Farm Manager, U. of Colorado, Boulder

The Farm Manager is responsible for oversight and management of the daily operations of the Village Center greenhouse. This position will work with soil and soilless agriculture in order to develop crop and harvest schedules. The Farm Manager will work with others within the CDS community to make recommendations about new plant and crop varieties to grow and add to current menus with the goal of delivering high quality plants and produce year-round. In addition, the position is tasked with researching and implementing innovative farming technologies that allow for continuous improvement opportunities with CDS.

This position may require working longer hours and being on call to attend to the farm holidays and weekends if necessary.

Who we are:
Housing & Dining Services provides services to over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the CU Boulder campus. Our 650 full time staff and 1000 student staff strive to provide excellent customer service and to support student success through our programs in residence hall and apartment living, dining services and catering, conference services and childcare. The Housing & Dining Services Campus Dining leads the industry with superior quality food and exceptional dining experiences. We have 13 convenient campus locations, including all-you-care-to-eat dining centers, grab-n-go’s, convenience stores, coffee shops, bakery, and a late-night café.

Key Responsibilities:
Growing
Manage year-round production planning including:
Execute appropriate crop rotations, pest management, irrigation, fertilization harvesting and other cultivation techniques.
Responsible for management of growing conditions and nutrient mixes for optimal production that enhances taste, nutrition, speed of crop turnover and overall quality.
Manually harvest crops and prepare harvested crops for transportation to all units.
Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals and garden care equipment.
Position and regulate plant irrigation systems and program environmental and irrigation controls.
Perform manual agriculture, aquaculture or horticultural tasks.

Management
Work with culinary leadership to determine crops to be grown.
Confer with management to report conditions, plan planting and harvesting schedules, and to discuss changes in fertilizer, herbicides, or cultivating techniques.
Train employees, volunteers and student staff in horticultural techniques, such as germinating, propagating, harvesting, and grading and packing.
Subject matter expert and is responsible for review of employees work to ascertain quality and quantity of work performed, and makes recommendations for improvement as needed.

Participate in inspections of facilities to determine maintenance needs, related to environmental control system, irrigation/fertilization system and general facility upkeep.
Keep up to date with developments and interests in the market and on other developments in horticulture applicable to company progress and excellence.
Facilitate community engagement through leading tours and information sessions.
Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff or volunteers and supervise their work.
Follow best practices for food and workplace safety and sanitation of operation.

Record Keeping
Maintain audit trail for all activities from input purchasing through growing.
Keep detailed records of all harvested produce as well as all production budgets.
Provide detailed analysis of production records to meet marketing and management needs.
Record and track all crop rotations and planting diagrams.
What you should know:
You will need the ability to perform physical activity: lifting (up to 100 lbs. assisted); carrying (50 lbs.).
You must have a valid driver’s license.
This position may require working longer hours and being on call to attend to the farm holidays and weekends if necessary.

Qualifications
What we require:
Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agronomy, biology or similar field.
Experience may substitute for a degree on a year for year basis.
Must also possess 2 additional years’ experience with focus in horticultural space (hydroponics/aeroponics experience necessary), growing baby greens, micro greens, living lettuces and herbs, controlled environment systems, including hydroponics, growing systems, and environmental control systems (e.g. Argus, Priva), preferably in a multi-level environment, scheduling planting and cropping to meet customer demand.
Thorough knowledge of plant growing, disease prevention, and pest remediation, especially IPM principles.

Servsafe certified and or certificate appropriate for the position level or the ability to obtain Servsafe certification or certificate appropriate to position level within 6 months of hire. Must possess appropriate Servsafe certification or certificate appropriate to position level for the duration of employment with CDS.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

What you will need:
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with direct reports, peers, clients and service providers inside and outside the organization.
Ability to instruct team on control systems, fertilization, CO2, water, power and environmental control.

Preferred:
Master’s degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or a similar field.
Experience growing in a closed environment (e.g. greenhouse).
Experience with food safety and HACCP protocols and auditing procedures.

Anticipated salary for this position is $50,000.

