Farm Manager, Red Wiggle Farm, MD

The Farm Manager co-manages with the Field and Facilities Manager, planning and implementing daily activities at Red Wiggler. The Farm Manager’s primary responsibilities for our vegetable operation include: greenhouse management, implementing planting schedules, managing work crews, harvesting, and post-harvest handling and distribution. Management activities include managing volunteers and growers, setting vocational goals, teaching job skills, and tracking skills development. The Farm Manager will participate in overall leadership of the nonprofit including: developing and implementing safety practices, hiring and supervising seasonal staff and apprentices, and participating in strategic planning.

About Red Wiggler:
Red Wiggler Community Farm (a recognized 501c3 non-profit) is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1996, Red Wiggler’s main tenet is to provide gainful employment for adults with developmental disabilities through a unique horticulture program that uses organic agricultural practices. The bulk of this program focuses on building a vocational structure that identifies and builds on the capabilities of our clients with developmental disabilities. We call our clients “growers”. We assign the growers farm tasks based on their individual abilities which are nurtured by our staff. Our growers cultivate vegetables on seven acres, and then sell or donate this produce to a diverse population.

Qualifications:
Minimum of four years of experience in sustainable farming, with at least two years of proven farm management experience
Experience with greenhouse management, post-harvest handling, and storage of vegetables
Strong mathematical and computer skills, including calculating distributions and keeping records of planting, harvest, and distribution
An associates degree or relevant experience
Experience working with students and people with developmental/intellectual disabilities will be helpful
Tractor operation experience preferred
Farm market/retail experience preferred
Good interpersonal and communication skills, flexibility, and a commitment to safety
Reporting Structure: This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
Supervisory Responsibility: Apprentices/seasonal staff, growers, and volunteers

BENEFITS
Red Wiggler Community Farm provides a generous employee benefit package including health insurance, 401k, paid leave time, and paid holidays. Note that Red Wiggler does not provide housing for this position.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL
Managerial

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
2-year degree

HOW TO APPLY
woody@redwiggler.org
http://www.redwiggler.org
Email resume and cover letter to woody@redwiggler.org.
Please review our web site and social media to be sure employment at Red Wiggler is a good fit.

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Agricultural Marketing Specialist II , SC Department of Agriculture

Opening Date: Fri. 10/06/17
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 10/15/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time
State Salary Range: $26,988.00 – $49,932.00 annually
Agency Hiring Range: Min: Max:
Job Type: FTE – Full-Time
Location: Richland County, South Carolina
Normal Work Schedule: Generally Monday – Friday 8:30 -5:00. Additional evening and weekend hours required at times.

Job Responsibilities Benefits Supplemental Questions Additional

Serve as the Small Farms Coordinator by organizing marketing forums and cooperative meetings on Market Development for small farmers to increase marketing opportunities through food channels including retail, wholesale, food service, and farmers markets. Provide marketing and administrative services to the SC Fruit and Vegetable Association to facilitate educational and marketing opportunities for the organization and its members. Work with community based farmers markets throughout the state to provide marketing strategies, use of tools to encourage consumption and identification of local products. Provide educational opportunities for Market Managers and vendors. Coordinate the SCDA role in EBT and voucher efforts for markets throughout the state. Serve as the organic representative for SCDA working with producers, organizations, agencies, and allied industry to develop opportunities for organic and sustainable agricultural producers. Serve as SCDA liaison to various local food based organizations as directed.

Minimum and Additional Requirements:
A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, marketing, or other related degree. Direct experience in managing service programs to farmers in the area of marketing or marketing related certifications.

Preferred Qualifications:
Agricultural background with experience in dealing at various levels of service with farm producers or producer organizations. Knowledge and understanding of Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices and the procedures for certification is a plus.

