Hiring: Farm Maintenance Supervisor – Nuestras Raíces

Farm Maintenance Supervisor: About Nuestras Raíces

Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots urban agriculture organization based in Holyoke, MA.
Nuestras Raíces’ mission is to create healthy environments, celebrate “agri-culture,”
harness our collective energy, and to advance our vision of a just and sustainable
future. Our programs span our 30-acre farm, La Finca, community gardens across
Holyoke, and our downtown commercial kitchen.

Description of Farm Maintenance Supervisor Role
Nuestras Raíces is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Farm Maintenance
Supervisor to join our team. The incoming Farm Maintenance Supervisor will report
directly to Executive Director, Hilda Roque and will primarily oversee maintenance and
expansion of farm infrastructure and equipment. The ideal candidate possesses strong
knowledge of farm infrastructure and maintenance needs, experience in community
building with intergenerational leadership (elders, youth, families), and a strong and
aligned commitment to Nuestras Raíces dedication to “agri-culture.”

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
+ Perform general maintenance to specialized barn, equipment and facilities
+ Perform custodial services and comprehensive facilities, equipment, landscaping,
and grounds maintenance
+ Complete farm renovation projects, including relationships with subcontractors
+ Provide routine care to designated farm areas
+ Design and development of farmsite, obtaining permitting, contracting services,
budgeting, composting and waste, irrigation systems, buildings.
+ Keep inventory for all farm tools and equipment up to date
+ Maintain farm maintenance records and monitor and order supplies
+ Prepare the farm for winter, including soil, equipment and tools stored, closing
irrigation lines on gardens and the water main line, etc.
+ Contribute to the planning and support of community events
+ Cultivate relationships with urban agriculture and local food systems partners
+ Complete farm renovation projects

Required Qualifications
+ Bilingual (English-Spanish);
+ Expertise with farm equipment and machinery;
+ Must be able to operate a tractor and farm equipment;
+ Carpentry and construction skills/work experience;
+ Detail oriented, flexible and highly motivated;
+ Professional maturity, commitment, and creativity;
+ Reliable transportation to and from farm;
+ Valid driver’s license & good driving record;
+ Ability to lift 50 pounds, and capacity to walk, bend, stand and climb stairs;
+ Required CORI Check

Preferred Qualifications:
+ A passion for food justice;
+ An understanding of how structural racism impacts the food system;
+ Experience with farm and/or greenhouse management;
+ Experience communicating with community, board, and project partners;
+ Ongoing commitment to improving systems and practices;
+ Community farm experience and/or non-profit experience;

Compensation + benefits
Farm Maintenance Supervisor is a part-time year-round position (25hrs/week),
compensated at $15 hourly pay, with two weeks paid vacation, federal holidays, and
with sick and personal leave accrued biweekly. Farm Maintenance Supervisor will have
room to build a flexible schedule as desired (and in agreement with the Executive
Director). Position requires willingness to work occasional weekends throughout the year,
as farm events arise.

Application instructions
Nuestras Raíces is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all
backgrounds. Latino, Black, Indigenous and People of Color applicants strongly
encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should submit a resume and three references to

Intended start date for Farm Maintenance Supervisor is May 1, 2021. Accepting
applications on a rolling basis until the role is filled.

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