Urban Farm Manager
Job Opening Notice Posting Dates: 2/08/2019– Until Filled
Job: Urban Farm Manager
Department: Urban Farm
Job Type: Full-Time; Year-Round; 40 hours per week; Monday – Friday; Exempt
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package 60 days following date of hire (health insurance, paid time off, etc.)
Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035
Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Urban Farm Manager will be responsible for managing the Randall’s Island Urban Farm edible education programming, including its K-12 field trip program for schools, community groups, and summer camps as well as drop-in programming for all park patrons. The Farm is a one acre educational tool to help teach visitors about how their food, and the impact of that food on their health, the health of their communities and the health of the wider environment. Supporting the education programming is the primary goal of the Farm and its needs remain paramount.
The Urban Farm Manager will be responsible for managing, planning, and overseeing all field production. This includes but is not limited to seed starting, bed preparation, soil amendment plan, transplanting, direct seeding, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, and pest/disease control. You will be managing one year-round farmer, two seasonal farmers as well as interns and volunteers.
To be effective in this position, qualified applicants must have experience in farm management, be confident in their ability to implement a robust education program, while maintaining a healthy, productive work environment. The Urban Farm Manager will effectively represent the RIPA organizational mission at all times and be comfortable working in a diverse array of communities.
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s Edible Education program offers free educational activities at the Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s (“RIPA”) Urban Farm to students of all ages, in partnership with local schools and groups, as well as through RIPA’s free summer camp. The Urban Farm and outdoor kitchen give students a deeper understanding of how their food is grown, plant and soil health, and the need for nutritious food in our community. The variety of classes offered achieve these learning goals through fostering meaningful student interaction with the farm’s plentiful assortment of fresh grown vegetables and fruits, compost, rice paddies, and even chickens. This positive space for hands-on learning allows students to explore aspects of their ecosystem and to harvest, cook, and eat a communal meal together, all while adhering to academic standards in the life sciences.
- Lead the farm’s edible education program
- Develop, plan, teach new and enhance existing STEM curriculum for K-12 aligned with NYS Scope and Sequence and Common Core standards
- Develop environmental and sustainable themes related to the Farm across the farm’s education programming
- Work with the programming department to schedule, coordinate and solicit feedback from program participants
- Maintain cleanliness and the presentable appearance of the farm at all times
- Connect the Farm to relevant and research-based regional, national and international programs
- Innovate new farm methods, including, but not limited to IPM, sustainable agriculture, composting, irrigation techniques, growing techniques, crop rotation, cover cropping, no till farming.
- Undertake crop planning, rotation, propagation, and cultivation, and keep related records and data. Manage disease and pest concerns, maintain soil health, set up and maintain irrigation.
- Plan for upcoming season, including crop selection, oversight of crop planning, rotation, propagation and cultivation and keep all data related to form as well as ordering and payment of all invoices.
- Develop a crop plan including, start dates, inventory and schedule.
- Manage all aspects of a diversified educational urban farm and staff.
- Manage, supervise, and train farm staff on all duties including planting, bed preparation, cultivation, irrigation, weeding, trellising, harvesting, composting and care of small chicken flock.
- Maintain and utilize records of harvest yields, disease, and pest control efforts as well as metrics to support grant requirements and inform programming developments.
- Purchase, track and budget operating supplies for the farm
- Maintain and improve facilities and infrastructure; ability to troubleshoot minor carpentry and electrical issues.
- Ensure safe practices are employed
- Work with other departments, especially Horticulture, Public Programming and Natural Areas, to ensure the smooth operation of the park and communicate proactively about issues that may impact the operations of other departments.
- Organize and initiate special programs
- Support various Randall’s Island public programs and events on the Farm
This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.
- A record of innovative and collaborative teaching and curriculum development, including leading hands-on, place-based, and experiential learning
- Minimum 3 years of experience in organic mixed vegetable production
- Minimum 1 year of experience in a leadership or management position
- Ability to organize and prioritize daily task for the entire farm operation
- Strong team leadership and communication skills
- Committed to innovation and experimentation in the Urban Farm
- Outstanding attention to detail, on paper and in the park
- Proficiency with MS Office, Word, Excel, Outlook
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Valid NYS Driver’s license.
- Willing to work weekends and evenings, as required
- Willing to work weekends and evenings, as required
- Extensive training in organic or low-input vegetable production, or has at least 3 seasons of relevant experience cultivating produce, including crop planning
- Teaching experience
- Experience with crop planning succession planting, crop rotation, irrigation systems and greenhouse management.
- Familiar with food safety principles and best practices
To apply, please complete an application online at: http://randallsisland.org/about-us/employment-opportunities
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
RIPA maintains confidentiality of all applications and therefore will never contact a present employer without prior consent from the applicant.