RYTF IS HIRING

Urban Farm Manager

Position Overview:

The Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) is a grassroots member-led organization principally comprised of young women of color within the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY. RYTF builds power to secure social, economic, and racial justice for residents of the Rockaway Peninsula and beyond. We are looking for an experienced, skilled, and strategic Urban Farm Manager. 

Job Description: The Farm Manager supports all production and maintenance needs of our one acre Urban Farm. The Farm Manager will perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to seeding, watering, planting, harvesting, coordinating produce, weeding, composting, mowing, mulching, and pruning. They will also be responsible for greenhouse maintenance as well as chicken care. The Farm Manager will also support distribution through our farm stands, working with garden members and volunteers. They will regularly work alongside high school-aged youth employees/volunteers as well as adults.

Responsibilities: 

  • Daily maintenance requirements of the farm such as seeding, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and management of garden beds.
  • Coordinating of farm stands
  • Engage with farm stand visitors, garden members, and volunteers
  • Serve as a positive role model to youth employees, community members, and adult volunteers
  • Engaging in site visits from funders, elected officials, peer programs, and others;
  • Coordinating special events on the farm such as fundraisers and community events;
  • Engage in staff meetings and program planning as necessary.

Qualifications: 

  • Excited to learn urban farming best practices and techniques;
  • 4 – year degree (not required)
  • Ready to work outside, in all types of weather;
  • Open to direction, constructive criticism, and works well in a team;
  • Willing to take initiative and lead farm tasks with groups of farm employees and volunteers
  • Commitment to food justice
  • Welcoming and positive attitude
  • Ability to work collaboratively with those from various racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds.

Preferred: 

  • Expertise in urban farming
  • Experience in the operation of farm stands or markets
  • Knowledge of chicken care
  • Comfortable using Microsoft suite and Google Drive
  • Familiar with the Rockaway community
  • Carpentry and other building skills

Other Information: The work schedule includes evening and weekend meetings and events. Candidates requiring strictly a 9 to 5 schedule will not be a good fit for this position. This is a full-time salaried position.

How to apply:  As pdf attachments, please send your resume and cover letter to Jobs@RYTF.org with the subject line stating “Urban Farm Manager”. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please. We appreciate all applicants, but please be advised that we can only respond to those we intend to interview. For more information about the Rockaway Youth Task Force, please visit our website at www.RYTF.org  

If you are interested email your resume to .

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