Farm Facilities Manager Job in Maine at Newforest Institute

Farm Facilities Manager Job in Maine at Newforest Institute in Maine

 Application Deadline: March 23, 2012 Job Responsibilities: The Facilities Manager is responsible for maintaining buildings, machinery, tools, equipment and other infrastructure at Newforest Institute, creating a built environment that is integrated with the gardens and natural landscape, and providing education for apprentices and community in these areas.  This involves creative retrofitting as well as the design of new systems including 1) farm equipment (tractor, lawn mowers, truck, hand tools), 2) farmhouse utilities (plumbing, electric, and wood boiler), 3) sustainably harvesting and processing firewood, 4) composting toilet, 5) solar shower, 6) movable greenhouse, and 7) the barn/tool library.   The Facilities Manager trains and oversees apprentices in the maintenance and proper storage of tools.  S/he creates and maintains a tool library in the barn for community use, and works with the programming staff to schedule and facilitate skill shares, workshops and classes.  The Facilities Manager will design, organize and construct additional facilities as needed with an emphasis on local, renewable and salvaged materials, passive or low-input systems and a light ecological footprint. Possible projects might include a root cellar, timber framed cabin, rocket stove heater, solar food dryer, water catchment, bio-digester, animal accommodations, etc. To learn about the job and how to apply, click "read more". For more information about other jobs, and internship positions in agriculture go to:

The Facilities Manager will work collaboratively with other staff determining financial, programmatic, and strategic planning decisions by consensus.  The Facilities Manager will contribute to the financial sustainability of the organization by managing the facilities and tool library budgets and generating new income streams through grants, workshops, products from the shop, etc.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a significant number of the following qualifications –

  • Passion for Newforest’s mission, vision and values.
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience, with 2+ years in a managerial role.
  • Skills & experience in carpentry, plumbing, & electrical work.
  • Ability to solve problems, work resourcefully & complete projects with limited resources.
  • Experience budgeting & fundraising for a program or organization.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a team.
  • Strong interpersonal & communications skills.
  • Computer and web skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety.

Work Hours/Dates: Full time May 1, 2012 through November 1, 2012; part-time November– April.

Compensation: Based on Experience.  Compensation also includes option to live on-site (room & board – fresh organic produce from gardens).

To Apply: To be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter by email to by March 23, 2012.  For more information, call 207-722-3625 or visit our website:

About the Organization: The Newforest Institute is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of mutually sustaining relationships between people and the land.  The institute maintains a teaching and demonstration facility located on 300 acres of forests and fields in the village of Brooks in mid-coast Maine.  The site was purchased after the forests were cut and some soils stripped.  In a testament to ecological and human resilience, the site now contains edible forest gardens, permaculture gardens, ponds, a greenhouse, a barn and a restored farmhouse where workshops and lectures are held and meals shared.  Newforest’s programs have included permaculture teaching and design services, home energy efficiency services, school programs, nature walks and interpretive lectures, art and ecology programs and the creative engagement in cultural transition toward sustainable practices.

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