For more information: Colorado State Farm Manager Job

Farm Director, Wakeman Town Farm, Westport CT

POSITION: Wakeman Town Farm Director

SALARY:

$ 20,000 – $ 24,000 Annual salary plus benefits
Four weeks paid vacation, 401K with match
Free rent ($67,000 value) including utilities
Access to Westport Public Schools

RESPONSIBILITIES: Seeking year round Farm Director to live and work at the newly renovated Wakeman Town Farm (WTF), an educational farm and sustainability center in Westport. As the public face of the Town Farm, this is a key role for a visionary with a passion for organic farming, sustainability, public education, and community. The Director maintains the 2.5-acre grounds including the general upkeep of the farmhouse and doing daily farm and animal chores. Will develop and implement farm-based educational programs including hiring and overseeing part-time teachers and seasonal counselors. Develop and teach seasonal workshops and oversee at least two farm events a year (with help from the WTF Committee). Responsible for the Spring High School internship program and the spring and fall Junior Apprentice Program. Coordinate with the Committee and Westport’s Public School to run Farm tours. Must keep up with agricultural trends and share new techniques with students and residents.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree required, related to farming and/or Animal Husbandry preferred. Teaching and relevant farm experience preferred. Must have strong administrative skills; responsible for the farm’s management. Criminal background and reference checks required prior to employment.

APPLY TO: Personnel/HR Department

dferrante@westportct.gov
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue Room 208
Westport, CT 06880

Youth Farm Specialist, Austin Texas

Employer: Urban Roots
Position: Youth Farm Specialist
Location: Austin, TX
Report to: Programs Director & Farm Director
Full-time salaried
Preferred start date: August 1
Hiring Contact: jobs@urbanrootsatx.org
Who We Are:
Urban Roots is a rapidly growing non-profit organization that uses food and
farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and
nourish the community. On a 3 1⁄2 acre urban farm, Urban Roots provides
teenagers and young adults paid service opportunities that strengthen them as
leaders while building professional and life skills. Urban Roots engages young
people to practice meaningful hard work, to connect with the land and food,
and to serve their community. In addition, each year we engage more than one
thousand volunteers through farm work days, provide educational tours to
school and community groups, and donate thousands of pounds of farm-fresh
produce to local hunger relief agencies.

The Guiding Principles of Urban Roots:
1. We provide a High Quality, Transformational Experience for youth and
community members.
2. We celebrate “Rigor” and Meaningful, Hard Work.
3. We build Strong Relationships.
4. We cultivate Intentionality in our work.
5. We engage our work with a Spirit of Celebration and Joy.
6. We Honor and Respect Diversity.

Job Summary:
The Urban Roots Youth Farm Specialist (YFS) ensures the success of youth and
community members engaged in Urban Roots’ unique ecosystem of multiple year-
round youth leadership development programs and supports Urban Roots’
agricultural activities, using sustainable farming practices to maintain a
productive community farm. Working closely with the Programs Director and the
Farm Director, the YFS coordinates and leads young people (14-23) through UR
innovative youth development techniques, integrating farm work, field trips to
local soup kitchens, and farmers’ markets and provides critical agricultural
support in crop management, harvesting, processing, irrigation, and farm and
orchard maintenance work. This position will be the key liaison between the
farm and program teams during youth programming on the Urban Roots farm,
requiring a love for growing food and meaningful hard work and the ability to
share and model this interest and passion to youth.

We are looking for you, if:
– You love building meaningful relationships with young people and supporting
their personal and professional growth, and know how to balance effective
supervision with building strong relationships
– You thrive when leading groups, and enjoy creating empowering opportunities
for others to accomplish challenging tasks efficiently
– You are committed to justice and sustainability, have a great sense of
humor, and view yourself as someone still learning and growing
– You possess supreme organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple
projects with grace
– You have one or more seasons of experience with organic or sustainable food
production and one or more years working with young people from diverse
backgrounds
– You are willing to work Saturdays and weekday evenings and are energized by
working in a fast-paced, outdoor environment in all types of weather
– You have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, ability to safely
drive a UPS-style box truck and a 15-passenger van, and are able to lift up to
50 lbs.

Compensation:
This is a full-time position with a salary range starting at $30,000. Benefits
include paid time off, a healthcare salary adjustment, farm fresh produce, and
a fun and flexible work culture.

