Dahlia Campus Community Farm Manager in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 11/15/2017

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Dahlia Campus Community Farm Manager is responsible for the management and cultivation of a 1-acre in-ground farm at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being in partnership with Sprout City Farms. Food grown at the Dahlia Campus Community Farm is distributed through a CSA, farmers market, a food box program, donations to food pantries and other food distribution programs in the Park Hill community. Outreach and education programs will be driven by collaboration with groups working at Dahlia Campus and with neighborhood organizations, leaders, and stakeholders, and include apprenticeships, internships, field trips, farm tours, volunteer days, cooking demonstrations/classes, and various social events throughout the year.

SALARY RANGE: $16.00/hr. – $18.00/hr.

GENERAL HOURS: M-F varies by season and days based on harvesting, distribution, and event schedule; occasional weekend and evening hours.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Coordinate the planning, planting, cultivating, and harvesting of crops. Implement all aspects of physical operations of the farm including field plan, building of structures, farm maintenance, etc. Follow all requirements of the farm site Land Use Agreement with the Mental Health Center of Denver.
  2. Coordinate farm distribution and communications. Manage food distribution programs including CSA, Farmers Market, Food Boxes, and Donation programs.
  3. Manage farm outreach and community partner communications including attendance at meetings of the Community Advisory Committee.
  4. Assist Sprout City Farm’s Director of Farming Operations and Education (DFOE) with development and implementation of farm-based educational and volunteer programs.
  5. Ensure that Dahlia Campus Community Farm is embodying MHCD’s and Sprout City Farms’ Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  6. Manage farm operations-related purchases, follow purchasing protocol, and stay within the budget.
  7. Manage and mentor farm interns, apprentices, work shares, and other volunteers.
  8. Provide accurate recordkeeping and reporting on farm outcomes, including written monthly updates to the DFOE and participation in regular SCF staff meetings.
  9. Assist DFOE with farming operations and programs at the Denver Green School Community Farm and Mountair Park Community Farm, approximately 2 days a month throughout the season.
  10. Attend all Farm and Garden Partner meetings and relevant MHCD event planning meetings.
  11. Participate in development and outreach efforts for programs and special events.
  12. Facilitate communication and understanding of site programs, services, goals and values.
  13. Other duties, as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Education: High school diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s degree in human services and or biological sciences preferred.

Experience: Minimum two (2) years of experience farming, one (1) year soil farming internship, one (1) year apprenticeship community agriculture, and one (1) year farm management experience. Preferred experience managing volunteers and working with children (pre-k through 12), and people with disabilities. Working knowledge of SNAP/ DUFB procedures and reporting.

Skills: Able and eager to take initiative and follow through on tasks, highly organized, able to clearly communicate, able to successfully work with a wide variety of people. Pragmatic and outcome-driven, yet positive and forward thinking. Interest in helping develop a more sustainable and just local food system.

Oversight Responsibilities:  Collaborate with other MHCD staff to coordinate volunteer opportunities and supervise the farm crew while on site.

Machines and Equipment to be used: Farming equipment, computers, printers, and fax machines.

Typical Physical Demands: Ability to physically work within a variety of conditions (i.e. endurance to work long days, in diverse weather conditions), and requires frequent lifting of at least 50 pounds. Requires crouching, kneeling, standing, bending and reaching, ability to use farming equipment/tools.

Typical Mental Demands: Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must be able to assess risk and challenges quickly and develop an effective response. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.

Working Conditions: Maintain flexible schedule. Frequent early morning, evening, and weekend responsibilities.

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