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ALLEGHENY FARM MANAGER
 

POSITION OVERVIEW: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.  We seek a farm manager to oversee day-to-day operations of production gardens and livestock operations on the Allegheny Farm in Highland County, VA while supporting educational experiences. The farm serves as the campus for our Farm and Food Fellowship, an experiential and residential program in which Fellows deepen their farming skills while connecting with nature, building community, and exploring critical issues related to the food system. The farm manager should possess strong, practical knowledge of agricultural methods that improve soil health and preserve the watershed and be an energetic problem-solver and multitasker who has a demonstrated ability to work on diverse, remote, and in-person teams. This full-time and exempt position will supervise two Fellows and will report to the Executive Director. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on seasonal and organizational needs.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Garden:

  • Responsible for the organic, sustainable management of a 1-acre vegetable garden with greenhouse and high tunnel growing spaces, including seed ordering, plant propagation and cultivation, irrigation, pest, and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, and relevant record keeping

  • Manage produce distribution, including storage, sales, and donations

  • Build garden soil health, including garden rotations, soil testing, composting systems, and input materials.

  • Manage and expand small orchard and perennial crops, including pest protection, mulching, and plant selection

  • Maintain garden grounds through grass cutting and weed removal

  • Provide regular maintenance of tools and fences as well as refuse removal for all occupied dwellings and farm operations

 

Animal:

  • Manage and maintain healthy pastures including grazing rotations, animal care, grass cutting and weed removal, fence and gate maintenance, and water management to prevent nitrogen leaching into the watershed

  • Manage and integrate poultry operations into pasture and garden rotations, including a bird laying flock, broilers, and ducks

 

Administrative/General Management:

  • Maintain procedures and systems for the upkeep of pantries, cold storage, root cellars, and feed rooms to ensure optimal temperature/humidity, and the vitality, safety, and quantities of foodstuffs

  • Manage the budget for farm expenditures and ordering, purchasing, and maintaining records of expenses.

  • Maintain a system of record-keeping of operations management

  • Instruct, supervise, guide, and mentor Fellows on farm-related work

  • Contribute to staff meetings, report writing, strategic planning, and educational outreach

  • Coordinate with Allegheny Farm Caretaker and Fellowship Director for operational and program needs
     

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of and commitment to building a resilient, collaborative, and equitable food system that is grounded in organic and regenerative agriculture practices

  • Two years of experience in full-season organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and storage

  • Experience in rotational, multi-species grazing

  • Experience with operating, maintaining, and conducting basic repairs on equipment

  • Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational, and time management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills

  • Demonstrated ability to connect with racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, and politically diverse communities

  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and Google documents

  • A valid driver’s license with a good driving record
     

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent amount of training and work experience

  • Two years of experience with rotational grazing

  • Carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical skills

  • Two or more years operating a tractor, snow plow, and power tools

  • Mentorship, teaching, or supervision experience

  • Experience in apiary management

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION

This position requires working outside in physically demanding environments, including climate fluctuations, extreme hot and cold weather, and snowy winters. The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
 

COMPENSATION
This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position. Salary range is $37,000 - $40,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance benefits, workers’ compensation coverage, earned vacation, wellness leave, holidays, a farm-grown food share, and accommodation. Housing includes the 2nd story of the farmhouse while the main floor is shared with the AMI community in season.  


This position could be combined with the Allegheny Farm Caretaker position if skills permit.

APPLY ONLINE
Email questions to Kim Davidson at kim@amifellows.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

 

AMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively and consciously seeking to create a passionate team that is representative of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, pregnancy, mental or physical disability or political affiliation.

 

FARM MANAGER AT THE AMI FARM AT AUGUSTA HEALTH


POSITION OVERVIEW: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.  We seek a farm manager for the AMI Farm at Augusta Health to grow vegetables using sustainable agricultural practices that improve soil health. Focused on food security for disease prevention and community wellness, the farm is a joint venture with Augusta Health and aimed at integrating fresh, nutrient-dense vegetables into the hospital food system, clinical integration initiatives, and community outreach programs. The farm manager should possess strong, practical knowledge of organic and regenerative growing practices, have the ability to vision, plan, and execute a project, and effectively work on a diverse team. This is a full-time and exempt position. The farm manager will supervise two Fellows and will report to the Director of Farming and the Executive Director. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on seasonal and organizational needs.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for the organic, sustainable management of 1+ acre of vegetable production, including seed and material ordering, plant propagation and cultivation, irrigation, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, and relevant record keeping

  • Build soil health, including plant rotations, soil testing, composting systems, and input materials.

