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Farm Manager

  • Nauvoo, AL
  • Compensation:meals when available in one of our three dining halls on-site individual housing based on family size and availability. All utilities are provided including access to washer/dryer Access to farm vegetables and eggs when available Individual insurance covered with optional family / dental / vision for additional cost 401K match up to 4% Flexible time off when educational programs aren’t running (December - early February and June - August) Competitive salary (exempt position)

McDowell Farm School

McDowell Farm School is looking to hire a full-time Farm Manager for the upcoming Fall season and beyond. We are looking for someone who is passionate about sustainable agriculture and excited to share that passion with young people across our state. As Farm Manager, you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate and continue to grow our program through stewardship of our many animals, pastures, fruit, and veggie production, as well as soil development while mentoring and working with our seasonal and full-time staff.

Job Duties

Works with the Farm School Director to Manage and Implement Animal Systems

Manage all livestock systems, including health, husbandry, rotations, processing, purchasing and sales (Chickens / Pigs / Dairy Goats)
Provide for animal welfare in alignment with the Farm School program
Manage record keeping and operational systems related to livestock
Collaborate with the leadership team to determine educational programs/curriculum development and production needs related to livestock systems
Responsible for compliance with all city, county and state agricultural, food and safety policies
Work with the Director to budget and maintain financial records

Works with the Farm School Director to Manage and Implement Garden Systems

Plan, execute, and oversee two acres of vegetable and flower production, as well as perennial fruit (2 acres in production)
Responsible for greenhouse management and high tunnel production throughout the year
Maintain accurate records related to seasonal crop rotation / harvest / soil testing / and soil amending
Prepare staff for seasonally available crops for use with students and the techniques and tools needed for harvest, processing and cooking.

Train and Manage Staff

With the leadership team, support the training and management of seasonal employees related to all aspects of the farm school program
Train and mentor seasonal staff in proper planting methods and plant management and day-to-day animal chores/responsibilities, and ensure staff are up to date on farm protocols
Manage and lead seasonal staff projects
Support seasonal staff’s professional development through long-term farm projects, ideas, and goal setting
Participate as an advisor/mentor to develop staff personal goals and projects

Support Farm School Program Development

With the leadership team, help update curriculum, lesson plans and class materials
Organize, attend and actively participate in staff meetings
Manage pre-season set-up and end of season clean-up of farm area
Assist in facilitating additional workshops such as: TAB (Teacher Advisory Board), teacher workshops, weekend workshops, and summer programming
Teach farm school classes throughout staff training and during season, as necessary

Manage Sustainable Systems, New Projects and Maintenance

Systems include, but are not limited to, rainwater collection, solar power, carpentry projects, and new projects determined by the leadership team
Upkeep and maintain farm supplies and tools related to livestock and garden systems
Maintain, care for and operate any machinery related to crop and livestock systems (BCS tractor / Massey Ferguson diesel /Weedeater /Chainsaw)

Camp McDowell Employee Expectations

Act as a positive role model to visitors and fellow staff members
Work and live respectfully with others
Help out wherever and whenever needed
Provide a positive experience for all clients of the McDowell Farm School and Camp McDowell (students, parents, chaperones, teachers, and guests)

Job Qualifications

Extensive farm management experience, including sustainable livestock/pasture management and vegetable production - at least 2 years
Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher
Knowledgeable about regenerative agricultural, environmental, and educational issues
Demonstrate superb communication and organizational skills with attention to detail
Demonstrate maturity, initiative, leadership, enthusiasm, sense of humor, flexibility, and a team spirit
Demonstrate professionalism in appearance and behavior
Outdoor education experience preferred
Valid driver's license
Must be willing to work in all weather conditions

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