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Director of Agriculture at Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center - 14046

Job Title: 
Director of Agriculture
Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center
225 Pavillion Road
03768 East Thetford , VT ,
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

The Director of Agriculture will lead the organization’s diverse production departments, including annual and perennial flowers, vegetable and fruit production, and research. All areas of production work together with the Director of Agriculture toward the goal of transitioning to regenerative farming with a focus in building soil health and maintaining profitable production. The ideal candidate will have the vision, passion, and skills to supervise their team in achieving these goals.

The Director of Agriculture will value strong, professional relationships and communicate clearly, with integrity. She or he will be an inspirational leader with a proven ability of engaging employees in a motivating manner so that Cedar Circle continues to meet the high standards of operation that customers and visitors have come to expect.

Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center is well positioned to meet the growing needs of our community and our industry, through farming, research, and education. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Agriculture will set annual goals that guide us to achieve our mission. The Director of Agriculture will have the ability to learn, to grow, to be flexible and to recognize the need to balance a range of responsibilities. This position requires a broad skillset. The ideal candidate will be a lifelong learner and want to continue to grow in their expertise.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Key Responsibilities
Supervise and collaborate with our Vegetable Production Manager and Greenhouse Manager to create and implement annual crop and nutrient management plans, with regenerative agriculture principles driving decision making
Supervise and collaborate with the Research and Soil Conservation Manager to research and test regenerative methods that can be incorporated into our current production systems
Develop regular reporting & data gathering systems. Support managers in refining the planting, production & harvest records to determine cost of production, ideally using organic farm management software
Supervise Greenhouse Manager in retail greenhouse and cut flower production
Oversee staff in maintenance of structures and equipment
With department managers, recruit, hire, train and supervise seasonal production staff
Support organizational needs for various mission related events like public and education programs/workshops
Maintain a safe, clean, and organized environment for staff and visitors
Oversee compliance with all certifications and state and federal programs

The Ideal Candidate has
A deep understanding and passion for regenerative, organic farming
5+ years of management experience on medium to large scale organic vegetable production farms, including supervision of a large team of employees
Demonstrated experience with research project design and implementation
Ability to build a practical budget and maintain agriculture department financial records
Proven capacity to keep many moving parts (systems) operating smoothly
Experience with farm management software, such as Farm OS or Tend
Greenhouse and plant propagation experience
Ability to work independently and with a team
Capacity to work weekend and early morning hours
Experience with tractor and small engine equipment operation
Excellent communication and organizational skills with attention to detail

Education & Experience: 

Desired Qualifications
A Bachelor's degree in an agricultural-related field
Experience with fruit orchard pruning and maintenance
Experience growing produce for direct-to-consumer market
Grant writing and management experience

Application Instructions: 

Send resume and cover letter to director@cedarcirclefarm.org

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture