Assistant Farm Manager, Sterling College, VT

 

Start date: April 1, 2017

Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. Sterling maintains an educational farm on 130 acres of mixed pasture, gardens, and woodlot. The farm focuses on ecological management of produce, crops, and livestock in support of our environmental stewardship curriculum. These educational operations also provide a significant proportion of the food eaten at Sterling College, and nearly all of the farm’s lumber needs. Students are integrated into the farm through coursework, the Work College program, and as a part of the Sterling College community experience. Students complete daily chores, conduct research, and receive hands-on experience growing crops, managing livestock, working with draft animals, and stewarding the College’s woodlot.

Position Description:

The daily management of the farm is shared among the Farm Manager, two Assistants, and a team of student employees. Each of the Assistant Managers carry responsibilities according to their own skill-set, and work collaboratively under the supervision of the Sterling Farm Manager, with the oversight and support from the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. We are currently seeking one Assistant Manager to take primary responsibility for annual and perennial garden production, as well as some integrated livestock management and planning, especially as it relates to the vegetable operation (ie: grazing cover crops, composting, or livestock tillage).

With training and mentoring from the Farm Manager, the Assistant Farm Manager is responsible for the following:

Working with a team of student employees. She or he is responsible for supervising work crews and creating an educationally stimulating work setting, to facilitate completion of all farm management tasks.
Coordinating with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, and kitchen are well supported throughout the seasons. The Assistant Manager interacts with classes, helps supervise land management by students involved in independent studies, and ensures availability of land resources for research and other academic uses.
Helping manage production, coordinating harvests, managing infrastructure, maintaining the farm landscape in an organized and aesthetically pleasing manner, and working directly with the Sterling kitchen to facilitate order placement and fulfillment.
Acting as the voice of the Sterling Farm, through community announcements and awarenesses, coordinating periodic on-farm events, and interfacing with prospective students, community members, and other visitors to the College. This requires public speaking, informal presentations, tours, and attendance at agricultural events, both on- and off-campus.
Developing management protocols and keeping records to track production, management tasks, and profitability.
Collaborating and pitching in with the Farm Team, in any and all areas of management as the need arises.
Qualifications:

Applicants should have 1-2 seasons of experience farming in a production or educational setting; experiential teaching experience, preferably in a small-scale farm environment; a demonstrated ability to work independently, and as part of a team. Management experience on a diverse farm or a similar system is preferred. Completion of a B.A. or B.S. program in a related field of study, by the start date of the hire, is required.

Compensation:

This is a full-time, 40 hr/wk, salaried position. Though work hours will primarily be completed Mon-Fri, weekend work will be required on a rotating basis.

The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Assistant Manager position includes a salary of $15,750; on-campus housing & meals (living off-campus is negotiable); a professional development stipend of $300 to be used on your choice of workshops, conferences, or classes offered by Sterling; and eligibility to enroll in Sterling College full-time employee benefits.

Being an integral part of the campus community is a key aspect of this position, therefore it is expected that you will maintain exemplary personal and professional boundaries.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, a current résumé, and three references to:

Gwyneth Harris, Farm Manager at gharris@sterlingcollege.edu

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