Raptor Creek Farm Manager – Josephine County

Published on August 27, 2014 under Uncategorized


Raptor Creek Farm Manager – Josephine County
Food Shares Closing Date: September 16, 2014 – 5:00 pm
Budgeted Hours: 40 hours/week – Exempt position Salary: $15.00/hr Plus insurance benefits and generous paid-time-off package and housing located on the farm property.

DRIVING RECORD:  Applicants selected for interview will be required to bring to the interview a recent Court Print driving history obtained from the DMV.  Please allow 3-5 days for delivery and longer for out of state.


THE POSITION: The Farm Manager position is a vital component in the UCAN Josephine County Food Bank’s ability to grow and harvest high quality fruit and produce for low and no income members of the community. The Farm Manager is responsible for creation and establishment of the agricultural operation of Raptor Creek Farm and for maintenance and enhancement of the farm infrastructure, the property, lease, community relations, development, and riparian restoration. Supervises volunteers and is a liaison between Raptor Creek Farm and the UCAN Food Bank. Essential Functions of the Job:  1) Manage the agricultural operation of Raptor Creek Farm from seed acquisition and propagation to final harvest while delivering retail quality produce. 2) Manage volunteers, contracted and other labor. Collaborate with other staff to develop volunteer schedules including group work parties. 3)  Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with community partners including but not limited to local gardening groups, farmers, and businesses to promote the Farm and its activities, including the CareSource Senior Garden Project. 4) Maintain appropriate records. Record and monitor volunteer hours. Develop and monitor program budget. Review and monitor monthly financial printouts. 5) Develop and maintain property according to terms and conditions of property lease: includes riparian restoration, farm infrastructure, storage facilities, fencing, and other activities as necessary and appropriate.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in agribusiness or horticulture, plus five years of progressively responsible agricultural experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. Previous supervision experience and demonstrated experience with volunteer management required. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver’s license. As a condition of hire, a successful background check will be required. In addition to the above, applications will receive further evaluation based on the following: Knowledge of: Wholesale vegetable production, fertilizer utilization and application, insect identification and eradication, plant disease identification and eradication, and increase and retention of soil fertility. Tractor and other farm equipment operation and maintenance. Skill in:  Safe operation of equipment which includes forklift, manual and electric pallet jack, hand-truck and various carts and agency vehicles; use of automated equipment and systems. Ability to:  Communicate effectively in oral and written forms; perform several tasks simultaneously, be flexible and change priorities with little notice; good organizational, detail oriented and leadership skills; work within a team structure; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies; maintain confidentiality; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and work effectively with coworkers, volunteers, donors, community agencies, clients and the general public; willingness to work irregular hours when necessary which may include evenings and weekends as necessary. Hours will be longer during the growing/planting season. Ability to live in housing located on the farm property when it becomes available. Work in a safety conscious manner and be aware of surroundings at all times.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work will require bending, keyboarding, carrying and lifting up to 80 pounds, pushing, pulling, reaching, stooping, standing, and walking. The job is typically performed under somewhat disagreeable working conditions of dust, dirt, heat, cold, fumes and noise. Work requires continuous mental and/or visual attention.



UCAN Human Resources, 280 Kenneth Ford Drive, Roseburg OR 97470

541-492-3913     FAX 541-492-3921

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