New Jersey – City Green hiring Director of Agriculture

Clifton, New Jersey

Director of Agriculture

City Green

Who are we:

City Green is a 501c(3) urban farming and gardening organization based in Clifton, NJ working to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming. It offers practical, technical and financial resources in support of environmental stewardship, equitable access to healthy food, and ecologically sustainable communities.

The Mission of the City Green Farm operation is to demonstrate sustainable and organic urban food production; increase access to local farm-fresh food; and provide meaningful job and volunteer opportunities in an agricultural setting. Through interaction with the farm operation individuals create a connection to their food; value the importance of open space; gain an appreciation for local agriculture in their own community and understand the role sustainable farming practices play in a healthy eco-system.

The City Green Farm Stand and Mobile Market program aims to connect with local governments and community organizations in northern NJ to provide increased access to, and affordability of local, farm-fresh food ensuring good food is available for all. The markets are enhanced by a Double Value Coupon program that incentivizes federal food beneficiaries to purchase healthy food grown by City Green and other local farms.

About the Vegetable Operation:

Home Site:

City Green currently manages 2 acres of intensive vegetable production for its mobile markets and community outreach outlets at its signature farm site in the city of Clifton, New Jersey.  The market gardens are currently managed using a combination of mechanical tools and hand dug beds.  There is a compact tractor and fleet of small implements that fit our intensive scale, as well as a large library of hand tools and lots of volunteers to use them!  The fields have been in vegetable and perennial fruit production since 2010, when the land was acquired.  There is also a half-acre permaculture garden that was installed two years ago that will be under the management of the Director of Farm Operations.

12-acre site:

City Green has newly acquired a 12-acre parcel of land that has the potential to dramatically increase our production capacity.  This farm is located at a satellite location about 40 minutes from the home site.  Given the high demand at City Green’s markets, this is an amazing opportunity to be able to start a larger production farm for our organization.  The 2018 season will be for planning and start-up of growing at this site, building a solid foundation for full production in 2019 and beyond.

About the Position:

Join the talented and dynamic leadership team at City Green as the new Director of Agriculture.  Responsibilities for this position include crop production planning and management, staff supervision, managing volunteer and visitor experiences in the fields, greenhouse production for the fields and for community gardens and an opportunity to design and implement a plan to increase production at our new 12-acre farm site.  The Director of Agriculture will work closely with the team of directors at City Green, and report directly to the Executive Director.  The position is full time, year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the production of organic crops at our intensive market-garden site
  • Supervise, recruit and manage seasonal farm staff
  • Manage all greenhouse production and operations
  • Create and maintain operational budget for farm operations
  • Plan, manage and participate in planting, cultivation, irrigation, and harvesting
  • Manage and care for a fleet of tractors, trucks & equipment; basic mechanic skills required
  • Work closely and cooperatively with the team at City Green to support organization-wide projects in our horticulture, education, special events, community outreach and fundraising departments
  • Direct special projects including fencing, irrigation, carpentry and other capital projects
  • Help train seasonal staff in safety regarding use of equipment, facilities and food production
  • Manage volunteer groups, both large and small in the fields and involve volunteers in all aspects of the farm operations, when possible and appropriate
  • Train high school and college interns in all aspects of crop production
  • Create and implement a plan to utilize the 12-acre, off-site parcel, including building a budget and staffing plan
  • Organize and oversee all aspects of vegetable distribution, including markets, restaurant sales and produce donations
  • Maintain a clean and organized farm, as farm beauty is a high priority at the Home Site Farm
  • Prioritize land stewardship with the City Green team of the Home farm site and 12-acre off-site parcel
  • Other duties as required

Desired Qualifications:

  • A minimum of four years of full season vegetable crop production experience and a minimum of two years of mid-level management or above.
  • Commitment to sustainable farming practices
  • Knowledge of advanced small-scale agricultural production and greenhouse propagation
  • Expertise with farm equipment and machinery
  • Experience with farm budgeting, crop planning and soil fertility planning
  • Highly motivated with the ability to train and work with a diverse group of people in a farm operation setting
  • Strong leadership, organizational, collaborative and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability in labor management
  • Attention to detail and desire to prioritize farm aesthetics is important
  • A good attitude, strong written and verbal communication skills, willingness to be flexible, and a commitment to achieving the goals of City Green are required
  • Enjoy working with people and a commitment to building community and maintaining partnerships
  • The ability to be self-motivated and to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Be willing and eager to learn new skills in order to meet the broad range of tasks that will be assigned to the position
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license.

