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Farm Production Coordinator Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

  • Date Posted September 24, 2021
  • Location Richmond, VT
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description : The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’Food and Farm Program is a dynamic youth development,diversifiedagricultureand food security initiative.At VYCC, we believe in the power that food has to connect us to the land,our community, and each other.Weengage young people inorganic farmingandculinary educationon ourhistoric400-acrecampus in Richmond, Vermont.Annually, the program produces 11 acresoforganically certifiedvegetablesand600pasture raised chickenswhicharedistributedto 400families through our nationally recognizedHealthCare Shareproject. The Heath Care Shareis a public healthinitiativethat connectsVermont families whoexperience barrierstoaccessinglocally grown produceorhaveadiet-related illness with a weeklyvegetable sharethey pickup atpartnering medical centers. Each year the program provides employmentopportunities to youth and young adultsfromVermont andaround the countrywho assist in the daily operationsof the farm. Additionally, theprogram has a strongfood component that connects theworkwe doin the fieldandthe food on ourplates, by preparing lunch from the farm every work day in the summer and sharingcelebratorymealssourced fromourfarm with the larger community. Job description The Farm Production Coordinator is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the Farm at VYCC, which is an organic vegetable and livestock farm that produces for VYCC’s Health Care Share (HCS) and is the platform for the VYCC Food and Farm Program. The Farm Production Coordinator will work closely with the Farm Production Manager to oversee the farm systems, engage in essential animal and vegetable production tasks, and ensure that the farm provides meaningful work and learning opportunities for youth, young adults, staff, and community members of all backgrounds. In addition to tasks associated with food production, the Farm Production Coordinator will also help maintain and improve farm infrastructure, including tractors, hoop houses, coolers, and barns.   
 

Essential Functions:   

Farm Production  

  • Support all aspects of vegetable production at the Farm at VYCC including soil management, bed preparation, propagation, planting, pest and disease management, weed management, harvesting, and post-harvest activities 
  • Support all aspects of livestock production at the Farm at VYCC including brooder management, poultry pasture systems, chicken processing, pig care, and daily chores 
  • Support the maintenance and safe use of farm infrastructure including fencing, irrigation, hoop houses, tractors, mowers, power tools, barns, coolers, and processing equipment 
  • Support compost production through scheduling materials pickup, communicating with community member participants, and monitoring and managing piles 
  • Work with Farm Production Manager to purchase and maintain tools, soil amendments, greenhouse supplies, seeds, feed, and irrigation equipment 
  • Maintain regular and thorough records of production, harvest, and sales, including wholesale and farm stand, both for internal tracking and organic certification 
  • Work with Farm Production Manager to document Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various aspects of production  
  • Collaborate with the Farm Production Manager to identify and explore new revenue sources for the Farm at VYCC 

Education and People Management 

  • Collaborate in refining and maintaining safety protocols for different tasks on the farm, including tractor and mower trainings and tool maintenance 
  • Collaborate with Farm Production Manager and other Food and Farm staff to define and co-lead trainings for Leaders and Members on agricultural skills 
  • Develop the work plans for production-focused seasonal team and collaborate with Food and Farm Program Staff to support their professional development  
  • Supervise the seasonal Production Project Lead with goal setting, regular check-ins and work-plan support 
  • Work with the Farm Production Manager to identify and delegate daily work projects for crews and volunteers 
  • Mentor farm Members and Leaders, instructing them in specific farm tasks and engaging them in learning about the farm 
  • Coordinate chore schedule for after hours and weekends; support staff in completing chores 

Other Responsibilities 

  • Orient new staff to the campus and farm if they arrive after hours or during the weekend 
  • Assist with additional VYCC programs as needed and appropriate 
  • Participate in Field Staff trainings and Crew Leader trainings 
  • Attend program events  

Desired Skills & Experience 

  • A minimum two years of experience on a production-oriented farm 
  • Experience working with young people and interest in youth development 
  • Knowledge of risk management protocols to ensure safety  
  • Experience in livestock management  
  • Proficiency in the safe use and maintenance of tractors or similar mechanical equipment  
  • Passion for VYCC’s mission and purpose and an ability to communicate this energy to others 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusiveness and empowerment 
  • Ability to handle multiple, often competing, priorities  
  • Flexible, motivated, responsible and willing to both take direction and work independently 
​​​​​​​Pay Range $35,568 - $38,500 / year Compensation this position is : salaried, 35k-50k Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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