Requisition Number: 815
Department: Windy City Harvest
Job Status: Year-Round
Reports to: Production Manager
Windy City Harvest is looking for a coordinator to oversee our Rodeo Farm located at 26th Place and Rockwell in Chicago and assist with AVI Farm production at the Arturo Velasquez Institute. Rodeo is an intensive 1-acre production farm and 1-acre composting operation that also houses a small apiary, 1,200-square-foot hoophouse, milkweed research project, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County native flower project. AVI is an apprentice-led farm with ¼ acre of production, including a greenhouse and hoophouse. This is a year-round full-time position, working 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The purpose of these farms is to grow the highest quality produce for our wholesale partner, meeting a sales goal and to generate compost and honey, while creating a safe, supportive, and productive job training ground for multiple levels of Windy City Harvestprogram participants, mainly Corps and Apprenticeship students.
Please refer to our website for details about the Corps and Apprenticeship program:
In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
Implementing a crop plan, following all production dates to meet sales goal on the 1-acre farm
Oversee a production schedule of activities working with one Corps crew leader and Apprenticeship instructor Generate weekly harvest availability projections and harvest plan in cooperation with sales team
Enforce Windy City Harvest staff standards of performance, provide regular feedback to supervisors Provide scheduled feedback on farm operations to team and report out at staff meetings
Manage hoophouse and season extension production—venting, irrigation, hoophouse, low tunnels Maintain and troubleshoot drip irrigation system
Follow a weekly production schedule of irrigation, seeding, transplanting, harvest, IPM monitoring, thinning, cultivation, and weed management
Monitor and maintain windrow composting system
Receive wood chips and food scraps for compost operations Monitor and maintain small apiary with participants (4-5 hives)
Keep perimeter of site maintained to Chicago Botanic Garden aesthetics
Order and code all site compost shipments and other amendments as necessary
Keep an organized and inventoried tool storage shed and wash pack
Lead and support with harvest, post-harvest handling and food safety procedures following strict grading and packing standards multiple days a week
Maintain accurate records of sales, food safety, general safety, IPM, and production
Manage site inventory and machinery including bobcat, compost screener, generator, irrigation, and small farm tools Manage purchase within budget and accurately track expenses
Act as a supportive resource to program participants, staff, community residents, media, and collaborative partners Lead and train crew in farm tours
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances Has a tolerance for opposing points of view
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions
Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors
Is welcoming of new hires
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Minimum three seasons of sustainable vegetable production on a 1/4-acre site or larger Possess a driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
Ability to strategically plan and work full days independently while performing physically demanding tasks in all types of weather
Experience selling produce to a wide variety of markets, including walk-up customers at farm stands, restaurants, small grocery retailers, and/or wholesale markets
Experience with organic food production, integrated pest management (IPM), and farm protocols Experienced in projecting availability & following crop plans.
Experience running harvests and able to adhere to food safety standards
Experience training and managing individuals from varied backgrounds and skill levels Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety certification preferred
Flexibility and comfort with shifting demands and schedules. Working outdoors and in an urban farm setting is dynamic. Evening, early, and weekend shifts are part of this position
Beekeeping, compost, and greenhouse management experience preferred Detail oriented, flexible, dependable, and punctual work ethic
Experience following and tracking budgets accurately with excel Excellent communications skills: email, phone, person, etc.
Preference given to Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship graduates
This is an urban farm setting. Staff members must be able to work on their feet all day in all weather conditions, performing manual labor. There will be frequent lifting, standing, walking, bending, farm tool usage, and machinery operation, as well as speaking to the public, staff, and program participants. There will also be daily use of small farm machinery and post-harvest handling equipment. Staff is required to lift, push, and pull items up to 50 pounds.
To Apply visit our website: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/jobs/apply
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.
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