Additional Comments:
Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing.
Ability to work with farm producers, other agencies, and general public in a professional manner.
Working knowledge of MS Office and Outlook computer programs is required. Attention to detail and organization skills are a must.
Must be able to lift up to 55 lbs. and erect and dismantle booth exhibits. Ability to stand for long periods of time.
Extensive day travel required during peak seasons.
Occasional overnight travel and weekend work duties.

Research Center Coordinator (Urban Agriculture), Petersburg, VA

Role Title: Agricultural Manager I – 59016
Job Open Date 09/27/2017
Job Close Date 10/18/2017
Open Until Filled

Hiring Range $32,619 – $52,000
Agency: VA State University Coop Ext & Agri
Position Number 01029
Job Posting Number 0058308
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The School of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Department, seeks a qualified candidate to provide leadership for the Harding Street Urban Agricultural Center (UAC) Research Project and Demonstration Site. The Research Center Coordinator will provide leadership in researching the effectiveness of innovative methods of indoor production, sustainable environments, and energy practices; provide education and outreach, and implement a system of mobile farmer’s markets.
Management: Plan, direct, coordinate and lead activities of the Harding Street Urban Agricultural Center (UAC) to ensure that the goals and objectives are accomplished. Provide oversight and direction to the staff, students, consultants and/or others in the Center in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures. Provide on-going development of operational protocols.
Supervision: Provide supervision, work assignment, and work/performance evaluation of all full and part-time staff, student workers, consultants and all planning/administrative staff assigned to the project.
Outreach and Education: Work with public officials, community leaders and residents and potential partners to build relationships that will advance the mission of the UAC. Develop and conduct educational programs in urban agriculture, marketing, nutrition, and entrepreneurship. Develop a system of mobile farmer’s market units to deliver produce to underserved communities.
Seek and Obtain External Funding: Research and obtain local, state and federal grant funding opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must demonstrate knowledge and experience in managing all aspects of a community research and/or educational program including planning, implementing and evaluating program content and delivery and must have the ability to understand and assist with developing and maintaining budgets. Past experience giving work direction and/or supervision to others is required.

This candidate must have experience in extension-type work that involves non-formal education programs and programs that work with diverse and/or at-risk community volunteers.

The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and must demonstrate workable skills in the use of information technology and social media and its appropriate and effective use in the development and delivery of educational programs.

Preferred Qualifications
A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred; however, an equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree. Some familiarity with STEM is desirable as is bilingual abilities.

For more information: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/89971

Assistant Farm Manager, St. Cloud, MN

2018 ASSISTANT MANAGER POSITION
Dancing the Land Farm is (having a baby, may it be so!) hiring for a super amazing opportunity to work very closely with two experienced growers while we navigate farming with a newborn! For someone who’s already done some internships, college ag courses, done a bit of wwoofing, or otherwise collected some experience, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and coalesce some disparate pieces into a body of knowledge that would set you up well to begin your own project after the season is over.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Assistant Manager will be working closely with the farmers, Liz and Curtis, to hold the bigger picture of daily, weekly, and monthly farm operations across all aspects of what we do: seeding, planting, weeding and harvest schedules for market veggies and flowers; daily feeding and watering, health and wellness, pasture management, kidding/lambing, and shearing for our fiber herd, and milking and cheesemaking for our dairy goat herd; management of our pastured meat-chicken flocks, ducks, and laying hens; harvesting/preparing for and attending farmers’ markets and deliveries, among other things! This position is designed to be a support and back-up role for Liz and Curtis while they navigate life with a baby (human), so while a working knowledge of all aspects of the farm is essential, we do not expect our Assistant Manager to be solely responsible for making the farm happen. Ample training will be provided. Experience is not required in all areas of farm operation, but some previous farm experience is key, as well as a sincere desire to learn and assimilate new skills and knowledge.

