The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.
Summary of Position:
The DeLano Farms Manager position is a regular, full-time position which will continue to develop and manage our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Responsibilities include crop production, planning and management, staff supervision, budget management, planning, and shareholder relations. This position will provide opportunities for KNC educators to involve the public in the operation to experience and learn about sustainable agriculture. The DeLano Farms Manager reports to the Vice President of Education of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and works closely with the all KNC staff. The position is full-time year round with a seasonally variable work schedule and will be required to live on-site (housing provided) and be on-call with the farm at all times.
Abilities and Skills:
The DeLano Farms Manager must possess a strong appreciation for farming, the land and the extraordinary agricultural and cultural history of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The DeLano Farms Manager must enjoy working with people and must be able to work long-hours, independently with a minimum of supervision. This person must able be willing to learn new skills through professional development opportunities.
The DeLano farm is a part of the 1,100 acres owned by the Kalamazoo Nature Center, a not-for-profit organization which is open to the public. The DeLano Farms Manager will work closely with the land management staff to integrate farm practices into the previously established land management plan. Interpretive and educational programs will be developed, by the Education staff, to utilize the CSA and associated lands to inform visitors about the farm’s history and the role of agriculture in our society. In addition, management decisions will reflect sound resource protection and management principals. As a result, the DeLano Farms Manager must possess excellent people skills, and be able to accommodate the broad goals of the KNC.
Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position also includes an excellent fringe benefits package with group health insurance, vacation and sick pay, option to enroll in a flexible spending account and a company matching contributions to a simple IRA. On-site housing is required and provided.
Send resume, cover letter, three references & salary requirements to:
Jenn Wright, Vice President of Education
Or mail to:
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Attn: Jenn Wright, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Because we value the strength diversity brings to the workplace, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of a workforce that reflects the society in which we live. We encourage applications from candidates representing diverse backgrounds.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is an equal opportunity organization that will not discriminate in its programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation or gender identity, marital status, or political affiliation.
General information about Kalamazoo, MI:
Kalamazoo is located in the beautiful southwest corner of Michigan’s lower- peninsula. Situated approximately half way between Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI, Kalamazoo sits along the banks of the Kalamazoo River and is know for its appreciation of arts & culture, the biological science industry, bedding plant production and education, as seen with the recent announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise, a program which guarantees a free 4-year college tuition to all KPS graduates.
With a population of approximately 76,145 people in the city and about 190,000 in the surrounding area Kalamazoo is just big enough to have all of the modern amenities, but also has enough small, rural surrounding communities that ‘heading to the country’ is easily accomplished.
Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the region with an abundance of bedding plant growers as well as fruit and vegetable production. There is also a very active ‘local foods’ movement in southwest Michigan, as proven with the growth of organizations such Fair Food Matters and several community garden projects.
For more info on the Kalamazoo region check out: http://www.kalamazoocity.org/portal/index.php.