Job: Farm Manager at Blenheim Hill Farm in Blenheim, NY

Job: Farm Manager at Blenheim Hill Farm in Blenheim, NY, 2012

Blenheim Hill Farm is seeking a Farm Manager to take charge of the overall planning, implementation, organization, and management of its farming activities. The individual must be hands-on and proficient in critical tasks involved with setting up a new farm -- clearing land, building infrastructure such as greenhouses, sheds and fences, as well as livestock and produce production. In addition to being hands-on, the individual needs to be skilled in strategic planning (both short-term and long-term), staffing, and financial management as described below. For all Responsibilities and Qualifications click MORE.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Farm Planning / Development -Participate in the overall short-term and long-term planning and development of Blenheim Hill Farm operations. -Implement seasonal strategies for crop rotation, integrated pest management, soil amendment, cover cropping, tillage, propagation, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, livestock management, etc. -Set goals and milestones, both short term and long-term, and develop systems to monitor progress. -Ensure that all farm practices comply with federal, state, and local government regulations (including the management of employees, activities, etc). -Ensure that all practices protect the agricultural environment along with the farm’s natural resources and biodiversity. -Establish, monitor, meet and exceed product quality control standards established for the farm (e.g. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Organic Handling Plan, and/or other standards).   Budgeting / Financial Management -Develop an annual farming budget linked to the Blenheim Hill Farm management plan and in consultation with the Project Director. -Maintain spending within the approved budget. -Monitor farm progress against annual budget and provide monthly progress reports of revenues and expenses.   Farm Facilities / Equipment Management -Provide day-to-day management of all farm facilities and equipment, including maintenance, repair, and replacement schedules (equipment needs to be maintained at the level required to accomplish our goals). -Procure necessary equipment, tools, and supplies for on-farm operations within approved budget.   Staffing / Supervision -Recruit, hire, orient, train, motivate, supervise, and evaluate paid and volunteer workers. -Oversee independent contractors in the repair and maintenance of overall farm infrastructure and in the construction of new grounds and facilities. -Work with Project Director and accountant to assure that all labor regulations and payroll requirements are met. -Apply and maintain all health and safety standards required by law and the farm safety plan.   Recordkeeping / Reporting / Communications -Monitor and document all land use, irrigation, and produce yield/loses and report to Project Director. -Maintain production records, and create and maintain records for crops, soil amendments, and field history as required for organic certification and for quality standards. -Work with CSA manager to ensure all delivery scheduling is kept current, consistent, and in compliance with Blenheim Hill Farm™s goals. -Serve as principle farm representative; interact with general public, subscribers, media, and project director and investors. -Constantly communicate with Project Director, CSA Manager, and staff.   Qualifications -Post-secondary degree (Associate's; Bachelor's preferred) in an appropriate discipline (e.g. plant science, horticulture, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, organic farming, greenhouse mgmt, etc.), AND a minimum of five years demonstrated experience managing a profitable, sustainable, organic vegetable farm with a significant CSA enrollment and/or other direct marketing activities; OR ten years experience managing a profitable, sustainable, organic vegetable farm with a significant CSA enrollment and/or other direct marketing activities. -Demonstrated supervisory experience of staff, volunteers, and interns and successful experience in recruiting, hiring, and motivating workers. -Demonstrated experience in budgeting and financial management. -Demonstrated experience in operating and maintaining and variety of farm equipment appropriate for vegetable production. -Effective written, verbal, and electronic communication skills -Competence in using computer technology as a management tool (e.g. Excel, Word, Power Point, Access Internet, etc.) -Strong leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences and collaborators. -Valid NYS State driver's license or equivalent. -Creativity, energy, motivation, and positive enthusiasm. -Current New York State Private Pesticide Applicators License or ability to obtain. Interested candidates should email a brief cover letter and resume to  mona@smorgas.com.  If you have any questions, you can call us at 212-514-8411. www.blenheimhillfarm.com

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