Northey Street City Farm                           

….. a place for learning about living sustainably in the city

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:                      Farming Team Manager

Hours:                          24 hours per week

Pay rate:                       NSCF Award Agreement Manager Level, $26.04 per hour excluding entitlements

Contract Position:        Permanent part time

Responsible to:            Management Committee

Person

The Farming Team Manager should have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming in the sub tropics, preferably having previously managed a team of people to develop a market garden or orchards. They should have demonstrable experience in both managing day-to-day farm operations as well as driving medium-term strategic and commercial directions.

Organisation

Established in 1994, Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) is a non-profit community organisation for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the principles of Permaculture through hands-on experience. Join an enthusiastic, passionate group of people to work on one of Australia’s largest city farms; a certified Organic Permaculture site on 6 acres, established kitchen and market gardens as well as orchards and wood lot, plus Brisbane’s only certified Organic Markets. NSCF is also a community hub that facilitates the development of social connections and new skills for volunteers and participants in a variety of programs.

Role

  • Manage and maintain all gardens, orchards and bush revegetation areas using Permaculture principles and practices
  • Manage staff and volunteers within the Farming Team
  • Plan, schedule and manage food production at the Farm.
  • Contribute technical expertise and support other teams as needed
  • Develop the Farm to enhance its reputation as a resilient community asset
  • Work 24 hrs/week which must include Thursdays. Periodic weekend work is required.  Timing of working hours can be flexible according to season and farm requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all farm zones according to Permaculture and Organic principles
  • Develop, implement and record schedules for seasonal planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing, preserving and selling of food and other Farm crops.
  • Manage the integration of food production and provisioning activities to meet the requirements of the kitchen for community lunches & preserving Farm produce.
  • Manage staff and volunteers in the Farming Team.
  • Coordinate management of the animals and of the green waste and composting systems
  • Work with the Site Manager to maintain farming infrastructure, tools and the workshop
  • Work with the Nursery to save seed and propagate for planting.
  • Work with the Education Coordinator to provide living demonstrations of permaculture principles and practices.
  • Coordinate, manage and develop farming enterprises, including the NSCF Market stall and the allotments
  • Maintain organic certification of the farm, including maintaining current organic management plan and farm operating procedures
  • Organise and facilitate Farming Team meetings
  • Participate in fortnightly Team Reps meetings
  • Report monthly to the Management Committee
  • Prepare and manage budgets and be accountable for any team related cash handling systems
  • Contribute to the development, enactment and review of key policy documents to guide activities on the Farm

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Extensive experience in organic gardening and/or farming in the sub-tropics
  • People management and communication skills, including conflict resolution and team-building, and the ability to supervise volunteers and to facilitate meetings.
  • Ability to work within an interdependent team structure
  • Ability to prepare and manage budgets
  • Hold a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)
  • Willingness to have a criminal background check
  • Hold a current first aid certificate or be willing to acquire one

Desirable

  • Experience of managing a community garden or farm in a diverse, integrated, permaculture context
  • Training and experience in advanced Permaculture design and implementation.
  • Experience working in community or volunteer organisations
  • Project management skills
  • Skills and experience in WH&S practices.

Applications:

  • Applications must address each of the selection criteria (maximum 100 words each)
  • Please also include a CV with at least two referees
  • Applications are due close of business Tuesday 2 February 2016.
  • Proposed start date is mid – February 2015.
  • For further information, please contact the Farm on 3857 8775
  • Please submit application electronically to: info@nscf.org.au

Hard copies may be sent to: Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria St, Windsor, 4030

NSCF Mission Statement

We are a dynamic, creative and diverse city farm based on mutuality, innovation and environmental sustainability.

NSCF Vision

We aim to create a working model of a cooperative, community based, urban Permaculture farm which demonstrates, promotes, educates, celebrates and advocates for environmental and economic sustainability in a healthy, diverse and supportive community.

Phone: (07) 3857 8775   Fax: (07) 3857 8108 Email: info@nscf.org.au

Web: www.nscf.org.au