Sac and Fox Tribe of Iowa
  • 26-Jul-2017 to 30-Sep-2017 (CST)
  • Tama, IA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Life, 401(k), Vision, Accident Insurance, Cancer Insurance, Flex Dependent and Flex Non-Reimbursed Medical


 **Please submit certified motor vehicle report at time of application**

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Farm Management

  • Full-time, year-round position involving all aspects of annual fruit, vegetable and heirloom bean production in our 5+ acre annual vegetable fields
  • Following Certified Organic practices, develop and implement crop plan, greenhouse schedule, soil fertility plan, and the planting and harvesting schedule for each growing season
  • Provide training and supervision of Red Earth Gardens staff and volunteers in all aspects of the farm greenhouse work, seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, mowing, washing and packing produce, produce deliveries, and some light carpentry and irrigation work.
  • Operate and care for all farm equipment: irrigation system, tractors, implements, etc.
  • Keep records for organic certification and daily farm activities.
  • With Farm Manager, implement permaculture orchard plan including tree planting and on-going tree care.
  • Research and coordinate installation of moveable hoop houses for season-extension.
  • With Farm Manager and Farm Business Development Coordinator, assist marketing efforts by communicating produce availability, maintaining inventory, and coordinating distribution/delivery of produce.
  • Create weekly newsletter with farm updates and vegetable recipes as regular communication with TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) Members.
  • May assist with staffing farm stand or going to farmer's market as needed.

 Business Development

  • With Farm Manager, create annual budget for farm operation and research, purchase and maintain farming supplies, tools and equipment.
  • With Farm Manager and farm staff, contribute to the development of a long-term integrated plan for farm operation including use of permaculture practices, a 10-acre food forest, an on-farm training program, educational services, and the development of value-added products
  • With Workforce Development Coordinator and Crew Leader, develop schedule and daily activities for on-farm trainees in the Promoting Tribal Economies Course on-the-job training.
  • Work with staff to submit information for grant reports as needed.
  • Work in collaboration with community partners to increase understanding and appreciation for Meskwaki customs and traditional tribal economies, including traditional and local foods
  • Other duties as assigned

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree or certificate in Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture, or related field; or completion of on-farm internship or other training program.
  • Three to five years of experience in vegetable farm production.
  • Minimum of one year of supervisory and management experience.
  • Working knowledge of greenhouse production, field production, and organic certification requirements.
  • Ability to manage time and resources labor, equipment, prioritizing tasks, etc.
  • Adaptability, reliability, good communication skills and a positive attitude are a must.
  • Valid Driver's License and qualifies to become an acceptable driver under the Tribe's insurance policy.
  • Must be able to frequently lift 50 pounds and work outdoors for long periods of time.
  • Experience working in positions that require effective communication and teamwork.
  • Good computer skills, including use of all Microsoft programs.
  • Ability to speak in public during farm tours and provide guidance on food and farming topics during tours, administrative planning, and community meetings and events.

 

 SUPERVISION:

 Direct supervision by the Local Foods Planner/Red Earth Gardens Farm Manager.

 

SALARY LEVEL:

40 hours per week, with more hours in peak season May-October and some weekends

  • Competitive hourly wage DOE; Health care, paid time off, sick leave and other benefits
  • Compensatory time available for hours worked over 40.

 

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