Field Production Coordinator

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Field Production Coordinator supports all aspects of Oxbow’s farm operations with a primary focus on organizing and overseeing the daily workflow of the Farm’s field crew. The position plays a role in identifying weekly farm priorities and management of day to day projects to ensure field cultivation, planting, irrigation, weeding, and vegetable harvests are successfully performed throughout the growing season.  This position also plays a critical role in facilitating effective communication throughout the farm team.

This is a regular, full-time position, with a competitive compensation package, including 100% employer paid healthcare, annual dental stipend, generous holiday, vacation, and sick leave.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Crew coordination – coordinate and supervise daily tasks of Oxbow’s field crew, including:

  • Assist in establishment of weekly field production priorities and the development of weekly work schedules
  • Clearly communicate weekly and daily priorities to the field crew
  • Set reasonable work pace for crew members and work with individuals to improve their focus, technique, and pace
  • Act as a point of contact to answer production questions as they develop throughout the day
  • Help to establish a positive and nurturing work environment for each all members of the field crew
  • Relay relevant information regarding crew performance and questions to farm management

Equipment and facilities – assist the manager and assistant manager to ensure inventory and upkeep of Oxbow’s farm equipment, materials, tools, and season extension facilities

  • Work closely with field crew members to ensure that all equipment and facilities expectations are upheld and adhered to
  • Communicate necessary equipment and facilities information to both farm management and facilities staff in a timely manner

Farming and gardening – under the supervision of and in close collaboration with the farm manager, responsible for coordinating and performing the following:

  • Field Planting
    • Ensure timely planting of field crops ensuring the health of transplants
    • Coordinate the preparations of fields and beds for field planting in relation to field planting schedules and weekly workflows
  • Field Cultivation
    • Initial tillage and field preparation for direct seeding, transplanting, and cover cropping
    • Weed management, both of mechanical and manual nature
    • All hands-on aspects of season extension and pest prevention through the use of cultural practices in the field
  • Irrigation
    • Management of irrigation infrastructure and materials, including storage, inventory, repair, and upkeep
    • schedule irrigation delivery based on crop needs, planting dates, and harvest and cultivation schedules
  • Harvest operations
    • schedule and pace in the field during harvest days
    • perform in the field quality control of product being harvested and communicate farm quality standards to field crew
    • communicate any harvest nuances to field crew and management team as needed to ensure a smooth operation

Other Farm Duties –

  • Perform regular field walks to stay in touch with needed field projects, crop growth, and plant health
  • Learn to analyze crop profitability in relation to labor investment to assist with making appropriate field decisions.
  • Assist in crop planning efforts and development of organization systems and documents specific to crew management
  • Ensure record keeping is performed accurately to ensure all necessary data is tracked for organic certifications and food safety records
  • Perform necessary tractor operation
  • Deliver Oxbow Produce as needed throughout the season
  • Staff CSA Pick-ups, Farmers Market booths, and Oxbow Farm Stands
  • Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Farm Manager.

General

  • Ensure Oxbow Farm objectives, strategies and messages are aligned with and supportive of Oxbow’s mission and strategic plan
  • Work with all program teams to ensure efficient and effective communication and operations
  • Represent Oxbow in a positive, professional manner, engaging with and educating visitors about Oxbow’s mission and programs
  • Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Farm Manage                                                                                                                             

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two year previous farming experience
  • Small engine operation and experience operating tractors and implements preferred
  • Competence delivering clear directions and project supervision to field crews
  • Experience managing a team
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Positive, energetic interpersonal skills and passion for mentoring new farmers
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity, and give/accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication skills
  • Ability to work for long durations in inclement weather – standing, sitting, bending over, or kneeling
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMITMENT

Oxbow is committed to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion. We value the individual differences, life experiences, and knowledge that our staff members bring to their work and their communities. Valuing diversity is a significant part of our culture, our values, and the success of Oxbow’s mission.

Oxbow provides equal employment opportunities to all staff members and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Oxbow is committed to fostering a racially diverse team. People of color are encouraged to apply.

 

COMPENSATION

This is a regular, full-time position, paying 16.50-17.50 DOE per hour with competitive benefits including: 100% employer paid healthcare, annual dental stipend, generous holiday, vacation and sick pay, and access to food from the fields.

 

TO APPLY

Please read carefully and email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to Tara Baron- Recruitment Specialist at thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Field Production Coordinator  in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Applications received by Sunday, April 04, 2021 will have first consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date until all positions are filled.