College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks a full-time permanent staff member to manage Peggy Rockefeller Farms (PRF), one of the College’s two farms. PRF, located in the Town of Bar Harbor, Maine, is a 125 acre educational farm with 45 acres in organic production, including eggs, broilers, turkeys, pasture and hay, pasture-raised beef and lamb, fruit trees, and limited crop production. Certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the farm serves as a learning laboratory for classes, research, workshops, and other educational opportunities for students and the broader MDI community. Buildings include a historic farmhouse, three barns, a large heated garage, and several out-buildings. The farm is located on Mt. Desert Island near Acadia National Park (ANP) and is under a Conservation Easement that limits use to agriculture and conservation.
The farm manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of managing PRF including but not limited to livestock and pasture management, watershed management, sales and marketing, budgeting, oversight of staff, and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment. Our ideal farm manager will be able to, on occasion, co-teach courses with COA faculty members, and will enthusiastically support project-based learning opportunities at PRF. Full job description may be found at https://www.coa.edu/human-resources/job-openings/
A bachelor’s degree or higher in agroecology, agronomy, animal and veterinary science, horticulture, sustainable agriculture and food systems, or an equivalent degree and/or at least five years of experience raising livestock (cattle, sheep, poultry) for meat and fiber, utilizing certified organic methods. Demonstrated experience with and expertise in pasture management, forage production, nutrient management, agricultural equipment operation (including maintenance and repairs), public speaking, and on-farm education. Supervisory experience of students, staff, and volunteers strongly desired. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with others, particularly students, faculty, and staff, and a commitment to centering social justice in their educational activities is crucial.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but for full consideration, please submit materials no later than June 11th, 2021. To apply, please submit a current resume, a cover letter discussing your interest in and qualifications for the position, and a list of three professional references to email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org