Farm Manager

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Start Date: Winter 2021

Position: Bayard Cutting Arboretum Farm Manager
Agency: Natural Heritage Trust
Location:: Bayard Cutting Arboretum Great River, NY
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Schedule: Full time, 37.5 hrs. / week

The Farm Manager is responsible for overall management of the farm. He/ she is accountable to the Arboretum Director and works in conjunction with arboretum staff to fulfill the mission of the farm. The CSA is the only community sponsored agriculture project in the NYS parks system. In keeping with the mission of Bayard Cutting Arboretum, the farm pledges to uphold the principles of sustainable agriculture, using organic methods, relationship building, educational, and community outreach. In 2021 the three-acre farm produced high quality, organic produce for 100 families. The farm manager will be employed through the Natural Heritage Trust. (Housing not available)

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Supervise Field Manager, interns, volunteers, CSA members.
  • Meet with Director and arboretum staff regularly.
  • Create and implement farm calendar.
  • Map out field using succession plantings and crop rotations.
  • Plan seeding schedule. Maintain and manage poly house to be ready for seeding by February.
  • Order seeds, soil, planting supplies.
  • Maintain 150 laying hens. Maintain coops and yard.
  • Plan and manage harvest with the goal of having 10 to 12 different items per harvest
  • Implement an Integrated Pest Management Program for the management of insects, diseases and weeds.
  • Test and build soil, using appropriate amendments to ensure optimum fertility.
  • Manage composting
  • Manage irrigation
  • Manage farm projects: fencing, barn maintenance, etc.

Qualifications/Requirements

The successful candidate should demonstrate:

  • Job history of farm management.
  • Working knowledge of integrated pest management.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and supervisory skills.
  • Able to work in inclement weather.
  • Ability to operate tractor with implements, rototiller, and other motorized equipment

Additional Information

Application instructions: Please send cover letter and resume to: Kevin Wiecks, Acting Director
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
kevin.wiecks@parks.ny.gov
Deadline: November 30, 2021

Contact Information

Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Contact Name: Kevin Wiecks
Email: kevin.wiecks@parks.ny.gov