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Aquaponic Farm Distribution Coordinator in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 3/1/2019

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Aquaponic Farm Distribution Coordinator is responsible for supporting the greenhouse production and distribution systems, as well as the general functions of the Dahlia Campus Greenhouse. This position is a multi-faceted role involving the opportunity to work in a state of the art aquaponic greenhouse as part of an integrative campus: Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being. The role supports the farm team’s efforts to expand the communal impact of the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being by providing the surrounding Park Hill neighborhood with a direct, year-round connection to affordable healthy food. Duties of the Aquaponic Farm Distribution Coordinator include: supporting the Aquaponic Farm Manager in food production, distribution, and sales; conducting food safety-related activities including data logging to ensure compliance with licensing requirements; facilitating ideal operating conditions of the greenhouse environmental controls system, aquaponic system, and composting processes; and meeting production as well as financial goals.


  • General Greenhouse Duties: perform general maintenance and cleaning; follow standard operating procedures and maintain appropriate logs; ensure that all farm practices are conducted following GAP, HACCP, and food safety guidelines; test, record, and monitor key system parameters of water quality (pH, temperature, nutrients, etc); adjust parameters of environmental control system, as needed; assist with stocking and moving fishmonitor fish health and assure adherence to daily feed schedule; monitor plant health for nutrient deficiencies; identify and mitigate, as needed, any pest and disease issues; assist with training and overseeing volunteers; contribute to biweekly meetings with greenhouse staff to ensure smooth communication.


  • Food Production and Distribution: seed and transplant according to schedule provided by Aquaponic Farm Manager; perform and enforce proper cleaning/sanitizing tasks, record keeping, and best practices to meet food safety requirements when entering the greenhouse and while handling, storing, and transporting food; assist in harvesting/packing greens, lettuces, and fish, as needed; make local deliveries to restaurant customers and community institutions; expand the customer base for Dahlia-grown produce by conducting targeted outreach to chefs and maintaining restaurant relationships; manage off-site Food Box distribution in the community; support on-site Food Box distribution, as needed; assist in running weekly seasonal Farmers Market, as needed (evening hours).


  • Farms and Gardens Partner Engagement: support planning for and attend special Farm-related events at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being and occasionally off-site; attend weekly meetings with Farms and Gardens partners and outreach team as appropriate depending upon agenda.

Job Requirements

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in science field with coursework in agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture, biology, ecology, chemistry, biochemistry, food science, or environmental science highly desirable; alternatively, combination of equivalent work experience and coursework or practical knowledge of biology, chemistry, ecology, urban agriculture, and/or public health. Must have valid Colorado driver’s license and pass background check.


Minimum 1 year experience in farming or food production.

Previous controlled environment (greenhouse) agricultural production experience preferred, experience with Deep Water Culture (DWC) aquaponics a major plus.

1 to 2 years experience in restaurant industry preferred.  


  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate respectfully, orally and in writing, with diverse persons
  • Bilingual Spanish and/or ASL preferred
  • Ability to be sensitive to community members and respond to community needs
  • Familiarity with restaurant industry and food safety best practices
  • Comfortable navigating city streets driving a large truck
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Thorough understanding of biology, chemistry, aquaculture
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and thorough follow-through
  • Strong technological and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to give, receive, and analyze information, formulate work plans
  • Ability to think quickly and respond to situations under pressure
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, database management
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic quickly (conversions, etc.)
  • Passion for urban agriculture and food systems, production, and justice


16’ refrigerated box truck

20,000 gallon deep water culture (DWC) aquaponic system consisting of two 2,800 gallon filtration-in-tank (FIT) raceway fish tanks, 400 gallon media bed system 

Wadsworth Versistep environmental control system


Lift 50 lbs. above the head and carry awkward, heavy items

Repeated bending over and extended reaching

Stand for 5+ hours at a time

Work long hours (occasionally 10+ if necessary)

Work efficiently in bright, humid, and wet greenhouse environment

Withstand extreme temperature variation (58-95 degrees F)


Manage a fast-paced working environment.

Frequent multi-tasking under high-risk conditions when biological systems are at stake.

Handle a wide variety of farm elements including: algae, biofilm, fish waste, uneaten fish food, decomposing plant material, bacteria, fungus, dead fish, and plant pests.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Requires on-call, occasional weekend hours, and potential coverage on traditional holidays. The Aquaponic Greenhouse is a 24/7 operation.


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