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Farm Garden Manager

Properties & Planning
San Francisco Bay Area

Are you a curious problem solver? Do you love to learn continuously? Do you take your play as seriously as you take your work? Are you interested in being part of a team that believes in making a more beautiful and sustainable world?

The Eames Institute is dedicated to bringing the Eameses’ lessons to life through our programming and properties like the Ranch. We are seeking a Farm Garden Manager with a deep understanding of regenerative agriculture to join the team. The Farm Garden Manager will be responsible for on-site, day-to-day management of a ½ acre demonstration farm on a historic ranch property in Petaluma. The ideal candidate is excited to share their knowledge and inspire fellow staff and visitors about organic farming.   

If you like building things from the ground up (literally and figuratively) and you wish to work with a fun and curious group of makers, read on...

As the Farm Garden Manager, you will be responsible for:

Garden Management 

  • Implement and manage a comprehensive annual crop plan, including sowing, propagation, irrigation, weeding and harvesting
  • Create and manage soil health plans, composting systems and water use strategies
  • Lead processing of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, and value-added products for retail, donation, and/or other distribution
  • Maintain presentation of the garden at a standard of excellence, ensuring that the outdoor spaces are welcoming and approachable by staff and guests 
  • Maintain an innovatively designed greenhouse for production and educational purposes

Landscape and Animal Care

  • Plant and maintain silvopasture, hedgerows and pollinator habitats
  • Collaborate with Director of Ranch Operations to implement and oversee carbon farming plan and rotational grazing strategies, with an eye towards building biodiversity and soil health
  • Coordinate closely with the Director of Ranch Operations & Facilities Manager on infrastructure and maintenance for the entire property
  • Care for farm animals, including feeding, rotational grazing, and coordinating with consultants as needed

Planning, Programming, and Administrative Tasks

  • Assist with determining needs for, and identify appropriate community partners, consultants and contractors 
  • Work with Communications team to create a comprehensive list of agricultural offerings from the ranch 
  • Contribute to the creation and delivery of educational programs to draw connections between agricultural endeavors and the legacy of Ray and Charles Eames
  • Keep accurate records for all agricultural projects on the property, and communicate with any certifying agencies
  • Report all purchases and budgetary needs to Director of Ranch Operations

Organization & Culture

  • Participate in and add to our culture of curiosity and learning
  • Contribute knowledge and resources to the organization as a whole
  • Help develop systems and opportunities for volunteer, visitor and staff engagement with the land
  • Develop a robust network of community partners for a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, resources and support

Who you might be:

You may have...

  • Understanding of biodiverse symbiotic regenerative agricultural practices, and a curiosity and appreciation for how design intersects with agriculture
  • Experience in a visitor-oriented setting
  • Good communication, written and verbal, and a willingness to share knowledge with others 
  • Animal husbandry is a bonus, not a must-have

You are someone who...

  • Brings empathy and enthusiasm to your work
  • Is hardworking, self-directed, motivated, and optimistic
  • Practice clear and consistent communication
  • Values integrity, honesty, and transparency
  • Asks learning questions and demonstrates a deep curiosity about our shared work and world

What you can expect:

  • Generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 6% 401k match, commuting benefits, and parental leave
  • Base salary: $70,000 - $90,000/year
  • Wellness benefit of $600 per year to spend on anything that contributes to your mental and physical wellness
  • Professional development benefit up to $600 per year to support your continued learning and career development
  • Unlimited vacation policy in addition to thirteen paid holidays and end-of-year holiday closure 
  • Sabbatical leave after five years of employment

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Our organization strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment for individuals who reflect a broad spectrum of identities, including but not limited to gender, racial, ethnic, and social-economic dimensions. We aim to maintain and develop a working environment where individuals are welcomed to express their affiliations, advocacy, associations, and appearance freely. We believe that inclusion of diverse perspectives is essential to achieving our long-term vision and mission. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, and you would like to self-identify, you are encouraged to do so in your cover letter or elsewhere in your application. This is optional and not required.