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Field and Fork Program Farm Manager at University of Florida - 16909

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Field and Fork Program Farm Manager
University of Florida
1062 Museum Drive
32611 Gainesville , FL ,
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Job Description: 

This position will oversee the Field and Fork Farm and Gardens which is a 10-acre site at the center of the University of Florida campus. The site features a variety of areas, including a greenhouse, annual in-ground vegetable production, agroforestry spaces, native landscaping, research fields, and aeroponics. These spaces are used for experiential learning, classes, tours, research, demonstration, and events. From Art History to Agronomy, the space is designed to allow all academic disciplines to explore and experience food systems concepts and sustainable agriculture in practice. We also welcome the larger community to also participate in our program and host many groups from the public onsite. The space is operated with staff, interns, and volunteers who work together to support its goals and provide food for the Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Field and Fork Pantry and local charities. This position requires someone with strong leadership skills who enjoys working in a dynamic environment with a diverse set of stakeholders; it requires a love of people and education as well as plants and farming. Good communication skills and good organization along with a strong working knowledge of sustainable farming practices are critical.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Manage, supervise, participate in and track soil management, planting, irrigation, fertilization, crop care, and integrated pest management; application of chemicals, harvesting, and food safety of all crops; recommend and implement operating policies and procedures at the farm level; May travel to other centers to transport materials, equipment. May work at other sites related to the program as needed.

Keep records and prepare farm production reports and prepare and implement budget recommendations; procure supplies and materials needed to support farm and garden operations and facilities maintenance.

Work as liaison with faculty, staff, students and other collaborators at the farm to plan and develop objectives, workflows, and deadlines for farm and garden operations. Assist faculty in conducting classes and research data collection; assist with tours and community outreach at the farm and gardens.

Operate, maintain and repair equipment and facilities used in agriculture and farming, including developing and implementing a preventive maintenance and repair program on equipment and facilities and planning and directing the construction, modification, and repairs of buildings and infrastructure at the farm and gardens.

Train, oversee and supervise interns and other staff and volunteers assigned to assist in the maintenance and management of the farm and gardens, including assisting in training volunteer farm crew and staff.

Education & Experience: 

High school diploma or equivalent and five years of relevant experience managing an agricultural operation and supervising staff. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required number of years of experience.

Application Instructions: 

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