Job Opportunities

We are currently hiring! See below for opportunities to join our farm team!

Farm Manager

Description

We need an enthusiastic, flexible, team-oriented individual to lead the farm’s production, marketing, and sales of organically produced vegetables. The main goal of this position is to continue to build BSF’s farm production and marketing through improving on existing farm production processes and infrastructure. The secondary goal of this position is to work with and supervise at-risk young adults 14-24 in the production and sales of fresh produce. This position is full-time year-round at an urban farm that focuses on working with the unemployed and underemployed, including individuals with criminal backgrounds and at-risk youth. The hours for this position vary seasonally, with summers requiring longer hours, and will require occasional evenings and weekends. The Farm Manager is required to have a reliable mode of transportation to and from work.


The Farm Manager (FM) will report to the Program Director and will manage daily operations for the field vegetable production. The FM will coordinate with the Ag Education Specialist in supervising trainees during their vegetable production rotations.

 

FM responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Participating in weekly staff meetings with the rest of the Bright Spot Farms staff
- Planning and leading day-to-day farm operations, including but not limited to field prep, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, packing, and delivering produce.
- Crop planning and ordering seeds
- Maintaining records on materials orders, sales, harvest yields, etc.
- Supervision of young adults 14-24 in all aspects of farm production.
- Driving Bright Spot Farms’ refrigerated box truck and pick-up truck for markets and deliveries.
- Working one or more farmer’s market (possibly evening markets)
- Supervision of volunteers/volunteer groups
- Promoting Bright Spot through social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
- Assisting with events on-farm (potlucks, fundraisers, etc.)
- Managing restaurant deliveries and farmer’s markets
- Helping with greenhouse/landscaping projects as needed
- Working weekend and evening shifts as part of a rotation
The FM will work closely with the Program Director for many of these responsibilities, especially in the FM’s first year.

 

Education/Training


- Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture/Agriculture or related field, or demonstrated experience
- 2+ years experience in organic farming (at least one full season at one farm)
- Experience working with youth preferred.
- Experience speaking Spanish preferred.
- Experience using social media platforms preferred.


Skills & Abilities


- Positive attitude, even in stressful or challenging situations
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Attention to detail and ability to balance multiple priorities
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Word and Excel)
- Ability to bend, kneel, and stand for extended periods and lift at least 50 lbs.
- Ability to work in difficult weather conditions
- Strong attention to detail and ability to balance multiple priorities
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment. High degree of flexibility required.
- Passion for food justice


Compensation


Compensation is competitive and includes a full benefit package including paid time off, medical, dental and life insurance, and employer contribution to retirement plan.


Conditions of Hire


A valid state driver’s license and a criminal background check are required as a condition of hire.


To Apply


Applicants must submit a letter of interest highlighting relevant experience, a current resume, the names and contact information of at least three references. Please apply by sending requested documents to brightspotventures@gmail.com with the subject line “Application for Farm Manager.” Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions, please e-mail brightspotventures@gmail.com.

Bright Spot Farms is a program of the West End Neighborhood House