• Hendersonville, NC
  • Region: Southeast & Gulf: NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, MS

Website Veteran's Healing Farm

AGRICULTURAL MANAGER

Veteran’s Healing Farm (http://veteranshealingfarm.org/) is a 501(c)(3) organization based in

Hendersonville, NC. Our mission is to enhance the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of our nation’s Veterans and their families. This specific program is under our agritherapy focus.

We accomplish this through three primary programs; organic farming, beekeeping, growing and use of medicinal herbs, therapies and therapeutic classes, and Veteran focused events.

The Veterans Healing Farms is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of Agricultural Manager. The Agricultural Manager will oversee and run all day-to-day farm operations. An interest and enthusiasm for garden-based education is a highly important aspect of this position. The Agricultural Manager reports to the Director of Operations and works with the

VHF team to facilitate farming, educational tasks, as well as managing volunteers.

The Agricultural Manager will possess strong experience and knowledge of ecological, year- round vegetable production, experience managing a team of workers, a demonstrated aptitude to engage and cultivate new relationships within our community, and a strong, self-motivated work ethic.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee all vegetable and fruit production (6,000 pounds annually) on 9-acre farm (will only farm 2 acres this year , with attention to nutrient management and organic practices.
  • Provide weekly supervision and scheduling activities for volunteer workers, seasonal part-time workers and staff, and volunteer and service groups.
  • Oversee farm maintenance including facilities, machinery, zero-turn mower, riding tractor (and attachments), farm vehicles, BCA tiller and plow attachments, chain saw, wood chipper, weed eaters (line and blade) hand-tools, and cropping systems.
  • Develop and monitor irrigation systems and hand-water as needed, including creating and managing a watering schedule for greenhouse, medicinal garden, and production fields.
  • Coordinate basic plumbing, electrical, and construction work as needed.
  • Work with Director of Operations to create annual production goals, develop system of record keeping and management, track volunteer hours, and an annual farm budget.
  • Oversee distribution of produce and special projects at the Charles George Veterans

Affairs Medical Center, as well as other area locations.

  • General clean-up of garden beds, paths, and disposal of trash.
  • Assist Director of Operations with hands-on garden-based education including providing the DO with weekly list of potential farm tasks that match with educational goals.
  • Assist in leading farm tours, workshops, community events, as well as speaking to the media and at conferences.
  • Other general tasks as requested by Farm Administrator.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long-term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work well with veterans, their family members, caregivers, volunteers, and community members.
  • A minimum of 4 years farm/greenhouse management experience or 5 years farm work experience.
  • Detail-oriented with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems.
  • Experience with machinery and power equipment including zero-turn mower, riding tractor (and attachments), farm vehicles, BCA tiller and plow attachments, chain saw, wood chipper, weed eaters (line and blade) hand-tools, and cropping systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, utilizing living mulches, incorporating stale/false seed beds, composting, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods is a plus.
  • Building/construction experience is a plus.
  • Experience and desire to work with and teach interns and volunteers on a daily basis.
  • A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation.
  • A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality.
  • A desire to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions.
  • Ability to juggle multiple relationships, projects, and responsibilities.
  • Email communication (timely and proper etiquette), knowledge of Google Drive,

Microsoft Word, and Excel.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Computer and internet access.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants.

HOURS AND COMPENSATION

Approximately 20 hours/week @ $20 per hour, with hours increasing with growing / harvesting seasons. Not to exceed 40 hours/week. Tuesday – Saturday. Some evenings may be required for special events. The season will normally start in March and run through November.

HOW TO APPLY

Send a resume, cover letter, and three references to veteranshealingfarm@gmail.com. This position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.

Veterans Healing Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Job Type: Part-time

Expected hours: 20 – 40 per week

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Weekends as needed

Work Location: In person

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