Farm 2 Market Assistant Manger

Alameda, CA 94501
Full-time
Salary: $18.00 /hour


Position Title: Farm2Market Assistant Manager

Classification: Full Time

Location: Farm2Market – urban farm (outdoor) – 2600 Barbers Point Road, Alameda

Reports to: Farm2Market Manager

Job Overview:

Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) is the largest supportive housing community in the county, working to end homelessness by providing housing and services to create communities where formerly homeless families and individuals can flourish. APC’s Farm2Market (F2M) is a diversified working urban farm and a social enterprise of Alameda Point Collaborative. The farm consists of 2-acres of vegetable crops, fruit orchards, bee hives and flowers. We use our passion for community, food and the environment to support APC residents as they move toward economic self-sufficiency and greater health and wellness. The farm employs APC residents through a job-training program, which uses the real work of farm production, marketing, sales and customer relations as key activities through which trainees can learn work readiness skills, understand workplace behaviors and practice personal and team accountability. We offer two 6-month training programs for adult residents and an 8-week program for youth residents (ages 13-17) in the summer every year. The farm also operates a CSA business to generate revenue for APC.

As a member of the Employment Services team, the F2M Assistant Manager will work in collaboration with the F2M manager to lead and supervise the crew of youth and adult resident on-the-job trainees, supervise volunteers, share responsibility for managing the farm’s CSA business (including planting, harvesting, maintaining the farm produce and fulfilling customer commitments), and upkeep and maintain the farm site.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Employment Services Role – Be a site supervisor and leader for our resident On-The-Job (OJT) Training Program.
  • Act as a crew leader, modeling and teaching F2M tasks and transferable work skills, behaviors and performance accountability expectations.
  • Maintain crew communication and on-site coordination to ensure work focus and role boundaries.
  • Communicate concerns, absences and needs to Farm2Market Manager for follow-up.
  • Participate in Employment Team Meetings to ensure cross-departmental support of program participants.
  • Follow APC documentation standards and timelines.
  • Farm Business- Assistant Manager Duties
  • Work with F2M Manager to develop an annual cropping plan, seed order, and production schedule.
  • Help sustain and grow the farm’s CSA business (currently at 75 members)
  • This includes executing weekly CSA deliveries to Alameda island residents.
  • Share responsibility for meeting production commitments regardless of the crew size or composition.
  • Supervise and manage volunteers and interns on the farm.
  • Maintain seeding, transplanting, and harvest data tracking and production records.
  • Communicate tool, packaging, and supply needs to F2M Manager for ordering and uninterrupted production/ harvest process.
  • Site Maintenance & Land-Stewardship
  • Share in the work of daily and annual upkeep of the farm to keep it a productive, beautiful and welcoming place.
  • Ensure maintenance, organization and development of farm infrastructure, including buildings, equipment, and program materials.
  • Identify and offer suggestions for improvement of methods on the farm, staying up-to-date with best practices for organic, no-till, regenerative agriculture.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with the Farm2Market Manager around the work you complete, including thorough shared note taking and record keeping.
  • Community engagement
  • Work in collaboration with the F2M manager to further engage the APC resident community with the farm and offer opportunities for APC residents to access resources for greater health and wellness.
  • Work to expand and improve the farm’s community offerings such as seasonal celebrations, classes & workshops, school field trips, fundraisers, etc. (for non-COVID times).

Essential Skills and Minimum Qualifications:

Required:

  • Minimum 2 years experience working in agricultural production environments.
  • Have the knowledge and physical ability to perform physical labor related to farm production and construction activities. (Ability to lift up to 25 pounds, bend, reach, squat, climb etc.)
  • Must be available to work Tuesdays through Fridays.
  • Must have a valid CA driver’s license, and be able to meet the good driver requirements for coverage by APC insurance carrier.
  • Excellent communication skills- clear, direct, kind, and timely.
  • Ability to multitask and juggle many different responsibilities.
  • Strong leadership skills, adept at leading small and large groups of people through farm tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and maintain workplace role boundaries.
  • Good time management and organization of tasks and resources.
  • Experience working with diverse groups from a variety of ethnic, socio-economic, and work backgrounds.
  • Sensitivity to the challenges related to transitioning from homelessness to employment while maintaining consistency with trainee performance expectations.
  • Ability and willingness to adhere to organizational policies and procedures.

Desired:

  • Experience facilitating trainings and/or working in a teaching role.
  • Experience with building/ construction trades.
  • Experience with no-till agriculture.
  • Experience with fruit tree management and adept at pruning.
  • Experience operating farm machinery and power tools such as weed whackers, lawn-mowers, skill saws, etc.

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