Hours, Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive salary, commensurate upon experience.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and personal time
  • Health Insurance Reimbursement.
  • Vegetables!

o Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter and references to:

Meryl LaTronica


Illinois – The Country Experience hiring Multiple Positions

Elizabeth, Illinois

The Country Experience is 34-acre family farm in Elizabeth, Illinois. During the Summer we host children for week-long sleep-away farm camp and guests of all ages for weekend farm-stays. In the Spring and Fall, farm-stays continue while farm camp transitions to overnight school group visits, for between 3-13 days. Visitors appreciate the rural pace, beauty of our land, and the experience of life on a family farm.

Our prepared farm environment is intentionally designed to allow guests to be “inside the fences,” using real tools to do meaningful work. The logical flow of daily chores and projects, care of animals and gardens, and preparation of farm-fresh meals together in
the fully licensed commercial kitchen allows children to develop important life skills including communication and responsibility, decision making and team-work and respect for self and others. In the process, they discover a sense of who they are becoming, learn they have value, and build grit and character.

The Country Experience is hiring Multiple Positions for 2018:

Summer Farm Camp Counselor 2018

Resident Farm Coordinator 2018

New York – The Hudson Valley Farm Hub hiring ProFarmer In-field Education Manager

Hurley, New York

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is seeking a full time ProFarmer In-field Education Manager to join our team in early 2018.

ProFarmer In-field Education Manager

Position Description

Position Summary: The ProFarmer In-field Education Manager will be part of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub’s leadership team, providing practical, hands-on farmer training grounded in the seasonal work of organic vegetable production and aligned with the ecological and social justice goals of the Farm. She/he will be responsible for in-field instruction, mentoring, and the daily supervision of ProFarmer trainees, who are full-time, year-round Farm Hub employees. The ProFarmer curriculum employs both classroom and hands-on teaching methods in organic farming at a mechanized scale of production.

The In-field Education Manager will be a key member of the farm’s management team to ensure program success while helping to develop our approach to learning and fostering a culture of inclusiveness on the farm.  Additionally, the In-field Manager will help manage trainee recruitment and support program design, evaluation, and reporting.

About the ProFarmer Training Program:  The ProFarmer Training Program is an educational initiative of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, a 1,255-acre not-for-profit farm in Hurley, New York.  Through demonstration and farmer training, we provide education and raise awareness about agricultural practices that are locally rooted, equitable, ecologically regenerative, and economically viable.  The ProFarmer Program is a management level training program for those who aspire to obtain farm manager positions or to own their own farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley.

To find out more, visit the Hudson Valley Farm Hub at For more information about the ProFarmer Program, see

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

ProFarmer Training Program Development and Implementation

  • Provide instruction in organic vegetable production methods
  • Provide in-field instruction and troubleshooting on the use of tractors, implements, and other vegetable production equipment
  • Supervise the daily work of farmer trainees in the field
  • Execute the ProFarmer training curriculum in collaboration with the Farm Hub management team and external partners and faculty
  • Supervise and assess the progress of farmer trainees
  • Complete program reporting requirements through tracking of activities
  • Engage regional farmers in HVFH programs, including creation of field days and twilight meetings, workshops, and conferences both on and off the farm

Farm Operations & Administration

  • Together with the HVFH management team, participate in crop planning
  • Help coordinate HVFH operations across educational, research, and demonstration activities
  • Help manage annual work plans, budget, and capital plan
  • Serve as a public spokesperson for the Farm Hub and community ambassador as needed

Requirements and Qualifications

Required experience includes:

  • 7 or more years of organic vegetable and/or field crop production experience
  • 5 or more years of teaching or mentoring experience
  • Excellent organizational and verbal and written communication skills
  • Use of Microsoft Office software and production record systems (e.g. Agsquared)
  • Educational experience working with adults from a wide range of backgrounds and education levels
  • Demonstrated success in management and supervision of staff
  • Willingness to have a flexible schedule with some evening and weekend hours as required

Preferred experience includes:

  • Agricultural education and/or workforce development experience
  • Pesticide Applicator certification
  • Experience developing curriculum, including program design and creation of lesson plans
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Use of alternative education methods (e.g. popular/participatory education, project-based learning)

The ProFarmer In-field Education Manager is a full-time, salaried position. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and are an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to by  January 20, 2018.

