Field Manager

Queens County Farm Museum is seeking a Field Manager. Under the direction of the Director of Agriculture, the Field Manager will help support the farm’s largest expansion of food production since the 1970’s. Queens Farm’s agricultural expansion includes adding over five acres into production over the next five years, adding high tunnels, and creating a year-round production farm. Nutrition, health, and food policy are deeply connected to sustainability. Access to locally-grown food and the strengthening of the food system is paramount as New York City works toward a more equitable, just and green city. The Field Manager will have the passion and skills to support QCFM’s agricultural expansion, bring an experienced perspective, and play a leading role in cultivating fields for food production.

About Queens County Farm Museum

Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697. Today, the farm serves as a vital resource connecting people to agriculture and the environment, creating learning opportunities and conversations about biodiversity, nutrition, health and wellness, climate change and preserving local history. Queens County Farm Museum is a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Queens Farm hosts a wide variety of acclaimed education programs, public events and adult education programs. The 47-acre site is the largest tract of farmland, home to the largest single apiary, and the only farm with both a full range of livestock and community composting in New York City.

Queens Farm uses sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming methods and grows over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The farm is a leader in locally grown food and the ecological well-being of New York City. Last year, Queens Farm harvested 22,000 pounds of food. Queens Farm has several acres of land in production, as well as a 3-acre corn maze. The farm also includes livestock (steer, sheep, goats, alpacas, hens, and pigs), a compost site, apiary, and perennials.

Job Type: Full Time

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Report to Director of Agriculture
  • Field work, including but not limited to: greenhouse management, soil preparation, seeding and transplanting, cultivating and weeding, harvesting and packing, trellising, mowing growing fields, and general farm maintenance
  • Enforce food safety guidelines and maintain GAP certification
  • Co-manage workforce, including farmers, market staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Offer feedback and training to all workers on the farm
  • Execute crop plan and manage pests, weeds, disease, and crop needs
  • Co-create weekly and daily lists for the crew and communicate tasks clearly
  • Help determine and coordinate crop availability for harvests
  • Track yield and sales data
  • Support other areas of the organization, including public and educational programming such as the corn maze, camps, school trips, markets, and events
  • Safely operate tools such as tractors, PTO implements, string trimmers, etc.
  • Flexibility with scheduling throughout the year
  • Assist the Livestock Department as needed (chores, muckings, animal moves)
  • Maintain and promote a safe, clean, and professional environment for staff and visitors

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 full seasons of vegetable production on farms over an acre, including 1 full season of management experience (high tunnel experience is a plus)
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Leadership skills (you will lead a crew, interns, and volunteers)
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills with attention to detail, systems, time management, prioritization, and delegation
  • Experience operating tractors and small engine tools
  • Understanding of basic farm production principles, including but not limited to: irrigation, cultivation, efficiency and speed, crop maintenance and management, and harvesting and packing
  • Experience with livestock (you will occasionally help with animal chores)
  • Being a leading public facing institution in New York City, the ideal candidate will be a ‘people’ person
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License for at least 1 year, with satisfactory driving record
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and work outside in all weather conditions

Compensation:

  • Starting salary $55,000/year, depending on experience
  • Full Medical Benefits from United Health Care (Oxford)
  • Participation in the company’s Simple IRA plan; with an up to 3% match
  • Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays
  • 10% off at Queens Farm’s Farm Store and Farmstand

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three farm-related work references to the Director of Agriculture, Danny Morales: danny@queensfarm.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Queens County Farm Museum (QCFM) supports diversity in the workplace. QCFM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug-free workplace.