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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bee Love Farms hiring Farm Worker

Coloma, California

Bee Love Farms has an opening for a person with experience in permaculture, farming and composting to take on a role as farm manager or care taker/Permaculture specialist and this could be either a trade or a paid position.

The main tasks would include:

  • keeping farm facility and classroom ready for Nonprofit eco science programs for 4th and 5th grade students (they arrive with naturalists that facilitate their program on our facility)
  • composting kitchen scraps from our cafe
  • making compost tea
  • caring for the chickens
  • caring for the worms
  • caring for the bees
  • maintaining the learning garden, food forest and market garden
  • planting seeds directly and in green house
  • harvest and delivery to our cafe
  • helping to develop a medicinal tea garden
  • organize schedule and train WWOOFers or farm staff when we have additional seasonal help.
  • possibly teaching workshops if the experience level was there (this would be a paid set fee or split of participants)

We offer seasonal workshops in Flower Essences, bee keeping, nutrition and Permaculture, composting, worm farms and other soil topics. These are usually open to WWOOFers or staff at no charge or a discounted price.

Please email resume to: brigette@beelovefarms.com

California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Farm Manager

Encinitas, California

Job Description: Farm Manager

 Position:              Farm Manager

Status:                  Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Hours:                  40 hours per week, Sunday through Thursday

Reports to:         Associate Director

 Position Overview

Coastal Roots Farm is seeking an experienced Farm Manager to oversee all areas of production, including crop fields, food forest, vineyard, animals and composting. The Farm Manager will manage five farm employees, and oversee farm budgets and strategic planning efforts. In addition, the Farm Manager will support the development of farmer training and educational programs at Coastal Roots Farm. As a member of the farm leadership team, the Farm Manager will work closely with senior staff to support organizational development and health.

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Our goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.

The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. More than 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farm stand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.

As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, Jewish traditions, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.

Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

 About the Leichtag Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $$110 million in assets and has granted more than $110 million since its inception in 1991. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, Leichtag Commons is situated in an ideal North County location.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Production and Distribution:

  • Manage all production departments, including vegetables, herbs, flowers, food forest, vineyard, animals and composting.
  • Manage all farm distribution efforts, including farm stands, CSA and wholesale and donation distribution.
  • Oversee infrastructure development and management, irrigation, farm maintenance, safety, cleanliness and organization.
  • Supervise farm staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Manage weekly farm schedule, and farm-wide policies and procedures.
  • Manage farm record keeping, purchasing, billing, receiving, etc.
  • Ensure farm compliance with local, state and federal regulations, and maintain organic certification.
  • Manage annual budget and strategic development for the farm.
  • Support resource development for farm.
  • Incorporate Jewish agricultural practices into the development and management of the farm.

Training and Replication:

  • Lead the development of farmer training and apprenticeship programs
  • Support farm development and consulting efforts

 Education and Events:

  • Lead farm education workshops, presentations, etc.
  • Integrate Jewish practices and traditions to programming and communications.
  • Assist in planning and implementation of farm education and events.
  • Host guests and lead tours, highlighting our farming practices.
  • Provide general support at Coastal Roots Farm programs and events.

 General Administration:

  • Provide outstanding management and mentoring to direct reports and to all Coastal Roots Farm staff.
  • Partner with Leichtag property staff regarding policies, property maintenance and infrastructure projects.
  • Participate in regular farm leadership team meetings and full staff meetings.
  • Attend professional development opportunities, as appropriate.
  • Engage with other organizations and opportunities throughout the North County Hub, E3Cluster, San Diego County, California and nationally.

 Required Qualifications and Experiences

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience and a relevant college degree, within the fields of organic/biodynamic farm management focused on agricultural education.
  • Outstanding and proven skills in managing diverse teams with maximized productivity and efficiency.
  • Passion for interacting with and educating community members, volunteers and staff of varied ages and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and passion for community farming, food justice, food systems development, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of agricultural equipment use and safety.
  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development skills.
  • Ability to be open and flexible to new ways of working with diverse communities.
  • Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to challenges.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team environment.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Detail oriented.
  • A valid driver’s license.

