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Assistant Farm Manager

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Farm Manager
Role Title: Agricultural Specialist III
Posting Number: SW0170620
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Position Summary:

Provide technical support in the production of fruits and vegetables for the educational farm-to-campus program at the Dining Services Farm at Kentland Farm, the Urban Horticulture Center, and other Dining Services facilities. This position works closely with the Dining Services Farm Manager. Responsibilities include: (1) operating tractors and tractor-drawn implements for soil tillage, crop planting, cultivation, mowing, and materials handling; (2) Assist in the supervision of Dining Services employees and students in the implementation, monitoring, and recording keeping for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) food safety and USDA Organic production and handling standards; (3) Assist in maintaining the cleanliness and safety of facilities, including cleaning, tool organization and storage, mowing, and weed-whacking; (4) Assist as needed in daily farm operations, including planting, weeding, harvesting, and post-harvest washing, packing, and delivery of vegetables.

Required Qualifications:

Previous experience working on a farm or other agricultural enterprise.
Previous experience operating tractors and tractor-drawn implements and demonstrated knowledge of tractor safety.
Willingness to attend Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety trainings pertaining to farm safety, including but not limited to tractor safety, power tool safety, and ladder safety.
Ability to work with little or no supervision.
Ability to work in a strenuous outdoor setting in adverse weather conditions.
Strong organizational skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including phone, email, and record keeping.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience working with horticultural crops, including vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, and ornamentals.
Previous experience supervising multiple individuals simultaneously.
Previous experience or interest in organic and sustainable farming practices.
Previous experience with beekeeping.
Previous experience with hydroponic gardening.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Work schedule: Monday – Friday (Shifts may vary)

Work Location may vary between Kentland Farm, Urban Horticulture Center, and Dining Centers.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

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Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Regular
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
If part time, enter Percent Time: 75
Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: $14-$15/hour
Department: Dining Services
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg: Kentland Farm
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - varying shifts
Posting Date: 08/03/2017
Review Begin Date: 08/10/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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