Based on the Big Wood River at the foot of Lookout Mountain, Lookout Farm is entering its first year of operation cultivating three acres of vegetables. Over the next five years cultivation will expand to sixteen acres, serving CSA customers, restaurant clients, and farmers’ markets throughout south-central Idaho.
In addition to annual cropland, the farm consists of animal pastures, a planned orchard, and river bench ecosystem. Just 20 minutes from Ketchum, the Sun Valley ski resort, and vast networks of wilderness trails and streams, Lookout Farm’s mission is to gather the Wood River Valley around an agricultural ecoystem that innovates food sustainability in the region.
The farm seeks an experienced Production Manager to coordinate and execute all aspects of vegetable production beginning in 2019. As the farm’s first employee, the Production Manager will have an opportunity to contribute to the founding of the farm’s infrastructure, operations, and successes.
The Production Manager will work closely with the farm’s owner-operator on crop planning, weekly scheduling, field design, greenhouse and high tunnel infrastructure, and farm systems in general. General responsibilities include propagation, greenhouse work, irrigation system expansion and management, planting, composting, as well as managing an evolving field crew for weekly production tasks. One full-time additional crew member will be hired in the Spring.
The ideal candidate will be eager to take on diverse responsibilities, driven to lead daily and seasonal efforts, and able to execute and help coordinate all aspects of production, from planting through harvest. Because the farm will grow year to year, the right candidate will have the potential to grow their role along with the business. Lookout Farm above all hopes to add a skilled and enthusiastic member to its core team.
The Production Manager should be experienced and capable in the fast-paced and task-oriented dailiness of a diversified farm. The successful Production Manager will embrace crew leadership and communicate well with a small managerial team, and demonstrate a willingness to problem-solve, make decisions, and direct work efficiently. Crop planning and work scheduling experience is strongly preferred. Cold weather farming experience is a plus. Tractor and implement use not necessary but preferred.
Email email@example.com with a cover letter and two references. We’ll reach out to you to schedule a phone interview. A farm visit, if possible, will be the final step.