Farm Manager

Full Time | Staten Island, NY

BACKGROUND

Organization: Snug Harbor was founded in the early 1800s as a haven for retired sailors. Today, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (SHCCBG) is a vibrant arts center and botanical garden, serving 450,000 visitors per year. Located less than 1.5 miles from the Staten Island Ferry and easily accessible by public transportation, Snug Harbor’s stunning 83-acre campus features 26 architecturally significant buildings and numerous botanical gardens that include a traditional Chinese garden and a Tuscan garden. In addition to being a regional arts center, the campus houses several other nonprofit institutions and small businesses. Snug Harbor is a growing, must-see destination that provides arts, education, and entertainment for the city. Snug Harbor is proud to be contributing to and benefiting from transformative change on the Staten Island’s North Shore and will be releasing a Master Plan in late 2019.

Farm: The Snug Harbor Heritage Farm opened in 2012 to help feed, inspire, and educate the local community. It references the original history of Snug Harbor, which included a farm that served the retired mariners who lived at the former Sailors’ Snug Harbor. Today, the Heritage Farm grows an average of 15,000 pounds of produce each season, contributing 10% of its produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries, and to our farm education programs. The farm is lauded by chefs for its curatorial approach to farming, partnering with leading restaurants across New York City to provide exceptional quality, better-than-organic produce. Each year, our farm education programs instruct thousands of students on sustainable farming, food systems, plant biology, and the importance of local, seasonal eating while public tours of the Heritage Farm engage people of all ages. Snug Harbor is in the early stages of planning for a new Farm Education Pavilion, a community-driven, locally focused, globally aware space for the synergy of farm, food, and education.

THE POSITION

SHCCBG seeks a full-time Farm Manager (FM), ideally with nonprofit experience, to lead production, maintenance and management of SHCCBG’s two acre Heritage Farm. The Farm Manager oversees all aspects of planting, harvesting, greenhouse propagation and soil fertility management. The FM manages staff and engages & trains volunteers, interns and farmers in the field. The FM works collaboratively with the Director of Education and the Compost Manager to find effective ways to use the farm as an educational resource by developing and implementing farm and agriculture related training and education programs for children and adults. The FM supports the advancement of institutional values including stewardship, community, inclusivity and conservation and works collaboratively across departments.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Production

  • Plans and executes a comprehensive crop plan for maximum sustainable farm production throughout a four season growing cycle for multi-tiered community engagement and robust sales program
  • Supervises farm staff and actively participates in the practice of small plot intensive gardening, propagation, crop rotation and inter-cropping
  • Operates and maintains all farm equipment and machinery. Performs preventative maintenance on equipment and vehicles and maintains inventories and staff certificates for machinery operation
  • Hires, trains and supervises all farm staff and volunteers, in accordance with OSHA standards

Sales

  • Aligns crop plan with sales goals for culinary and community partners. Cultivates and maintains relationships with restaurant partners and chefs. With support from Finance and Marketing departments, develops sales and marketing plan.
  • Performs financial reports
  • Oversees and/or schedules staff associated with weekly Farm stand
  • Community Engagement & Education
  • Supports Education Department to develop and/or host school programs and public tours on the farm. Supports workforce development initiatives
  • Supervises all on-site and external farm special events and work days. Leads and/or supervises community partner experiences and VIP tours
  • Cultivates and maintains partnerships with various educational, governmental and private entities such as Food Bank for NYC, NYC Department of Probation
  • Demonstrates awareness of trends and players in urban agriculture, education and food policy initiatives
  • Plans and executes a comprehensive crop plan for maximum sustainable farm production throughout a four season growing cycle for multi-tiered community engagement and robust sales program
  • Supervises farm staff and actively participates in the practice of small plot intensive gardening, propagation, crop rotation and inter-cropping
  • Operates and maintains all farm equipment and machinery. Performs preventative maintenance on equipment and vehicles and maintains inventories and staff certificates for machinery operation
  • Hires, trains and supervises all farm staff and volunteers, in accordance with OSHA standards

The FM and farm team may support site- wide operational initiatives, such as assisting with snowremoval efforts or other projects, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

The qualified candidate for this position will bring energy, adaptability, and a strong work ethic to the role while possessing strong communication, organization and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate will be able to balance the rigor of daily farming with the ability to think strategically and creatively with staff and peers. Other qualifications include:

  • BA in Agriculture or related fields; or equivalent horticulture certificate/course work; or 3+ years hands-on experience in agriculture, specifically in peri-urban and urban agriculture
  • Strong farming skills with a near mastery of organic practices of crop production and demonstrated ability to meet production targets
  • Staff management experience and excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate will embrace mentorship opportunities and be invested in and excited about introducing and training participants and volunteers
  • Prior participation, ideally in a leadership capacity, in farm-based education and/or workforce development initiatives
  • Sales experience, preferably farm-to-restaurant and/or farmer’s market
  • Knowledge of beekeeping preferred
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to work outdoors in all seasonal extremes
  • Driver’s license required
  • Pesticide license preferred
  • Basic carpentry skills a plus

TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@snug-harbor.org with the subject line “Farm Manager—[your name].” Snug Harbor is an equal opportunity workplace and welcomes cultural diversity in our workforce. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.