Assistant Farm Manager- K-8
Reports to: K-8 Farm Manager
Based at: Across our K-8 Birmingham City School Gardens
Founded in 2002, Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama.
Envisioning communities inspired by food and transformed by youth, JVTF uses food as a foundation so that young people can lead, create, and grow a healthy future for themselves and their community. Learn more at jvtf.org.
Under the direction & supervision of the K-8 Farm Manager, the K-8 Assistant Farm Manager assists in the day-to-day operations of our Birmingham City School gardens and upholds the organization’s vision of welcoming, productive, and diverse outdoor learning environments. Under the Direction of the K-8 Farm Manager, the K-8 Assistant Farm Manager participates in some aspects of crop production, soil management, fieldwork, produce distribution, farm-related record keeping, and care of farm equipment and infrastructure at our Birmingham
City School gardens. The K-8 Assistant Farm Manager serves as a steward of these sites and welcomes a variety of individuals to engage with the work and mission of the organization. The K-8 Assistant Farm Manager will perform many tasks directly, but also facilitate, direct, and train individuals with varying degrees of farming experience including interns, apprentices, instructors, and school community members. The K-8 Assistant Farm Manager assists the K-8 Farm Manager in the development and delivery of outreach programs for the school
communities. This work requires a beginner-level understanding of organic, sustainable, and regenerative growing practices, a high degree of professionalism, and strong management, organizational, and communication skills. A successful candidate must be capable of focusing on the day-to-day while also projecting and planning for the future.
Farm Management (65%):
● Participates in day-to-day farm operations on site, including crop production, soil management practices, fieldwork, orchard and
perennial crop production, and composting systems
● Assists the K-8 Farm Manager in coordinating with the Education Team to facilitate the weekly harvesting of each garden
● Assists the K-8 Farm Manager in coordinating with the Education Team to make sure all gardens are adequately watered
● In collaboration with the K-8 Farm Manager and the Education Team, supports produce requests and farm activities for a variety of
● In collaboration with the K-8 Farm Manager and the Impact Team, maintains neat, detailed, and timely farm-related records and
● Demonstrates care for equipment and facilities through executing or arranging regular maintenance and repairs
● Purchases farm and facilities-related equipment, materials, and supplies with thoughtful use of organizational resources
● Ensures all farm sites and facilities remain clean, organized, safe, and in good working condition
● Ensures all farm sites are welcoming and engaging learning environments for all
● Collaborates with the K-8 Farm Manager and the Senior Manager of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship regarding greenhouse
operations, maintenance, and production
People Management (30%):
● In collaboration with the K-8 Farm Manager and the Office and Operations Coordinator, manage all volunteer activities on the farm,
including individual, large group volunteers, and school community workdays
● When needed, under the supervision and direction of the K-8 Farm Manager, directs, manages, and trains Apprentices on the farm to
complete all necessary farm tasks
● Serves as a leader and model for the Students, Interns, Apprentices, Volunteers, and School Community Members practicing
effective, fair, and balanced delegation of tasks and engaged supervision.
● When needed, leads formal and informal tours of the farm for the general public
● When needed, provides opportunities for agricultural learning and growth to the Education Team
● Under the supervision and direction of the K-8 Farm Manager, heavily collaborates and follows up with the instructor at each school
to coordinate harvest, watering, crop planning, and farm tasks and activities
Program Management (5%):
● Assist the K-8 Farm Manager in yearly events to engage students, families, and faculty in the Teaching Farm space
Please note this job description is not designed to provide a comprehensive list of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that
are required of the employee for this position. Job responsibilities may change at any time and without prior notice. New job responsibilities may be added as needed.
What We Look For
● Believers in the power of education and food
● The “Teaching Farm” part of JVTF is not just part of our name, but it is the heart of our mission, and we make hiring young people a priority. As an employee, mentoring and working alongside students and apprentices is a required and fundamental piece of our work.
● A commitment to food justice, agricultural education for students, and a just food system
● A positive and constructive attitude
● Self-direction and self-motivation
● A love for learning
● The ability to hear, reflect upon and implement feedback
● The ability to give intentional and constructive feedback promptly
● The ability to lead in a clear, direct, and encouraging manner
● The ability to safely and skillfully operate and provide basic maintenance of a variety of hand tools, equipment, and vehicles
● Must be capable of participating in the physically demanding needs of farm work
● Experience with organic and sustainable growing practices
● Reliable transportation required
● We strongly encourage people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ people, or those who are members of other marginalized communities to apply
● Must be willing to work some weekends
Duration and Compensation
This is a year-round, full-time position with a 3-month probation period. The competitive compensation package includes:
● Compensation Range $40k-44k
● 403(B) with employer matching
● Paid Health and Dental Individual benefits
● 22 Days of (prorated if not at the beginning of the year) Paid Time Off at the onset of employment
● End of year Winter Break
● Generous parental leave
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A criminal background check and a valid driver’s license required.