The Trellis Center operates a small non-profit vegetable, herb and flower production farm, dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Our ideal candidate is passionate about farming, sharing their knowledge and knows how to have fun while doing so. We offer a culture rooted in teamwork, collaboration and growth where people feel empowered to make a difference and are energized by building relationships with people of all abilities. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage all aspects of our growing operation at several purposely constructed areas. Hydroponic Building - Climate-controlled hydroponic room with automated LED grow lights, processing room, refrigerated cooler room for harvested plants Herb Building - 340 sq. ft. of growing shelves utilizing automatic capillary mat irrigation system with LED grow lights Outdoor area- 48 raised garden beds and a small cultivated/irrigated field for row crops - Planning start-of-season operations (crop layout, seed selection, marketing strategies etc), monitoring crop development and needs
- Work with the Program Manager in planning the delivery of tasks involved in the growing areas in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization -Oversee and coordinate participants hands-on experiences in the growing areas (planting, weeding, tending and harvesting) - Collaborate with staff on tasks, obtains needed materials, and instruct planting/tending/proper harvest - Assess and acquire all materials necessary for growing in specific areas - Operate farm within budget - Create and manage sales of all produce, herbs and flowers at on-site farm store and in the community - Perform or oversee harvest and processing of produce - Maintain clean and orderly growing areas and all processing areas - Set up, monitor, and maintain irrigation delivery systems at all areas - Winterize all outdoor growing areas at the end of the season QUALIFICATIONS - Educational background in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science or relevant experience in the above fields - Practical experience working in vegetable production - Organized with the ability to prioritize daily farm tasks for a smooth operation of programs - Resourcefulness and handiwork skills to maintain smooth operation of infrastructure and equipment - Strong problem-solving skills - Knowledge of plant biology and growing science - Knowledge of produce, seasonality, and processing technique - Knowledge or strong interest in the production of herbs/flowers - Strong communication in both verbal and written form - Creates an environment of accountability, respect, and teamwork in the workplace - Management skills to teach proper technique (and adaptive technique) to staff and participants - Leadership skills to guide staff and participants to achieve the highest level of success in the growing areas - Knowledge of hydroponic and capillary mat growing techniques or willingness to learn - Ability to keep detailed records of farm operations. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel and the ability to do extensive internet research - Strong knowledge of compost and composting techniques - Commitment to organic/sustainable practices POSITION DATES: Full-time, year-round, 40hr/wk (Monday-Friday) with all major holidays off. In addition to competitive pay, the Trellis Center offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team. In support of our team we strive to support a work life balance and we continue to scale farm systems and operations to meet this commitment.
We also provide the following benefits:
Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance; employees pay a portion of the medical premium.
Paid Vacation (2 weeks) and Sick Time.
Learn more about the Trellis Center
Please e-mail the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover letter including the following: Why is the Trellis Center a good fit for you?
Contact information for two references