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ORGANIC FARMING IN BC

Position: Organic Vegetable Farm Manager
Type: full-time, year-round with some flexibility in winter months
Farm: Wild Flight Farm
Location: Mara, North Okanagan/Shuswap, BC
Housing: nearby accom. available (see below)

Overview:

Wild Flight Farm is the largest organic market vegetable farm in BC's North Okanagan and has provided local markets with a year-round supply of organic produce for the past 25 years. We grow a wide variety of vegetables (from Asparagus to Zucchini and everything in between) on 12-15 acres each season. Our mission is to efficiently produce high-quality vegetables and culinary herbs for local markets while providing living wages and career advancement opportunities for 12 employees.

The Position:

We are seeking a Farm Manager, who (with guidance and training) will gradually assume responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the farm. The Farm Manager will work in a team environment and in close cooperation with the Field and Greenhouse Managers.

Duties will include organizing and directing employees, managing and tracking the many aspects of vegetable crop production and marketing, and working alongside the farm crew in harvesting and packing as needed. This position is suited to someone with five seasons experience in vegetable production, dedicated to organic methods and looking for an opportunity, through a well-established business, to make a viable living providing good food to the local community.

Responsibilities:

Staff Management

  • Assist in the recruitment and hiring of 10 seasonal staff
  • Develop daily work plans in consultation with the Field and Greenhouse Managers
  • Help organize and direct staff to ensure seeding, planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvest and processing/packing deadlines are met
  • Coordinate with Field and Greenhouse Managers to ensure that the farm has all necessary supplies, tools, and equipment.
  • Work alongside staff as needed to provide instruction and assist in completing tasks
  • Create, by example, a positive, co-operative and energetic work environment in which productivity and quality are emphasized

Farm Operations

  • Assist in developing schedules for successive plantings of field crops, and ensure that they are followed
  • Help Field Manager coordinate weekly weeding, irrigation and pest/disease control plans
  • Monitor quality control of post-harvest handling and packing of produce for markets
  • Oversee management of soil fertility though the application of compsot and seeding of green manures
  • Maintain careful records of all planting, harvesting and crop/soil inputs
  • Coordinate maintenance and repair of farm tools, equipment, and facilities

Office/Marketing

  • Prepare weekly harvesting and packing lists of all crops going to market
  • Prepare weekly fresh lists for farmers' market, restaurant, and home delivery customers
  • Oversee farm newsletter, website, and social media communication
  • Respond to e-mails, compile order lists, and ensure that orders are packed
  • Maintain input & production records in accordance with organic certification requirements
  • Attend farmers markets as required

Qualifications and Skills:

  • At least 5 full seasons of experience on vegetable farms
  • Preferably a post-secondary degree or diploma in an agriculture or horticulture-related program
  • Competence in operating & maintaining farm tools, machinery, facilities
  • Previous experience managing and overseeing a team of people
  • Proficiency with a variety of office software, website, and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of and experience with organic production methods and organic standards

Compensation:

  • Position is full-time, year-round with some flexibility in winter months
  • Annual salary $42,000 to $62,000 (depending on experience) with annual compensation reviews
  • Extended health benefits package, including medical, dental and visual coverage
  • Access to farm produce, as seasonally available, for personal/family use
  • Off-farm shared accommodation at local market pricing also available 

How to Apply?

Send your resume to Hermann Bruns, by e-mailing:
Hermann@WildFlightFarm.ca

Please include a cover letter describing your motivation to apply for this job and the specific skills/experience you have that match the work description and skills required.

Application deadline: February 15th, 2019

Start date: March 18th, 2019

While we thank all those who apply, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. ONLY residents of Canada (or those with valid Canadian work visas) will be considered.

Find Out More: Click here for a short drone video of the farm.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 14 2019    ID: 49685