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Job Description: Assistant Farm Manager

The Queens County Farm Museum is a 47-acre working farm dating back to 1697.
We are a nonprofit public resource, visited by over 400,000 people each year.
The site includes a landmark farmhouse, glass greenhouse, and restored barns
which give us a glimpse into our agrarian past. Its rich glacial soil–which
attracted European settlers in the 17th century–is cultivated today using
sustainable practices, providing people with the freshest food. We are a New
York City treasure where historic structures, productive fields, woodland, and
livestock bring agricultural history to life.

Queens Farm is seeking an Assistant Farm Manager. Supervised by the Director
and Farm Manager, the Assistant Farm Manager will help run all aspects of the
Agriculture Department, which include three acres of diversified market
produce, markets, livestock, compost, perennial gardens, and seasonal farm
staff. This position will begin in February 2016​.

Applicants should be passionate about developing their career as a farmer.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience managing small farm
operations. Positive attitude, strong commitment and physical effort are
required, and solid organizational skills are essential. Additional
prerequisites include: ability to spearhead projects, problem solve, and work
independently, as well as to lead a crew. Queens Farm is a public ​farm in the
most diverse county in the country, so exceptional interpersonal skills are
important.

Skills & Qualifications
– At least 3 years of farming (with at least 1 year of management)
– Tractor experience, as well as ability to use and maintain string trimmer,
flame weeder, brush mower
– Understanding of drip irrigation systems and supplies
– Crop planning, crop rotation, propagation and greenhouse management know-how
– Farmer’s Market skills (post-harvest handling, presentation, quick math,
customer service)
– Experience caring for livestock is a plus
– Exceptional leadership qualities
– Patience, flexibility, strong communication and interpersonal skills
– Self-motivation; Ability to anticipate tasks and projects
– Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, systems, time
management, and prioritization
– Experience dealing with the public in polite, professional manner
– Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and to be outside in adverse weather
conditions

Hours & Compensation
40 hours/week. Hourly rate will be determined based upon experience. At least
one weekend day per week required.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Director of Agriculture, Kennon:
kennon@queensfarm.org
Applications will be accepted through November 1st, 2015.

Garden /Hydroponics/Aquaculture  Educator Job Description

The Spring Creek Recreational Fund created an urban classroom garden as well as an hydroponic/aquaponic laboratory in the local elementary school in the community of Spring Creek Towers several years ago to provide opportunities for young people and the community’s residents  about the natural sciences through a hands on experience, where they can learn about plant growth and math concepts. In addition, the garden helps to encourage outdoor activity and eating healthier.

The Garden /Hydroponics/Aquaculture Educator is a year-round ,part-time position (school year and summer school schedule)  that offers critical support primarily to teachers and students  of the local community.  This specialized educator works to ensure maximization of the educational potential from both our outdoor garden and the indoor hydroponic/aquaculture laboratory, (situated in the local elementary school).  The Educator leads garden science (including soil science, nutrition, life cycles, water cycle, etc.) education classes, both in the outdoor garden as well as in the indoor laboratory, while providing professional development training for teachers in the process. The Educator acts as a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor and indoor classrooms, and models skills that teachers need to feel comfortable using the both the garden and laboratory  to teach science standards.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience/Time off  must be scheduled in accordance with the regular school year and summer school calendars of the New York City Department of Education calendar.
The Educator:
• Facilitates garden/hydroponic science classes, incorporating both environmental science and nutrition education as they relate to both programs;
• Works closely with classroom teachers to develop lessons that support classroom teaching in a range of curriculum areas (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, etc.)
• Oversees and coordinates students’ hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking);
• Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the local school community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community volunteers;
• Builds capacity within the school by co-teaching with classroom teachers, and developing teacher skills in outdoor and laboratory classroom management techniques;
• Maintains the garden and hydroponic systems, coordinating volunteers and working with Spring Creek Recreational Fund (SCRF) to secure all needed supplies;
• Leads a group of students in garden-related action projects through after-school programming in the outdoor garden.
Job Responsibilities:
• Facilitate 3-4 garden/hydroponic laboratory-based education classes per day, three days each week;
• Manage the school garden and hydroponic systems, plan and prepare for garden/laboratory work activities, manage outdoor and indoor planting schedules, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials;
• Attend school wide staff meetings;
• Coordinate community garden events to bring students, families, teachers and community members together;
• Coordinate school-wide garden events, in which students prepare and serve garden-grown salad for the entire school at lunch (if approved);
• Attend grade level meetings on a monthly basis for collaborations and core curriculum alignment;
• Monitor, document and report on all activities and extent of student and teacher participation;
• At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 5-12 (outdoor group management experience preferred);
• Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening;
• Knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access;
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults;
• Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills;
• Ability to work independently and be flexible;
• Computer skills and project management skills.

