SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit residency program and organic farm in Brewster, New York, is seeking a full-time Facilities Manager to begin work on May 4th, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. As a newly created role in SPACE’s 2020 season, the Facilities Manager will oversee the day to day maintenance and repairs of the property as well as assist the farming operation.
***Please note that while SPACE on Ryder Farm has been deemed an essential business by the Governor of New York, employment in the age of the Coronavirus looks very different than in other years. SPACE is working tirelessly, hand in hand with our employees, to ensure all those working at the farm and supporting the public in accessing food will have all possible safety measures in place including the provision of any and all PPE materials requested by staff members. In addition, SPACE will work with the new employee to ensure adequate materials are provided so a work-from-home environment is accessible and appropriate when such an environment needs to be utilized.****
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDE:
FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT and LANDSCAPING: SPACE on Ryder Farm is located on an 127 acre property. The property includes two housing structures, roadside farm stand, CSA pickup quarters, 3 greenhouses, multiple work spaces both for SPACE’s resident artists and SPACE’s farm team, 3 acres of active growing fields, a large ‘Bowling Green’ lawn, half a mile of lake frontage, as well as numerous acres of woodlands and pastures. While the Facilities Manager will oversee the continued maintenance of the entire property, specific job functions include but are not limited to the following:
Tend to the physical needs of SPACE’s structures and regularly perform or oversee maintenance and installation jobs as well as repairs;
Regularly check community spaces to identify issues with litter, mechanical failure or breakdowns;
Coordinate with vendors, to schedule and oversee larger maintenance and repair projects;
Responsible for ensuring the daily cleanliness of SPACE’s various facilities including: housing structures, growing fields, work spaces and lake area;
Regularly perform various landscaping tasks including the weekly lawn and garden bed care on SPACE’s main campus;
Maintain the cleanliness of outside spaces such as parking lots and sidewalks;
Provide painting services as needed;
Oversee the maintenance and care of SPACE’s fleet of vehicles;
Ordering and maintaining SPACE’s inventory of house supplies.
FARMING: An early adopter in the organic farming movement, SPACE on Ryder Farm has approximately 3 acres of growing fields in active cultivation growing organic vegetables, herbs and flowers, overseen by our Farm Manager and tended to by our Farm Team. The centerpiece of SPACE’s agricultural program is our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership. We are deeply committed to ensuring all those in our local community have access to healthy food. The Facilities Manager will help ensure the delivery of produce to our local community as well as assisting the farming team in routine growing needs.
Serve as the delivery driver for SPACE’s weekly CSA program;
Assist on the farm as needed by and under the direction of the farm team, including but not limited to planting, harvesting and farm maintenance;
Assist in the continued stocking and maintenance of SPACE’s Farm Stand as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
Solid experience with plumbing and electrical systems (license desired)
Skilled in the use of hardware tools and power equipment
Experience with common tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills and wrenches
Ability to check blueprints, repairs manuals, or part catalogs as necessary
Proven maintenance experience
Landscaping and lawn maintenance experience
Drivers License and clean driving record
Strong organizational, multitasking and time management skills
Acute attention to detail
Working knowledge of auto mechanics
Experience working with diverse populations including those at all ends of the socioeconomic spectrum
To apply please send a resume or brief explanation of previous job experience to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Facilities Manager. Please note, interviews will take place on a rolling basis, no cover letter is required, and the position is expected to begin ASAP, we highly encourage you to submit your materials as soon as possible.
SPACE’s values are equity, inclusion, support and radical hospitality. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment. As an equal opportunity employer we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position. SPACE strongly encourages individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups to apply. SPACE on Ryder Farm is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
MORE ABOUT THE POSITION:
SPACE on Ryder Farm is an all-hands-on-deck grassroots organization. The Facilities Manager should be flexible, dexterous, eager and able to support in a multitude of ways. This is a full-time position working out of SPACE’s Brewster offices. Health insurance stipend, paid time off. SPACE observes a biweekly payroll.
*Please note, as with all SPACE roles beginning in May of 2020, the first thirty days of employment are considered a probationary period for both SPACE and employees to ensure a mutual fit.