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AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener

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Company Name AMI (view profile)
Location Highland County, Virginia
Date Posted February 1, 2017
Category A Farm/Business Posting A Job
Job Type Farm Help: Part-time, Full-Time, Commission Based, Job Oriented or Employees
Type of farm? Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Expectations ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TASKS Communication and Relationship Building • Mentors Fellows in community development, ecological living and gardening; models best practices at all times • Promotes cohort development and helps mediate community conflicts as needed • Works with AMI staff to provide Fellow check-ins to assess Fellow growth and needs • First responder to emergencies by calling Emergency Services or 911 Program Assistance • Responsible for fruit and vegetable production management and assists with small animal husbandry, including but not limited to: planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, animal care, records, maintenance, supply procurement, sales and storage • Works with Education Director to plan and facilitate educational sessions, workshops, field trips and other events • Works with Education Director to coordinate logistical and overnight needs for workshop instructors and provides meals on full workshop days. Organization Management • Manages or supervises Village Calendars and chore rotations for village life, to ensure well-kept, healthy village, cohort, and outbuildings • Works with Fellows to manage Village food production, use and storage; helps to manage and replenish supplemental groceries • Manages petty cash and submits monthly reports to AMI Administrative Manager Records and Reporting • Reports facility maintenance needs • Reports and records all accidents, illnesses, medical or other emergencies according to the protocol set forth in the AMI Village Policy Manual • Submits weekly report communicating village needs, events and experiences of past and coming weeks to Education Director • Reviews Village and Farm record keeping for quality control; may allocate some aspects of the record keeping to the cohort as prudent • Inspects Village Spring daily during dry season and reports water level to AMI Caretaker Outreach and Event Coordination • Coordinates and supports community event marketing (Open Houses, Community Workshops, Public Visits, Farm Stays, etc.) and logistics • Ensures guest signatures on AMI Waiver of Liability • Organizes documentation by photo and/or video of events, farm activities, and guest lecture activities; emails photos/videos to AMI Administrative Manager • Uploads current photos to AMI Facebook page and social media, as directed by AMI Administrative Manager
Position Description GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK: The AMI Village Manager (VM) serves as residential leader, mentor and mediator to the AMI Fellows. The VM assists both the Education Director and Farm Manager, but reports directly to the Education Director. DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION: The VM is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Village Manager should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods. The VM will work closely with the Education Director and Farm Manager on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least one season of experience working on a vegetable farm, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.
Housing Available Yes
Housing Location On Farm
Meals Provided Yes
Location Specifics The AMI Highland Campus is situated between 4000’ and 4400’ on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela Na- tional Forest. The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally home- steaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared. Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce alongside mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens. This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vege- tation. Summers tend to be quite cool, and the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost free days.
Application Process TO APPLY: Please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org to apply online, or email jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org for more information. Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.
Tag Words Bees, Composting, Cooking, Holistic, Off-Grid, Organic, Permaculture, Vegetable
Positions Available 1
Pay/Salary The base salary is $2,000 per month. Benefit package includes: lodging, meals during Fellowship season with AMI Cohort, workers’ compensation coverage, earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays (according to AMI Personnel Policy Manual).
Description AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener The AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener (VG) leads garden planning and activities on the farm while serving as residential advisor, mentor, and cohort manager. The VG assists and reports directly to the Education Director and will work closely with her on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least three seasons of experience working on a vegetable farm, one season of market garden management, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers. This is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Gardens, Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods. This is a non-exempt, 40 hours per week, part time, seasonal position, available as soon as possible and extending through to November 30, 2017.

Description

Type of farm?

Diverse (Animals/Plants)

Expectations

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TASKS

Communication and Relationship Building
• Mentors Fellows in community development, ecological living and gardening; models best practices at all times
• Promotes cohort development and helps mediate community conflicts as needed
• Works with AMI staff to provide Fellow check-ins to assess Fellow growth and needs
• First responder to emergencies by calling Emergency Services or 911

Program Assistance
• Responsible for fruit and vegetable production management and assists with small animal husbandry, including but not limited to: planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, animal care, records, maintenance, supply procurement, sales and storage
• Works with Education Director to plan and facilitate educational sessions, workshops, field trips and other events
• Works with Education Director to coordinate logistical and overnight needs for workshop instructors and provides meals on full workshop days.

Organization Management
• Manages or supervises Village Calendars and chore rotations for village life, to ensure well-kept, healthy village, cohort, and outbuildings
• Works with Fellows to manage Village food production, use and storage; helps to manage and replenish supplemental groceries
• Manages petty cash and submits monthly reports to AMI Administrative Manager

Records and Reporting
• Reports facility maintenance needs
• Reports and records all accidents, illnesses, medical or other emergencies according to the protocol set forth in the AMI Village Policy Manual
• Submits weekly report communicating village needs, events and experiences of past and coming weeks to Education Director
• Reviews Village and Farm record keeping for quality control; may allocate some aspects of the record keeping to the cohort as prudent
• Inspects Village Spring daily during dry season and reports water level to AMI Caretaker

Outreach and Event Coordination
• Coordinates and supports community event marketing (Open Houses, Community Workshops, Public Visits, Farm Stays, etc.) and logistics
• Ensures guest signatures on AMI Waiver of Liability
• Organizes documentation by photo and/or video of events, farm activities, and guest lecture activities; emails photos/videos to AMI Administrative Manager
• Uploads current photos to AMI Facebook page and social media, as directed by AMI Administrative Manager

Position Description

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:
The AMI Village Manager (VM) serves as residential leader, mentor and mediator to the AMI Fellows. The VM assists both the Education Director and Farm Manager, but reports directly to the Education Director.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:
The VM is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Village Manager should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

The VM will work closely with the Education Director and Farm Manager on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least one season of experience working on a vegetable farm, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.

Housing Available

Yes

Housing Location

On Farm

Meals Provided

Yes

Location Specifics

The AMI Highland Campus is situated between 4000’ and 4400’ on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela Na- tional Forest. The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally home- steaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared. Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce alongside mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens. This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vege- tation. Summers tend to be quite cool, and the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost free days.

Application Process

TO APPLY:
Please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org to apply online, or email jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org for more information.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

Tag Words

Bees

Positions Available

1

Pay/Salary

The base salary is $2,000 per month. Benefit package includes: lodging, meals during Fellowship season with AMI Cohort, workers’ compensation coverage, earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays (according to AMI Personnel Policy Manual).

Description

AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener
The AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener (VG) leads garden planning and activities on the farm while serving as residential advisor, mentor, and cohort manager. The VG assists and reports directly to the Education Director and will work closely with her on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least three seasons of experience working on a vegetable farm, one season of market garden management, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.
This is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Gardens, Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.
This is a non-exempt, 40 hours per week, part time, seasonal position, available as soon as possible and extending through to November 30, 2017.
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