

 

It is the policy of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and Common Ground High School to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to age, color, marital status, civil union status, national origin, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender in all personnel actions, including recruitment, evaluation, selection, daily interactions, promotion, compensation, training and termination.

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, it is the policy of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and Common Ground High School not to discriminate against protected qualified applicants and employees with disabilities in all aspect of employment.

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