  • In coordination with hospital representatives, manage the distribution of vegetables and support coordination of educational programming to support clinical integration and food access initiatives

  • Utilize best practices, ensuring safe food handling and obtaining necessary certifications

  • Support the development of farm infrastructure, including buildings, high tunnels, and a wash-pack station

  • Maintain equipment, tools, and materials

  • Manage the budget for farm expenditures, including ordering, purchasing, and maintaining records.

  • Instruct, supervise, and mentor two AMI Fellows

  • Teach workshops or classes as needed

  • Contribute to staff meetings, report writing, strategic planning, and outreach

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of and commitment to building a resilient, collaborative, and equitable food system that is grounded in organic practices that are focused on building soil health

  • Two years of experience in full-season organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and distribution

  • Demonstrated ability to connect with people from racially, socioeconomically, and politically diverse communities

  • Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational, and time management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively .

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills

  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and Google documents

  • A valid driver’s license, ability to drive a trailer, and have  a good driving record

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent amount of training and work experience

  • Teaching, mentoring, or supervision experience

  • Basic carpentry and mechanical skills
     

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION

This position requires working outside in physically demanding environments, including climate fluctuations, extreme hot and cold weather, and snowy winters. The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


COMPENSATION
This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position. Salary range is $34,000 - $36,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance benefits, workers’ compensation coverage, earned vacation, wellness leave, holidays, and a farm-grown vegetable share.  There will be periodic weekend and evening work.


APPLY ONLINE

Email questions to Kim Davidson at kim@amifellows.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Allegheny Mountain Institute is actively and consciously seeking to create a passionate team that is representative of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Allegheny Mountain Institute will not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national and ethnic origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, military status, pregnancy, political affiliation, and/or other status protected by state or federal law in its any aspect of admission, programs, activities, or employment.

 

ALLEGHENY FARM CARETAKER 
 

POSITION OVERVIEW: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.  We seek a farm caretaker to maintain and manage the roads, water systems, vehicles and equipment, and stewardship of the overall acreage and perimeter of the Allegheny Farm in Highland County, VA. The farm serves as the campus for our Farm and Food Fellowship, an experiential and residential program in which Fellows deepen their farming skills while connecting with nature, building community, and exploring critical issues related to the food system. The caretaker should possess practical knowledge of agricultural methods that improve soil health and preserve the watershed.  The person must be reliable and be able to manage tasks independently. The person in this part-time non-exempt position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the farm manager. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on seasonal and organizational needs.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain and be a steward of the farm roads, including clearing fallen trees and plowing snow

  • Monitor and maintain the water springs and systems on the farm

  • Maintain farm vehicles and equipment

  • Cut grass and weeds in fields and around the fenced perimeter, support eradication of invasive weeds

  • Complete basic carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical tasks on buildings as needed

  • Water and feed livestock in the absence of the farm manager

  • Check the perimeter of the farm and ensure that the farm boundaries are posted for no trespassing, no hunting

  • Fence/gate inspection and repair as needed

     

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated commitment to organic agriculture practices that build soil and preserve watersheds and a deep understanding of the fragility and importance of a natural ecosystem

  • Four years of experience operating a tractor, snow plow, chainsaw, and other power tools

  • Experience in road building and maintenance

  • Basic carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical skills

  • Good multi-tasking, organizational, and time management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • A valid driver’s license with a good driving record and reliable transportation

  • Comfortable working around large and small animals

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical skills

  • Knowledge of cattle, poultry, or apiary management

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION

This position requires working outside in physically demanding environments, including climate fluctuations, extreme hot and cold weather, and snowy winters. The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
 

COMPENSATION
This part-time position with flexible hours. The hourly salary is commensurate with experience. On average, the caretaker works 8 hours per week with yearly hours not exceeding 500. Benefits include workers' compensation coverage. This position requires periodic weekend and evening work.

This position could be combined with the Allegheny Farm Manager position if skills permit.

 

APPLY ONLINE

Email questions to Kim Davidson at kim@amifellows.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

AMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively and consciously seeking to create a passionate team that is representative of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, pregnancy, mental or physical disability or political affiliation.

Allegheny Mountain Institute

PO Box 542

Staunton, VA 24402 

 

AMI at Augusta Health

540-886-0160

Fishersville, VA

Allegheny Farm Campus 

540-468-2300

Hightown, VA