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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Farm Manager
Farm: Gibsons Heritage Farm
Location: Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, BC
Start date: October 2020, but flexible for the right candidate.

We are a family-run business located in Gibsons, BC. We are a small scale production farm growing high-quality, organic vegetables and fruit. Our farm is land devoted to ecosystems and sustainable food production. We believe in multigenerational, community based education. Our mission is to incorporate youth education into our production farm. The farm owners are both accredited teachers who specialize in outdoor and science education. Alongside sustainable high-quality vegetable production for markets, youth education and empowerment is a key aspect of our business.

The successful candidate for farm manager will have extensive experience in small-scale organic agriculture (minimum 3 seasons), minimum one season in a supervisor position in agriculture, and at least some experience and a passion for education and community outreach. Experience with tractor cultivation and BCS a must.

The farm manager will be the head of vegetable production daily operations, from seed to sales, while the two other executive team members will manage the educational programs and special events. The farm manager will be expected to communicate with the other team members, operate with a team mindset always, and give weekly crop and sales updates.

The farm manager will participate in the educational aspects of the farm, will work often with the public, and will coordinate, train, and oversee short and long-term volunteers as well as youth interns. This will involve the successful candidate being able to balance high-quality, production agriculture with careful, attentioned, and empowering education for people from a diverse set of experiences.

The farm manager will predominantly run the vegetable operation as the head farmer and may have two - four employees directly under him/her, as well as many community volunteers. The farm manager will be expected to create and maintain schedules, coordinate and oversee seasonal staff’s tasks daily and communicate with volunteers and employees as well as the wider community from time to time. The Farm Manager is a highly visible part of our business and therefore should enjoy engaging the community, interacting and building relationships with community members, and promoting sustainable, empowering land stewardship to people of all ages. The farm manager may be expected to use social media to engage the public with our work.

Position Details:

Commitment: full-time, year round. Minimum 1 year commitment.

Required:

  • A minimum of three seasons full-time experience in small-scale, organic vegetable production. Extensive experience with field crops, propagation, cultivation, harvest, pack-out, and sales. Experience with drip and overhead irrigation set-ups, as well as general farm maintenance and proficiency with power tools.
  • A minimum of one year as a Supervisor or Manager on a farm.
  • Must be able to demonstrate skill and expertise in training and overseeing people with diverse ranges of ability, ages, and knowledge to skillfully assist on the farm through our community involvement initiatives. Must be able to demonstrate skill and expertise in communicating with, educating, and empowering youth.
  • Able to lift and carry 50lbs minimum.
  • Willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions, remembering that the Sunshine Coast is a very rainy place.

Not required but an asset:

  • Meaningful experience in education, meaningful experience in youth empowerment, meaningful experience in education or training for diverse communities.
  • Experience with orchard care, beekeeping, and livestock are all assets. Strong interest in outdoor sustainability education curriculum development is a major asset.

Education: A college or university degree or diploma in a field such as biology, agricultural science, geography, environmental studies, sustainability or related studies not required but an asset. In the absence of that, a significant amount of work experience and other educational experiences related to sustainability geography, plant science or related fields a must.

Salary: Based on experience ($20-$22/hour)

Schedule: Work will be a minimum of 30 hours a week during the off-season in January and February. The farm manager will manage winter crops, storage crop sales, complete maintenance, crop planning, and curriculum development. During all other months work will be 40+ hours a week, with 10 hour days in the summer months. Vacation time is not acceptable during June - September.

To apply, please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
gibsonsfarmjobs@gmail.com
subject: Farm Manager

Indigenous peoples and newcomers to Canada highly encouraged to apply. 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 29 2020    ID: 57157