Project SHARE is building a high tunnel and is seeking a motivated person to help expand the horticultural reach of its food security programs! The Farm Manager will develop and manage all aspects of the Project SHARE high tunnel including naturally growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers; identifying ways to use produce at Project SHARE; seeking restaurants that are interested in purchasing Project SHARE produce; managing farm interns and volunteers; and speaking to groups that may visit the farm for educational days.
This position has the potential to be part-time or full-time depending on the final candidate’s needs. This season will most likely require 25-35 hours/week. There is a potential for additional hours next season. The position is seasonal (May-November only).
If you are interested in applying, please email your cover letter and resume to Jessie:
Jessie Clark-Wallace, Operations Manager - Jessica.Clark-Wallace@projectshare.net
For more information on Project SHARE, please visit their website. For more information about this position, please call Project SHARE at (717) 249-7773.
Farm Manager Job Description
Job Overview: The Farm Manager will develop and manage all aspects of the Project SHARE high tunnel including naturally growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers; identifying ways to use produce at Project SHARE; seeking restaurants that are interested in purchasing Project SHARE produce; managing farm interns and volunteers; and speaking to groups that may visit the farm for educational days.
This position requires a strong, practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm management and a commitment to serving the community through education and naturally grown local produce distribution. The manager has primary responsibility for the planning, coordination and implementation of all work and activities at the Project SHARE farm. Although there are many responsibilities listed below, the Project SHARE staff as well as our volunteers and board members will be a great source of assistance. Our top priority in hiring a farm manager is to have someone that can create a growing schedule and give volunteers detailed instructions on what they need to do to help the farm succeed—informing them of what needs planted, weeded, harvested, watered, etc. and demonstrating how these things are done.
- Supervision of farm interns and volunteers (patiently and respectfully);
- Communication with Project SHARE staff about needs, plans, and ways to sync the farm with the organizational goals
- Produce annual field plans
- Maintain certified naturally grown standards of production to ensure the highest quality produce
- Maintain farm infrastructure and landscape with the help of interns and volunteers
- Cooperate with community partners
- Seed ordering and material acquisition
- Planning and implementation of weekly planting schedule
- Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation
- Cultivation activities
- Infrastructure planning, creation and maintenance
- Irrigation planning and implementation
- Soil building program including composting
- Plan weekly harvest schedule, harvest, market and deliver
- Inform Media Relations Coordinator about what needs marketed and advertised
- Participate in planning for long-term farm development
- Coordinate produce needs with Nutrition Education Coordinator and Produce Coordinator
- Able to work in the field
- Some evening or special event hours may be required
- Current driver’s license and a clean driving record
- Comfortable operating farm equipment
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Sense of Humor
- Experience working in a team environment with proven leadership skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently
- Demonstrated good organizational and record keeping skills
- Minimum two years’ experience of farm experience, preferably in a supervisor role
- Demonstrated farm planning experience and working knowledge of farm infrastructure
- Experience in growing using organic principles
- Experience working with farm machinery
- Basic carpentry skills
- Interest in working with youth and youth programs
- Demonstrated good communication skills
- Ability to repeatedly lift 40 pounds
- Self-motivated, cooperative and flexible
- Ability to responsibly manage administrative and record-keeping tasks related to running the farm business and overall success of the organization