Seasonal Garden Manager

Location: 
Claryville, New York
Publication Date: 
Monday, February 25, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Frost Valley YMCA Farm Camp
Contact Information: 
Andy Szymczak 845-985-0510

Frost Valley YMCA Farm Camp is looking for a seasonal garden manager to help grow produce and work directly with campers at our resident camp program. April/ May until late September.  Housing, food, and a camp community included!  Must love working with children and young adults interested in the realm of food and farming.

 To apply please go to www.frostvalley.org/about-us/employment/

 or call Andy Szymczak, Farm Camp Director at 845-985-2291 ext 323 or email at farm@frostvalley.org

FROST VALLEY YMCA
Farm Camp Educational Garden Manager
Job Description
Responsible to: Farm Camp Director and Farm Camp Program Director
Classification: Full-time, seasonal, salaried, exempt
Qualifications: Minimum 21 years of age by June 18, 2011. Previous supervisory experience preferred Ability to work long hours, including evenings. Ability to develop positive relationships with campers and fellow staff. Possess strong communication skills and group facilitation. Be able to multi- task and handle a fast paced environment. A basic understanding of children/teens and the ability to develop positive relationships with them. Experience and desire to work with children. Committed to being a part of the Farm Camp team Past experience with organic gardening techniques for production. Independent work ethic and a strong sense of humor. Logistical ability required. A Clean US Drivers License is desirable
General Description:
This position is directly responsible for designing educational programming and for the care of the 2 acre garden area at the Farm Camp. This includes the management of a hoop house, rows crops, berry crop, and 25 raised beds. Daily activities include teaching gardening classes, maintaining garden areas, and also participating as a member of the overall Farm Camp staff community.
Responsibilities: Plan, design, and implement garden area. Planting, maintaining, and harvesting from the garden. Utilize organic growing techniques, tools, and practices. Create a safe and fun environment for campers in the garden. Maintain a friendly, cooperative, and professional relationship with all staff. Learn new skills and teach them to campers and staff. Coordinate efforts with Farm Camp Property Manager and Farm Camp Director. Cultivate an inviting and engaging learning environment. Work with volunteers to prep the garden during the late spring. Maintain a safe work environment. Perform custodial duties as needed in and around the garden.
Maintain an ongoing list of garden activities and tasks for staff, campers, and
volunteers.
Teaching, training and supervising garden activities.
Implement educational gardening programming; ie food justice, farm to table,
food miles, organic vs. conventional production, urban farming, and food and
garden preparation projects.
Develop and maintain healthy working relationships with Farm Camp Kitchen
staff and meeting the kitchen needs.
Plan and coordinate harvests for Farm Camp kitchen, Closing Day Farmers
Market, and Frost Valley Board of Directors Meeting Luncheon.
Weekly gardening activities including but not limited to: sowing, transplanting,
weeding, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, composting, and pest control.
Create and maintain up to date map of garden and tasks/ projects to be
accomplished.
Keep a planting log and crop rotations plan.
Be a good role model for campers and staff.
Share your excitement and knowledge about growing food!
Other duties as assigned by the Director.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential
duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
*Flexible start date and salary dependent on experience. Housing provided. Frost Valley
Farm Camp is a drug and alcohol free environment.
Updated November 15, 2011
Please contact Andy Szymczak, Frost Valley Farm Camp Director for more information
845-985-2291 ext 323 or 845-965-0510
aszymczak@frostvalley.org or farm@frostvalley.org