Job Title: Farm Manager Greenhouse Operations
Reports To: Executive Director, Board of Directors, Other Farm Manager
The Friends of Holly Hill Farm, Inc. is a nonprofit, educational farm that grows and sells certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers in coastal Cohasset, MA, 20 miles south of Boston. Growing takes place on 2 of our 5 acres, utilizing 2 greenhouses, 2 high tunnels, and 2 caterpillar tunnels for year-round production. Sales take place at our historic barn farm stand, farmers market and online for pickup at the farm. The Spring Plant Sale is a major source of our annual revenue. Our education department depends upon the farm providing seedlings for school gardens and our onsite education garden. The Farm Manager must make decisions that uphold the mission of the Friends Holly Hill Farm including but not limited to a commitment to regenerative no-till agriculture, our community and our environment.
The major farm responsibilities are shared between two farm managers - the Greenhouse Operations manager has the primary responsibility for all aspects of seedling propagation, post harvest management, direct to consumer sales at the plant sale, farm stand, and farmers market. In this position the greenhouse manager must make decisions that uphold the mission of Holly Hill Farm including but not limited to a commitment to regenerative agriculture, our community, and our environment.
Responsibilities and Duties:
These areas are shared with the Field Operations Manager:
Education level: High School Diploma
Experience: 3-5 years of on farm employment
● Community oriented
● Strong work ethic
● Ability to work well with others
● Ability to adjust to the seasonal demands of farming
● Good sense of humor
Certifications: None required however one farm manager must have taken a food safety course Licenses: Drivers License
Physical abilities required:
● Ability to lift 50 lbs. Repetitively
● Ability to work in all weather conditions
● Ability to stand for long periods of time
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org Please include a brief description of why you would be a good candidate for this position and a copy of your resume.
The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is the nonprofit organic farm and educational organization that manages Holly Hill Farm, a certified organic vegetable, flower and herb farm in Cohasset, MA. The farm serves as the outdoor classroom for thousands of children, adults, and families who visit every year for school field trips, educational workshops, community events, farm to table dinners, field trips with scouts, church, or other community groups and much more. The Friends’ mission is to educate visitors of all ages about the value of sustainable and regenerative farming principles that result in healthy food and responsible stewardship that protects the land. An outgrowth of the mission to educate on the farm is a network of partnerships with 30 local schools where the Friends provide hands-on education programs in school garden settings for students.
About the Position
We are seeking part-time Outdoor Classroom Educators who will be responsible for facilitating educational programs on the farm and at school gardens throughout the school year (including winter) and summer. The on-the-farm programs are both morning and afternoon and reach age groups of 3--13. School programs are generally located within a 20-minute drive from Holly Hill Farm and serve grades Kindergarten to six (sometimes older). Mileage will be reimbursed. Schools also visit the farm for field trips and require educational facilitation.
Time commitment will vary depending on the balance of on-the-farm and off-site programming the teacher is scheduled for. On-the-farm programming will be consistent with short breaks between seasons, whereas offsite and field trips are dependent on school needs. You can expect to work an average of 12 hours per week during the school year. Summer programming would be 20+ hours per week.
Educational curriculum on the farm ranges from such topics as basic plant parts and needs, organic farming, composting and vermiculture, and resource use to ecosystems, seasons, weather, and more. These programs are age appropriate and include many facets of science, math, language arts, and arts. Off-site lessons focus on the school gardens and the lessons happening within their own classrooms. This may include plant parts, insects, soil, and more with a series of curriculum resources that are provided.
● Follow and adapt developed curriculum to each group needs
● Prepare materials
● Coordinate and plan with teachers (farm and school) and assistant teachers
● Interact with program participants in an enthusiastic and friendly manner
● Facilitate hands-on learning
● Travel to school gardens off site to facilitate outdoor classroom school garden lessons
● Lead at least three on-the-farm programs and one offsite program, depending on schedule
● Lead at least 6 weeks of a summer camp program
● Assist with record keeping and data collection
● Help maintain the educational garden and educational spaces and materials
● Special projects and other duties as assigned
● BA / BS in Education, Science, Environmental Science, or a related discipline or a combination of relevant
work experience and education
● Prior experience and knowledge of gardening and sustainable farming practices preferred or willingness
to learn more
● 2+ years of elementary teaching experience
● Experience in outdoor education setting with children ages 3-14 preferred
● Willingness to enthusiastically share knowledge about sustainable farming and gardening with students
● Positive “can do” attitude
● Ability to be flexible and function in a fast-paced work environment, working with a team of educators
as well as teach and lead classes independently
● Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills
● Familiarity with Google applications (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.)
● Must have reliable transportation and ability to carry materials to schools (plants, buckets, tools, etc.)
● Must pass CORI/SORI
● Opportunity to develop skills and experience teaching and facilitating outdoor education programs
● Training and ongoing support provided
● Work with a fun, dedicated team of staff and volunteers in a lively collaborative environment
● Spend time outside in beautiful farm and school garden settings
● Occasional farm fresh produce to take home and wonderful farm staff lunches & dinners
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.
How to apply:
Email Education Director, Bruce Frost (email@example.com), or call 781-383-6565.