To Apply:
Submit your resume and a detailed cover letter describing your team leadership
style and explaining what inspires you about this role to
jobs@urbanrootsatx.org. Please reference “Youth Farm Specialist Search” in the
subject line. No Phone calls please.

New Roots Coordinator, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Atlanta, GA

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees, and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 29 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.

The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.

Job Overview/Summary:
The New Roots program works with IRC clients and the community-at-large in two main areas: 1) youth gardening & food justice and 2) food security and nutrition. The program’s goals are to connect IRC clients and the community with access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food options; provide nutrition and garden-based science education in the U.S. context;  and facilitate participation in gardening/food production programs.
Major Responsibilities:
Design and oversee all aspects of the New Roots program in Atlanta
Develop and implement educational programs for youth, including gardening, food justice, and garden-based science activities
Develop and implement educational programs for adults, including nutrition, food security, and gardening programs
Assist with the development of community-based collaborations around nutrition education, food access, and food justice
Provide technical advice to support school gardens and assist with garden site maintenance
Conduct outreach to the community and manage recruitment of New Roots participants, including high school student interns
Pursue funding opportunities for the New Roots program
Maintain thorough and accurate records for all program-related activities
Supervise Americorps members, volunteers, and interns
Oversee and complete administrative duties, including report writing, completing expense reports, monitoring and reporting volunteer time, and other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:
Strong knowledge of agriculture and production
Experience coordinating a horticultural program and designing and delivering training
Experience developing and implementing science-based educational programs
BA degree in agriculture, nutrition, or related field and/or a minimum of two years of relevant experience
Excellent communication skills and proven ability to work with diverse populations; experience with refugee or immigrant populations preferred
Access to reliable transportation
Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
Working Environment: The New Roots Coordinator is based in the IRC Atlanta office, which is a standard office work environment. The Coordinator carries out various job activities in school and community gardens.

For more information: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=15362

Hop and Cider Orchard Manager

Position Title
Hop and Cider Orchard Manager
Position Description
Job: Responsible for care and expansion of a 1/3 acre organic hop yard and a 1-acre organic apple orchard. Interface with brewers and cider makers at the farm. Looking for full-time employee but will consider part-time/seasonal candidates.

Location: Wappinger Falls New York (65 miles north of NYC) in the Hudson Valley. Farm is less than a mile from New Hamburg Metro-North Station

Job Description:
Obercreek Brewing Company and Obercreek Cider Company is seeking and individual to care and maintain the orchard and hop yard and to create an expansion plan in conjunction with management of the two entities.

Background: Obercreek Farm is an organic farm, producing mainly vegetables for both commercial and CSA markets. In 2013, Obercreek farm planted 1/3 acre of several hop varietals to determine whether organic production was viable in our region. In 2016, Obercreek Brewing Company was established and renovations occurred to create a brew house on the farm. In 2016 Obercreek Cider Company was established and a 4.5-acre field was prepared for an organic orchard of bitter sweet and bitter-sharp varietals. The first trees will be planted in spring of 2017.

Experience:
Seeking individual with some experience at a commercial orchard. Some experience with orchard and hop yard care and cultivation desired. Knowledge of brewing and fermentation techniques desired. General farm experience, preferably with organic methods or Integrated Pest Management desired.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Housing: 1 bedroom apartment available on farm.

Spear Spring Farm Worker(s)

Spear Spring Farm
Warren, Maine

Farm Labor Job Description
Spear Spring Farm is a historic 150-acre “organic practice” diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine. The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking a couple or two individuals to help us bring the farm back into production. A small bunkhouse (brand new!) will soon be available with private bathroom and electricity. We will be planting a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we expect to sell primarily through our on-site farm store, CSA, and wholesale accounts. We may also choose to add livestock and other farm activities down the road. We place a special emphasis on growing practices that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for people with a passion for sustainable agriculture and out of the box thinking to join our team. Since we are rebuilding, this is a great opportunity to see and participate in the shaping of a sustainable and profitable farm. If you want to work hard, eat well, love your job, and have fun doing it, then join us at Spear Spring Farm!