Virginia – Project Grows hiring Food Access Coordinator

Augusta County, Virginia




Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, gardenbased education and 2) access to nutritious local food. Project GROWS
cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Farm Assistant, and Education Manager.
The FAC will primarily be responsible for 3 core areas of food access programming:
 Farmer’s markets: management, planning, promotion, fundraising, programs, and oversight (North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Youth-Run Farm Stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Health Department WIC (women and infant children) market)
 Farm sales & donations: (develop relationships with partner organizations such as the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and cafeteria managers at local public schools, assist with CSA member promotion and relationship management, establish wholesale partners, develop systems to record data)
 Community outreach & marketing – volunteer appreciation events, and summer volunteer night series, community garden work days, working with community partners on off-site garden development.
Other Job Responsibilities Include:
 Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of food access programs in the community and be able to relay that information via grant reports
 Work closely with community partners to develop additional food access programming in the community
 Chair a Food Access Program committee of the board
 Participate in farm tasks, garden education, special events, volunteer management, and administrative tasks as needed.
 Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops as well as willingness to speak at conferences, and to donor groups and other community groups.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
 Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team
 Excellent communication and leadership skills, and ability to work well with variety of customers, vendors, and community members including youth from diverse backgrounds
 A minimum of 2 years nonprofit or related work experience
 Detail-oriented with considerable attention to customer service, and timely communication
 A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
 A desire to improve our local food system, work to understand the underlying causes of barriers to food access in our community, and come up with creative solutions as part of a team
 Strong work ethic with a willingness to learn and work efficiently, as well as able to follow direction

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Food Access Coordinator to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting gardening, comfortable working  independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth and adults on and off-site.
Other Requirements:
 Cell phone communication
 Frequent computer and internet access
 Reliable transportation
 A valid driver’s license
 Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
 Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Applicants must be available to work most Saturdays during the farmer’s market season (May to September).

Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at

Massachusetts – Wright-Locke Farm hiring Education Director

 Winchester, Massachusetts

Wright-Locke Farm (

Education Director – Position Description

Wright-Locke Farm is now hiring an Education Director to develop, manage, and facilitate youth and adult education programs. This person will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the farm’s educational programs and will report to the farm’s Executive Director. The Education Director is a full-time, year-round salaried position. Compensation will be based on experience.

Wright-Locke Farm is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 community farm located in Winchester, MA. The farm grows certified organic produce and flowers, raises small animals, offers a wide variety of farm-based educational programs, and hosts public and private events on its historic farmstead. The farm has a rich history, having been continuously farmed since 1638. Today, it’s operated by paid staff and many dedicated volunteers.

The Education Director’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of the farm’s educational programs. More specifically, the Education Director is responsible for:

Developing education programs

  • Planning and creating schedules and curricula for both youth and adult programs
  • Finding, hiring and coordinating with adult education program hosts (includes coordinating program plans and supplies needed, determining appropriate compensation for service, and handling scheduling and fees associated with kitchen rentals and permits as necessary)
  • Community outreach to expand the number of children, teens, and adults partaking in the farm’s educational offerings, including coordinating future farm visits and enrichment programs
  • Creating and maintaining community partnerships, including coordinating partner programs both on and off the farm
  • Researching and planning for future programs

Managing education programs

  • Hiring, training, and managing all education staff including the Assistant Education Director and Seasonal Educators who lead/colead seasonal youth programs
  • Recruiting and coordinating volunteers to assist staff during youth education programs
  • Purchasing durable and nondurable supplies as necessary
  • Organizing and cleaning program and work areas as well as supplies/tools
  • Managing the farm’s two youth education gardens
    • Planning for each growing season
    • Purchasing seeds/seedlings
    • Planting (includes starting seedlings in the greenhouse, direct seeding, and transplanting)
    • Maintaining both gardens throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons
    • Harvesting outside of programs if necessary