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Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Educator/Market Gardener

Ephrata, Washington

Educator/ Market Gardener (full-time paid position)

Cloudview Farm offers a variety of on-farm experiences for student and community groups.  We are seeking an educator who can both maintain our current offerings and develop Cloudview Farms’ programming. The educator will also help with garden operations. To give visitors a more authentic experience the Educator/ Market Gardener should be familiar with the gardens and animals.

Most visitors are preschool-3rd graders that come for 90-minute field trips and choose between a six plant part lesson and a plant life-cycle curriculum. In 2016, we offered summer day camps for the first time and hope to expand our camps and programming when school is not in session. We also collaborate with an elementary school on a door-to-door school fundraiser selling carrots. As new groups approach us with unique goals we innovate to meet their needs. Also in 2016, first time visitors included culinary students from and area technical high school, wheelchair-bound patients from a physical rehabilitation center, and a professional teacher training academy.

Job responsibilities:

  • Support and maintain current garden education programming

    • Lead approximately 30 preschool-3rd grade student field trips in the spring and fall with groups of 10 to 60 students.

    • Organize and manage summer day camps

    • Host 10 to 15 8th grade students from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle for one week in the fall.

    • Emcee the Annual Fall Festival during the 1st Saturday in October.

  • Promote and expand garden education programming

  • Promote education programs through social media, website, and email announcements

  • Coordinate with other farm and garden staff to develop gardens and property that support programming

  • Give public presentations

  • Work in the garden to support the CSA and farmers’ market programs

    • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

    • Provide garden labor including weeding, mowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting

    • Participate in CSA box deliveries

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 2 years outdoor education experience, management preferred

  • Farm or garden experience

Compensation:

  • $21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience

  • Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and  farm food included

To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.

Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Market Garden Farmer

Ephrata, Washington

Cloudview Farm produces a diverse weekly offering for the Ephrata Farmers’ Market and a ~50 member CSA program from the end of May until the end of October. We grow according to USDA organic standards.  We are currently managing 3 acres of garden in cover crops and growing cash crops on ~½ acre.

Job responsibilities:

  • Run a 50 member CSA program

  • Staff the Ephrata Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from May-October

  • Manage 1 to 2 farmworkers during weekly operations

  • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

  • Irrigate gardens and surrounding property

  • Repair and maintain irrigation system

  • Order seed and supplies

  • Plan for growing season and manage succession planting and crop calendar

  • Maintain disease and pest management practices

  • Follow USDA organic growing standards and keep records of seeding, planting, soil amendment, pest and disease control.

  • Manage greenhouse and high tunnel production

  • Manage CSA administration and write and distribute weekly newsletter

  • Manage produce marketing

  • Coordinate with other farm and education staff to develop gardens and property that support educational programming

  • Assist with educational programming that pertains specifically to organic gardening

Skills and experience:

  • At least 2 years farming experience, management preferred

  • Must have tractor experience (tilling, seeding, bed-making, mowing)

  • Must be able to use tools and machines (weed wacker, mower, flame weeders, seeders, power tools)

Compensation:

  • $21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience

  • Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and farm food included

To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.

Washington – Songaia Garden hiring Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club

Bothell, Washington

Songaia Garden Manager

The Songaia Garden is supported by the Garden-to-Table Club, an activity within an intentional co-housing community in Bothell, Washington. Over the last 25 years it has evolved into an important focus of our work towards a sustainable future. Significant steps towards living lightly on the land have manifested through the development of organic, permaculture-based systems, which include food forests, our quarter acre main garden, and orchards. In 2016 we harvested over 5,000 pounds of organic produce. We educate interns and others in the principles and practical application of the permaculture method.

Mission of the Songaia Garden

To grow an abundance of vegetables, fruits and nuts to feed our community (via the Garden-to-Table Club) throughout the year. To act as a Permaculture teaching site and to involve and inspire the Greater Neighborhood and surrounding communities to participate in the wonder of growing food together and experiencing the joys of our unique community.

Position

Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club

Compensation

$15,000 per year.  This is a part-time contract position.  Therefore, the Garden Manager will arrange his or her hours as needed to supervise interns and volunteers during the growing season (approximately mid-April through mid-October) and to coordinate preparations for the upcoming season during the winter months.  Contract will be paid in two segments, $3000 for November-March and $12,000 for March-October.

