Overview - Ecosystem Farm Manager
The Accokeek Foundation created the Robert Ware Straus Ecosystem Farm twenty
years ago to demonstrate sustainable agricultural practices at this solar-
powered certified organic vegetable farm on eight-acres within the boundaries
of the park.
In order to widen its impact, the Ecosystem Farm is transitioning from a
production-oriented farmer training model to a community-centered program that
uses hands-on experiential learning to engage students and the general public
in sustainable agriculture. This is part of a site-wide institutional
initiative to create a unified approach to education, interpretation, and
visitor engagement, bringing together previously discrete functions into a
coherent whole that promotes deep connections to this landscape on the Potomac
The Ecosystem Farm Manager will coordinate all aspects of farm operations,
Production and Marketing.
Develop and execute a diversified vegetable production plan that facilitates
the involvement of students, youth, volunteers, and the general public in farm
tasks with practices that are in accordance with the National Organic Program
Oversee marketing of farm produce at an On-Farm Market, and through other
mechanisms appropriate to program goals (eg. limited CSA, partners,
Design and implement a plan for saving and distributing heirloom seeds.
Program Development and Delivery.
Assist in development of lesson plans, tours, and other programs that utilize
the farm and its produce.
Work with National Colonial Farm and other staff to incorporate heirloom
vegetable production and use in education and visitor experience.
Lead tours for students and general public, as well as specialized audiences.
Infrastructure. Perform care and maintenance of:
Vehicles and equipment, including Kubota and Case International Tractors,
tractor implements, farm truck, small machines, tools, etc.
Solar-powered systems, including main system and river pump irrigation system.
Outbuildings and perimeter fence.
2 High Tunnels and several hoop houses.
Maintain farm’s organic certification.
Maintain records of farm equipment, systems, planning documents, and tracking
of budget and expenses.
Provide requested reports on farm activities.
Personnel and Volunteers.
Hire employees to assist with farm work as needed.
Develop volunteer position descriptions and schedules.
Organize scheduled volunteer workdays.
Qualifications: This position requires two or more seasons managing an organic
vegetable operation, preferably within an educational model. The ideal
candidate should have excellent people skills, be comfortable working with
large groups or alone, and be passionate about healthy farms, food, and
community. Prior experience with environmental or agricultural education is
also desired, and teaching experience is a plus. This position requires the
ability to perform hard physical labor on a regular basis.
Salary and Benefits: Salary upper $20’s. Excellent benefits, including health
To Apply: To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing how your
experience, skills, and interests make you uniquely qualified for this
position to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a one or two two-page writing
sample from a project you have done that has some connection to this position.
For preferred consideration, apply by January 8, 2014.
The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the
safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. This position
is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity