Farm Manager - Moose Hill

Location: Sharon, MA
Sanctuary: Moose Hill

The Farm Manager at The Farm at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Manager is responsible for all aspects of our 17- acre organic farm. Responsibilities including the day to day operations, long range business planning, budgeting, food distribution, partnerships, and customer relationships for the farm.

The Farm Manager reports directly to Metro South Director and works closely with the Property Manager and with other property, education, and operations colleagues as needed. The position is salaried and year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule.

You are not only a farmer, but a farm ambassador with a public facing opportunity to support all activity taking place at the farm - farming, engagement, stewardship and education - with internal colleagues and the greater community.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the production of vegetable crops and maple syrup to meet the needs of CSA, farmers markets, farm stands and wholesale clients.
  • Work with Wards Berry Farm staff to manage crop production planning and weed management.
  • Manage daily farm needs including harvesting, weeding, planting and care of raised beds, fencing and field edge management, and overseeing the volunteers and shareholders that arrive to assist in the fields.
  • Maintain and manage a clean, vibrant and welcoming farm stand and farmers market.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and manage all farm apprentices and staff, including part-time workers in all field work, modeling and ensuring best practices in field work, visitor engagement, safety standards.
  • Manage CSA harvest distribution, weekend farm stand set-up and market prep.
  • Manage farm stand to ensure coverage, pricing, and displays.
  • Work with education team to integrate The Farm into ongoing educational programs.
  • Coordinate with food pantries for excess produce donation drop offs.
  • Schedule gleaners for excess produce mid-season and/or end of-season.
  • Monitor farm budget for income and expenses, maintain records, track expenditures against budget work and work with Metro South director to take corrective action, as necessary.
  • Maintain all records of harvest and logs as needed for organic certification.
  • Complete and manage the application for organic certification renewal.
  • Manage partnerships with other Mass Audubon Sanctuaries and local community groups for participation in CSA and local farmers markets.
  • Manage volunteers and public involvement in the CSA and maple sugaring operation where appropriate.
  • Work with marketing team to market and sell CSA shares and maple syrup and increase visitation and sales to farm stand and farmers markets.
  • Assist with building infrastructure and business planning for future growth of Farm and Maple Sugar operation.
  • Work with operations department to develop registration materials, market The Farm and provide weekly communications and updates to shareholders.
  • Work with registrar to make sure registration goes live in a timely fashion and to monitor registration needs.
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.

 

Qualifications

This position requires a BA/BS in agricultural management or a commitment to sustainable agriculture and a minimum of two years farm experience in organic crop production and marketing is required.  The preferred candidate should have experience supervising farm and other staff, organizing and working with volunteers; and a willingness to work a flexible schedule, including one weekend day per week. Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills along with the ability to work independently and as a part of a team are critical. Knowledge of and connections within the MA or New England farming community a plus. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. 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. Successful completion of a CORI and SORI. 

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 lbs. 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. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Routinely work is performed within a typical office setting. Work may require performing responsibilities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Tools and Equipment Used

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. The employee must be able to work a variety of hand tools including shovels, pitch forks, weeding tools as well as some electrical tools including weed wackers and lawn mower.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Lauren Gordon Director, Metro South
Job# 3381

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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