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Announcement: #002 - OPEN
Position title: Assistant Farm Manager at Koiner Farm
Position reports to: Director of Farm Management
Position status: Part-Time (10-15 hours a week), Independent Contractor
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Email subject line should read 'Koiner Farm - Assistant Farm Manager'.