Market Garden Program: Field Manager
Full time position
Urban Roots MN, Saint Paul, MN

Position Description:
Urban Roots, a 48-year-old nonprofit organization, seeks a full-time, dedicated person for the management of crop intensive urban agriculture sites. This position requires a commitment towards developing dynamic, environmentally conscious, and community focused work sites that are both productive and vibrant. The Market Garden Program engages youth and the greater community in sustainable urban agriculture through the growing, marketing & distribution of vegetable crops, a CSA, Farmers Market, wholesale markets, Cook Fresh Program and neighborhood initiatives in East St. Paul. The youth internship program is a paid work-skill development program in which teen participants learn work and life skills, practical growing skills, explore careers & college, operate a micro-farm business, and engage in opportunities in: entrepreneurship, cooking, public speaking, and social/environmental advocacy.

The Market Garden Program Field Manager works under the direction of the Senior Program Director for the successful operation of urban agriculture sites and the goals and activities of the Market Garden Program for the following responsibilities:

  • Manage daily farm operations: site prep, planting and maintenance of crops, watering, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing, tool & general site upkeep for visual neighborhood aesthetics
  • Execute weekly CSA program, farmers market stand, and other food distribution channels during the growing season
  • Develop and maintain communications and relationships with CSA members, buyers, partners, city agencies and community members
  • Provide daily supervision, training and crew management of Market Garden Program staff, teenage interns in agricultural work, CSA operations, education and other program related projects during the summer & academic year employment programs
  • Manage and maintain purchases of seeds, plants, tools, equipment, walk-behind tractor, irrigation, work vehicles and site/building projects
  • Coordinate with the Market Garden Program staff for hands-on urban agriculture work & trainings with youth interns, school groups, volunteers, professionals, and the greater community
  • Recruit and manage ongoing corporate & partner volunteer groups to work on farm based projects
  • Support Urban Roots programs & staff in the execution of program related events, tours, and partnership programs
  • Record keeping and information management for harvest, sales & distribution tracking, and program evaluation

Qualifications/Desired Experience:

  • 3 years minimum experience managing a production focused vegetable operation and selling through a CSA program, wholesale and/or farmers market
  • Commitment and practice in organic and sustainable farming methods, including the unique challenges of farming in an urban environment while maintaining production, agency, program, and community standards
  • Experience managing staff, youth, and volunteers in program operations and farm work
  • Experience operating and maintaining tools and small farm equipment
  • Great relationship building skills with staff, youth, community members, partner organizations, business partners, city & government agencies, and other professionals in the field
  • Good written and oral communication skills necessary for marketing, maintaining communications, tracking budgets, and reporting.
  • Experience developing & facilitating engaging hands-on farm projects, tours, and workshops
  • Self-starting, detail-oriented, collaborative, ability to multi-task and manage multiple deadlines
  • Sense of urgency and commitment (time, flexible personal schedule) to farm needs during the peak growing season
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Valid Driver’s License for transportation of crews to work sites, ability to drive large vehicles with trailers
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, bilingual a plus
  • Enthusiastic, creative, committed, flexible and fun

Compensation: $40k-$45k DOE, health benefits, paid vacation, holiday, and sick time. This position is full-time with a desired start date of early March. This position requires flexibility in hours due to seasonal demands with some weekend, holiday, and evening hours.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 work references by 01/31/18. No phone calls please. All applicants will receive notification of the hiring status. Email required information to: garden@urbanrootsmn.org (please write “Field Manager” in subject line)

Hiring: Market Garden Program: Field Manager
Urban Roots
463 Maria Ave Suite 207
St Paul, MN 55106