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*Job* Farm to School Farm Manager, Wilsonville OR

Published on January 12, 2015 under Uncategorized

Farm to School Farm Manager – CREST

The Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (CREST), an environmental and science education program in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, is seeking an experienced farm manager to work with the district on the on-going development of a one acre farm-to-school site. The farm manger will use organic methods to manage vegetable production for a 35 member CSA program and will support students engaged in educational programming. A significant portion of the compensation offered is free housing and utilities at a house on the farm site. The West Linn-Wilsonville School district is located south of metro Portland in Clackamas County, OR and serves approximately 9,200 students each year. The farm manager will spend 25 hours a week – with some flexibility at the discretion of CREST supervisor managing the farm site, assisting with educational programs and growing crops. During the winter months, the farmer will work preparing for the next planting year. In addition, CREST expects the farm manager to commit 5 hours a week to maintain the larger property. The farm manger will work closely with the director and educators from CREST to further develop the scope of work.

CREST Farm Manager Essential Duties:
•Maintaining on-going task list and working as a crew leader for education programs, interns, volunteers, etc.,
•Management of CSA program and engaging students in harvesting, post-harvest handling and marketing of crops.
•Prepare soil, plant, cultivate, and harvest crops in a one acre area to maximize production of crops for a variety of sources.
•Teach and train student groups, interns and volunteers about farming techniques, proper maintenance and farm safety. Work with CREST educators to coordinate connections between education programs and farming practices.
•Maintain site infrastructure, including, but not limited to, irrigation system for crops, irrigation equipment, greenhouse, and general farm equipment.
•Operate farm vehicles, tractors, power tools, weed whacker, mower, etc.
•Collect, maintain and provide data to district staff regarding the crops cultivated, irrigation process, yields, accounts receivable and products sold.
•Order and maintain records of supplies necessary to operate the farm.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Bachelors Degree or equivalent training in sustainable agriculture or related field. Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture.
•Experience maintaining and repairing farm infrastructure and equipment and knowledge of safe farm practices. Physical strength, endurance and stamina for manual labor, ability to lift 50lbs. Demonstrated ability to operate hand tools, tractors and heavy farm equipment.
•Experience with plant propagation, pest management, season extension, and irrigation.
•Dependable, self-motivated, able to work independently when necessary and use sound judgment as well as establish effective and productive working relationships with co-workers and groups with diverse interests and perspectives.
•Excellent understanding of farm products, farm marketing and selling techniques and market prices.
•Experience working with students, volunteers and other community members around farming practices.
•Experience growing produce for commercial setting (e.g. Farmer’s markets, CSA programs, etc.)
•Strong computer competencies using adequate software programs for record keeping and project management.
•Ability to work with others, stay organized, follow written and verbal instructions and compete tasks on time.
•Ability to maintain a safe working and farming environment.
•Valid Oregon drivers’ license and clean driving record.
•Background Check required.

Compensation:
•On site living accommodations (1900 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home)
•All utilities paid (water, electric, garbage, maintenance, home insurance
•25 hours/week – 12 months at $10 per hour
•Retirement benefits after six months on the job

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume with three references to Bob Carlson- West Linn-Wilsonville School District CREST Environmental Center: [CarlsonB@wlwv.k12.or.us]

Then please apply via our applicant tracking system: https://wlwv.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=544

Deadline for Applications: January 15th, 2015. Interviews will take place during the week of January 19th-22rd. Candidate selection will occur on or before January 26th. Position to start between February 1st 2015 and March 1st, 2015. Housing on site will be available March 1st.

 

Bob Carlson
CREST Director
Phone: (503) 673-7349
Fax: (503) 570-2969
11265 WIlsonville Rd.
Wilsonville Or. 97070