Facilitating education programs

  • Leading a significant number of seasonal youth programs during the spring, summer, and fall
  • Leading both youth and adult educational farm visits that may include a hands-on volunteer component when desired and appropriate
  • Leading off-site youth and adult enrichment programs
  • Leading a significant number of seasonal adult programs during the spring, summer, and fall
  • Assisting hired hosts before, during, and after adult education programs (includes setting up, welcoming/checking in participants, collecting payments, and cleaning up)

Administrative functions related to education programs

  • Marketing youth and adult programs (both print and web-based)
  • Marketing education jobs (web-based)
  • Updating farm education-specific webpages on
    • Updating webpage content through WordPress
    • Creating and updating program registration functions through CiviCRM
  • Database management related to youth and adult program registration through CiviCRM (includes collecting and recording payments for programs)
  • Education-related correspondence (email, phone, etc) and managing customer relations with care to maintain positive relationships with parents of children attending youth programs, participants of adult programs, and groups partaking in on-farm and off-site programs
  • Grant writing and submitting annual reports as necessary
  • Annual education budget evaluation and planning
  • Attending farm staff meetings

Candidates for the Education Director position should:

  • Have significant experience working with children in an educational program capacity;  developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
  • Have a strong desire to create and teach youth and adult curricula related to sustainable small-scale agriculture, healthy seasonal cooking, and related subjects
  • Be passionate about working with children of ages 4 – 14 in an organic farm setting
  • Have significant experience working with adults in an educational program capacity; developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
  • Have significant experience managing teen and/or adult volunteers; experience managing volunteers in a youth education program capacity is preferred
  • Be very organized, detail-oriented, and able to efficiently multitask
  • Have a positive attitude, be a strong and dedicated leader, and be able to adapt to changing environments and circumstances
  • Be extremely comfortable working outdoors- rain or shine!
  • Be comfortable utilizing and maintaining shared work areas
  • Be comfortable with public speaking
  • Be comfortable cooking with both kids and adults and teaching culinary skills
  • Be comfortable gardening with kids
  • Be comfortable working with/handling farm animals (no experience required)
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs and spend a significant amount of time standing/walking
  • Have reliable housing and transportation
  • Have reliable technology (laptop, cell phone) necessary for the job
  • Have a willingness to travel for off-site programs when necessary (includes using one’s own vehicle for such programs)
  • Pending emergencies and excused absences, the Education Director must be able to commit to working full-time at the farm during the program season (this includes some weekends and weeknights); there is some flexibility in on-site work outside of the program season (the program season is currently March – early November)

If you are interested in the Education Director position, please send a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Archie McIntyre at as soon as possible. Please include 2 – 3 references (professional references preferred) on your resume or cover letter. Interviews will be scheduled December 2017 – January 2018 or until the position is filled.

If you have questions concerning the position description that you would like answered before submitting a resume and cover letter, please also send them to Executive Director Archie McIntyre at

California – Sierra Harvest hiring Farm Crew Member

Nevada City, California

Job Title:  Farm Crew Member

Type: Employment / Education

Employment Type:  Part-time and Full-time

Category:  Farming/Agriculture

Company Name:       Sierra Harvest
313 Railroad Ave, Suite 201
Nevada City CA 95959

Job Details:

Learn to farm!  Hone your skills with Farm Crew!  Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County, California.  Host-farm job opportunities vary from part-time to full-time.  Some include housing.  In addition to on-the-job training, Farm Crew members will meet every other week for advanced production skills classes taught in the field by local experts.  At least one season of experience is strongly encouraged.  To learn more and apply, visit our website:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Job responsibilities and wages will be determined by individual host farms. Our host farms produce a diversity of crops including vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat. Examples of the type of work you may be doing: growing starts in the greenhouse, prepping soil for planting, planting, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, post-harvest washing and packing, selling at market, making deliveries, animal care and all the other aspects of running a commercial farm.  Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected.  To learn more about our host farms, visit

Farm Crew members are required to attend advanced production skills class every other week from May to November.  The proposed classes for the 2018 season are:

  • Transplants and Direct Seeding for Production Success
  • Plant Propagation and Green House Management
  • Natural and Organic Fertilization and Composting
  • Row Crop Irrigation, How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results
  • Identifying Pests, Beneficial Insects and Management Options
  • Soil Tillage, Cultivation and Ecological Weed Management
  • Crop Planning, Successions, Seed Ordering
  • Wholesale Basics
  • Build Soils with Cover Crops
  • Permaculture for a Rich and Abundant Future
  • An Introduction to Biodynamics
  • Small Farm Mechanics and Maintenance
  • Crop Season Extension Ideas

Experience & Education:

Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:

-Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
-Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season,
-Have spent at least one season farming,
-Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
-Committed to independent learning.

