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Emergency Food Network Seeks Assistant Farm Manager

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Posted on: 10/26/2017 2:02 pm

Do you have a passion for food justice and social services? Are you ready to bring your farm experience, organizational skills, and creativity to an organization that is the backbone of Pierce County’s emergency food system? Do you want to work with a dynamic team, interact with incredible people, engage with the community, and have a significant impact on food security in our community?

OUR STORY: Emergency Food Network is located in Lakewood, WA and was established in 1982. In a given year we move over 14 million pounds of food and serve more than 68 partner programs. Our Board of Directors is active and engaged and we also have an Ambassador Board, which is made up of younger professionals. As part of our work in meeting the community’s need, EFN also operates an 8 acre farm in the Puyallup River Valley. Each year, the farm uses organic practices to grow over 100,000 pounds of fresh produce for our partners. Mostly focused on vegetables, Mother Earth also has an orchard, beehives, a flock of laying hens, and a flower garden. We grow and harvest throughout the year, using two high tunnels and three caterpillar tunnels over the winter. Mother Earth Farm works closely on all farm tasks with a crew of incarcerated people from the Washington Correctional Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor as an educational and job-training program. The farm also relies on the work of seasonal employees, interns, and volunteers from the surrounding community.
Mother Earth Farm is looking for an Assistant Farm Manager for the 2018 season. We are excited about adding to our Farm Team and are looking for someone with a desire to learn and take on leadership as trained.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The Assistant Farm Manager will support all aspects of production at Mother Earth. Responsibilities include participation in and supervision of all steps from propagation to distribution, both working alone and with others. It is important that the Assistant Manager be able to effectively lead groups of all sizes while providing information to community members about Emergency Food Network’s work in Pierce County. The Assistant Farm Manager must be able to step in when the Farm Manager is not available.


  • Work with the Farm Manager on all aspects of organic vegetable production including planning, propagating, direct seeding, cultivating, record keeping, and harvesting over 120 different fruit and vegetable varieties.
  • Work with Farm Manager to install and maintain irrigation and sprinkler system
  • Organize and track distribution to 16 food pantry partners throughout the season
  • Work with Farm Manager to manage and goal set for work crew of incarcerated people from WCCW
  • Work with, communicate, and oversee work plans for two Seasonal Farm Assistants
  • Work with and manage farm interns throughout the season
  • Work with Farm Manager to deliver education program to crew from WCCW
  • Operate farm machinery including tractors, implements, mowers, and small engine tools
  • Manage and lead groups of community volunteers in completing farm tasks
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator and Farm Manager to keep volunteer records and paperwork
  • Work with Community Engagement Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Farm Manager to communicate volunteer goals, successes, and collect feedback
  • Communicate farm systems, goals, and organizational information to volunteers and visitors to the farm
  • Assist in farm events throughout the season including Wednesday evening Brewer’s Nights and weekend events as needed
  • Be able to supervise farm and employees when Farm Manager is not present


  • Has at least two years of experience working on a diversified organic vegetable farm
  • Is able to operate tractors and farm equipment – maintenance experience is a strong benefit
  • Has demonstrated strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills
  • Has experience managing diverse groups of people and is able to work with people of all ages
  • Has the ability to work independently and collaboratively as needed
  • Is interested in learning Mother Earth Farms’ systems and taking on leadership roles as trained
  • Strong and effective oral and interpersonal skills
  • Patient, nice to others, and with a sense of humor
  • A passionate advocate for access to nutritious food as a key social justice strategy
  • Light construction skills or experience preferred
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

There are opportunities for advancement with this position.

WORK SCHEDULE: The schedule is typically 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday but due to variances in the event schedule it will vary. Typically there are 2 weeknight events each month starting in June and ending in September that run into the evening.


  • Full-time salary range of $16 – $17/hour based on experience
  • 2 weeks of vacation, increased to 3 weeks’ vacation after 2 years, and 8 hours added monthly to your sick balance- benefits start after first full month of employment
  • We provide medical ($500 Deductible) vision, dental, life insurance with EFN covering 100% of the cost of the employee’s insurance premiums
  • EFN has a 403(b) plan and contributes 5% after the employee has been here for one full month

EFN is a collaborative, team-focused, work space. The Farm Team (which includes this position) values transparency, collaboration, and sustainability. Opportunities to engage in local farm education and training will be available.


  • Please send a resume and cover letter to
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

EFN is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage all interested applicants to apply.

For more information about Emergency Food Network, please visit our website