Northey St City Farm seeks Farming Team Manager

Northey-Street-City-FarmAre you a skilled and experienced organic farmer with people skills to match? We’re looking for a passionate Permaculturalist to manage (24hrs/week) our diverse gardens and the staff & volunteers who tend them.

About Us

Established in 1994, Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) is a non-profit community organisation for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the principles of Permaculture through hands-on experience. Join an enthusiastic, passionate group of people to work on one of Australia’s largest city farms; a certified Organic Permaculture site on 6 acres, established kitchen and market gardens as well as orchards and wood lot, plus Brisbane’s only certified Organic Markets. NSCF is also a community hub that facilitates the development of social connections and new skills for volunteers and participants in a variety of programs.

About You

The Farming Team Manager should have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming in the sub tropics, preferably having previously managed a team of people to develop a market garden or orchards. They should have demonstrable experience in both managing day-to-day farm operations as well as driving medium-term strategic and commercial directions.

About the Role

  • Manage and maintain all gardens, orchards and bush revegetation areas using Permaculture principles and practices
  • Manage staff and volunteers within the Farming Team
  • Plan, schedule and manage food production at the Farm.
  • Contribute technical expertise and support other teams as needed
  • Develop the Farm to enhance its reputation as a resilient community asset
  • Work 24 hrs/week (which must include Tuesdays) on a minimum of 4 days a week. Periodic weekend work is required. Timing of working hours can be flexible according to season and farm requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all farm zones according to Permaculture and Organic principles
  • Develop, implement and record schedules for seasonal planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing, preserving and selling of food and other Farm crops.
  • Manage the integration of food production and provisioning activities to meet the requirements of the kitchen for community lunches.
  • Manage staff and volunteers in the Farming Team.
  • Coordinate management of the animals and of the green waste and composting systems
  • Work with the Site Manager to maintain farming infrastructure, tools and the workshop
  • Work with the Nursery to save seed and propagate for planting.
  • Work with the Education Coordinator to provide living demonstrations of permaculture principles and practices.
  • Coordinate, manage and develop farming enterprises, including the NSCF Market stall and the allotments
  • Maintain organic certification of the farm, including maintaining current organic management plan and farm operating procedures
  • Organise and facilitate Farming Team meetings
  • Participate in fortnightly Team Reps meetings
  • Report monthly to the Management Committee
  • Prepare and manage budgets and be accountable for any team related cash handling systems
  • Contribute to the development, enactment and review of key policy documents to guide activities on the Farm

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Applications are due close of business Tuesday 27 January 2015.

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