The Assistant Manager will also be the point person of our season-long apprentice and revolving wwoofer crew, and will be expected to take direction from the farmers and, with the crew, carry out the days’ tasks, allowing the farmers to come and go as necessary. While nearly all apprentices and wwoofers come to us with a desire to learn, many come without much experience, as we firmly believe in educating, cultivating, and inspiring future farmers, so while the Assistant Manager is not expected to be the main educator, there will be ample opportunity to lead, answer questions and inspire passion about what we’re doing in the folks that we work with. It will also, most likely, be necessary to kindly keep the crew motivated, on task, and working with a modicum of efficiency.

Details: The position begins February 1st, 2018 (with potential for an earlier start), and will continue until the end of November, 2018 (with potential for carrying through the winter under different terms). Application period opens starting July 21st, 2017. Final decisions will be made no later than January 1st 2018. Interviews will prioritize those seeking to run their own farm someday and then by the order in which they were received. The online application will not be considered complete until cover letter, photo, resume, and references are also received. Applications will be followed by phone interview and/or in-person interview if possible.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
A committed, passionate being who works wholeheartedly! An awesome community member who carries their own weight and is courteous, kind, and willing to be a part of a whole. A conscious communicator and exquisite performer of all tasks from planting seeds to cleaning out goat sheds. A curious learner who is unafraid to ask questions. A leader and a willing teacher with enthusiasm for life, a positive attitude, and a great sense of humor. Someone who has a sincere desire to learn and grow as a person and as a farmer. An honest, responsible, and reliable person who would love the opportunity to gain, hone, and perfect skills. An assistant capable of anticipation, extrapolation, and an ability to see what needs doing and to do it. Someone with a sincere care for our place, our animals, and our success.

RESPECT We’re inviting you into our home and family. There are long, deep stories here, history, and ongoing relationships with the many communities around us. We expect folks to be interested in those stories, to participate in those relationships, and to interact with care and consciousness. This is our beloved home, our livelihood, and our resting place. We welcome folks in willingly and with open hearts, and with a sure knowledge that we will add to the richness of each others’ lives.

WHAT WE OFFER:
A BIG EDUCATION: This position is a big opportunity to deepen and connect any areas of previous study or experience in organic farming. The assistant manager will get to have a very close working/learning relationship with the farmers, and will gain an in-depth working knowledge of all aspects of the farm, as well as gain and hone skills in leadership and teaching.

We offer a unique and valuable experience in witnessing a season in the start-up phases of beginning a farm. Every year we’re honing systems, finding new markets and niches, expanding gardens, herds, or products. We’ve found many folks incredibly appreciative of this view, as many hope to start their own farm-business in the near future.

This is also an opportunity to live and work in a beautiful place, to make life long friends with the land, with yourself, and with our community.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We’re offering $100/week as a living stipend, as well as 15% of net profits from every farmers’ market that you lead, in addition to full room and board. We attend two markets a week from May through the end of October.

For more information: http://www.dancingtheland.com/2018-assistant-manager-position.html

Senior Agricultural Technician, UC Santa Cruz

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Job Open Date 08-31-2017
Position open until filled; initial review of application materials will begin on: 09-28-2017
Start Date Immediate Opening

Schedule Full time ; Days per week 5
Average hours per day 8; Percent of Time 100%
Fixed or Variable? Fixed
Average hours per week 40
Days of the week Mon – Fri

Salary Information Minimum Starting Salary: $19.73/hourly.
Benefits Eligibility This position is eligible for Full benefits.
Classification Agricultural Technician Senior [8541]

Summary Statement Under the direct supervision of one of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) site managers, incumbent will oversee the second-year apprentices work in the day-to-day operation of the CASFS Farm and Garden and the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. Incumbent is not a second-year apprentice, and the responsibilities include directing and managing the second-year apprentices as needed. General areas of responsibility include assisting in maintaining the fields, gardens, orchards, greenhouses, and facilities.
Qualifications / Competencies Ability to work with others in a garden and/or field setting.

Ability to deliver information in a clear and thorough manner.

Ability to effectively and tactfully interact with diverse groups of people and work in a team situation.

Demonstration of interpersonal skills, with effective and respectful communication being key. Interest in working closely with people in service-type work.

