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Farm Manager at Farm and Wilderness Foundation - 16708

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Farm Manager
Farm and Wilderness Foundation
401 Farm and Wilderness Road
05056 Plymouth , VT ,
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Job Description: 

Farm and Wilderness in Plymouth, VT is hiring a full time, year round Farm Manager to help us run the farm.

We are seeking an experienced farmer and team leader to support the management of all aspects of a small, diverse organic farm that uses its resources to deliver experiential education opportunities. The Farm Manager works with the Farm Director as well as Camp Directors and others to ensure our farm meets two inter-related goals: high quality production and a place for hands on learning about sustainability and resource management for youth who attend our camps and programs. The Farm Manager will work in coordination with the Farm Director to manage and optimize farm resources to accomplish this work during the summer. During the shoulder seasons the Farm Manager will identify and incorporate opportunities with local and regional partners to support the F&W Food Vision and expand the F&W Mission.

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Duties & Responsibilities: 

In this role you will:

Provide program and educational leadership
• Model F&W values working with colleagues, program participants, partners, and the diverse F&W community.
• Support implementation of the Farm Management Plans, in conjunction with the Farm Team, to execute on the F&W food vision.
• To manage and optimize farm resources to create the conditions that deliver the best possible educational experience for our campers while ensuring safety and compliance with both governmental and non-governmental agencies.
• Actively support the mission of Farm & Wilderness Foundation programs including shoulder season education activities, by partnering with other departments to ensure a high level of participation, excellent execution with positive outcomes for participants.
• Actively manage, train, and support Farm Interns during their seasonal internships, and provide opportunities for skill and leadership development. This position will require self-direction and management skills.

Manage farm operations
• Assume full responsibility for the seasonal micro-dairy pasteurizing process including governmental inspections within 6 months of hire, training will be provided as necessary.
• Manage the farm’s fertility management including composting operations to ensure a satisfactory finished product and application for optimal health of F&W lands, while maintaining thorough and accurate recordkeeping.
• Depending on the candidate's skill set, either herd management and grazing operations or garden and greenhouse management will be a core function of this position, scaling resources appropriately and within a budget to deliver desired farm plan outcomes.

Support year-round farm, summer camp operations, and ground maintenance.
• Other duties as assigned including assisting with camp operations, coordinating food deliveries to kitchens, coordinating the maintenance of buildings and grounds, and working with Conservation, Resource, Marketing, Communications and Development as needed.
• Participation in barn chores according to schedule; weekend work will be required.

Education & Experience: 

Qualifications Required
• Ability to work as a team leader with staff and youth to achieve farm goals and objectives
• Willingness to model F&W Values
• Commitment to youth development and progressive social change
• Real life experience in running an organic vegetable garden production, greenhouses, dairy and/or grass-based livestock systems
• Able to prioritize and manage a full and diverse workload and take initiative in changing situations
• Demonstrate a willingness to work collaboratively and engage in effective communication
• Willing to keep an open mind to ideas and inputs while actively contributing to meetings
• The ability to use or learn to utilize Microsoft Suite: Teams, Outlook, Word, and Excel
• The ability to travel daily to the farm year-round as schedule requires
• The ability to work on weekends and holidays as the schedule requires

Experience Desired:
• Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent
• College level courses in horticulture, biology, plant and soil sciences, or other professional development that relates to gardening skills and garden management
• Experience in running educational or therapeutic farm programs

Application Instructions: 

To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Manager, Julie Sanderson, at

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