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Background Check Statement:
Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.
Eligibility for Employment:
Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.
The successful applicant will hold a Master's degree in a field related to sustainable agriculture (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years of full-time paid farming experience which include management or ownership of a livestock and agricultural operation and the supervision of farm workers.
Applicants will have demonstrated strong theoretical knowledge and practical farm skills growing crops and raising livestock sustainably and humanely.
Ability to develop production, management and marketing plans for farm/agricultural operations and make recommendations on improvements
Strong management and organizational skills.
Good people and written/oral communication skills.
Ability to work in a team setting and with students of diverse backgrounds and skill levels.
Possess or willing to obtain CDL Pesticide Applicators and Meat Handler's Licenses within six months of hire.
CDL and pesticide applicator’s licenses, or willingness to obtain within 6 months of employment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages the farm and its activities in support of the Department’s mission and as a model of sustainable practices that other farms in the surrounding region can use as best fits for their own operations a. Operation management
Leads the development and implementation of long-term and short-term plans for the farm/agricultural operations (crop, pasture and livestock production and marketing, ecological soil and pest management) and recommends changes and improvements in farm/agricultural operations, staffing, facilities, and equipment in consultation with agroecology faculty and farm staff.
Supervises and ensures that crop and livestock management actions and tasks are done in a timely manner, practicing agroecologically sound crop and livestock husbandry with the goal to minimize environmental impact. Participates in daily farm/agricultural operations as needed.
Investigates and experiments with a wide range of agricultural methods to find practices that are environmentally and economically sustainable.
Organizes, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of assigned farm/agricultural employees, students, interns and volunteers; coordinates with the instructional staff to determine the activities of students participating in farm/agricultural operations as part of their educational program.
Ensure marketing and distribution of farm and forestry products (wholesale and retail) through diverse channels: ASU Food Services, High Country CSA, food hub, and donations to local food banks.
Periodically inspect and oversees the operation and maintenance of farm/agricultural machinery, equipment, tools and facilities to identify problems, safety and sanitary hazards and initiates immediate or preventative maintenance measures and repairs.
Assures adherence to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations concerning human and animal health, safety, and sanitation.
Implements security measures to prevent theft and vandalism. b. Financial management
Develops an annual budget in collaboration with the Farm Team and makes requisitions for supplies and equipment as needed. The budget is spent in coordination with the department chair.
Maintains farm production, marketing and financial records and provides fiscal reports on farm/agricultural activities and budget expenditures on a regular basis. c. Education
Conducts orientation and training sessions for farm/agricultural workers, students, interns and volunteers assigned to the farm (unless these are part of regularly scheduled courses at the farm).
Instructs agroecology courses on the farm during summer and facilitate instruction during fall and spring semesters or other courses in coordination with the Chair.
Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of college students.
Coordinates with the SD Chair and instructional staff to support the needs of the instructional program.
Organizes (coordinates) workshops, farm tours, and special events at the farm.
Shares knowledge gained with others in the agricultural community through membership in area farming organizations, occasional talks, workshops and presentations, etc. d. Other
Maintains strong community relations with the public and local/regional food system actors and agencies
Performs other duties as assigned.
Sustainable/ecological agriculture theories, principles and methods and their application to diversified small farms.
Selection, nutrition, care, breeding, sanitation, and disease control of different farm animals (poultry, horses, cattle, swine, …).
Maintenance and operation of farm/agricultural equipment, machinery and tools.
Federal, state and local laws and regulations related to animal care, crop production, agricultural operations, and the marketing and sales of produce and livestock products (GAP, AWA, FSMA, OSHA, soil & water conservation, ..).
Principles of employee supervision and training.
Manage farm/agricultural operations in conjunction with an instructional program.
Supervise, coordinate, and schedule the work of assigned staff, students, interns, and volunteers.
Train others in farm/agricultural operations related activities (health and safety; tractor and equipment operation).
Use and operate farm machinery and equipment
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, vendors, and the community.
Organize and implement community outreach in the form of workshops, farm tours, and special events.
Meet schedules and time lines.
Effectively utilize computer equipment (with relevant software) in the performance of duties.
Teach and develop curriculum for engaged hands-on courses in sustainable agriculture.
Write, or assist in writing, grants and obtain funding.
Work out of doors in a variety of conditions doing at times physically demanding work; and lift at least 50 lbs.
Type of Position: Full Time Position
Work Schedule/Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, most of the time
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