Crops Manager

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Drumlin Farm

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Since the 1950s, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary has played a foundational role in the Mass Audubon system, educating millions of children and adults about the value of nature and the importance of sustainable farming.  The Crops Manager at Drumlin Farm manages a team responsible for all aspects of a crops operation which lies at the core of this work. Responsibilities including the day-to-day vegetable production operations, maple sugaring, staff management, long range business planning, budgeting, food distribution, partnerships, and customer relationships for the farm.  The Crops Manager reports directly to Metro West Director and works closely with Livestock, Property, Education, and Conservation staff.  The position is salaried and year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee the production and management of a 30-acre diversified vegetable crops operation, meeting the needs of CSA, farmers markets, farm stands, restaurants, and hunger relief partners.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and manage all farm staff, including part-time workers, modeling and ensuring best practices in field work, visitor engagement, and safety.
  • Manage daily farm needs including soil preparation, planting, cultivation, harvesting, distributing, and educating.
  • Manage crop planning, seeding, and supply ordering. 
  • Operate and maintain farm equipment.
  • Develop plan for pest and deer management.
  • Actively engage corporate and community volunteer groups as well as work share members in farm operations.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Growers to maintain a clean, vibrant, and welcoming CSA distribution, farm stand, and Farmer’s Market experience.
  • Work with education team to integrate farm activities into ongoing educational programs.
  • Work with property and science staff to advance ecological management priorities.
  • Manage a small maple sugaring operation in February/March including daily sap collection, evaporation, bottling, scheduling volunteers, and record keeping.
  • Oversee greenhouse and hoop house operations.
  • Coordinate with food pantries, gleaners, and other hunger relief partners for produce donations.
  • Monitor farm budget for income and expenses, maintain records, track expenditures against budget work and work with Metro West Director to take corrective action, as necessary.  Maintain records of crop production and harvests.  Manage partnerships with other Mass Audubon sanctuaries and local community groups for participation in CSA and local farmers markets.
  • Work with marketing and finance teams to market and sell CSA shares and maple syrup and increase visitation and sales to farm stand and farmers markets.
  • Work with operations department to develop registration materials, market Drumlin Farm and provide weekly communications and updates to shareholders.
  • Play a role in Drumlin Farm leadership team, informing work towards broader Drumlin Farm and Mass Audubon objectives.
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves:

  • This position requires a BA/BS in agricultural management or a commitment to sustainable agriculture and a minimum of 3-5 years farm experience in crop production.
  • Experience supervising farm and other staff.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including one weekend day per week as necessary.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills along with the ability to work independently.
  • Flexibility and ability to respond to rapidly changing priorities, meet deadlines, and work as an effective team member
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel within Massachusetts. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Nice to Haves:

  • Knowledge of and connections within the Massachusetts or New England farming community a plus.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of the position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, and walk. The employee is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk over uneven terrain, and lift up to 50 pounds and work in variable outdoor weather conditions. Employee is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination, such as basic keyboarding, basic hand tools and instruments, filing, operating office equipment, and operating a motor vehicle. Employee must have good vision to read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes. Occasionally the employee is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes. Occasionally it is necessary for the employee to differentiate between colors.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Routine work is performed mainly outdoors with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain.  Work may require performing responsibilities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Tools and Equipment Used:

The employee must be comfortable driving a tractor and other farm equipment, and to work a variety of hand tools including shovels, pitch forks, weeding tools.  The employee is required to use a personal computer and general office equipment.  May require the use of two-way radios for communication with field staff.

 

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $55,000 - $65,000; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Schedule is variable, including one weekend day per week as necessary.

Housing in Lincoln may be available for a reduced fee.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Scott McCue-Regional Director
Job# 3882