CSA Manager - Dover, MA
Job Details
Management
Powisset Farm - Dover, MA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Description

The Opportunity. 

The Trustees is seeking a CSA Manager to oversee management responsibility for the CSA operation and all vegetable production at Powisset Farm.  Responsibilities include management of: crop production planning and field and soil health; systems and infrastructure; staff hiring, training and supervision; budget planning and tracking; equipment procurement, operation and maintenance; CSA distribution; member and community relations; on-site farm-store oversight along with online farm-store order packing & distribution; coordination and occasional assistance with Powisset education programming and events. You are not only a farmer, but a farm ambassador with a public facing opportunity to support all activity taking place at the farm -- farming, engagement, stewardship and education -- with internal colleagues and the greater community. 

  

The CSA Manager reports directly to the Agricultural Operations Manager and works closely with Charles River Valley Portfolio Director and with other with property colleagues from education, stewardship, and livestock programs as needed. The position is salaried and year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule. 

 

In This Role You Will:

  • Oversee the production of Certified Organic vegetable crops on a commercial scale to meet the needs of CSA, farm-store and wholesale clients at a public facing farm.  

  • Recruit, train, supervise and manage all farm apprentices and staff, including part-time workers and volunteers in all field work, modeling and ensuring best practices in field work, visitor engagement, safety standards for FSMA and tractor and equipment.  

  • Foster a positive and friendly work atmosphere. 

  • Monitor field conditions and soils, evaluate and improve soil health and fertility, control for pests, diseases, and weed pressure, and develop annual crop plans and rotations. 

  • Care for and maintain farm fields, equipment, infrastructure and facilities including tractors, implements, trucks, greenhouse and hoop house, barn, coolers and root cellar, fencing and irrigation system: basic mechanic skills required  

  • Train seasonal CSA staff in safe tractor operation and use of equipment and facilities; understand and educate staff on strategic goals of the Trustees as outlined in strategic plan. 

  • Maintain and manage a fresh, clean and vibrant farm-store with a welcoming and forward-facing environment.   

  • Manage and encourage volunteer and public involvement in the CSA operation where appropriate. 

  • Participate in the Trustee’s sustainability and ecology work, help promote membership and support fund-raising efforts of other Trustees staff 

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation 

Other Information

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of direct, hands-on experience on a production–scale vegetable farm.  

  • At least 4 years experience operating and maintaining tractors and other farm equipment; basic mechanical skills 

  • A strong understanding of CSA, agricultural principles, whole-farm planning, crop rotation, soil health and general ecological principles. 

  • Experience managing a team of 4+ people, including recruitment, interview, hiring and training. 

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills along with the ability to work independently and as a part of a team are critical. The CSA Manager works with all kind of people throughout the organization: the farm team, volunteers, visitors and CSA members, CRV property staff and Engagement staff, broader Trustees staff as well as the local and regional farm community. 

  • Strong work ethic, willingness to be flexible and a positive attitude and a commitment to achieving the goals of the CSA and The Trustees are essential. 

  • Possess a strong appreciation for farming, the land, and the agricultural and cultural history of Massachusetts 

  • Knowledge of and connections within the MA or New England farming community a plus 

 

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license required for driving TTOR vehicles, DOT required 

  • Background check required  

 

Working Conditions: 

As with all farm work: Applicant must be willing and able to accomplish tasks in variable outdoor weather conditions.  Ability to lift 50 pounds required. 

 

Compensation and Benefits:

In support of our staff and their families, we provide comprehensive top-notch benefits and an array of special perks. Full-time, year-round staff can enjoy:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer premium contributions ranging from 75%-85%

  • Traditional and Roth 401(k) plan with 5% employer match after one year of employment

  • Employer-paid life and disability plans

  • Paid vacation, sick and personal time; thirteen paid holidays; eight early release Fridays

  • Day of Service to travel to another site to work in a division and location other than your own in a fun group project such as reinforcing beach shorebird fences, planting seedlings or bulbs, organizing archival documents, or making phone calls to thank donors

  • Day of Wonder to explore the wonders of any of our Trustees properties

  • Complimentary Member-level access and discounts and 50% discount for Trustees summer camps

  • Reciprocity program offering free and discounted admissions and memberships to more than 50 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions

  • And much more!

 

About Powisset Farm

Powisset Farm in Dover, MA has a long history of agricultural enterprises, from a dairy farm many years ago, to Amelia Peabody’s legendary farm, famous for its breed stock of Hereford cattle and Yorkshire pigs. Many visitors remember fondly the glowing green pastures dotted with cattle and framed by beautiful barns. 

Today, our farm is known for its strong CSA (community supported agriculture) operation that began in 2007 and is currently growing for 350 Summer CSA members (a combination of on-site pickup and drop-off location) and 100 Winter CSA members. By purchasing a share at Powisset Farm, CSA members help to create community around our farm and their commitment to locally grown produce. Our on-site farm stand is open to the public during the summer and fall, with a Trustees wide on-line store offering a wider variety of products for pickup on select days as well year-round.  In addition to these outlets, our farm donates produce to local hunger relief partners and serves as a base for our Mobile Market program in Boston, in order to make sure that our produce reaches as many people as possible. 

At Powisset Farm we are committed to people to food and the land on which it grows. In addition to agricultural activities the farm is host to a wide variety of events and volunteer opportunities including farm tours, summer camp and educational programming. Our vibrant programming brings in thousands of visitors to the farm per year and is a busy and thriving center of community engagement.   

 

About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households. 

  

The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years. 

  

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission. 

  

The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family. 

 

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. 

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