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Farm Manager at The HEAL Project - 4207

Job Title: 
Farm Manager
The HEAL Project
498 Kelly Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

The HEAL Project Farm Manager (FM) develops and manages the San Mateo County School Farm to provide a high quality experience for students and farm visitors. As the primary caretaker of SMCSF, the FM manages crop rotation, planning and maintenance. The FM is also responsible for enhancing and growing The HEAL Project Farmers’ Market booth and other produce sales. The FM is responsible for general farm oversight and labor, infrastructure development, budget, and maintenance of THP farm site. The FM assists in facilitating volunteer or other community visits to the site. The FM may develop additional programming to achieve organizational mission and sustainability in collaboration with program staff and Executive Director.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Maintain, develop and schedule farm plantings; perform crop planting & harvesting
Operate and maintain farm equipment including THP Market van, John Deere 4044 Tractor and attachments (rototiller, disc, bucket, bed maker), generators, pumps, etc.
Collaborate with THP Farm Programs Manager to develop and expand educational farm infrastructure; allocate and maintain student planting areas
Manage THP Farmers’ Market booth and other direct produce sales opportunities
Supervise farm labor, interns, “Farmers’ Marketeer” students and volunteer groups
Purchase/maintain materials, tools and other inventory required for farm use
Oversee/maintain irrigation and water catchment systems
Develop and manage organization and inventory of sheds and storage solutions for farm equipment, materials and supplies consistent with visitor safety, security and general well maintained appearance of the site
Act as liaison with farm owner/landlord, organizational & agency partners, farming/ranching community
Oversee and maintain site as necessary to create a high quality learning environment
Provide backup for program staff when needed leading on-site instruction of students, teachers & adult visitors
Recruit and maintain relationships with volunteers such as business, community service and youth groups
Implement routine recording, tracking and reporting; participate in staff meetings and trainings
Provide written monthly reports to the Executive Director
Conduct other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Additionally:
Will maintain responsible behavior; work both independently and as part of a team; comply with organizational tenets as outlined in The HEAL Project’s Employee Handbook
Will utilize interpersonal & communications skills; computer skills to maintain routine communication, prepare reports, etc.
Will provide proof of valid driver license & insurance
Will perform physical tasks related to farm maintenance; able to lift 50lbs
Will submit to and pass fingerprint/DOJ background check and TB test

Education & Experience: 

The successful applicant will possess a minimum of two years of experience as a farm manager, supervising farm workers, and have the ability to work out of doors in a variety of conditions (heat, cold, mud, rain). Preference given to someone who has used tractors for agricultural cultivation. Degree in Agriculture or Farm Apprentice training is preferred. A valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment is required. Desire to work and contribute to an educational farm space in a coastal California climate. Spanish language skills are a plus.

Application Instructions: 

Email resume and brief cover letter to farm@thehealproject.org. Due to the anticipated volume of responses, only candidates requested for interviews will be contacted.
Application deadline is April 16th

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture