POSITION: Farm Food Program Coordinator
The Farm Food Program Coordinator will oversee, implement and maintain all agricultural and edible horticulturist activities at the Farm to provide teaching, research and recreation opportunities at University Farm for Case Western Reserve University students, staff, faculty and guests.
1. Oversee, implement and maintain all agricultural and edible horticulturist activities at the Farm. Supervise irrigation systems; prescribe methods of transplanting, protecting and developing food plans account for charges for food program supplies (30%).
2. Oversee the activities related to food production including:Sales and supervision of products to attain a high quality. Weekly, placement of Farm products on local restaurants and Bon Appetite units. Coordinate invoices and payments by clients (30%).
3. Hire, train and directly supervise farm food associate staff members. Define and assign individual tasks, maintain schedules and standards, conduct performance reviews and administer disciplinary action. Hire, train and oversee the work student interns, farm volunteers, any temporary labor, and existing farm staff assigned to assist the Farm Food Program activities (15%).
4. Oversee, in cooperation and collaboration with other farm staff, the operations of the Debra Ann November Research Greenhouse and hoop houses as part of the food production, landscape activities, and research activities. Oversee the pest control and make sure that the greenhouse and hoop houses are kept clean from pests/diseases (10%).
5. In cooperation and collaboration with other farm staff, maintain the aesthetics of the farm food production gardens and edible landscape beds. Coordinate other Farm staff hours to get help for edible landscape maintenance and planting (5%).
1. Serve as educator/instructor to promote the Farm horticultural and agricultural initiatives to visitors (3%).
2. Assist campus faculty by aiding and consulting with them in their greenhouse research projects including production, applying remedial measures to their crops and aiding them in their field operations. Make sure that the plant materials are healthy. Also advise on water and light requirements. Contact researchers if there is any problem in their research area (2%).
3. Coordinate orders and delivery terms for all horticulture and agriculture supplies. Find local vendors and arrange for better prices for the Farm Food Program area (2%).
4. Assist Farm Director with the procurement of grants and funding for current and future horticulture/ agriculture projects, programs and initiatives. Write part of the grants and research costs of supplies, labor, production, etc. (1%).
5. Occasionally and as needed assist with farm events in cooperation with farm maintenance leader. Research, write, and create/prepare tour guides and conduct educational tours around the facilities, usage, history etc. during the open houses events, orientations, or donor visits etc. Coordinate building accessibility for visitors (1%).
6. Represent the farm and its mission as a whole whenever attending events, functions or educational forums and raise awareness/inform others of the farm and its activities whenever possible (1%).
Department: Daily with farm director, farm maintenance leader, farm office coordinator and farm utility workers. Daily contacts with summer seasonal help (usually students).
University: Weekly contact with university researchers and Instructors who utilize the facilities at University Farm.
External: Regular contact with administrators and members of other organizations that collaborate and utilize university farm such as museums, botanical gardens and arboretums and other educational institutions public and private, and governmental representatives, local, state and federal. Regular contact with business owners and employees of businesses that supply university farm. Weekly contact with local restaurant chefs to sell farm produce.
Students: Daily contact (usually between Spring and Fall Semesters) with student employees, student researchers both under-graduate and post-graduate, and student volunteers.
Supervise 3 to 6 farm food associates (permanent or temporary) and student interns assigned to assist the duties of the position. Supervise volunteer labor (student, alumni, and staff) as well as farm staff when assigned to assist with the Farm Food Program. Supervise or work with visiting high school students for various field trips and work studies.
Education/Experience/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of related experience OR Associate’s degree and 5 to 8 years of related experience required. Must have a valid State of Ohio Driver’s License.
1. Farm to Table knowledge highly recommended.
2. Must have extensive knowledge of food production practices with knowledge of proper environmental friendly agriculture practices.
3. Must have extensive knowledge in working with chefs to insure sales to local restaurants and BA to meet their high quality produce demands.
4. Must have broad knowledge of proper edible horticulture practices with knowledge of proper agriculture practices preferred.
5. Must be an effective communicator and be able to effectively supervise others.
6. Must possess knowledge of proper propagation practices, greenhouse operations, and basic plant pest management. Knowledge of IPM practices preferred.
7. Knowledge of Microsoft office including Excel and Word applications.
Working Conditions will be in all weather in all seasons. Must be able to work in a greenhouse environment. Must be able to work both inside and outside at all times of the year. The employee is directly exposed to moving machinery, powered industrial vehicles, hand tools, knives, saws, etc. Many agricultural and horticultural tasks require physical exertion and time outdoors, in all conditions assuming a variety of postures to effectively perform the requisite tasks. The employee will need to be able to lift up to 40 lbs., bend/stoop, climb ladders, climb stairs, crouch, kneel, push/pull, squat, reach, and reach above shoulder. The employee will perform repetitive motion using computer mouse and keyboard to type. The employee will be required to drive a university vehicle while on the job.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
CWRU offers a flexible benefits package including tuition waiver for employees and dependents; Respond in confidence, including salary history : CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, Human Resources Job Code 6082 apply to: jobs.case.edu