Application Instructions:

To learn more and apply, please go to

Applications must be submitted by 12/31/17.  After an initial screening, qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season with positions offered by March 2018.  Start dates will be determined by host farms.

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Farm Manager

Staunton, Virginia

POSITION TITLE:  Allegheny Farm Manager (AFM)

MISSION:  Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.


Reporting to the AMI Executive Director, the AFM is responsible for most operational aspects of the Allegheny Farm.


The AFM is a full-time, exempt position at our Highland County Campus.  Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs (preparation at the beginning of the season and end of season, for instance). Education of the broader community is a key component of Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area.  All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AFM should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.


Agricultural / Animal

  • Responsible for the organic, sustainable management of all operational aspects of the AMI agricultural and meat production including:  plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control, organic orchard management, and animal husbandry (including poultry, apiary operations, and future bovine, swine, caprine, ovine and dairy operations).
  • Develop, establish and maintain the nourishment and health of the soil food web of AMI gardens to promote the health and vitality of the food we produce.
  • Manage and directly supervise the Lead Gardener.
  • Manage greenhouse propagation of seeds and starts.
  • Manage and develop crop rotation for season extension in the high tunnels.
  • Orchard management, including the establishment, pest protection, and plant guild selection of orchard and berry crops.
  • Manage mulching and weed control, including procurement of input materials.
  • Maintain garden tools and equipment storage; keep inventory and maintenance records.
  • Develop and maintain livestock facility as needed including grazing systems, fence and gate moving and repair, and water management.
  • Develop, establish, maintain healthy pasture management, disease control, and animal rotation.
  • Perform grass cutting and weed eating around gardens and orchards.
  • Invasive weed (Autumn Olive, Thistle) eradication, coordinated with Allegheny Farm Caretaker.

Facilities & General Management

  • Provide regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
  • Irrigation systems.
    Inspections and managing repairs of all farm infrastructure; garden fences; rodent control.
    Plan and implement an efficient, working composting system for garden and orchard use.
    Provide regular operational farm maintenance, including:
  • Water system inspections; report to Allegheny Caretaker if issues arise.
    General overseeing of operational facilities, including inspections and managing repairs of buildings and farm infrastructure.
    Manage High Tunnel / Greenhouse integrity and heating/cooling and ventilation systems.
    Fixing items or overseeing repairs done by others.
    Maintain Farm vehicle and equipment maintenance records.   The Farm Caretaker will be responsible for maintaining vehicles and equipment while the Allegheny Farm Manager will maintain record keeping for farm vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  • Research equipment purchase and schedule delivery or pick up as needed.
  • Assist in heavy lifting/moving as needed.
  • Provide regular waste removal from the Allegheny Farm.
  • Ensure high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order on the Allegheny Farm.
  • Establish processes for upkeep of pantries, cold storage, root cellars, and feed rooms to ensure appropriate temperatures / humidities, and the vitality, safety and quantities of foodstuffs to meet requirements.
  • Establish best practices and processes for the Allegheny Farm record keeping systems.
  • Manage budget for Farm expenditures, including ordering, purchasing, and maintaining records.
  • Manage and mentor Fellows on farm-related work and educational opportunities during Phase I of the Fellowship.
  • Meet with AMI staff team, once per week to review and plan assignments. Work closely and collaboratively with the AMI Education Director to ensure proactive guidance and supervision of Phase I Fellows and the learning environment.
  • Work in collaboration with Allegheny Farm Caretaker on routine maintenance needs of farm and equipment and with the AMI Farm Operations Committee on big picture strategic plans and needs of Allegheny Farm.
  • Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.
  • Participate in Open Houses, public visits and educational outreach events as needed.

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