FARM PRODUCTION MANAGER

By September 3, 2018Job Opportunities

The Farm Manager works directly with the farmer and manages a small crew to carry out daily operations, which include production, sales, and distribution tasks.

We seek a self-motivated individual with excellent time-management skills, who enjoys working as part of a team, and is interested in supporting, promoting, and developing local food. The farm manager can expect to work 40-45 hours a week; occasional weekend commitments will be necessary. Starting wage for this full-time, year-round position is $13-16/hour commensurate with work experience and demonstrated competencies. The position is open immediately.

Responsibilities

Oversee daily production operations to include farm and crop maintenance, substrate preparation, harvesting, packing, and distribution
Assess stock levels of mushrooms and spawn and coordinate with team and customers to forecast production needs
Identify and manage crop diseases and control pests and insects
Maintain complete and up-to-date records of systems and protocols, including USDA GAPs and organic-certification records
Understand and enforce health and food-safety protocols
Direct farm crew activities to accomplish daily tasks efficiently
Develop and maintain farm crew cohesion
Learn lab protocols and assist when necessary in the lab
Maintain clean and safe growing and working environments
Manage environmental controls for farm buildings
Maintain tools and equipment
Communicate supply and maintenance needs to farmer
Conduct tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
Complete educational requirements and opportunities based on the evolving needs of the farm
Work with farmer to develop new farm products, markets, and systems
Competencies

Communicates effectively with farm, crew, and customers both verbally and in writing as appropriate
Motivates, teaches, and directs crew members to achieve farm goals
Able to learn proper use of all hand and power tools and farm equipment
Able to drive manual transmission farm vehicles
Follows detailed instructions closely
Utilizes critical thinking skills to identify current or potential problems in farm systems and protocols
Minimum Qualifications

We seek an individual who knows how to work, and is interested in supporting, promoting, and developing local food and mushroom culture
Job experience developing and running independent projects
Previous farm experience is beneficial but not required
Previous experience in a leadership role
Interests in mycology, biology, ecology, and general science
Familiarity with basic math and scientific principles
If interested, please email Mark Jones: info@sharondalefarm.com with a note of interest and a brief work history.

Sharondale Mushroom Farm grows the highest quality certified-organic mushrooms and mushroom spawn. We sell specialty mushrooms to grocers and restaurants, and have an expanding web-based spawn business. Sharondale is a leader in developing regionally and seasonally adapted mushroom spawn and the processes for their cultivation. We research and promote the utilization of fungi for small farm diversification and resilience.

Find out more about the farm: www.SharondaleFarm.com