Ability to balance taking direction, timely task completion as per plant/soil needs, production schedules, etc., as well as working and learning independently on core topics.

Ability, interest, and desire to work hard physically in gardens and fields.

Possession of following skills:

Garden and field methods, including soil preparation, planting, irrigation, weeding, and harvest and post-harvest handling of a wide variety of crops.

Direct market sales and record-keeping.

Ability to make soil mixes for various propagation needs, sow a wide variety of seed types, assess seedling fertilization needs, and provide them organically; knowledge of asexual propagation techniques.

Ability to set up, effectively operate, and maintain a variety of irrigation systems as well as irrigate a diverse collection of plants.

Knowledge of composting systems and experience making and assessing garden-scale hot compost piles.
Preferred Qualifications / Competencies Ability to drive a tractor and operate a broad selection of farm implements.
Special Conditions of Employment Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check.

Must possess a valid license to drive in the State of California.

A Certificate in Ecological Horticulture.

Ability to move materials weighing up to 50lbs. with or without accommodation.
Critical position requiring background check(s)? Yes
Background check(s) required Criminal History Review
Verification of License, Certificate or Degree
If you selected “license, certificate or degree” above, specify the type here: Valid license to drive in the state of CA
Does this position require an E-Verify check?

(Note: Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check which confirms the individual’s eligibility to work in the U.S.) No, this position does not require an E-Verify Check.
Will the employee be required to participate in the DMV Pull Notice program? No

% of Time Title Duties
60% Coordination and Instruction
Assist in the coordination of the first year apprentices in all tasks and areas

Demonstrate specific methods in gardens, fields, greenhouses and orchards and explain practical skills and concepts

Assist in the supervision of work crews of apprentices, student interns, and volunteers in the daily tasks of production, maintenance, harvest, and marketing

Assist with the instruction of apprentices in one or more of the special sub-rotation areas: irrigation, propagation, and/or marketing
20% Production and Maintenance in Fields, Gardens, Orchards, and Greenhouses
Under the supervision of the site managers, oversees the functions of the second year apprentices, and assists in the production and maintenance of a variety of crops

Perform a range of gardening/farming tasks including hand cultivation of garden beds

Direct-sow and transplant a wide variety of crops and ornamentals into garden beds and fields

Set up and use various irrigation implements including sprinklers, oscillators, and drip tape

Weed garden beds and row crops

Make, monitor, and turn compost piles

Fertilize, top-dress, and mulch crops as needed

Assists others to learn to perform specific duties related to the maintenance and production of a particular crop

Assist others to apply skills learned in the following areas: Pruning, thinning, and performing other orchard tasks

Assist with all aspects of greenhouse operations, including sexual and asexual propagation for garden, field, and plant sale production; organic soil mix making; container plant fertilization, maintenance, and irrigation
15% Meetings, Public Events, and Special Projects
Attend selected CASFS staff meetings, apprenticeship staff meetings and subcommittee planning meetings, and apprenticeship community meetings

Participate in special projects, public events, and tours at CASFS as directed by managers
5% Office Work

Perform basic office skills, including using email, keep appropriate records, maintain files and keep the second-year paperwork and computer files updated and organized for the next group of second-years

For more information: https://jobs.ucsc.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1506134029390

Farm Manager- Urban Farms of Central Ohio

Urban Farms ofMid-Ohio Food Bank of Central Ohio Grove City, OH, USA

Salary Full Time: 42,000-50,000
Benefits Eligible

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Strategic Projects Manager of

DIRECT REPORTS: Site Leads (2), Seasonal Farm Assistants, Community Volunteers, Interns (when applicable)

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt

PROJECT SUMMARY:
Urban Farms of Central Ohio, an initiative of Mid-Ohio Foodbank, transforms vacant sites in underserved neighborhoods into thriving farms that provide communities with increased access to fresh produce, jobs and job training, and opportunities for civic engagement.

