Position Description: The Assistant CSA Manager will work alongside the CSA Manager in all aspects of operation of the Community Supported Agriculture program at Farmer Dave's. The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of CSA management. The position includes work in the office, with the public, and on the farm. Specific responsibilities vary depending on the time of year. While we are a farm, this position is NOT a farming position - it involves membership (customer) service, marketing and publicity, operations management, and more. The position will involve assisting the CSA Manager, the owner of the business, and the accounting staff in clerical and other tasks as business needs present themselves. While the CSA will be the emphasis, this position will be more than "CSA-only" and will often entail other farm activities. The number of hours per week will fluctuate with the season; as such, the Assistant CSA Manager will be expected to work more hours per week in the spring, summer, and fall, and fewer hours per week in the winter.
WINTER/SPRING: In the winter/spring work includes crop planning, marketing & outreach, management of registration, developing/designing promotional materials, planning a spring CSA Work Day, communicating with members, and meeting with CSA site coordinators.
SUMMER: When the CSA season begins in June, the amount of work increases and responsibilities shift to coordinating all packing and delivery of CSA shares, managing the CSA crew, weekly harvest planning with farmers, produce tracking, continued communication with members and CSA site coordinators (work trade members), planning and implementing the annual CSA potluck (Sept/Oct) and surveying the CSA membership. It will also involve staffing CSA distributions and/or farmers markets and/or farm stands.
FALL: When the main CSA season finishes at the end of October, focus is shifted to evaluating the past season and planning for the coming year, meeting with CSA site catalysts, coordinating the winter share through mid-December, and crop planning for the following season. It will also involve staffing CSA distributions and/or farmers markets and/or farm stands.
The ideal candidate for the Assistant CSA Manager position must love working with people and with computers, have a desire to grow within Farmer Dave's, and be enthusiastic about being mentored and trained. (S)he must have strong computer/internet skills and be very comfortable with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher. (S)he must have strong professional written and verbal communication skills. S(he) will also have a great enthusiasm for and knowledge of fresh vegetables & fruit and sustainable agriculture.
(S)he must have a strong understanding of the CSA model and the capacity to envision appropriate changes to the CSA operation as it grows in membership. (S)he must have the ability to work efficiently, and to learn to coordinate the CSA operations and the CSA crew members and packing. (S)he must be comfortable and willing to work in a fast-paced environment. (S)he must be able to lift at least 50 pounds unassisted.
Additional preferred skills:
- Working knowledge of Spanish
- Familiarity with driving a box truck (no specific license required)
- Knowledge of vegetable cooking
- Familiarity or experience with graphic design
- A basic familiarity or understanding of database design.
- A basic familiarity or understanding of html.
- At least one season of experience working on a farm (not required, but nice to have!)
Commensurate with experience. Health insurance. One paid week off per year.
How to Apply:
Use your cover letter as your one and only opportunity to tell us why we should read your resume! Please emphasize how your background and skills are an excellent fit for the responsibilities and qualifications in this job description. As Farmer Dave's is a small operation and every person holds many responsibilities, please feel free to also highlight other skills you possess that would be valuable to a small business.
E-mail your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org (The subject line should read: Assistant CSA Manager Position) OR mail your cover letter and resume to: Farmer Dave's, attn: Bethany Bellingham, 437 Parker Road, Dracut, MA 01826. No phone calls, please.