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Farm Program Manager at Veggielution - 5785

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Farm Program Manager
647 S. King Rd.
San Jose, CA 95116
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Job Description: 

Who We Are
Veggielution connects people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José. With the support of the City of San José, Veggielution broke ground in 2008 at Emma Prusch Farm Park, a former dairy farm that was deeded to the City of San José in 1962 to demonstrate the rich agricultural history of this area once referred to as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight.”

In partnership with the City of San José, we offer Community Engagement, Environmental Education, and Leadership Development programs. Our goal is to engage residents throughout Silicon Valley, with a special emphasis on fostering community and family engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San José. We believe that through shared conversations and experiences, healthy food and outdoor learning, Veggielution can help to build community in East San José and change attitudes and policies toward low-income residents by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks.

We are a diverse, tight-knit team of inquisitive, creative people committed to constant learning in pursuit of social change. We invest in each other’s growth and development as people and as professionals.

The Opportunity
We are looking for an energetic, responsible team member to fill our Farm Program Manager position to work with a small and highly collaborative team. The Farm Program Manager is key to sustaining Veggielution’s mission. They will have an important leadership role and be primarily focused on the day-to-day management of the farm which sits on approximately 2.5 acres and includes fields, an orchard, and greenhouses. The Farm Program Manager works in close collaboration with other staff in training and supervising interns and volunteers. They will support the educational programs by ensuring that farm program engagement at Veggielution is safe and welcoming to volunteers, interns, and program participants. The Farm Program Manager will also play a key role in overall program design, management, and facilitation. They will have the opportunity to contribute across our programs in a variety of ways, including in community engagement activities, volunteer training, field trips, and fundraising events. The Farm Program Manager will draw on their personal and professional experiences to nurture the growth and development of Veggielution’s urban farm operations as well as its internal structure and culture.

Our Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, flexible, adept at managing change, and driven by our mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José.

Compensation and Benefits
This position is full-time, exempt, and reports to the Executive Director. Starting salary is $52,000 annually. Because we know the practice of salary negotiation can contribute to pay inequities, this starting salary is non-negotiable.

Veggielution offers the following benefits package to all new full-time staff members:
Generous monthly contribution toward medical, dental, and vision for staff members and dependents.
Four weeks of accrued paid time off per year and 12 paid holidays
Professional development funds

Beyond these benefits, Veggielution staff members have the opportunity to work offsite at our coworking location as needed and to ask for support in creating an approach to work-life balance that meets their needs.

Veggielution is committed to being a multicultural organization that embraces shared leadership and is passionate about achieving social justice.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Create a welcoming and inclusive space for all visitors to Veggielution
Manage interns and weekly volunteer groups
Plan, start and plant a wide variety of crops with staggered harvest dates
Manage greenhouse, including propagation of transplants in alignment with crop plan
Adhere to Integrated Pest Management and soil health best practices
Manage and oversee wellness of small flock of laying hens
Adhere to and continuously update a comprehensive set of farm and food safety procedures
Maintain accurate and up-to-date crop production and equipment records
Oversee the post-harvest, washing, packaging, and storage of harvested produce
Complete tractor work as needed, including bed preparation and mowing.
Communicate with all program leads to coordinate produce for farm stand, field trips, cooking classes, and special events.
Participate in Veggielution bi-monthly staff meetings, community programs, and donor engagement events
Other related duties, as assigned

Physical and Schedule Requirements
Valid driver’s license and ability to operate light pick-up truck and tractor (training available)
Routine lifting of farm tools and equipment
Typical total weekly hours will be between 40 and 45, typically 8 to 9 hours per day. Hours may be shorter in the winter and longer in the summer.
Flexibility to work Saturdays and participate in occasional Sunday and weeknight events

The physical demands described here are representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience: 

We are searching for candidates with:

A commitment to the mission and vision of Veggielution
A commitment to racial and social justice and equity
A flexible and adaptable work ethic
Minimum one year experience working on a small farm or equivalent agricultural experience
The ability to take initiative and to manage multiple priorities The ability to work independently as well as on a close, collaborative team
Strong organizational and time management skills
Entrepreneurial interest in how we use the farm space to meet evolving community and program needs
Experience in leading others, fostering teamwork to accomplish projects, and holding others accountable
Enthusiasm for meeting new people from diverse backgrounds, with sensitivity to differences (of race/culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age)
Strong leadership skills and volunteer management and motivational abilities
Conversational Spanish language proficiency
Basic computer skills
The ability to lift 50 lbs. unassisted
Specific knowledge of and experience in food justice or environmental justice fields (preferred but not required)

Application Instructions: 

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to

Deadline: Position open until filled.

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