Office Location: Warrenton, VA
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Geographic Focus: The Roundabout Meadows Community Farm will be located on a 141-acre PEC-owned property at Gilbert’s Corner in Loudoun County. This farm manager will work both on the ground at the farm and develop community relationships throughout the Loudoun County community.
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.
PEC is seeking to hire a community farm manager to establish and manage PEC’s Roundabout Meadows Community Farm to grow produce for local food pantries. The vision for the Roundabout Meadows Community Farm is as a site for gathering, teaching, learning, producing and contributing to the health of the community. Highly visible through its productivity, use of a volunteer workforce, and engagement with the community, the farm will promote the importance of land stewardship, access to fresh foods and community involvement. Through the farm manager’s coordination, volunteers will actively participate in local agriculture; local residents will have access to farm tours, educational workshops, and community gardens; and families in need throughout Loudoun County will benefit from increased access to fresh, healthy, locally produced fruits and vegetables.
DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The community farm manager will possess strong experience and knowledge of sustainable farming with an interest in experimenting with variety trials and growing methods. The farm manager must demonstrate an aptitude to engage and cultivate new relationships within the Loudoun community, be willing to develop and lead educational workshops, and establish, coordinate, manage and maintain volunteer groups throughout the growing season. Examples of activities include:
- Have an integral role in the design and management of a full farm operation, which includes (1) create a production plan in coordination with local food pantries (2) operate tractors and tractor-drawn implements for soil tillage, crop planting, cultivation, mowing, and materials handling (3) manage daily farm operations, including planting, weeding, harvesting, and delivery coordination with food pantries (4) plan for and manage the life-cycle maintenance of farm equipment, tools and buildings (5) manage a wide range of volunteers and develop educational opportunities for the public.
- Collaborate with other PEC staff to create a community farm program that highlights PEC’s mission of promoting agriculture, sharing information about productive farming practices, and advocating for land stewardship and conservation.
- Engage with citizens and local agriculture organizations to create a community-centered space that develops a strong volunteer corp and provides outdoor, hands-on learning experiences and produces fresh, healthy food for area food pantries.
- Participate in long-term strategic planning and fundraising for the community farm.
- Collaborate with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight community farm successes.
The community farm manager reports to PEC’s director of conservation, but will also work closely with other PEC staff, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors.
This position will be based at PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Minimum of 2-4 years farming experience, with experience managing a direct to consumer market fruit and/or vegetable operation highly desirable.
- Mission-minded with strong interest in food access, sustainable agriculture, education, and community development.
- Comfort with teaching and speaking publicly about agriculture and the Community Farm program.
- Experience working with local residents, community organizations and school groups particularly in volunteer management and educational workshop development.
- Ability to work under minimal supervision and to make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively and creatively.
- Demonstrated strong communication skills--written, oral and social media focused--to develop written/photographic materials for use in communicating goals and stories of the Community Farm.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse community of PEC Board members, PEC staff, volunteers, general public and donors.
- Familiarity with the operation and maintenance of small machinery, power tools, and hand tools. Familiarity with and ability to carry out maintenance of farm-related structures.
- Familiarity with basic budgeting and financial transactions, as appropriate for a small-scale agricultural operation.
- Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software.
- Willing to work some weekends and evenings.
- Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
- Salary will be commensurate with experience.
In addition to a salary, the farm manager will be eligible to participate in health, disability, term life insurance benefits and a 403 (b) employee pension plan. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer.