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.

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Panama – Kalu Yala Institute hiring Kitchen Manager and Head Chef

Kitchen Manager and Head Chef
Kalu Yala Institute

Panama
Start date May 1st, 2017 
Contact: Melissa Mazurkewicz, melissa.mazurkewicz@kaluyala.com

You have a passion for nutritious food and organization. You enjoy finding local producers that can provide a regular supply of fresh, healthy food in order to feed up to 200 people a day. You are an organizer and can plan 30 days in advance. You enjoy collaborating with chefs as well as spending time creating and updating spreadsheets. You promote creative expression of yourself and others via culinary arts in a mentorship role. You love working in an outdoor kitchen. You can delegate and empower others on your team. You know how to manage a budget and keep track of finances.

As Kalu Yala Kitchen Manager and Executive Chef you will manage our public house style on-site kitchen while attempting to be Zero Waste and source ingredients as local and seasonal as possible. You will carry out the vision and mission of our previous Executive Chef by operating a arts style kitchen, utilizing the creativity and skills of each kitchen team member.  At our off-the-grid location, you will make sure everyone is well fed, food is delivered on time and in the right quantity, and that the kitchen is kept meticulously clean and organized.

You will work Monday through Friday and coordinate that food is set up for the weekends. You will work with your supervisor to set goals and track them throughout the semester.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Spanish speaker

  • Wilderness First Responder or other medical training

  • CPR certified

  • Manual vehicle/4×4 experience

  • Flexible and resilient

  • Experience living in community

REQUIREMENTS

  1. 3-5 years working in a commercial kitchen with kitchen management experience or degree related to culinary arts with relevant experience

  2. Strong planner who enjoys organization

  3. Group leadership and managerial skills

  4. Experience cooking for large groups

  5. Conversational Spanish

  6. Excited to connect to members of the local community

  7. Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here: www.kaluyala.com

  8. Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in the Panamanian jungle

BENEFITS

  • $2,000 per month in salary, which is actually quite significant in Panama’s jungles

  • Bonus based on performance review

  • Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp

  • 6 weeks paid vacation, accrued semesterly