Employment Offered

Employment Offered

Date Submitted
01/15/19
Position Title
Coverdale Farm Preserve Market Garden Manager
Position Description
Position Announcement: Coverdale Farm Preserve Market Garden Manager

Primary Location: Coverdale Farm Preserve, Greenville, DE


List date: 01/07/2019
Closing Date: 01/25/2019
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2019

Organization Description:
Delaware Nature Society’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy and conservation. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.
Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.
We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operate four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on: Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and, Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.
Currently, thousands of Members and over 1,000 volunteers assist our core staff and interns to support Delaware Nature Society’s mission and help our year-round educational programs, conservation, and advocacy efforts continue to improve and grow.

General Position Description:
The Market Garden Manager plays an important role in our work bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to the operation of an intensive organic four-season vegetable production enterprise that exemplifies the synergetic relationship between soil, plant, animal, and consumer. The Market Garden Manager is part of a world-class design team, including Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming, charged with implementing a visionary 10-year Master Plan which includes the transformation of an existing CSA-based vegetable operation into a biologically intensive Market Garden. This full-time year-round core position includes salary and full benefits package, housing is negotiable.

Successful candidates will have:
Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society and Coverdale Farm Preserve
Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Plant Science or equivalent
3 - 5 years of relevant experience in diversified, intensive organic four-season vegetable farming at production scale
Experience with the process and maintenance of organic certification
Excellent working knowledge of core issues related to regenerative agriculture
Knowledge of farm equipment operation, maintenance and repair
3 years supervisory & staff management experience
Professional maturity and positive interpersonal skills with friendly attitude
Organized, willing to take initiative, think and act proactively to solve problems and assess priorities, and manage a variety of tasks calmly and effectively
Excellent public relations and communication skills with an ease and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages
Ability to work outside for extended periods of time in various weather conditions
Ability to work as a professional team member in an active, changing environment

To apply: Visit our website and apply online at
https://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/about/job-opportunities/

Or send cover letter, resume and completed Delaware Nature Society application to:

Delaware Nature Society
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707

Please note selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

County
Out Of State
Farm Name
Coverdale Farm Preserve, Greenville, DE
How to Apply
Farm or Organization Website