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Rooftop Coordinator

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Windy City Harvest is looking for a rooftop farm coordinator to grow vegetables and herb crops, using sustainable management practices, on a 3/4-acre rooftop space at McCormick Place. The purpose of this farm site is to educate the public about farm to table movement, to grow food for on-site restaurants, and to provide a training site for WCH program participants to learn about rooftop and edible landscaping farming methods.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Implementing a 1/3-acre crop plan for shallow rooted rooftop annual vegetable crops
  • Implementing and supporting in design of a 1/4-acre terrace container planting that includes heirloom vegetables, hops, fruits, and herbs
  • Meet production goal of 5,000 pounds of harvested produce from farm operation
  • Manage production of seedlings, transplants, and direct seeding dates
  • Utilize season extension methods to increase should season availability
  • Follow production schedule to maintain 7 days of irrigation, weeding, pest management, etc.
  • Harvest and process vegetables and coordinate and track delivery to onsite restaurant
  • Project and send out availability to chefs and Windy City Harvest team
  • Maintain accurate records of harvest, food safety, and sales and report monthly to partners and weekly to production team
  • Maitain detailed daily farm logs for IPM, vermicompost system, food safety, bee maintenance, outside and inside logs, fall protection
  • Maintain a 600-gallon vermicompost system
  • Maintain 3 beehives to ensure a balance of optimal bee health and honey production
  • Maintain microgreen production including harvest, logging, and supply to on-site restaurants
  • Manage Windy City Harvest program participants including two full-time apprenticeship interns from May-September and one work-study participant and work with Farm Operations crew and their crew leader
  • Coordinate and staff a weekly farmstand at nearby community market
  • Manage and inventory site supplies and equipment
  • Track expenses within budget, maintain copies of all receipts
  • Act as a resource for program information for project partners, community members, Chicago Botanic Garden staff, and the media as required
  • Host and lead visitor farm tours alongside McCormick Place and Savor staff
  • Create interpretive signage to enhance tour experiences
  • Obtain OSHA training in competent person fall protection

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Must be dependable, responsible, able to work independently, experienced with problem solving, and adaptable to a flexible schedule
  • Understanding and commitment to the mission of Windy City Harvest is essential
  • Be available to work full-time March through November 2017
  • Experience with all aspects of organic vegetable production is essential
  • Experience with edible landscaping, vermicompost, beekeeping, fruit and hop production is preferred
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds and work in all weather conditions
  • Commitment to being a supportive resource for program participants, community residents, and project partners
  • A valid driver's license with good driving record
  • A detail-oriented, flexible, dependable, and punctual work ethic
  • Experience following strict best practices for post-harvest handling and food safety standards
  • Adaptable communication skills: Microsoft Office, email, phone, person, etc.
Physical Demands: 
This is an urban farm rooftop setting. Staff must be able to work on feet all day in all weather conditions performing manual labor. There will be frequent lifting, standing, walking, bending, farm tool usage, small farm machinery operation as well as frequent speaking to public, staff and program participants. There will also be daily use of post-harvest handling equipment. Staff is required to lift, push, and pull items up to 50 lbs.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.