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North Carolina Agroecology Education Farm Manager
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 08:06:58 AM »
The Crop Science Department and Agroecology Education Program at North Carolina State University invites applications for a Agroecology Education Farm Manager position that will support the new Agroecology Education Farm facility at the Lake Wheeler Field Research Facility in Raleigh, NC. Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/30898 . Review of applications will begin Dec 20, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.
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NCSU Agroecology Education Farm Manager


North Carolina State University (NCSU) in partnership with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is developing a new facility, the NCSU Agroecology Education Farm (AEF). The AEF is a 6 acre facility at the Lake Wheeler Field Research Facility directly adjacent to the Historic Yates Mill Park in Raleigh that promotes agroecology and sustainable agriculture education through hands-on learning opportunities for NCSU students, staff and faculty and the surrounding community.

The position of the AEF Farm Manager is to plan, manage, and organize sustainable and organic agriculture production at the AEF such that it functions as a whole farm system, providing the base of education and outreach activities in agroecology.  A significant amount of the production at the AEF is being sold to NCSU University Dining Services and this is expected to grow. The Farm Manager is also expected to be able to coordinate and carry out educational activities with diverse audiences from students to community that include facilitating course activities and student internships, organizing tours and workshops, and helping plan engagement and fundraising activities.  The Farm Manager is under the direct supervision of the Agroecology Education Coordinator in the Department of Crop Science at NCSU is expected to communicate and work with the AEF Steering Committee, University Dining Services, Lake Wheeler Field Station staff, Historic Yates Mill Park staff, Green Planet Catering (partner leasing land at the AEF) and the diverse multidisciplinary sustainable agriculture faculty team at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
The Agroecology Education Farm (AEF) Manager will provide farm management and education in sustainable and organic agriculture production practices of the AEF such that it functions as a whole farm system, providing the base of education and outreach activities in agroecology.

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPEREINCE
BS in Crop Science, Soil Science, Horticulture, or agricultural related field of study with at least 2 years of production experience.

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPEREINCE
*         Experience in sustainable and organic production including horticultural crops, grains, cover crops, greenhouses, and small livestock will be components on the Agroecology Education Farm.
*         Experience with educating and communicating with diverse audiences about sustainable agriculture is a must, as the AEF hosts classes, tours, workshops, meetings and community programs.
*         The incumbent will be a highly motivated, organized, independent self- starter who enjoys tackling the challenges of both production agriculture and informal teaching is required.
*         Ability to prioritize tasks is necessary, while considering input from multiple participants and availability of labor and equipment. Management experience is required for organizing and supervising numerous individuals and enterprises.

PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
MS degree in sustainable agriculture, agricultural, biological, environmental sciences or agricultural education discipline and at least 3 years of production experience. Additional experience with irrigation, farm equipment maintenance and carpentry skills preferred.

Review of applications will begin Jan 13, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/30898

Any questions regarding the position may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno at michelle_schroeder@ncsu.edu<mailto:michelle_schroeder@ncsu.edu>

Thank you
Michelle


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Michelle S. Schroeder-Moreno, Ph.D.
Agroecology Program Coordinator and
Assistant Director of Educational Programs, CEFS

Associate Professor
NC State University,
Department of Crop Science
2406 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620 USA

Office phone: (919) 513-0085