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Book and Plow Farm Green Dean

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 5, 2024

Job Details

Book and Plow Farm Green Dean

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Book and Plow Farm Green Dean position. The Book and Plow Farm Green Dean is a full-time, fixed-term position, starting at $19.33 per hour. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Book and Plow Farm is a student centered farm that grows vegetables well. We engage students in collaborative and productive farm labor, provide quality produce to the Amherst College community, and offer people space on campus to connect with food, land, and each other. The Green Dean position will work to strengthen the farm as a resource on campus to a diverse group of students and faculty.

The Green Dean will be trained and expected to perform independent, high-level farm tasks such as tractor cultivation and irrigation. The Green Dean will also utilize their particular strengths and interests to build connections between Book and Plow Farm and the College Campus, particularly through engagement with students and student-facing groups as well as development of field trips and lessons to enrich the summer internship experience. This position also maintains a relationship with the wider Amherst Community and takes appropriate action to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Programming Coordination and Collaboration
  • In collaboration with Farm Manager, assess and identify ways to increase campus knowledge of sustainability and farming
  • Work with Farm Manager to support Student Farm Programming/Communications Organizers
  • Develop programming to engage a diverse set of students, staff, faculty and alum with the farm
  • Plan field trips and lesson plans to enrich summer internship program
  • Serve on relevant campus committees and participate in cross-department meetings
  • Support administrative tasks, including farm email and social media accounts

Farm Operations
  • Work collaboratively with Farm Managers and Farm Crew Leaders
  • Work independently on a variety of farm activities
  • Operate heavy machinery such as tractors and other farm equipment
  • Farm activities include greenhouse, field prep, cover crop/fertility, planting/direct seeding, cultivation, weed/pest control, irrigation, harvest, and wash/pack
  • Repair and maintain equipment, infrastructure and farm environment
  • Provide administrative support, as needed


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • A valid driver's license and successful credentialing is required in order to operate college vehicles
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical/lift test
  • Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community
  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends

  • Bachelor's Degree from Amherst College
  • Experience engaging with students and volunteers
  • Interest in data collection, outreach and events planning
  • Experience or interest in farm activities including greenhouse, cultivation, tractor operation, irrigation, and harvest

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Amherst College

Amherst College prepares students to make a difference in the world. Our financial aid program is among the most substantial in the nation, and our student body is among the most diverse. At Amherst, you are part of a lively, inquisitive, devoted community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who find inspiration in one another and in the process of learning.

Since our 1821 founding, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking. Small classes, an open curriculum and a singular focus on undergraduate education ensure that leading scholars engage daily with talented, curious students, equipping them for leadership in an increasingly global and complex world.

Offering competitive compensation packages and a multitude of programs and services for staff, Amherst works to enrich the working life and support the well-being of each and every employee.

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