Assistant Farm Manager

Wardensville, WV

ABOUT OUR FARM

Our farm is located on over 100 acres of what was historically the Lafollette/Frye Farm and is bordered by the Cacapon River. We are currently growing over 40 different vegetable crops. Our production is focused on two intensively-managed acres and we are in the process of refining our vegetable programs, as well as evaluating the potential opportunities of fruit and livestock production to better serve our CSA, markets and other connected enterprises (market, bakery, kitchen, etc.)

Our farm, and nearly half of the other acreage, has been certified organic since 2019 and we have loyally followed sustainable principles such as crop rotation, soil nutrient balancing, and cover-cropping.

As a nonprofit social enterprise, our farm serves as a living classroom teaching local high school students (what we call our “Junior Crew”) organic and sustainable farming techniques as well as how the farm interacts with, and is integrated into, the larger ecosystem. They also learn with our farm crew as they grow, cultivate and prepare produce for our market, bakery, farm stand and CSA customers gaining hands-on, real life experience.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Assistant Farm Manager will work in partnership with the Farm Manager and Farm Crew to produce Certified Organic vegetables for our outlets.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Lead the Farm Crew in daily production tasks, including bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, washing, and packing

  • Help provide education and instruction to local high school students (Junior Crew team members) who participate in many of our enterprises 

  • Support sales outlets including bakery, kitchen, onsite produce and plant sales, wholesale, and CSA

  • Ensure farm and production spaces are clean, presentable and attractive at all times

  • Contribute to social media and other marketing efforts

  • Support interdepartmental collaborations and team development

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate machinery including a 39hp Kubota tractor with a box tiller, plow, brush hog; a BCS 853 and a BCS 749 with flail mower, power harrow, rotary plow

  • Maintain agricultural tools and equipment including irrigation infrastructure

  • Maintain production records including seeding, harvesting, and sales

KEY QUALIFICATIONS 

  • At least one full season of diversified vegetable farming experience

  • Passionate about working for a youth-driven nonprofit organization

  • Must have a friendly and positive demeanor

  • Must be able to work with a sense of urgency

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (Our farm is rurally located with limited public transportation available.)

  • Must have weekend availability

  • Ability to work alone or with a team on various projects

  • Must have leadership experience or related educational qualifications

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

  • Must be hardworking and understanding that farming is rewarding, yet physically demanding

  • Must have enjoyment of working outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

WORK SCHEDULE AND POSITION DATES

The Assistant Farm Manager is expected to work 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, with 2 consecutive days off per week. Must have weekend availability. The position term is expected to be filled February 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023 (start date negotiable 1/1/23 - 3/1/23).  Year round opportunities may exist for the right candidate.  

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This position is classified as exempt with an annual salary starting at $37,440. In addition to competitive pay, we offer the following benefits for regular, full-time employees:

  • paid sick and vacation leave

  • employer-paid medical and life insurance

  • dental and vision insurance

  • short-term disability

  • annual paid winter break

  • discount on items in the market and CSA program

  • paid training opportunities

HOUSING

Housing options may be available.  

ABOUT FARMS WORK WONDERS

Farms Work Wonders is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to ignite the spark of curiosity in Appalachian youth so they see themselves and their future in new and exciting ways. We create living classrooms to provide real-life learning experiences and generate proceeds that are 100% reinvested back into the local community. In 2016, Farms Work Wonders launched the Wardensville Garden Market project—an organic farm, market, and bakery that has currently created over 100 local, good-paying jobs with most held by local high school students, and we continue to grow.

Farms Work Wonders provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.