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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Arkansas or Massachusetts – Heifer USA hiring Apprentices

Perryville, Arkansas or Rutland, Massachusetts

LIVESTOCK/GARDEN APPRENTICE

Heifer USA invites applicants to be part of the inaugural apprentice program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas and at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Participants agree to a one-year commitment, with the possibility of extension. This program will offer hands-on agricultural experience in both market gardening and livestock production.

The goal of the apprenticeship program is to provide education, mentorship and technical assistance to foster the development and capacity of new and beginning farmers to launch their successful farm enterprises. We will select four apprentices at each site who will experience hands-on technical training in sustainable agriculture, pasture-based poultry and livestock production, organic market gardening, value added production and food safety. Field experience will be complemented with trainings covering business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant legal and tax topics.

At both sites, apprentices will benefit from connections to established, successful farms, farmer-to-farmer technical assistance, fully-furnished housing on-site, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. This is an opportunity to help Heifer USA shape this program, and we hope you join us in the journey.

APPLY

Please contact us at heiferusa@heifer.org or call 1-855-3HEIFER option 4. Heifer USA is proud to use sustainable agriculture and food system work as tools for promoting social justice. We are intentionally inclusive of limited resource and socially disadvantaged communities and individuals.

Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to help them transform their communities. Farms become strong, community-focused businesses that support their families and spark economic growth in rural America. With hands-on learning and access to livestock and horticulture experts, we teach farmers how to grow their sustainable farm enterprise while caring for the Earth. We invite the public to join the work that directly aids our project at Heifer Farm and Heifer Ranch.

California – UC Santa Cruz hiring Field Site Assistant Manager

Santa Cruz, California
We’re excited to announce that the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is hiring a Field Site Assistant Manager!
The Field Site Assistant Manager will aid in all aspects of education, production, and research in the Field Site, which currently covers  ~11 acres of tractor cultivated grounds.  The assistant manager will be heavily involved in facilitating the management of the fields to support the diverse programmatic offerings at CASFS including  but not limited to: the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, Mentoring advanced apprentices, UCSC undergraduate internships, faculty and graduate/undergraduate research trials, ENVS class trials and visits, and more.
Daily actives will involve crew management, marketing management and support, irrigation management and support, tractor driving and implement use, purchasing, and various record keeping and reporting duties.
The assistant manager will report directly to the Field Production Manager, Kirstin Yogg.
For additional questions on the position and timelines please contact Kirstin Yogg (kyogg@ucsc.edu).
TO APPLY: Look for position #1707440 or follow this link.  The initial review date for this position is 9/28/2017.

Maine – Maine Coast Heritage Trust hiring General Manager for Aldermere Farm

Rockport, Maine

MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST

 GENERAL MANAGER, ALDERMERE FARM/ERICKSON FIELDS

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is looking for a general manager for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields in Rockport, Maine.  We need a person who is passionate about community conservation and agriculture. The manager supervises a professional staff, and must have hands on farming experience, as well as budgeting, communications, community engagement and excellent people management skills.  This is a job for someone who wants to jump in, become engaged, and support the work of the Farm, and of Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Stewardship, and working with a professional staff, both at the Farm and throughout Maine Coast Heritage Trust, manages all aspects of operations and programming for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Manages the land and resources of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields, including maintaining the Farm’s blue ribbon herd of cattle and its many buildings and performing tasks such as haying, wood cutting, snow removal, shingling, and other light carpentry on a seasonal or year-round basis.
  • Supervises management staff at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.
  • Develops and implements programs and projects that further MCHT’s mission and meet community objectives. Identifies and creates programs related to agriculture, community well-being, etc.
  • Markets and sells cattle, beef, semen, hay, vegetables and farm equipment.
  • Develops and manages a budget of over $785,000 for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. Approves most expenditures and participates in fundraising efforts.
  • Establishes and maintains effective public, consumer, and customer relations. Establishes and maintains MCHT’s presence in the community and strives to build community good will and respect for the Trust whenever possible.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises all Farm staff to ensure that responsibilities are carried out in an effective and timely manner. Assigns work and reviews performance.
  • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Long work days, including night and weekend work, are expected.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

