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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We are always looking for great people with a passion for urban farming and an appreciation for open green spaces to join our team. Some of the Job Opportunities listed below are paid and some are volunteer.  Most of our paid staff started off as volunteers before moving into paid positions.  If you'd like to join one of our On-Farm Volunteer Crews, please click here.  If you are more interested in a leadership position (paid or unpaid), please see below.  

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Job announcement: #004  - OPEN

Position​ ​title:​ ​ Farm Stewards Team Lead  

Position​ ​reports​ ​to:​ ​Director of Farm Operations (Hannah Sholder)

Position ​status:​ ​ Volunteer (~12 hours per month from April-November)

Start date: ASAP

About​ the organization: The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming (CKC) is a nonprofit land trust established in 2019 to preserve and manage the historic Koiner Farm in downtown Silver Spring.  CKC runs the day-to-day operations at Koiner Farm, while also supporting a growing network of neighborhood farms that collectively build more sustainable, neighborhood-based food systems in Montgomery County, MD. CKC's mission is to foster a sense of community and connection to the land, to each other and to the food we eat.

About the position: The ideal candidate lives close to Koiner Farm (737 Easley Street, Silver Spring), is a member of at least one of the local neighborhood groups and is familiar with CKC's work.  The ideal candiate is connected (or willing to get connected) with the Silver Spring food and art network (specifically locally owned food trucks, cafes, artisans and local musicians).  The candidate is expected to work independently and provide their own communication devices.  The candidate is able to meet virtually on Google Hanhout and communicate electronically on WhatsAp. The candidate is also able to meet in-person at Koiner Farm, as needed.

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Farm Stewardship Team extend from mid-March to mid-November and include the following.

  1. Solicitation of new ideas for events, programs, seeds to grow, etc. from the community. Ideally, the liaison will provide an interactive mechanism for community feedback, such as a table at events, a suggestion box, a survey, or other.

  2. Identify and book monthly musicians, artisans, and food trucks to be at Koiner Farm's Third Thursday Summer Concerts

  3. Help advertise Koiner Farm events. 

To​ ​apply: Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest to CKC's Director of Farm Operations, Hannah Sholder (hannah@ckcfarming.org). An attached resume or CV is suggested, but not required.

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Job announcement: #003  - CLOSED

Position​ ​title:​ ​Administrative Volunteer  

Position​ ​reports​ ​to:​ ​ Executive Director (Kate Medina)

Position ​status:​ ​ Volunteer (4-6 hours per month)

Start date: ASAP

About​ the organization: The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming (CKC) is a nonprofit land trust established in 2018.  Our mission is protect and manage urban farms that inspire the next generation of sustainable food innovators.  CKC’s flagship farm, Koiner Farm, is a historic one-acre urban farm in downtown Silver Spring. Koiner Farm was established in 1983 by Charles Koiner, a lifelong Montgomery County farmer. Today the farm is owned by Charles’ daughter, Lynn, and led by the community with support from CKC.  The property is protected under conservation easement that is co-help by CKC and the Maryland Environmental Trust.  These two land trusts work together to ensure public access and preservation in perpetuity.  CKC is in negotiations with Montgomery County government to steward and/or manage other urban farms in neighborhoods throughout Montgomery County.

About the position: CKC seeks to engage a volunteer with nonprofit administrative experience to help with records managment, CRM data entry, website updates, social media posts, and weekly communication with customers.  The volunteer will determine their own hours, provide their own transportation, and provide their own personal computer and/or communication equipment.  The volunteer should be familiar with digital administrative tools, such as Google Drive, Zoom, NetwokForGood (or other nonprofit customer managment tools), and MailChimp. The volunteer may be asked to work virtually with an intern (high school or college age) on certain projects.  The volunteer must demonstrate discression and the ability to protect private information, such as company financials, donor names, and other.

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Administrative Volunteer will vary by season.

  • January-April: records managment, CRM data entry, website edits

  • April- November: weekly communication with customers about Koiner Farm happenings

  • November-December: data collecting and reporting

To​ ​apply: Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest to CKC's Executive Director, Kate Medina (kate@ckcfarming.org). An attached resume or CV is suggested, but not required.

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Job announcement: #002  - CLOSED

Position​ ​title:​ ​Assistant Farm Manager at Koiner Farm  

Position​ ​reports​ ​to:​ ​Director of Farm Operations (Hannah Sholder)

Position ​status:​ ​ Part-Time (10-15 hours a week), Independent Contractor

Payment: $20/hour  

Start date: January 2022

About​ the organization: The Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming (CKC) is a nonprofit land trust established in 2018.  Our mission is protect and manage urban farms that inspire the next generation of sustainable food innovators.  CKC’s flagship farm, Koiner Farm, is a historic one-acre urban farm in downtown Silver Spring. Koiner Farm was established in 1983 by Charles Koiner, a lifelong Montgomery County farmer. Today the farm is owned by Charles’ daughter Lynn, and led by the community with support from CKC.  The property is protected under conservation easement that is co-help by CKC and the Maryland Environmental Trust.  These two land trusts work together to ensure public access and preservation in perpetuity.

About the position: CKC seeks to engage an individual with farming experience to help manage the garden plots operation at Koiner Farm. As an independent contractor, the Assistant Farm Manager will determine their own hours, provide their own transportation, and provide their own personal computer and/or communication equipment.  The contractor will be responsible for creating weekly work-plans for the farm in consultation with the Director of Farm Management.  The weekly work plans should be based on the farm’s 2022 Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) & Planting Guide. Some tasks can be assigned to a team of interns and volunteers, while other tasks are carried out directly by the Assistant Farm Manager (see responsibilities below). Coordination and cooperation with Koiner Farm's Leadership Team - including the Compost Manager, Harvest Manager, Market Manger, Volunteer Manager, and Director of Farm Management - is critical. 

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Assistant Farm Manager will vary by season.

Winter (Jan-Feb):

  • Prep farm for winter (e.g. plant cover crops, conduct soil sampling, put away equipment)

  • Update CKC's NMP and Planting Guide for Koiner Farm 

  • Oversee proper management of 3-bin hot compost system

Early Spring (Feb-Apr):

  • Manage seed starts at Koiner Farm’s high tunnel

  • Prep soil for spring planting (e.g. incorporate cover crop and/or compost)

  • Re-lay drip irrigation as needed 

  • Reinstall pest management elements (e.g. fencing, row covers, etc.) as needed

Summer & Fall (May – Nov):

  • Work in consultation with the Director of Farm Management to prepare weekly work-plans for volunteers and interns 

  • Oversee proper planting and care of crops

  • Ensure plants are being watered adequately and appropriately

  • Ensure weeds, pests and disease are promptly and appropriately addressed

  • Coordinate with CKC’s Lead Harvester for sales days 

  • Oversee proper management of the 3-bin hot compost system

Equal​ ​opportunity​ ​employer: CKC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or belief. We encourage a diversity of candidates to apply for this position. 

To​ ​apply: Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to Hannah Sholder, Director of Farm Management (hannah@ckcfarming.org). Email subject line should read '​Koiner Farm - Assistant Farm ​Manager​'.