Currently, UFCO operates two five acre sites in Columbus, Clarfield Farm and Wheatland Farm. Both farm sites use intensive, organic growing practices, and high-tunnels for season extension to grow high-quality produce for a variety of beneficiaries and/or market buyers. The farm sites also benefit the communities in which they’re located in by being a space for education, job readiness training, and civic engagement.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Farm Manager will be responsible for the planning, organization, supervision, and administration of activities on Clarfield Farm and Wheatland Farm. The Farm Manager will be responsible for implementing the short and long-term business plans, which includes continuing to develop the farm’s infrastructure, processes, and systems. The Farm Manager will oversee all aspects of vegetable production, the operation of four high-tunnels and seedling start a greenhouse, produce marketing and distribution, and facilitate on the farm training and educational programming with the Program Manager. The Farm Manager will also be responsible for recruiting, managing, and leading support staff, interns, and community volunteers.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
Manage farm business by creating, implementing, and managing annual farm plan including farm budget, operation, production, marketing, sales, and distribution plans in accordance to business plan.
Develop labor and work plans. Direct, coordinate, and manage farm worker activities including Site Leads, Seasonal Farm Assistants, interns, and community volunteers.
Operate, maintain, and enhance farm infrastructure, equipment, and materials to manage and improve sites, including a greenhouse and high-tunnels.
Oversee produce marketing and the distribution of produce through multiple streams, including restaurants, farmer’s markets, CSA, and farm stand.
Participates in, when necessary, and leads daily farm-related tasks including planting, weeding, harvesting, irrigating, and general maintenance.
Collect and maintain all records to prepare monthly reports on the status of the urban farms for supervisor and Mid-Ohio Foodbank leadership, and to comply with organic certification requirements.
Work closely with supervisor to plan, coordinate, budget annual operations and special projects, for urban farm sites.
Build and maintain relationships with local community residents and stakeholders, volunteer groups, local restaurants and buyers, community advocates for anti-poverty and health initiatives, and philanthropic entities.
Assists with general Strategic Initiative activities, including the identification and assessment of future sites, and development and implementation of educational and training programs.
Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Education and Certifications: High School Diploma/GED required. Associates Degree or two years of college preferred. Candidate must have a valid Driver’s License. Food Safety Certification (provided by Mid-Ohio Foodbank).

Experience: Three-five years of sustainable vegetable production experience required. Experience working on a farm during its early stages of development is strongly preferred. Knowledge of managing a small to mid-size sustainable, natural farm operation with both machinery and hand tools, from annual planning to all aspects of caring for the farm. Experience in leading and managing staff and volunteers, with a variety of experience levels. Creativity and flexibility in finding and implementing solutions to challenges as they arise on the farm. Experience in marketing produce to customers.

Skills/Competencies: Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office. Ability to manage time to both operate the farms while also growing and improving them. Must have strong organizational and planning skills, excellent attention to detail, ability to prioritize and multi-task, problem-solving skills, and be a self-starter. Ability to develop relationships with the farm team, business owners and volunteers. Understanding of community food security and passion for food justice and social change to contribute to the growth and evolution of the project.

For more information: https://midohiofoodbank.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Organic Gardener, Ford Plantation, GA

Organic Gardener
Richmond Hill, Georgia, United States

DESCRIPTION
The Ford Plantation Club, Inc is looking for an individual who will be responsible for our farm to table vegetable garden which incorporates the concept of gardening naturally and organically in alignment with nature. This individual can work on their own schedule, in conjunction with the needs of the Executive Chef, using organic gardening techniques such as healthy soil building, companion planting, herbal pest sprays, and crop rotation.REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS:
Experienced and knowledgeable in:
organic and sustainable gardening
the maintenance of healthy soil
mechanical and natural methods for insect control
the use of natural fertilizers
must be able to work unsupervised
must have a pleasant personality and be open to talking about or teaching
organic gardening techniques to our members and their guests and family

BENEFITS
For More Information: https://the-ford-plantation-club-inc.workable.com/