Supervises the staff at Aldermere Farm and at Erickson Fields.  Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing and selection, training and development, adherence to safe working practices, scheduling, counseling, discipline, termination, evaluating performance, and recommending pay increases.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with seven to ten years of experience in farming and operations management and communications. Master’s Degree helpful.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Working knowledge of and on the ground experience with farm operations, budget development and administration and small business functions. Cattle breeding experience is very important.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively oversee and supervise staff and operations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to effectively operate computers and assigned software.
  • Physical ability sufficient to perform required tasks, including farm work (haying, tractor operation, cattle management).

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Some work is performed in an office environment in an old house on the Farm which may be cool in the winter. Operates computer, printer, projector and other office equipment.

Land and resource management is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and requires frequent walking, climbing, bending, and lifting.  Operates tractor, wood splitter, truck, and other equipment, and handles cattle, hay, etc. Ability to lift hay bales weighing up to 75 pounds and bales averaging 50 pounds on a repetitive basis. Able to operate a chainsaw to fell trees. Will be required to work with cattle and an aggressive bull possibly weighing 2000 pounds. May be called in at any time of day/night for farm emergencies.

REQUIREMENT:  To fulfill the duties of this position, on-farm housing is provided and acceptance is required.

This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including health insurance, vacation time, and retirement.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to search@mcht.org with “General Manager” in the subject line.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 14, 2017

Please visit http://www.aldermere.org to learn more about the farm and http://www.mcht.org to learn more about Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis

Maine Coast Heritage Trust values diversity and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Panama – Organic Farm hiring Permaculture Farmer

Los Santos Province, Panama

Looking for a permaculture/organic farming expert (or preferably couple) to manage a small organic farm project on the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province of Panama. The farm currently sits on 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres) and includes several varieties of fruit trees and raised vegetable beds. The farm itself is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Playa Venao, one of Panama’s premier surfing beaches, and is surrounded by several amazing beaches, rainforests, and waterfalls. The farm includes:

Small one bedroom managers house: Off-grid solar home with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean from the front porch. Home is fully furnished and includes a kitchen, full bath, ceiling fans, refrigerator, and bedroom furniture.

Shipping container home: The property also includes a just completed custom designed shipping container home with a full bath, kitchen, and pull down Murphy Bed.

Storage Shed (“Deposito): The storage shed includes several farm implements, passive solar hot water system, and seed starting area.

Water/Irrigation system: Plentiful, year-round and potable well water. The well runs on a solar pump and is used both for the water to the homes and for several storage tanks that service the irrigation system for the vegetable beds and orchard.  The irrigation system is installed and furnishes all vegetable beds, and also includes a grey water system that runs from the house to the fruit orchard.

Fruit Orchard: 25-30 trees including mango, guanabana, cacao, Suriname Cherry, star fruit, maracuya, lime, tangerine, guava, avocado, pineapple and several others

Vegetable Beds: Property includes several above ground vegetable beds. My business partner and previous manager estimates that he was getting approximately 30-40% of his diet from food grown on the farm.

Access to the property: Access to the property is a dirt road that is well maintained, although can become muddy during the rainy season.

The bottom line is that this is a really unique property and farming opportunity for a hearty individual or couple interested in off-grid, sustainable living. The views from the property are spectacular and the location includes some of the best surfing, hiking, and outdoor activities in Panama. The area is also extremely popular with an international crowd of hikers, vacationers and surfers from all over the world.

The ideal candidate/s will have experience managing an organic farm or with a strong permaculture orientation. Knowledge of solar systems (inverters, panels, pumps) also a plus, although we can train on the care and maintenance of the systems.

For the right candidate/s, we will offer free room and board in exchange for managing the farm. Candidates who can develop commercial opportunities for the produce grown are free to keep any profits. There are several restaurants in the Playa Venao area that are in need of good, locally grown produce.

We will also pay a stipend of $500 per month to the farm manager. An additional income opportunity may be managing rentals through AirBnB at the container home or main farmhouse, which I am willing to explore.

