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Farm Manager — Environmental Leadership Program

April 12, 2017


Earlham College is accepting applications for the position of Farm Manager in the Environmental Leadership Program. This is a part-time (15-20 hours per week) staff position. Salary is $12.00 per hour, funded from proceeds of the Evans-Jones-Nicholson Fund.

The Environmental Leadership Program has made progress in many areas in the Sustainable Agriculture Program. During the 2016-17 academic year, student-led courses in sustainable agriculture were taught during both semesters, and a high tunnel greenhouse has been installed. The Farm Manager Position will require extensive hands-on gardening and/or sustainable agriculture experience and time to spend on the farm with students on a daily basis as to establish a well-organized, well-run campus farm.

Supervision/Place within Environmental Leadership Program

This position will be supervised by the Director of the Environmental Leadership Program and will work in collaboration with other staff within the Environmental Leadership Program. Moving forward, staffing in the Environmental Leadership Program would include the Director, the Director of Outdoor and Environmental Education, and the Farm Manager.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with students to plan and manage sustainable agriculture systems at Miller Farm, including composting.
  • Serve as supervisor for summer interns as well as student employees during the school year.
  • Establish a development plan for the next 5-10 years of activity at Miller Farm.
  • Create and maintain best practices-based safety protocols for all tools and equipment associated with the program and food handling.
  • Train students in proper equipment use and maintenance.
  • Promote use of farm property in courses across the curriculum.
  • Work with students to design and lead courses in sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Assist students in identifying potential sources of funding for activities at Miller Farm and submitting applications as appropriate.
  • Work with Richmond community to encourage involvement with Earlham students at Miller Farm (i.e., community gardens, summer programs, educational workshops).

Experience & Qualifications

  • Experience growing a variety of crops using sustainable agriculture methods, preferably in the local area.
  • Trained in permaculture design techniques or equivalent is preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
  • Experience working with a variety of farm equipment.
  • Interest in food justice and working on projects with community partners related to food justice.

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of application addressing the responsibilities of the position and qualifications of the applicant; resume; and the name, position title, email address and phone number of three professional references in a single PDF or MS Word file to:

Human Resources Office
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095

Phone:  765-983-1393

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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