Benefits: Free membership in Garden-To-Table Club, $500 educational allowanceContract positions do not pay into Social Security and L&I, or deduct income tax.

Duties

  • Coordinate Garden Activities.
  • Daily operations. Optimize food production and use of garden produce by Garden-to-Table Club members. Participate in and supervise all aspects of the day-to-day chores of permaculture fruit and vegetable production, including bed preparation, planting, managing invasive weeds, mulching, composting, and watering. Document yield and report annual yield to community.
  • Increase soil fertility. Utilize permaculture principals such as crop rotation, guild planting and various composting methods. Arrange for winter composting of food waste from Club meals.
  • Winter garden preparation. Coordinate the early preparation of the garden (primarily performed by the garden team) including the planning of crops, seed procurement, propagation, preparation and care of seedlings and transplants from greenhouse.
  • Manage orchards and food forest. Lead care for the large number of fruit trees. Includes planting, watering, disease control, fruit thinning, pruning, removal of dead or diseased trees, mulching and extensive harvesting. Teach food forest design, implement guilding as feasible, and coordinate ongoing maintenance, including management of invasive weeds.
  • Process harvest. Participate in and instruct volunteers and interns in the preservation of food for winter consumption. This may include canning, drying, fermenting and freezing.
  • Coordinate Volunteers and Intern Program
  • Community volunteers. Provide and encourage opportunities for our residential and extended Songaia community to participate in garden work. Examples include garden team projects, community-wide work parties, and harvest processing events. Reach out to surrounding community, volunteer organizations and schools. Support community members in developing garden related proposals according to their passions and interests. Examples might include food forests, chicken husbandry, and bee keeping.
  • Internship program. Recruit interested interns, including communication with the WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program and local colleges. Plan weekly meetings to develop priorities and discuss garden issues. Oversee day-to-day scheduling, instruction, supervision and guidance. Set priorities and assign interns for completion of those priorities. Provide evaluations and letters of recommendation. Supervise housing and community participation by interns.
  • Arrange for appropriate coursework and teach interns about organic gardening and permaculture through weekly classes, field trips and recommended reading. Serve as an educational resource for volunteers by providing expertise and support. Infuse all teaching with the principles of sustainability, land stewardship, climate change awareness and minimal disturbance of nature’s processes. Utilize and model permaculture principles in problem–solving.
  • Network with wider Permaculture community.  Attend the annual Permaculture Convergence and facilitate intern participation in the Convergence.
  • Administrative Duties
  • Manage budget. Approve expenditures from appropriate budget line items of Songaia Association and the Garden to Table Club. Obtain regular financial reports from the bookkeepers of these organizations. Report financial status at least quarterly.
  • Web-based communications. Post materials on Songaia garden web page, Facebook page, Meet-up or other relevant social media formats. Send appropriate email announcements to Songaia community, volunteers, and interns.
  • Garden Logistics. Handle all garden related logistics including facilitating infrastructure improvements (e.g. fencing) and repair, deliveries (e.g. manure, mulch). Coordinate the design and operation of irrigation systems.
  • Attend regular relevant committee meetings, as well as community-wide meetings, subcommittee meetings, Club meetings, and so forth as appropriate for the role of Garden Manager.

  

Skills

Knowledge of Permaculture gardening principles and techniques. Continue reading

Oregon – Earth Art Ag hiring Part-time Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon
Part-time Garden Educator
 

Earth Art Ag is a Portland-based non-profit that teaches garden education in 11 public K-8 schools.  We are currently hiring a Part-time Garden Educator for the 2017-2018 school year.  This position requires flexible hours, excellent time management skills, experience working with youth in a garden/farm setting, and a passion for making garden education accessible and culturally meaningful to all students.

WHEN:  late August 2017- June 2018 (with the opportunity to stay on for the following school year)

WHERE:  2 schools in SE Portland, OR

TIME:  2 days/week Sept-June (no programming in Dec.), approx. 15-20 hrs/week

PAY:  $17-18/hr (DOE) + 10% health/retirement benefits

TO APPLY:  Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Djamila Moore (Education Director) at djamila@earthartag.org by July 14, 2017.

Please see full job description here: EAA Part-time Garden Educator Job Description 2017

More info at our website:  earthartag.org