* Farm manager responsibilities will include:

* Upkeep, maintenance and care of the solar system, irrigation, pumps

* Upkeep and maintenance of the farmhouse and container home

* A commitment to farm the property using organic/permaculture best practices and maintain the orchards and beds in good condition.

If you are interested in this profoundly unique farming experience in one of the most beautiful areas of Panama’s Pacific Coast, please email me at testerads@gmail.com.

Washington – Organic Farm School hiring Assistant Farm Manager

Whidbey Island, Washington

Organic Farm School

Growing farmers, food, and community

Assistant Farm Manager position available

Summary

The Organic Farm School (OFS) is seeking candidates for a full-time Assistant Farm Manager position. Successful candidates will assist and report to the OFS Farm Manager in accomplishing the crop production and land stewardship goals of the OFS farm while simultaneously leading and training OFS students in these farm activities.

The Organic Farm School provides experiential education to aspiring farmers on how to start and manage their own small farm through classes, group discussions, self-reflection and co-management of the OFS Student Farm. The 10-acre OFS Student Farm grows organic produce for a CSA program, farmers market and local grocers as well as produces and markets organic vegetable seed, poultry, lamb and hay. The ideal Assistant Farm Manager will be skilled in organic vegetable and seed crop production, will be a positive and effective crew leader and mentor, and have some mixed livestock and forage production experience.

The primary responsibilities of this position includes:

  • Assist the Farm Manager in all aspects of the operation and management of the OFS Farm. The farm operation includes organic vegetable and seed crop production, poultry and livestock production, hay production, cover cropping, direct marketing and site and infrastructure maintenance (45%)
  • Lead and train student farmers in all farm activities (45%)
  • Assist in the administration of the farm as well as the on-going development, implementation and evaluation of the OFS farmer training program and training farm (10%)

Qualifications and experience

The Assistant Farm Manager position requires strong farming, leadership and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have experience with team leadership and instruction, will have worked on and helped manage a successful diversified farm operation and will be a highly organized team player. Qualified candidates will be comfortable with tractors and farm equipment, proficient in most crop production activities, have a positive attitude and communicates well with staff and students. Ideal candidates also bring other skills such as mechanics, construction, research management, etc.

The following are required:

  • Minimum 3 years experience working on a commercial organic farm.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in leadership or teaching positions.

Responsibilities of the positions

Assist in the management and operation of the OFS student farm’s infrastructure, production and marketing

  • Assist in efficiently implementing production plans for crops, livestock and forage with farmer-trainees
  • Assist in implementing a farm marketing plan that includes CSA, farmers market and wholesale outlets
  • Assist in implementing soil improvement and climate-friendly farming practices
  • Assist in maintaining the farm’s equipment and infrastructure to effectively support the production goals of the program
  • Assist in maintaining accurate records as needed and help manage organic certification
  • Assist in managing farm research projects

 

Educational training of student farmers in the field

  • Train and guide farmer-trainees in farm tasks on the student farm
  • Evaluate farmer-trainee progress and offer constructive guidance
  • Provide leadership in creating a positive social environment for farmer-trainees

 

Administration of the OFS farm and education program

  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with other staff, program partners and the public
  • Assist in creating annual and long-term work plans and budgets for the farming and educational aspects of the OFS
  • Assist in managing farm and education budgets including tracking expenses and income

Compensation and schedule

Salary

  • This is a salaried position (not hourly). Salary commensurate with experience (starts at $30K/yr)

Schedule

  • Full-time. Generally M-F but flexibility is required to cover occasional evening/weekend responsibilities.
  • Location: South Whidbey Island, Washington
  • Major holidays and 15 days personal time off (appropriately timed for minimal disturbance of program)

 

The Organic Farm School is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.  We offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to join an organization whose mission is to build sustainable local food and farm systems through education and training.

To Apply:

Please familiarize yourself with our program by visiting http://organicfarmschool.org.

Qualified candidates please send a cover letter and resume to sebastian@organicfarmschool.org. We will begin screening applications as they are received, and will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Position ideally starts January 1, 2018. We appreciate all documents sent in PDF or Word format and look forward to receiving your information.