Assistant Student Farm Site Coordinator
The Student Farm seeks a full-time Assistant Farm Coordinator to support farm production, sales and educational activities on the farm and across campus. The Assistant Farm Coordinator, under supervision of the Sustainable Food Systems Program Director, will be responsible for overseeing the Student Farm site, a one-acre site focused on experiential education, community gatherings and local foods production for campus. The assistant farm coordinator will work on the Student Farm as well as on campus. The Student Farm at Penn State is a cross-institutional initiative of the Sustainability Institute’s Sustainable Food Systems Program. 2018 is the Student Farm’s third year of operation and is run by six to eight paid and for-credit student interns, as well as Student Farm Club members and volunteers. This position will: Co-lead weekly intern meetings and direct student farm leaders on Student Farm tasks and responsibilities; support student leadership in the program both on and beyond the farm via farm tours, class visits, student-led research and community events; oversee farm site maintenance, including tasks such as fence repair, equipment maintenance and high tunnel construction; assist in development of new programming on the farm and via market partnerships, including experiential learning for University courses and interns; and document relevant planning, production, sales and programmatic metrics and data. This position requires driving of University vehicles and certification to drive a 15-passenger van. The successful candidate will have production and sales experience on a diversified vegetable farm, demonstrate competence in teaching or providing technical assistance in a farm setting, be highly organized and self-directed, demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills, hold a Pennsylvania Public Pesticide Applicator Certificate, and demonstrate proficiency using word processing and spreadsheet software. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews starting in late February. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. This is a full-time fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. This is a 75% full-time equivalency (FTE) job. Will work nine-months out of the year with January, February, and March off. Full Penn State benefits included.
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