Timeframe: Seeking to hire twofull-timee employees from mid-May through November 2017. There may be potential for continuing part time work through the winter months, although likely without housing as our bunkhouse will not be winterized (low cost housing is generally available locally in the winter months).

Work description: Spear Spring Farm is a new endeavor to restore an historic farm and bring it back to beauty and full production. Our employees are important to our success and will work closely with the resident farm manager to complete daily tasks. The primary job responsibilities of our farm workers are:

Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
Weeding, fertilizing, maintaining fields and growing areas
Helping to restore the farm (Store, Fields, Workshop, Roads, Etc.)
Harvesting vegetables by hand
Washing and packing vegetables for sale
Possible delivery of vegetables
Manning the farm store
Tractor work
Possible maintenance work, such as painting, building stone walls, landscaping, cleaning grounds (buildings, fields)
Possible care of livestock
Pruning trees and orchard care
Hours: We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week. Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours. Work hours are between 7am and 5pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation: Employees will receive a $1,200 stipend per month for full time work, and a $250 credit per month towards farm products or to use within the farm store to purchase food or other products as desired to offset living costs. Second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.

Location: Warren is only 15 minutes from the ocean and the neighboring towns of Rockland and Damariscotta (great food, theaters, museums, and a vibrant local community), and only 25 minutes to Camden/Rockport. The farm boasts sweeping views of fields and mountains in the distance, 3 ponds, frontage on the St. George River and ample woods. We have a nesting pair of Barred Owls in the back fields and a nearby lake with beach that’s accessible by a short walk. There is a vibrant local food community, along with many area activities and festivals that make the MidCoast of Maine a great place to live and work!

Housing: On site housing is provided in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity. Housing is provided free of charge as part of employee compensation. Electricity and Internet will be at your cost.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion. There are two dogs on site at the farm (the manager’s all the time and the owners’ dog visits frequently). Well-behaved pets are welcome as long as they get along with people (including children) and our dogs. Spear Spring Farm is located on Rt. 1 in Warren – a busy road, where the speed limit is 55 and visitors to the farm pull through to visit the farm store. The road hazard is real and the safety of your pet must be your responsibility.

Qualifications:
Farming and manual labor experience preferred
Tractor experience a plus
Punctuality, honesty, reliability are required!
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Attention to detail
Stamina to maintain fast and accurate working pace all day
Ability to lift 50 lbs.
Valid driver’s license
Reliable transportation
Positive outlook and good sense of humor

For more information: https://farmandfoodjobs.com/2017/04/21/maine-spear-spring-farm-hiring-farm-workers/

Veg. Crop Waste Field Research Asst.

Vacancy Type: Temporary
Field Research Assistant
Anticipated Hiring Range: $10-$12/hr
Position Number: 11ASO861
Work Schedule Monday-Friday with some weekends as needed.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties
This position offers work with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) with a graduate student research project studying losses of vegetable crops in North Carolina. The project focus is on the measurement of vegetable crops that remain unharvested in fields, even though they are of edible and nutrient-dense quality.

The duties of this position include harvesting vegetable crops in the field, sample and data collection and entry, sorting produce, and operating a University vehicle. Occasional duties may include calculation, transcription field work planning, writing up short grower reports, and interacting with vegetable growers. The majority of this work will take place outside on a working commercial farm.

Minimum Experience/Education
-Enrolled in a B.S. or associates degree program (or already graduated) with evidence of the applicants desire to work in Horticulture.
-Interest in Sustainable Agriculture or food loss and waste is strongly encouraged.

Departmental Required Skills
-Must be able to work outdoors in unpleasant weather conditions, such as heat and humidity
-Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds on a routine basis.
-Must be able to stand, stoop, bend and walk on uneven terrain for extended periods of time.
-Valid drivers license
-Must be willing to work as part of a team, but also be independently motivated.
-Must have the highest regard for research accuracy
-Basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Office and email are required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
-Prefer a student with a horticulture, agribusiness or food systems background and some research experience including data collection and knowledge of research methods.

Required License or Certification: Valid drivers license

Job Open Date 04/24/2017
Must Be Open Until: 05/12/2017
Proposed Hire Date 05/28/2017

For more information: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/85040