Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Farm manager part-time help wanted

St. Lawrence University is looking for someone with organic farming practices experience, preferably a local farmer, who could supervise the student workers and the Sustainability Semester farm on a very part time and temporary basis this summer and possibly into the fall.  The current manager is moving on and SLU needs someone temporarily while they do a search to fill the position with a permanent hire.  More details and how to apply follows: 

Duration: Temporary Position, 10-14 weeks beginning the week of July 1, 2015
Salary: $40/hour
Work Schedule: 6-10 hours per week spread between a minimum of 2 days per week

St. Lawrence University Sustainability Semester is seeking a temporary farm/site manager for its Sustainability Semester site. For more and specific information on the Sustainability Semester, please go to

·         Experience managing a vegetable farm employing organic practices
·         Experience raising chickens
·         Experience with and ability to use farm equipment and machinery
·         Experience managing/teaching/supervising undergraduate students
·         Must live locally (within one hour drive to the site)
·         Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and engage in the physical activity of garden maintenance and harvest

·         Oversee the maintenance and harvest of the Sustainability Semester gardens/orchard and site including chickens through supervision of student interns and workers providing assistance (including some physical labor) as needed. This includes maintaining the summer work plan and schedule (created by the previous Homesteader-In-Residence) for the summer and creating a work plan and schedule for fall harvest as needed.
·         Must be physically present on site a minimum of 6 hours a week spread between a minimum of 2 days per week
·         Supervision of student interns June-August includes weekly one on one meetings with each student 
·         Good communication including a minimum of every other week meetings with the Director of the Sustainability Semester and weekly check-ins with the student manager
·         Willingness to be on call daily in case of a crop/site/animal emergency

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Cathy Shrady, Director of the Outdoor Program, at

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit