Farm Facility and Production Coordinator

Stanford University

Stanford,  California

About the School of Earth Sciences

The Stanford School of Earth Sciences develops the knowledge and talent to understand the workings of the planet and to help solve resource and environmental challenges. Our historic strengths are in the analysis of subsurface processes and their consequences for energy and water resources, natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, and long-term change and evolution of the planet we know today. In the past two decades, our expertise has expanded to focus on the processes occurring in the outer envelope of the planet—oceans, land, water, and climate systems - with a focus on global environmental changes.  The School includes a range of disciplines in geosciences, Earth system science, and energy resources engineering, and includes both disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm (SEF) is a new program of the School of Earth Sciences. SEF is a 5-acre, ecologically managed, diversified organic farm that serves the campus and community as a multifaceted learning environment and living laboratory. The farm includes row crops, orchards, pasture, garden beds, and perennial hedgerows and borders. The farm will provide Stanford students with multiple course-based, project, research, and extended learning opportunities while also serving the campus and the community as a beautiful and productive place to learn about sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Job Purpose

The Stanford Educational Farm is seeking candidates for the Farm Facility and Production Coordinator position.  This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about crop production and agro ecosystem management in small-scale diversified farming systems and would like to work in a supportive, diverse, and stimulating educational environment. The Farm Facility and Production coordinator will play a critical role in developing farm systems including crop planning, organic soil management, infrastructure development, and integrating management and production with education and research programs. Growers with strong experience in organic and diversified crop production, farm systems and facilities management, and an interest in working in a cooperative learning environment are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time, salaried position with excellent benefits.

Some of the tasks and duties of this position are:

Manage and maintain Stanford Educational Farm facilities and equipment

  • Manage and maintain all farm infrastructure including buildings, irrigation systems, storage areas, paths and roads, borders, etc.
  • Develop systems and standards for use and organization of tools and supplies and purchase additional tools and equipment as needed
  • Purchase and maintain soil amendments, greenhouse supplies, seeds, plants, harvest supplies, and irrigation equipment as needed
  • Manage and maintain (or coordination of maintenance) of all farm equipment including tractors, tractor implements, tillers, vehicles, etc.
  • Maintain a well-organized and clean facility at all times with the help of farm staff

Manage the growth and harvest of crops

  • Develop and implement annual crop plan, including greenhouse propagation and field and garden planting plans in collaboration with educational farm management team
  • Keep greenhouse, plant production, soil management, pest management, water use, harvest, and sales records, including all necessary records for organic, food safety and other certifications
  • Set up and maintain irrigation systems and manage farm irrigation needs while tracking water use and conserving water
  • Coordinate production needs with educational farm management team and education and research programs
  • Implement harvest schedule and set up systems for interns, students, and volunteers to participate
  • Coordinate post-harvest handling, marketing, sales, distribution, and invoicing
  • Operate necessary equipment including tractors, tillers, implements and other farm equipment, tools, and vehicles as needed
  • Monitor and control pests, plant diseases, and weeds organically and keep pest management records
  • Maintain attractive, productive, and ecologically sound growing areas

Provide supervision for farm workers, interns, and volunteers

  • Develop and uphold safety protocols for farm site and all workers and volunteers
  • Develop and supervise regularly scheduled work tasks and projects that are in alignment with farm production and facility development plans for farm students, interns, apprentices, work groups and volunteers
  • Supervise and instruct students, interns, volunteers, and program participants engaged in farm operations and management activities

*Other duties assigned as needed

Minimum Education and Experience Required

  • B.S. or M.S. in Agronomy, Plant Science, Horticulture or a similar field preferred
  • A minimum of 5 years of full-season agricultural experience, preferably on organic, diversified farms and with multiple cropping systems
  • A minimum of 2 years of full-season farm management or co-management including crop planning and production, soil and weed management, drip irrigation system use and maintenance, equipment and machinery maintenance, record keeping, orchard management and post-harvest handling. 
  • Working knowledge of farm infrastructure including greenhouse operations, irrigation systems, tillage systems, compost systems, etc.
  • A minimum of 200 hours of tractor operation
  • Experience with operating and maintaining irrigation, farm machinery, trucks, and power tools
  • Knowledge of and extensive experience with vegetable, flower, perennial, and fruit tree cultivation
  • Basic mechanic skills and ability to operate a wide range of farm machinery
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • Demonstrated experience in project, program, and/or organizational management
  • Supervisory experience with farm workers and volunteers
  • Experience in and comfort with working in multicultural environments

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift/carry/push/pull heavy items weighing up to 55 lbs.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to accomplish strenuous and repetitive physical
  • Work outdoors in all weather 

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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