2018 Dancing the Land Farm Assistant Farm Manager Position
Dancing the Land Farm is (having a baby, may it be so!) hiring for a super amazing opportunity to work very closely with two experienced growers while we navigate farming with a newborn! For someone who's already done some internships, college ag courses, or done a bit of wwoofing, or otherwise collected some experience, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and coalesce some disparate pieces into a body of knowledge that would set you up well to begin your own project after the season is over. This is an opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility and get some real experience in farm management while still having a safety net. We're looking for someone who's very responsible, reliable, hardworking, as well as a joy to be around! A good sense of humor is required, along with adaptability, perseverance, and a good attitude. We would love someone who has a great attention to detail, a deep love of learning, and someone who takes satisfaction in doing a good days' work. Being able to learn fairly quickly, and then to teach/lead others would be a very good skill to have. Someone who could be a kind and caring community member, with excellent communication skills is definitely required, as we'll all be spending a lot of time together!

Job description: Taking direction from the farmers and carrying out tasks leading a crew of season-long apprentices as well as a revolving cast of wwoofers and work-awayers. Being able to tend to all aspects of the farm from milking, and feeding and egg collecting, to seed sowing, planting, watering schedules, weeding, and harvesting for and attending farmers markets. Ample training will be provided, though some previous farming experience is required. This position is intended as support and back up for the main farmers, not as a sole operator. So while it is essential that the Assistant Manager be capable and confident of performing all duties necessary to run the farm, we do not expect them to be solely responsible for running the farm, at all. We will be here to answer questions, and to lead and work along-side all crew members as we are able. So really, this is an opportunity to deeply learn about the ins and outs of running a farm, all the behind the scenes things that apprentices might not see, and to hold the bigger picture while working on each necessary detail, all with the guidance and leadership of experienced farmers and teachers.

Perks and financial support: Full room and board, $100/week stipend, and 15% of net market income for each market you lead. We attend two markets a week beginning in May and going through October. Depending on the season, net market income for the farm can vary from $100-$600 or more, per market.

Dates: The position begins February 1st, 2018 (with potential for an earlier start), and will continue until the end of November, 2018 (with potential for carrying through the winter under different terms).

Please include along with this application a cover letter, a photo of yourself, your resume, and at least three references. These can be emailed to: dancingtheland@gmail.com

This application will be followed by a phone interview, and an in-person interview if possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email!

The application process is open starting July 21st, 2017. Decisions will be made no later than January 1st, 2018.

*Note--Couples are welcome to apply! But both folks are asked to submit application materials and participate in farm activities if both folks will be receiving room and board. If this applies to you, please get in touch and we can discus individual circumstances and unique arrangements. Financial support is not double-able.

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