Temporary Farm Crew Leader
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Farm Crew Leader in the EPR Department to be field based at CBF’s Clagett Farm located in Upper Marlboro, MD.
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION
Established in 1966, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.
CBF has a staff of approximately 210 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.
CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $30 million and is supported by over 300,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit cbf.org.
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
The Farm Crew Leader will work at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clagett Farm, which is located just a few miles east of the D.C. Beltway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. At Clagett Farm, we raise grass-fed beef cattle, native trees for stream restoration, organic vegetables and fruits and holiday wreaths. Farm crew members will work primarily on the vegetable operation, which is a joint project with the Capital Area Food Bank. Every week for 6 months, we distribute about a third of our produce to food pantries. We sell the rest to our 250 members through a marketing system called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). We rely on help from a large number of volunteers and people who work for produce.
Essential functions include:
- Assist the Vegetable Production Manager in the planting, maintenance and harvest of field crops, using organic methods.
- Help create and implement crop rotation, planting, greenhouse and cover crop plans.
- Monitor the fields weekly with the Vegetable Production Manager to create a work plan for the seasonal staff and volunteers.
- Use tractors to prepare fields, plant, cultivate and harvest
- Assist the Distribution Coordinator to Wash and display produce for our customers and help with questions and requests during customer pick-up.
- Keep records of activities, inputs and harvest weights.
- Help lead and manage other seasonal farm staff and volunteers/groups with activities such as spreading straw mulch, weeding and harvesting.
- Assist with the overall farm, operation as appropriate
PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Experience in intensive, organic vegetable production; mastery of tractors and their implements for vegetable production, volunteer management experience; capable of physical labor.
Salary Range: $18.50
To apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on CBF website no later than January 13, 2023.
CBF requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will need to submit verification of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.