Farm Production Manager

FARM PRODUCTION MANAGER
George Jones Memorial Farm & Nature Preserve
Home of the New Agrarian Center

The New Agrarian Center seeks an experienced organic farmer with deep interest and enthusiasm for education and ecology. This is a permanent, year-round, full-time position that reports to the Executive Director of the New Agrarian Center. The successful candidate will be engaged in all aspects of farm planning and management.

The George Jones Farm is a 70-acre farmstead owned by Oberlin College and operated by the New Agrarian Center (NAC). The farm is both a working organic production operation as well as an active training center for organic agriculture and regenerative ecosystems in service to the broader regional community.

The selected candidate will lead on the ground growing operations. They will manage a team of several college interns, work-study students, and volunteers from the community.  The primary goal of this position is to increase overall farm productivity and strengthen existing community connections. The Farm Production Manager will have ample opportunity to contribute significantly to the education of future farmers and entrepreneurs through workshops, courses, and the Beginning Farmer Program.

The New Agrarian Center is committed to being an equitable employer and a diverse, affirming organization. We do not tolerate discrimination, including with regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity or expression, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, family status, or criminal history.

We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including people with criminal histories, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people in the LGBTQIA community.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities for the position include:

Farm Production and Land Use

  • Manage the development and implementation of a profitable crop plan.
  • Manage daily operations at the farm, including ground preparation, planting, irrigation, weed and pest management, harvest, and market preparation of produce.
  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of a land use plan
  • Advise students enrolled in the Beginning Farmer Program with technical expertise.
  • Manage the maintenance of equipment and buildings relating to the farm’s productivity.

Program Development and Administration

  • Track farm-related inventory and sales figures.
  • Work with established buyers including the NAC’s City Fresh Program, which will be a major purchaser.
  • Select and attend additional markets or find additional buyers as needed to ensure profitability.
  • Maintain records relating to the farm’s budget
  • Purchase needed supplies and equipment
  • Work with the Executive Director to assess, plan and implement site improvements and maintenance.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and other staff with grant writing and individual donor cultivation, especially during the winter months.
  • Manage farm staff related to production, including interviewing, training, coaching and evaluating production staff and interns.
  • Advise and support students and community partners who are interested in pursuing careers and projects in sustainable farming, especially those enrolled in the Beginning Farmer Program.

Requirements

  • Formal education not required. We value experience, a track record of success, and a demonstrated understanding of the organic farming profession.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others.
  • Demonstrated organization skills and ability to manage detailed, complex tasks.
  • Proven experience in land management and crop plan implementation.
  • Personal transportation. Living on-site is not an option at the present time.

Compensation and Term:

This position is a full-time, salaried position with grant support for the 2019 calendar year starting at $25,000, plus an annual profit sharing bonus.

How to Apply:

Submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names, phone numbers, and your relationships to three references in response to this post. We DO call references. Application materials can be emailed to nick.swetye@gotthenac.org.

You may call 330-221-4027 with any questions.

Consideration of applications will begin on February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.