Devorah Fong
Spring Creek Towers
Office of Public Affairs and Community Relations
718 240 4545
dfong@grcrealty.com

Regional Grains Sales Manager – Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC, an environmental non-profit organization.
Greenmarket’s mission is to promote regional agriculture and ensure a
continuing supply of fresh local produce for New Yorkers. Greenmarket supports
farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional, small
family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other
farm products to New Yorkers.

This part-time position will be responsible for operating Greenmarket’s
Regional Grains Stand this fall at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket to complement
a 12-week rotating craft beverage stand on Saturdays (Sept 12 – Nov 21). The
manager will be responsible for running the Greenmarket Regional Grains stand,
selling local grains, beans, flours, and more to Greenmarket customers.

This position reports to the Greenmarket Publicity Manager, the Craft Beverage
Program Coordinator, and the Greenmarket Regional Grains Project supervisor.

This person must be available to work every Saturday from Sept. 5 – Nov. 21
from 6:30am-5pm. The position requires very good communications skills, an
interest in regional grains, and the willingness to work out doors long days
in all weather.

Regional Grains Sales Manager’s Responsibilities
Below is a list of some, but not all, of the Craft Beverage Market Manager’s
duties:
• Able to drive a cargo van, and load and unload market equipment.
• Ensure that publicity and promotional materials are available and
being distributed to customers.
• Be able to talk with people in the markets and represent Greenmarket.
In particular, answer customer questions regarding the rotating brewers/
distillers, restaurants and grains and flours.
• Maintain and protect (from rain and excessive heat) inventory of
grains products, and set up display for sales.
• Conduct sales of whole grains and flours and maintain an accurate
record of sales using cash, EBT, and debit/credit.
• Maintain an accurate record of EBT and debit/credit transactions,
tokens sold and redeemed, and other required paperwork at the market and in
the office.
• Provide weekly e-mail updates to supervisors.

Physical Requirements
• Work outdoors, standing and walking for extended periods of time (up
to 12 hours in a day), sometimes in extreme temperatures.
• Transport heavy/bulky items, up to 50 lbs
• Work in a potentially noisy environment.

Other Requirements
Have a valid and up-to-date Department of Health’s Food Protection
Certificate.

The Regional Grains Sales Manager position pays $14/hour and includes only
statutory benefits. For additional information, please see our website at
http://www.GrowNYC.org. Submit cover letter, resume and three references to
Chelsea Whittaker, jobs@greenmarket.grownyc.org. Combine all submissions into
one PDF and write “Grains Sales Manager” in the subject line.

Greenhouse Manager
Edenworks <http://edenworks.org/&gt;  designs and operates rooftop aquaponic greenhouses, selling seafood and produce to some of the fastest growing food businesses in New York City. Our mission is to create the world’s most advanced and delicious hyperlocal farm network. You will be joining a team of biologists, architects, and engineers from mechanical, electrical, software backgrounds to make greenhouses like the rendering below happen.

We’re looking for a greenhouse manager for our next 9,000 s.f. aquaponic farm in Long Island City, NY. Outside normal greenhouse manager duties, you will be helping us refine our Greenhouse OS software system, which tracks crop, labor, and environmental data. You will also be working with Dr. Aftab Alam , a globally recognized aquaculture and aquaponic scientist and manager. More information about the position can be found here: http://edenworks.org/greenhouse-manager

QUALIFICATIONS
We are looking for experienced managers in hydroponic or aquaponic greenhouses. No direct experience with aquaponics is necessary, but you must be data-driven and extremely organized.

APPLY
To apply, please email jobs@edenworks.org with your resume and cover letter, and thank you for considering us in advanc

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