Seasonal Farm Manager of Soil Start Farm

Earth Matter NY Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, and application of composting in and around New York City. Earth Matter NY seeks to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging neighbor participation and leadership in composting. To learn more about Earth Matter, visit

Earth Matter NY seeks an enthusiastic individual with experience in farming, education, and community organizing for the position of seasonal Soil Start Farm Manager. Soil Start Farm is a quarter- acre farm located on Governors Island. Focus includes herbs, vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, and farm animals. It is adjacent to the Earth Matter Compost Learning Center.

The Farm Manager will facilitate our “Farm to Table” exploration of the nutrient cycle, on farm composting techniques and applications to benefit the growth of crops. The manager will work with a wide range of people, including Earth Matter’s farm apprentice cohort (10 people) who will each commit 150 training hours in 2019 to learn and perform the “on-the-ground” work as a learning and community building experience. Additionally, the manager will work closely with the Earth Matter executive director and other staff, volunteers, and visitors.

The primary responsibilities are to manage all areas of the farm’s crops and production. Along with the executive director, the farm manager will co-lead the apprenticeship program. Secondly, the Farm Manager will manage vendor sales of herbs and products.

Seasonal Position: March 1 - Oct 31. 2019

Hours: 20 hours per week, with 8 hours each on Saturday and Sunday, plus 4 hours administrative time during the week.


  • Develop crop plans for Soil Start Farm, planting and harvesting schedules, and rotation schemes for Farm Apprentices.
  • Co-lead weekly farm apprenticeship curriculum including all areas of communications.
  • Supervise and coordinate volunteer activities, including bi weekly special activities on Saturdays, planting, irrigation, harvesting.
  • Coordinate farm activities with other Earth Matter farm staff, mentors, and project volunteers.
  • Coordinate harvest schedule and weekly visitor “taste bouquets”, cooperator “shares” and sales of herb and products to Island vendors.
  • Record-keeping, including invoicing vendors, production volumes, farm management practices, crops, data logs of composting.
  • Social media promotions, and other assistance in marketing of our farm activities.
  • Additional tasks as-needed.

Skills required:

  • Experience teaching and managing volunteers, with a commitment to developing leaders for all New York City communities.
  • Experience managing a farm.
  • Ability to work with the public, alone and in a team, in a variety of settings.
  • Experience with Google Apps for document storage and collaborative work.
  • Strong technical skills, comfortable with popular software applications (e.g. creating pdfs, exporting spreadsheets). Knowledge of bookkeeping basics and QuickBooks a plus.
  • Excellent email and task management.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills; must be able to convey complex concepts in a clear & concise manner. Social media skills a plus.
  • Must be self-directed, motivated, highly accountable, flexible, well-organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple, competing tasks
  • Willingness to work outdoors in 3 seasons and on most weekends.
  • Power tool operation, carpentry - maintenance experience - preferred.
  • Interest in sustainability, environment and waste reduction.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (ideally, in a related field).
  • At least three seasons experience on a working farm, preferably in urban conditions.

You are a problem-solving person, thorough, and creative. You want to grow relationships and community. You can fix equipment, explore data, and write social media content. You can be the best sustainable urban agriculture expert and ambassador. You like working with a purpose. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

No phone calls please.

Earth Matter is an equal opportunity employer.

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