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Outback Farm Manager

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Fairhaven College

Position Title Outback Farm Manager
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department Fairhaven College supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

This is a part-time (.50 FTE), project-employment position ending September 2021.

As our Outback Farm Manager, you will facilitate the mid- and long-term development of the Outback Experiential Learning Program (OELP) at the Outback Farm in Fairhaven College into an invaluable resource for Western Washington University.  The Outback Experiential Learning Program provides a venue for experiential learning about sustainable food systems, and serves students taking courses at Fairhaven College and Huxley College, as well as community members.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing Academic Partnerships with Faculty at Western to Promote Sustainable Use of the Outback Farm
    • Actively promote the Outback Farm to faculty at Fairhaven and Huxley Colleges
    • Collaborate with faculty to develop and plan academically appropriate uses of the Outback Farm
    • Facilitate use of the Outback Farm by other WWU related organizations and maintain positive relations with these groups
    • Maintain historic and current records of spaces that are used by these groups outside of Community Gardens
    • Evaluate, on a yearly basis, the impact of these academic uses on the Outback Farm and its ability to meet its multiple programming needs
  • Facilitating and Maintaining Community Development (On and Off Campus Relationships)
    • Develop programs to inform and engage community members
    • Facilitate community outreach
    • Continue relationship with Bellingham Food Bank to provide produce in summer months
    • Continue relationship with Common Threads to provide venue for summer programs
  • Supporting AS Outback Coordinator in Site Maintenance and Development Tasks
    • Apply best practices of soil and crop management to ensure sustainability of agricultural activities
    • Establish and carry out infrastructure maintenance procedures
    • Support establishing and maintaining crop rotation and soil amendment procedures
    • Support establishing and maintaining perennial crop and fruit tree care procedures
    • Establish and maintain congruent farm hours
    • Create and enforce safety procedures
    • Coordinate to manage budget for site maintenance and long-term projects
    • Ensure compliance with State and University policies and procedures
    • Ensure compliance with government regulations for food production and distribution
  • Co-Authoring and Facilitating Implementation of 3-year Strategic Plan
    • Establish and maintain a minimum of 5 office hours posted per week
    • Work with Outback Farm Governing Council, academic partners, community members and AS Outback Coordinator to create a long-term strategic plan
  • Collecting and Interpreting Technical/Site Records
    • Maintain a site map
    • Collect records of crop harvests, pest issues and other data
    • Analyze farm health and productivity
    • Maintain a tool inventory
    • Collect and record soil samples and amendment records
    • Maintain garden log
    • Maintain log of food production and donations
    • Publish annual report
  • Managing Site/Development Discretionary Budget
  • Supporting AS Outback Coordinator in Supervision of Assistant AS Outback Coordinator
    • Assist in training
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in sustainable agriculture or closely related field
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices of soil and crop management
  • At least two years of experience working in an agricultural or farm setting with an educational component to its program
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organic gardening and other sustainable gardening practices
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture curriculum taught at University level
  • Physical ability to work outdoors during any time of the year under variable weather conditions
  • Ability to work closely with diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, and community members
  • Demonstrated expertise in verbal communication skills
  • Ability to facilitate consensus-based group decision making
  • Ability to work creatively and independently with relatively little supervision
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in field relating to work at Outback Farm
  • Familiarity or experience with the Outback OELP site and program
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Knowledge of the regulations related to food production and distribution from small-scale farms
  • Demonstrated ability to work within the structure of a large organization
  • Organizational and event planning knowledge and skills
  • Basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Publisher and email
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins July 6, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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