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Farm Garden Manager Eames Institute

  • Date Posted July 08, 2022
  • Location Petaluma, CA
  • Category Agriculture / Design
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description We aim to equip everyone with the lessons of Ray and Charles Eames, so that anyone can use design to solve problems.

When Ray and Charles Eames were asked “What are the boundaries of design?” they responded by turning the question on its head: “What are the boundaries of problems?” It is in this spirit that we welcome you to the Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity, where the lessons Ray and Charles left us through their body of work, and more importantly, how they approached that work, are brought to life for a new generation willing to explore the “boundaries of problems.”


Containing thousands of artifacts the Eames Collection is a one-of-a-kind record of the Eameses’ extraordinary partnership that encapsulates their unique methodologies and diverse interests. It offers countless examples of Ray and Charles's process, and illustrates the lessons we can take from their approach to design. The Eames Institute is responsible for stewarding this remarkable body of work, while also making it accessible to other institutions and the public at large.

As we bring the Eameses’ lessons to life through our programming and properties like the Ranch, we invite you to join our community of curious problem-solvers and make design a critical tool in your world. Job description

We are seeking a Farm Garden Manager with a deep understanding of regenerative agriculture to join the team. The Farm Garden Manager will be responsible for on-site, day-to-day management of a ½ acre demonstration farm on a historic ranch property in Petaluma. The ideal candidate is excited to share their knowledge and inspire fellow staff and visitors about organic farming.   

If you like building things from the ground up (literally and figuratively) and you wish to work with a fun and curious group of makers, read on...


As the Farm Garden Manager, you will be responsible for:

Garden Management 

  • Implement and manage a comprehensive annual crop plan, including sowing, propagation, irrigation, weeding and harvesting
  • Create and manage soil health plans, composting systems and water use strategies
  • Lead processing of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, and value-added products for retail, donation, and/or other distribution
  • Maintain presentation of the garden at a standard of excellence, ensuring that the outdoor spaces are welcoming and approachable by staff and guests 
  • Maintain an innovatively designed greenhouse for production and educational purposes

Landscape and Animal Care

  • Plant and maintain silvopasture, hedgerows and pollinator habitats
  • Collaborate with Director of Ranch Operations to implement and oversee carbon farming plan and rotational grazing strategies, with an eye towards building biodiversity and soil health
  • Coordinate closely with the Director of Ranch Operations & Facilities Manager on infrastructure and maintenance for the entire property
  • Care for farm animals, including feeding, rotational grazing, and coordinating with consultants as needed

Planning, Programming, and Administrative Tasks

  • Assist with determining needs for, and identify appropriate community partners, consultants and contractors 
  • Work with Communications team to create a comprehensive list of agricultural offerings from the ranch 
  • Contribute to the creation and delivery of educational programs to draw connections between agricultural endeavors and the legacy of Ray and Charles Eames
  • Keep accurate records for all agricultural projects on the property, and communicate with any certifying agencies
  • Report all purchases and budgetary needs to Director of Ranch Operations

Organization & Culture

  • Participate in and add to our culture of curiosity and learning
  • Contribute knowledge and resources to the organization as a whole
  • Help develop systems and opportunities for volunteer, visitor and staff engagement with the land
  • Develop a robust network of community partners for a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, resources and support

Who you might be:

You may have...

  • Understanding of biodiverse symbiotic regenerative agricultural practices, and a curiosity and appreciation for how design intersects with agriculture
  • Experience in a visitor-oriented setting
  • Good communication, written and verbal, and a willingness to share knowledge with others 
  • Animal husbandry is a bonus, not a must-have

You are someone who...

  • Brings empathy and enthusiasm to your work
  • Is hardworking, self-directed, motivated, and optimistic
  • Practice clear and consistent communication
  • Values integrity, honesty, and transparency
  • Asks learning questions and demonstrates a deep curiosity about our shared work and world

What we offer:

  • An unmatched opportunity to revive a historic ranch property
  • Competitive compensation
  • Health benefits (medical, vision, and dental), including for dependents
  • Matching 401K
  • Professional development and wellness funds
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off, subject to approval

What to Expect

Salary for this position is competitive. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive benefits package for salaried employee, including, but not limited to medical, dental, vision, life insurance and unlimited vacation. 

Compensation this position is : salaried, 75k-100k Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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