ProFarmer Farm Management Training Program Accepting Applications for Full Time Farm Management Trainees
Applications accepted until September 9, 2016
For an application, please visit: http://hvfarmhub.org/programs/farmer-training/
The ProFarmer Training Program is an educational initiative of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, a 1,255-acre not-for-profit farm in Hurley, New York. Through demonstration and farmer training, we provide education and raise awareness about agricultural practices that are locally rooted, equitable, ecologically regenerative, and economically viable. The ProFarmer Program is a 2-5 year management training program for those who aspire to obtain farm management positions or own their own farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley. This is a full-time salaried position, including benefits, with an annual salary in the low $30,000 range.
Farm Management Training Position Summary
Each ProFarmer Trainee will be hired as a full-time, year-round employee of the Farm Hub and will work under the mentorship of the Farm Hub’s management team. The ProFarmer Training Program includes classroom education, in-field training, and farm work. Through a curriculum grounded in the operation of our working farm, ProFarmer Trainees will gain agricultural and mechanical skills, knowledge of the Hudson Valley food system, strong relationships with colleagues on and off the farm, leadership and communication skills, business skills, and deep experience with equitable and ecological farming practices.
The Farm Hub is in its third year of transition from a for-profit sweet corn operation to a nonprofit education, research and demonstration farm. This transition extends beyond soil and cropping methods to every part of the farm’s operation. This, our second cohort of ProFarmer Trainees will be part of shaping the farm ecological and social environment, including the creation of systems and procedures, demonstration of practices, and the way teaching and learning happens on the farm. The Farm Hub aims to be an exemplary learning, working and living environment, and ProFarmer trainees will have the opportunity to co-create the culture and experiential education approach of an evolving program.
Our cohort of Trainees entering in 2017 must commit to a one-year appointment, with the option to renew the commitment for an additional 1-3 years. Trainees are given the option of free, modest housing in the Farm residences.
At the conclusion of their farm management training period, the Farm Hub will assist ProFarmers in accessing farm management job opportunities, or accessing land, capital and other resources to begin their own farm operations in the Hudson Valley. ProFarmers Trainees will report to the Associate Director of Farmer Training and work alongside the other employees of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply.
For the full posting, program summary and application, please visit our website at: http://hvfarmhub.org/programs/farmer-training/