Farm Coordinator Job Description for New Roots Cooperative Farm

Mission: New Roots Cooperative Farm’s mission is to build economic security for New Americans by providing delicious vegetables for our community.

Job Overview: The Farm Coordinator will develop and manage all aspects of the New Roots Cooperative Farm (NRCF) production fields including growing organic vegetables, fruits and herbs; identifying and selling in local markets and on-site; managing farm interns and working with volunteers; as well as speaking to public groups that frequent the farm for educational days.

This position requires a strong, practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farmmanagement. The coordinator has primary responsibility for the planning, coordination and implementation of all work and activities on the 10 acres currently under plow at NRCF. The coordinator will also work with NRCF to grow our marketing programs and will oversee existing marketing related to our CSA customers, wholesale accounts, and farmstand. 

Job duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Supervision of farm interns and volunteers;
  • Coordination with NRCF staff and its advisory team including monthly board reports;
  • Create annual field plans;
  • Maintain NRCF standards of production to ensure the highest quality produce;
  • Maintain farm infrastructure and landscape with the help of interns and volunteers;
  • Cooperate with community partners;
  • Seed ordering and material acquisition;
  • Draft and implement weekly planting schedule;
  • Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation;
  • Infrastructure planning, creation and maintenance;
  • Installation, maintenance and monitoring of deer fencing;
  • Plan weekly harvest schedule, harvest, market and deliver;
  • Assist with marketing and outreach efforts 
  • Participate in planning for long-term farm development;
  • Able to work in the field, outdoor classroom and office including hard repetitive physical work;
  • Some evening or special event hours may be required;
  • Comfortable driving a cube truck and operating farm equipment;
  • Communicate with CSA and wholesale Customers and sending out surveys
  • Develop new markets for New Roots farmers
  • Help farmers set up a farm stand at NRCF
  • Help farmers with record keeping
  • Draft and send  monthly newsletters 
  • Communicatie with partner organizations and other service providers.

Qualifications and Experience:

Minimum of 2 years of farming experience

Current driver’s license and a clean driving record;

Experience working in a team environment with proven leadership skills;

Demonstrated ability to work independently;

Demonstrated good organizational and record keeping skills;

Demonstrated farm planning experience and working knowledge of farm infrastructure;

Experience in growing using organic principles;

Experience working with farm machinery;

Basic carpentry skills;

Ability to repeatedly lift 50 pounds;

Self-motivated, cooperative and flexible;

Responsibly manage administrative and record keeping tasks related to running the farm business;

Computer literate including word processing, web usage, database management skills, google docs and basic graphic design skills.

Marketing and sales skills, including comfort with Facebook, Instagram and Website management. 

Excellent customer service and communication skills. 

Experience in farming or in food production is preferred. 

Understanding of food quality and food safety preferred.  

Experience working with diverse communities, particularly immigrants and refugees, is preferred.

Experience working with people who speak English as a second language is preferred.  

Ability to speak Maay Maay (Somali Bantu language) is a bonus. 

Experience with markets in Maine is preferred. 

Note: The Farm Coordinator will need to use their own computer for this work and may need to work out of a home office at times.  

Training will be available for the right candidate. 

Time Commitment: 

This is a part time position at approximately 20 hours a week.  The position will start in April and will last until October with a goal of a year-round position.  

Compensation: $15-18 per hour depending on experience level

Applications Due by:

April 9th

If you are interested in this position please send a resume and cover letter including three references to newrootscooperativefarm@gmail.com