Position: Farm Manager

Farm Manager

Kroka Expeditions is seeking a Farm Manager to join our dynamic team. Our diversified farm is comprised of 30 acres of pasture, hay fields and gardens amidst a beautiful 100-acre campus. Livestock includes dairy cows, laying hens, and a draft horse. Our gardens produce a variety of greens, root crops, fruit and berries to feed 1,000 students who join Kroka’s programs annually. The farm is managed by two full-time farmers and aided by apprentices, staff and students. Working in a close-knit team, our farmers plan and execute food production and farm education while caring for the land and the animals using biodynamic and organic practices.

Schedule

Responsibilities

Year-round, full-time, salaried

Working in a team, the Farm Manager will conduct all aspects of managing Kroka’s diversified, educational farm, balancing productivity with educational goals. The Farm Manager is primarily responsible for:

  • Overseeing daily chores and maintenance of farm
  • Pasture management and hay production
  • Diversified vegetable production
  • Care of fruit trees and perennial crops
  • Production of value-added products including cheese and yogurt

In addition, the Farm Manager will:

  • Develop educational curriculum for students and apprentices
  • Facilitate daily and weekly work projects with students of all ages
  • Train and mentor Farm Apprentices
  • Maintain farm equipment and barn spaces
  • Collaborate with Food Manager to plan to meet the food needs of the organization
  • Carry out other responsibilities inherent in being part of a working farm and residential community!
Qualifications & Experience Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 5 seasons experience in organic farming/gardening as well as the following experience:

    • Diversified gardening including season-extension
    • Animal husbandry including dairy and poultry
    • Working understanding of intensive rotational grazing including fencing and pasture management
    • Proficiency in operating a tractor and implements; mechanical skills are a plus
    • Excited to work with students ages 9 – 19, apprentices and staff in farm education
    • Experience or interest in developing and teaching agricultural curriculum
    • Ability to balance farm productivity with educational outcomes
    • Desire to join a land-based community of staff and students working together towards just and sustainable future
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, proven work ethics, consistent positive attitude, attention to detail, and capacity for cooperative teamwork
    • Valid drivers license with clean record
    • Ability to work outdoors in all seasons in a physically active role

Compensation & Benefits:

The Farmer Manager is a year-round, full time, residential position. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Kroka staff benefits include health insurance, retirement benefits, vacation and health days, and participation in a vibrant community.

HOW TO APPLY