Assistant Farm Manager, New Haven CT

Assistant Farm Manager

 

ABOUT NEW HAVEN FARMS:

New Haven Farms’ nonprofit charitable mission is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. We transform vacant, contaminated urban land into vibrant and productive organic farms. Our Farm Director and volunteer corps cultivate seven urban farms, and our harvest is made accessible to low-income families who struggle with diet-related chronic diseases and food insecurity through our Farm Based Wellness Program. Referred by their healthcare provider, program participants receive produce baskets combined with farm education, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition education on a weekly basis. For more information about New Haven Farms, visit newhavenfarms.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

New Haven Farms seeks an energetic individual, committed to urban food production, to fill the immediate opening for full-time seasonal position of the Assistant Farm Manager.

Time Frame for Job position

Start: ASAP through end of October

The Assistant Farm Manager (AFM) will work directly with the Farm Director to produce high quality organic produce for New Haven Farms, implementing the crop plan on the seven urban gardens collectively managed as one farm. Direct farm responsibilities include volunteer management, greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, bed preparation, harvesting, working with irrigation systems, preparing vegetables for sale and distribution, and assisting with Saturday morning farmer’s markets and volunteer work days.

 

Responsibilities

Fair Haven Gardens & Distribution

  • The AFM will assist with harvest mornings twice per week

  • Assist with necessary farming tasks in Fair Haven gardens

  • Prepare produce for weekly CSA shares and market

Saturday Market

  • Work weekly Saturday Markets – our own Farm Stand at 613 Ferry Street

    • Assist Farm Director with the setup and takedown of the market

    • Manage volunteers during open volunteer time

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 or more years experience working on an organic vegetable production farm

  • Strong work ethic

  • Attention to detail

  • Commitment to Urban Agriculture

  • Ability to supervise volunteers, youth, and lead volunteer work days

  • Strong leadership and communication skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Punctual and energetic

  • Desire to work outside in all weather conditions

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

  • Great sense of humor

  • Flexibility to work early harvest mornings and Saturday mornings

  • Experience working with diverse communities in low income neighborhoods

  • Reliable transportation

  • Commitment to food access issues and the mission of New Haven Farms

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Community development experience

  • Ability to drive a manual transmission truck

  • Clean driving record

  • Management experience

Compensation

Hourly employee – rate commensurate with experience, beginning at $13/hour –  34 hours per week, to begin as soon as possible, through the end of October. Hours will begin to decrease in early October. Overtime is not available for this position. There are no employment benefits associated with this position. Workers compensation insurance is fully covered by New Haven Farms. The part-time employee is not entitled to any paid holidays.

Schedule

Tuesday 6am- 2pm

Wednesday  8am – 2pm

Thursday 6am – 2pm

Friday 8am – 2pm

Saturday 7:30am – 1:30 pm

Sunday & Monday  Off

Note – Due to the urgency of our need we are willing to discuss an individual taking 2-3 of these days and not work the full schedule. Harvest Days and Market are the priority – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Anna@newhavenfarms.org