*Production Manager Position Announcement*

*MSU Student Organic Farm, Department of Horticulture, *

*College of Agriculture and Natural Resources*

The Michigan State University Student Organic Farm (SOF) is seeking a
Production Manager for its 15-acre certified organic year-round teaching
farm. The candidate must be positive, hard-working, self-directed,
energetic, and enjoy working collaboratively with other farm staff,
students, and faculty. Additionally, the candidate must have three years of
organic farming experience with progressively increasing management
experience. Candidates with five years of organic farming experience and
three years of management experience are preferred. MSU SOF produce markets
include a 48-week vegetable CSA program (110 shares), a 7-month on-campus
farm stand, contracts to MSU campus dining, and other external wholesale
accounts. The main production focus is on vegetables, fruits, and flowers
and on year-round production using passive solar greenhouses
(hoophouses). The SOF is a dynamic working and teaching farm that includes
educational opportunities for MSU undergraduate students as well as
participants in the Organic Farmer Training Program and Farmer Field
School. The SOF Production Manager will be responsible for the overall
production of crops for all markets and supervision of undergraduate crew
members. This person will work with the Farm Manager/Director, other farm
staff, and undergraduate crew members to facilitate the farm’s production.

*Preferred candidates must:*

   - Be highly skilled in mechanized/field production, including tillage,
   planting, and cultivation
   - Have at least 5 or more years of organic farming experience, including
   at least 3 years of management experience
   - Have construction, equipment maintenance, and general handy-person
   - Be self-motivated and hard-working
   - Be able to initiate and execute tasks autonomously
   - Have a commitment to working with undergraduate students to further
   their learning around   farming systems
   - Work well in a collaborative and team environment that encourages
   autonomy and leadership
   - Have a positive, enthusiastic, and supportive attitude
   - Have excellent communication skills
   - Have the ability to gracefully handle a dynamic work environment

*This position may require:*

   - Valid vehicle operator's license where needed to perform duties of the
   - Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of
   the position, including frequent lifting of 50lb or more
   - Knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations, and
   the ability to use e-mail and the Internet prior to the completion of the
   probationary period

*Compensation:* Range of compensation: $37,000-$43,000. This position
includes benefits. Hours will vary depending on season, with increased
hours and overtime expected during summer and fall months and decreased
hours in the winter and spring.

*To apply:*

Visit MSU HR website at

Apply for posting 4475

Applications accepted through December 13 or until position is filled.

Start date January 9, 2017.  Negotiable.

Please contact Denae Friedheim with questions: [log in to unmask]

*MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer*

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State
University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining
an accessible and inclusive culture that values diversity. We are an equal
opportunity / affirmative action employer.

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural
areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the
capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse
population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent
school systems and place a high value on education. The University is
proactive about its obligations under the Americans with Disability Act,
and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with
disabilities, and respects all family forms.


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