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Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center is a non-profit farm and educational center located on 60 acres in Yorktown Heights, NY. We operate a 9-acre sustainable farm, growing vegetables for a market-style CSA, on-site farm stand, and wholesale clients. The farm hosts educational classes and school groups and is open to the public free of charge. Our mission is to provide our community with healthy produce and to teach others to do the same.

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Farm Manager (Vegetable Production)

Full-time, posted 12/12/18

 

Supervised by the Farm Director, the Farm Manager is responsible for the management, planning and oversight of our sustainable vegetable farm, which includes the production of vegetables, herbs, and flowers on 3-8 acres. This is a production oriented position, but because we are open to the public and regularly host school programs and events, the successful candidate will also be flexible in scheduling daily tasks to accommodate other farm programs. We are seeking motivated applicants with excellent communication skills.

 

Responsibilities

  • Supervise, plan, schedule, and participate in all aspects of our produce operation: seeding; greenhouse management; cultivation and field prep; transplanting; weed and pest management; harvesting, washing, and marketing crops
  • Develop crop production plans for greenhouse, high tunnel, and field to cultivate a diverse revenue stream through our CSA, retail farm stand, wholesale, and U-Pick
  • Create field crew schedules; monitor and be accountable for the progress of all field work
  • Train and work alongside the farm crew as needed to ensure timely completion of daily tasks
  • Manage all aspects of farm record-keeping, including harvest records, sales, and farm expenses
  • Order materials and supplies; maintain inventory and keep records of same
  • Use mechanized farm equipment; recommend new implements and/or methods to increase productivity and quality of produce
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment

 

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience farming for commercial markets on 4 acres or more
  • Farm management experience or 2-4 years of supervisory farm work
  • Experience planning and managing work schedules; experience training staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organic farming practices including crop rotation, cover cropping, composting, IPM, and soil fertility management
  • Ability to safely operate tractors and other farm equipment
  • Comfortable working with databases or farm-planning software, POS retail/inventory management software, and email marketing apps
  • Ability to lead and work under pressure in a fast paced environment
  • Comfortably able to lift 50lbs
  • Valid driver’s license

 

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with retail markets and farm marketing is a plus; we are looking to grow our on-site farm stand
  • Proficiency in season extension practices
  • Livestock experience desired but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to stay informed of current research and/or new methods in sustainable agriculture

 

Schedule & Compensation

The Farm Manager is expected to work 40 to 45 hours a week during the growing season, with reduced weekly hours in winter. Our preference is for the Farm Manager to keep a Tuesday-Saturday schedule while our farm stand is open (late April through Thanksgiving). Compensation is commensurate with experience; anticipated starting range is $42,000-55,000. We are unable to provide housing at this time.

To apply, please email a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references, including ‘Farm Manager’ in the subject line.


 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Livestock Farmer/Vegetable Crew

Full-time/Seasonal, posted 1/2/19



Supervised by the Farm Manager, the Livestock Farmer will be the primary caretaker of our farm animals: three heritage-breed cows, two goats, and a small flock of laying hens. This position is responsible for the daily care of our livestock, but because this program is small (our livestock operation primarily serves our educational programs), the Livestock Farmer will spend up to 70% of work days helping our vegetable crew and/or working on other farm projects. Applicants should be reliable, hardworking, and have excellent communication skills.

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

  • Feed and water animals and attend to all daily livestock chores
  • Manage rotational grazing program for cows: move electric fencing to shift grazing areas, oversee pasture mowing and maintenance
  • Keep pasture fence lines clear, make fence repairs as needed 
  • Maintain veterinary records and proactively manage animal health
  • Order hay, feed, etc. and ensure all necessary supplies are on hand

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist with propagation, bed preparation, transplanting, irrigation, weeding, and all aspects of our vegetable production operation
  • Work efficiently during harvesting, processing, washing, and packing
  • Maintain high energy in a faced paced environment
  • As needed, assist with farm events, retail farm stand, property maintenance, or educational programs

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of experience with livestock; experience with large animals required
  • Ability to perform all livestock work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Willing to work efficiently in all weather conditions
  • Comfortably able to lift 50lbs
  • Strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to safely operate tractors and other farm equipment
  • Vegetable production experience desired but not required

Schedule and Compensation

This is a seasonal position (April through the end of November) with an hourly wage of $14-$20, depending on experience. A general work week is 5 days/week, 8am-5pm (8 hours, plus a one-hour unpaid lunch break). Farm staff schedules typically include one weekend day. We have an interest in expanding our livestock program and preference will be given to applicants with the experience to help us scale up. Ultimately we would like to see this grow into a full-time, permanent position, but for 2019, but the Livestock Farmer is structured as temporary position that will end at the end of the 2019 season. We are unable to provide housing at this time.

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references, with ‘Livestock Farmer’ in the subject line.

 

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