Farm Manager

$45,000 - $55,000 yearly
  • Smart Farm of Barrington
  • 490 IL Rte 22, Lake Barrigton, IL 60010
  • 21 Aug, 2019
Full time Sustainability Jobs

Job Description

 Job Description

The Smart Farm is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of Farm Manager with a strong emphasis on permaculture (regenerative agriculture). The Farm Manager will oversee all day to day farm operations. An interest and enthusiasm for farm- based education is a highly important aspect of this position. The Farm Manager works with the Smart Farm team to facilitate educational tasks on the farm, as well as help direct volunteers.


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


Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee all vegetable and fruit production, with attention to nutrient management and organic practices. Production is year-round and includes a heated greenhouse, hoop house, and field production.
  • Provide weekly supervision and scheduling activities for our Volunteer/Operation Manager and part-time farm assistants.
  • Oversee farm maintenance including facilities, machinery (BCS walk behind tractor & attachments, riding tractor, van, hand tools), and cropping systems
  • Develop and monitor irrigation systems and hand-water when needed, including creating and managing a water schedule for the greenhouse, hoop house and production fields.
  • Coordinate basic plumbing, electrical and construction work as needed
  • Work with the Executive Director, Treasurer and Farm Volunteer/Operations Manager to create annual production goals, a system of record keeping and management and an annual farm budget.
  • General clean up around farm and buildings
  • Assist Volunteer/Operations Manager with hands on farm-based education including providing the VM with a weekly list of farm tasks that match educational goals
  • Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops, as well as speak at conferences
  • Other general tasks as requested by Executive Director.