Employment Offered

Employment Offered

Date Submitted
Position Title
Director of Farm Operations
Position Description
Since 1652, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island has been home to eleven generations of its original European settler family and is now considered to be the most intact plantation remnant north of Virginia. In 2009, the property, with its 1735 Manor House, 240 acres of woodland, waterfront, meadows and farmland, became a non-profit. In its latest reincarnation, it encompasses an organic educational farm that provides the community with fresh produce, a Summer Youth Program, numerous arts and cultural initiatives and historic Manor House which is open on a seasonal basis for tours. The mission of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is to preserve, cultivate and share the history of Sylvester Manor to ensure that food and art remain connected to community and the land.

Job Summary
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm seeks a responsible, dynamic self-starter with excellent interpersonal, management and strategic skills to help direct and grow the existing farm operation. Sylvester Manor currently produces vegetables, small fruit and livestock on approximately 4 acres; the farm serves a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program of approximately 125 members as well as an existing farm stand. Though we are not certified organic, we follow organic practices and are committed to environmentally sound farming. We aim to provide healthy and nourishing food for our community and seek to strengthen the connection between community and the land we steward.

The Director of Farming Operations will be responsible for supervising all aspects of the farm operation including but not limited to planning, planting, harvest and post-harvest. Our goal over the next two years is to expand the farm from 4 acres to at least 12 acres and to double production. Long term, we plan on incorporating farming into the entire 240-acre historic site, presenting exciting opportunities for creativity, innovation and sustainable farming, including silvopasture and indigenous land management. This person will work closely with our Retail Manager and report to the Executive Director. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits and housing, and requires at least 5 years of farm experience.

Candidates should have experience managing staff, volunteers and community members, and possess very strong communication and organizational skills. Must be a team player and able to work collaboratively and independently; a creative thinker, a detail-oriented multi-tasker and a motivating, effective team leader.

Essential Responsibilities
Direct all aspects of an existing farm including planning, planting, harvest and post-harvest of a diversified fruit, vegetable and livestock operation
Work with Executive Director and others on staff to strategically and effectively expand farm production/operation and improve sustainability
Work with Executive Director, Retail Manager and others on staff to expand farm markets (retail, wholesale, farmer markets)
Create, monitor and adhere to farm-related budgets, production records, cost control systems and resource and waste management systems
Recruit, lead, steward and educate farm apprentices, volunteers and community members
Operate and oversee maintenance of tractors and other farm equipment
Cultivate relationships with CSA members, farmstand customers, community members and other partners
Network with other local farms and regional agricultural entities to further build and strengthen community
Work with Director of Operations to develop and implement weekly CSA newsletter, farm blog, social media posts and other marketing materials
Participate in ongoing site-wide master planning process and work with lead facilitators on long term planning and growth of farm
Work with Director of Summer Youth Program and others on staff to advance educational programming
Assist in donor cultivation and other non-profit events and programs as needed
Attend staff and organizational meetings as needed
Other miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

At least 5 years of farming experience including familiarity with sustainable agricultural practices
At least 75 hours of tractor operation and machine maintenance
Experience with vegetable, fruit and livestock production
Experience with growing in the Northeast
Experience with CSA programs and retail markets
Ability to recruit, lead and train apprentices and volunteers, including organizing and prioritizing work assignments
Ability to work independently, collaboratively and with supervision
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including computer literacy
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with a diverse community of individuals and constituents
Ability to problem solve and to multi-task
Must be able to accept and assume assigned responsibilities and make responsible decisions when required
Well-organized with demonstrated ability to manage details efficiently and effectively
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and function effectively in an environment that demands a high energy level, discretion, patience, flexibility, enthusiasm and humor
Willing and able to work evenings and weekends when necessary
Ability to lift at least 30 pounds
Non-profit experience and educational farming a plus, but not required
Computer proficiency including Google Suite/Google Drive, Microsoft Office, database and spreadsheet experience
Farm Name
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
How to Apply
Please provide a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to tmccarthy@sylvestermanor.org
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