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Ecolibrium is hiring a full­time, Farm Manager ($DOE)--Redmond

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Ecolibrium LLC | http://www.ecolibriumfarms.com | stef@ecolibriumfarms.com

Posted on: 02/11/2019 9:19 am

Ecolibrium is looking for an energetic, hard­working, experienced Farm Manager to join our team. We grow diversified vegetables on our 2+ acre, organic farm in Redmond, WA (15 miles from Seattle). Our operation includes 40+ fruit trees (apples, plums, pears, walnuts), ~150 ­ 100’ permanent vegetable beds, ~9000 square feet of greenhouse space. We also have an on-­farm outdoor kitchen and community gathering space where we host farm-­to-­table dinners and events. We are driven by market gardening principles, utilizing human ­scale tactics and keeping a light footprint, as we produce a large quantity of quality produce on small acreage, using ecologically­ sound practices.

Under the direction of the Farm Director, the Farm Manager will oversee all aspects of implementing the farm plan from field prep to post ­harvest handling. This person will eventually be in charge of crew training and management, leading a crew of 4­-6 people in executing each job efficiently and with attention to detail.

The ideal candidate will share our fervent passion for growing the best tasting food in a way that is good for the land. They will also have a desire to keep growing their farming knowledge and skills. Good communication and leadership skills are essential as the position requires daily collaboration with the entire crew at Ecolibrium, from intern to owner to culinary director. Accordingly, the Farm Manager must be able to both take and give directions.

Due to the seasonal nature of vegetable production, the Farm Manager must be willing and able to work long and irregular hours during peak season as the needs of the farm dictate. Applicants must be available on weekends, when necessary, and should not plan extended vacation time during the primary growing season (April 15-­October 15). Wintertime hours are much reduced and extended time off for holiday travel (Nov 15­-Jan 1) is possible.

This is a full­-time, salaried position. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience. Perks include free produce from the farm, access to comped Ecolibrium culinary events, and off­season paid time off.

We’re committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply. The position starts as soon as position is filled.

Skills/competencies required:

● At least three years work experience on diversified, vegetable farms
– At least one year in a leadership/management position

●  Desire and passion for working outside, with seasonally heavy work loads and public interaction
– Ability to lift 50+ lbs and work long hours in all types of weather conditions.
– Educate volunteers and clients about the value of local food systems
– Represent the values of the company while interacting with anyone on site
– Positive attitude and enthusiasm for sustainable food production.

●  Fluent in advanced market gardening techniques and up-­to-­date on cutting edge small farm practices as practiced by
– JM Fortier, Curtis Stone, Ben Hartman, Conor Crickmore and/or Eliot Coleman

● Experience Implementing a Field Plan
– Experience scheduling bed prep, weeding, harvesting and setting up irrigation (overhead and drip) systems
●  Organic disease and pest management
●  Familiarity with the Pacific NW climate and unique growing challenges
●  Clean driving record, valid driver’s license and ability to drive large passenger van/box truck
●  Familiarity with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards
●  Experience with record keeping for organic certification.
●  Experience with greenhouse construction and maintenance
●  Experience with four season greenhouse management
● Knowledge of how to safely use and maintain:
– BCS ­ 749/853
– DR 
brush cutter
– Weed whacker
– DR string trimmer
– Flame weeder
– Tractor
– E­350 cargo van
– Golf cart
– utility vehicle (Gator/Kubota)
– Excavators, bobcats ­ preferred skill

● Experience with general carpentry
– Welding ­ preferred skill

● Fluency or familiarity with the following software
– Google Suite, Microsoft Office, DropBox, Square, Tend
●  Adaptability ­ ability to be flexible when changes occur. Able to anticipate and and bring about change when needed.
●  Ability to identify potential problems, make decisions and recommend viable solutions
●  Assertive personality, able to make tough decisions regarding efficiency on the farm
●  Drive for Results/Resource Management­­Identifies new ways to improve quality and productivity. Uses available resources efficiently (e.g., time, materials, equipment).

Working directly with the Farm Director, Tasks include:
●  Develop Crop plan
– Seed ordering, crop locations, dates of planting/harvest
– Knowledge of crop rotations
– Daily, weekly, monthly work flow

●  Oversee field operations
– Manage 4­season greenhouse, propagation greenhouse and field
–  Manage cover crops to maintain soil fertility.
–  Maintaining/mowing unplanted areas around production field

●  Design and implement irrigation for fields, orchards, greenhouses and wash/pack, as needed
– Including PVC piping, drip tape, sprinklers, misters
– Planning, installation and maintenance of drip irrigation systems

●  Project manage
– Leading a crew of 4+ people
– Lead daily, morning check­ins
– Train seasonal farm staff
– Maintain positive attitude and team cohesion amongst the field crew
– Motivate crew to accomplish time­sensitive tasks and maintain efficiency

●  Oversee data collection to improve farm operations and meet organic certification needs
– Create logs ­ (i.e. greenhouse, seeding/transplanting,bed prep, harvest) with attention to detail and meticulous record keeping

● Help develop crop manual
– To allow for ease of training as staff expands and develop standard operating procedures

To apply, please send your cover letter and resumé to grow@ecolibriumfarms.com. Make sure to mention any applicable skills or experience. If you are unsure about whether or not you are qualified, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email with questions or concerns.