LEAF IS HIRING A FARM MANAGER
Posted: Tue, November 1, 2022
40,000-$45,000, commensurate with experience, opportunities for advancement & bonuses ($7,800 in housing expense included) *open to conversation about housing Landisburg, PA job
Employer: LEAF Project Inc
Position: Farm Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: On site, In person (Landisburg, PA)
Schedule: Full-time Salaried Position, average of 5 days per week (with other staff coverage 2 days per week for watering and basic farm management, schedule impacted by farm goals and weather considerations), some weekend and evening time required
Salary: $40,000-$45,000, commensurate with experience, opportunities for advancement & bonuses ($7,800 in housing expense included) *open to conversation about housing
Housing: On-farm housing provided, relocation stipend available (housing includes updated apartment in farmhouse with private entrance, parking, etc)
Benefits: Significant employer contribution toward health insurance benefits coverage, employer-matching retirement benefit, 21 days Paid Time Off in first year of employment (12 days flexible, 9 days fixed, including a one week winter pause)
The LEAF Project is in our 10th year of cultivating youth leaders from diverse backgrounds through meaningful work in the food system. LEAF creates a rare and powerful space for youth leaders to experience their capacity and engage in building a resilient food system through year round positions of increasing responsibility. On our 4 acre home farm, LEAF runs a sustainable vegetable farm and good food ventures that feed our community through farm shares, restaurant partnerships, public health partnerships, and thoughtful donations. Through seasonal internships, LEAF youth also engage in their own leadership development, workforce readiness skills, and move on to positions of increased responsibility running LEAF ventures in our community.
The Farm Manager position is at the heart of LEAF’s work as they implement the annual crop plan, creating a productive and abundant environment for LEAF’s mission. The Farm Manager focuses on all aspects of production management including soil fertility, bed preparation, seeding, planting, post harvesting handling and pack out, record keeping, and customer interactions. The farm manager will both work independently and supervise crews of youth workers and community members.
The right candidate for this position is passionate about sustainable agriculture and interested in growing in this field. LEAF will offer professional development opportunities, including the opportunity to pursue the Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship (DVA), a formal registered apprenticeship program. Beyond a passion for farming, this person should have a sense of humor and positive attitude, like to hustle and build efficiency, and enjoy working alongside diverse co-workers and youth. This person is excited to grow within a mission driven organization and small staff team.
LEAF is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to employing a diverse team that reflects the diverse identities of the youth we work alongside and the community we serve. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
PRIMARY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Whole Farm Management: Coordinate the management of LEAF’s Home Farm (4 acre lot, 1 acre in cultivation, 2 high tunnels, and 1 heated propagation house) that distributes produce weekly through our farm share program (100 boxes per week), wholesale/restaurant partnerships (4-8 partners), kitchen program partnership, and donations to our community partners.
Staff Engagement & Special Events: Work alongside a small, hardworking team of 6 adult staff who are committed to LEAF’s mission and their own growth, building and maintaining a positive and equitable culture
WHO YOU ARE:
If you are interested in this position, you may choose between submitting a resume & cover letter to Heidi Witmer at firstname.lastname@example.org OR completing this google form application. LEAF will reach out to promising candidates to schedule a virtual interview. Final round candidates will be invited to the LEAF Farm to work alongside youth and staff and will be compensated for their time. LEAF is opening this position in October 2022 and is hoping to fill it soon, but we will wait to find the right candidate!