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Farm Director at YMCA Camp Burgess & Hayward - 14581

Job Title: 
Farm Director
YMCA Camp Burgess & Hayward
75 Stowe Rd
02563 Sandwich , MA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

POSITION SUMMARY:

Join us at YMCA Camp Burgess & Hayward, located on beautiful Cape Cod! The Burgess Farm is an important program area for both our summer camp and spring/fall outdoor education programs. The Farm Manager will manage and maintain the Camp Burgess Farm as an educational center; using the farm to its maximum potential for providing food to the camp dining halls, local food pantries and local farmer’s markets, while promoting education through hands on experience and volunteerism. This is a fulltime position with onsite housing available.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

CORE EXPECTATIONS:

1. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT

Directs and supervises farm program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives including: growing food, care of livestock and general land management, and engaging our youth participants in all these areas. Establishes new program activities in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Assists with Outdoor Education programming and program development, especially as it relates to the farm. Implements sound environmental practices to maximize production and develop the SSYMCA farm as a leader in food education.

2. STAFF ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT

Trains, manages, develops and directs staff and volunteers as needed. Lends support to the other SSYMCA farms.

3. PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT

Builds relationships with and among program participants, responds to inquiries and solves problems. Creates a safe and supportive community environment, assists in recruiting and engaging new participants, and connects participants to the YMCA’s cause.

4. BUDGET & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Assists in the management of the Farm budget as approved in a fiscally responsible manner.

5. FACILITY MANAGEMENT

Works with appropriate staff to ensure program facilities are clean, safe, adequately equipped, well maintained, and attractive. Maintains fields, fences, garden beds, animal pens and buildings, and keeps them up to date and in an organized working fashion. Assists in other areas of operations as assigned, especially during slow seasons at the farm.

6. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & SUPPORT

Assists in YMCA fund raising activities/events, and engages in collaborative relationships with community organizations in order to strengthen support and build community.

Education & Experience: 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or Environmental Sciences or equivalent.
Proven animal and agricultural skills
Experience working with volunteers in a farm setting.
Ability to develop lesson plans
Experience teaching a variety of farming, nature and outdoor education programs.
Able to develop and maintain positive, effective, working relationships with staff and volunteers.
Able to effectively lead youth groups, facilitate discussion and guide staff development

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Able to walk one mile in under 14 minutes without assistance.
Able to climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, walk, lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, talk, hear and walk over grounds that are uneven not paved. The employee must be able to work in an outdoor environment in the rain and other inclement weather.

Application Instructions: 

TO APPLY

Please send a resume and cover letter to Bruce Netherwood, VP of Camping Services, at bruce@ssymca.org

Job Categories: 
Education
Farming/Agriculture