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Harvest Manager

Position Summary:

The Farmer Training Program focuses on three areas: running a productive farm, providing an educational experience for Farmers In Training, and providing a space for reconciliation and healing. The two Harvest and Field Managers plays a key role in running a productive farm and bears primary responsibility for harvest and post-harvest processing; propagation; outdoor succession plantings in the Education Garden; and overall care of the Education Garden. In other program areas, the Harvest and Field Managers work with and assist other program staff in tasks including but not limited to the following, which take place in both the FIT Plot and the Education Garden: leading FITs in field work; using hand tools; training FITs and volunteers; operating equipment; assisting with irrigation repairs and daily operation; high tunnel management; care of perennials; weed management; deliveries; events; and assisting in other daily farm tasks.

Job Description:

Job Description: Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Approximately 25% (depending on the time of year): Lead harvest prep, harvest, and post-harvest processing, including doing crop counts; adhering to food safety SOPs, including twice daily harvest shed cleaning on harvest days; overseeing the cleaning of harvest bins and supplies; establishing size and quality standards for produce with other managers and Assistant Director; training FITs and volunteers in produce standards; leading harvest shed-packout for markets, CSAs, and wholesale orders of produce from both the FIT Field and the Education Garden; and leading harvests in the Education Garden.
  • Approximately 25%: Supervising, training, and providing instruction to Farmers In Training, field assistants, and/or volunteers, in priority areas determined with other managers.
  • Approximately 25%: Providing overall care for the Education Garden, including watering, maintenance, succession planting, high tunnel management, and care of perennials, which includes managing weekly irrigation and providing crop counts when in production.
  • Approximately 25%: Working with other managers to determine and accomplish highest priority tasks, which may take place in the FIT Plot or the Education Garden and may include weed management, equipment operation, harvesting, processing, propagation tasks, cleaning, general farm maintenance and other tasks as identified by the Production Manager or Assistant Director.
  • The Harvest and Field Managers are responsible for setting a positive, professional and respectful tone; following training and work guidelines created by management and setting an example for farm team and volunteers in terms of timeliness, focus, pace, and accuracy in the field; following instructions and training and responding to feedback; demonstrating care for tools and farm equipment by appropriate use, cleaning, and storage, and completing online trainings to become a FLC authorized driver.
  • Additionally, the Harvest and Field Managers are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
Additional Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Contributing to staff meetings
  • Creating content for social media and newsletters
  • Stocking the Country Store
  • Working at the Farm Stand or Farmers Market
  • Packing the CSA
  • Assisting with setting up for, hosting, and cleaning up from public events
  • Performing other duties as assigned
Required Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • Two or more seasons of vegetable growing experience
  • At least one season growing at high elevations or in short seasons
  • One or more years’ experience in leadership or teaching roles, especially in a farming context
  • Experience working with teams from diverse backgrounds
  • Significant experience working independently as a farmer or in a physical job
  • Significant experience working in fast-paced environments, especially as a pace-setter
  • Successful experience working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Proficient with the use of Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, and Dropbox
  • Ease with email, Slack messages, and phone calls as forms of team and professional communication
Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • College degree in agriculture or related field
  • Experience using small equipment
Reports To / Supervisory Responsibility:

Reports to the Farmer Training Program Assistant Director.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work is primarily conducted outside or in high tunnels in all weather
  • Work may occur in heat, cold, snow, rain, wind, and other extreme weather conditions.
  • Work may occur adjacent to tractors or require use of tractors or small machines
  • (moderate noise).
  • Office space is shared.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to perform fine motor functions such as weeding, harvesting, packing, gripping, typing, texting, and operating tools.
  • The job is highly physical and requires nearly constant activity.
  • The use of hand tools is likely, including shovels, broad forks, digging forks, spades, rakes, and other tools.
  • The employee is required to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee is required to lift many items each day weighing between 5 and 40 pounds, especially on harvest days.
  • On a daily basis, the field manager must perform actions such as lifting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching, and use tools to dig, rake, tilth, and additional actions as needed.
FLSA Status/ Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Exempt
  • Mid-March through November
  • 30 min unpaid lunch break
March and April
  • 20-28 hours/week, M – W or Th
May through October:
  • 35-40 hours/week, M - F
  • Start times: 8 a.m. or 7:30 a.m. for peak harvest days
  • Harvest days may run until 4 or 5 p.m.
  • 15-20 hours/week

The hourly rate for this position is $19-$21/hour plus a comprehensive benefits package.

A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position, including detailing relevant farming and fast-paced work experience
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references
Application packages received by February 11, 2024, will receive full consideration.

The position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidates will be required to pass a background check and possess a clean driving record.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

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David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

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* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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