A private family is seeking a dynamic, versatile, and highly motivated individual to join the team as Farm Manager for a one acre family farm. In close partnership with the Principals and Estate Manager, the Farm Manager will help design and execute the vision for a family farm and develop a comprehensive seasonal strategy. The Farm Manager will manage all aspects of the landscape and farm operations including growing produce, raising and ensuring care of livestock, and maintaining the farm buildings and land. The Farm Manager will partner with and oversee contracted vendors to provide and maintain consistently high levels of performance and quality. The ideal individual must be a self-starter who is service-oriented and enjoys working in a team environment that is mission and results driven.
This position requires flexibility in scheduling due to the seasonality of the role and to ensure proper care for the animals. The Farm Manager may travel domestically on a consistent or ad hoc basis (up to 10%).
• Partner with Principals, Estate Manager, and key stakeholders to develop a vision for the one acre family farm.
• Create and execute a comprehensive operational plan to proactively manage all aspects of the property which may include supplier relationships, procurement and inventory management, maintenance, budget preparation, and cost management. Proactively adjust plans based on seasons and last-minute weather changes.
• Develop and manage livestock program including but not limited to chickens, bees, goats, rabbits, and miniature pony. In coordination with a veterinarian, recognize symptoms and treat animals as needed. Maintain feed and watering systems and clean stalls and housing for animals. Monitor and move animals to maintain intensive rotational grazing on the fields for fertility and weed management.
• Maintain proper working order of all farm property including the garden and farm itself as well as the buildings, structures, systems, furniture, and equipment. Ensure all areas are kept clean, organized, and safe for children, animals, and pets.
• Develop system with Chef and Estate Manager to provide the family with fresh produce daily/weekly and utilize all produce when family members are not in residence. Effectively plan how to utilize excess produce, including canning and other forms of preservation.
• Create fun, educational activities for children to learn and be active in all aspects of the farm.
• Assist with special events both on and off the property.
• Continue ongoing education regarding best practices related to organic farming, seasonal production, and animal care.
Characteristics for success
• Unquestionable ethics and integrity. Demonstrated ability to protect privacy and maintain discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.
• Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
• Service approach with a highlighted sense of accountability, empathy, and humility.
• Highly resourceful team-player, solution-oriented, and comfortable operating with incomplete information.
• Effective independently and in a semi-remote environment. Remain accessible and responsive beyond business hours.
• Very strong interpersonal skills, professional demeanor, and ability to maintain grace under pressure when adapting to a rapidly changing environment, including reprioritization or reassignment of responsibilities.
• Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze and think critically.
• Highly proficient with various technology platforms – Microsoft Office, Macintosh OS, Adobe Acrobat, and DocuSign.
OTW Holdings is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.
• Knowledge and experience with vegetable farming, greenhouse growing, aquaponics growing, orchard care, and animal husbandry (e.g. sheep, chickens and horses).
• Experience developing and managing a large garden, farm, or small agribusiness plan.
• Commitment to growing healthy food and raising healthy animals for private and potential public consumption. Understanding of humane care and treatment of animals.
• Possess a mechanical understanding such as the knowledge of machines, tools and farm equipment including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. Ability to safely operate vehicles and heavy farm machinery such as tractors, riding mowers, brush hogs, chainsaws, hauling trailers, etc.
• Comfortable with children and family pets.
• Ability to pass background and driving record checks. Willingness to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.