Farm Program Manager

Company: Zenger Farm
Location: Portland, OR
Compensation: $45,000-$52,000
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture, Education, Nonprofit
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: October 4, 2021

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Position Title: Farm Program Manager

Location: Zenger Farm, Portland, OR

Position Type: Full-time, exempt, salaried

Compensation: Starting $45,000-$52,000 full benefits, salaried exempt

Position Close Date: Applicants reviewed upon submission, final deadline to apply 9am November 15th.


About Zenger Farm: Zenger Farm is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working urban farm in Portland, OR that models, promotes, and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development, and access to good food for all. As a social justice, food access, and education centered nonprofit, we believe nourishment is a basic human right and that the root causes of systemic inequity in the food system – racism, capitalism, colonialism, and other systems of oppression – must be addressed and dismantled to create a just food system.


Our Team: Zenger Farm is a multi-racial organization and community, and we are deeply engaged in conversations around issues of identity and belonging. We are currently a staff of 13 employees, majority women, and in our twenties, thirties, and forties. A third of us are parents, and children are welcome at work. Currently, 33% of our salaried staff identify as BIPOC, and over 50% have experienced being low-income. We serve low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant or refugee communities and are taking steps to prioritize Black and Indigenous communities. In the last year, roughly 50% of our beginning farmer apprentices, 50% of our youth summer camp participants, 64% of our Farm School participants, and 80% of families and individuals who participated in our cooking workshops, demonstrations, and farm days identified as BIPOC.

We encourage Black, Indigenous and people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, recent immigrants, differently abled and applicants from different generational, economic, and educational backgrounds to apply.


About this Position: The Farm Program Manager will be responsible for strategically managing small-scale production farming at Zenger Farm and the Beginning Farmer Apprenticeship. Farm

operations include four acres of annual and perennial crops grown for 180 weekly CSA shares and local restaurants. Our apprenticeship program trains four full season and eight short season interns in small scale organic farming production. This position will also supervise a farm Crew Leader to be hired in 2022.


About the Program and the Farm:

– Read about our programs and farming practices here


Essential Duties:

Beginning Farmer Apprenticeship Program Management:

  • Informed by social justice principles and anti-racist analysis, hold the strategic vision and design for our farmer apprenticeship programs
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise training and orientation of farm staff including beginning farmer apprentices and seasonal interns.
  • Provide educational workshops and hands-on training in sustainable farming for apprentices, staff, and other farmers
  • Lead curriculum development and partnership alignment for farmer apprenticeship program
  • Work with Grants Manager to find, apply for, and manage grants to support program goals—including grant writing, budget development, implementation, evaluation, participant tracking and reporting


Farm Operations/CSA:

  • Manage the CSA including planning, outreach, sign-ups, education, staffing, and pick-up
  • Maintain and analyze records to optimize farm production income
  • Create and regularly update annual Farm Operations budget and program planning documents
  • Working closely with communications staff, design ongoing communications and engagement plan and assets for CSA program
  • Develop restaurant accounts including recruitment, relationship building, and weekly sales/deliveries through the season
  • Support crop planning and completion of field work in collaboration with the Crew Leader (fieldwork includes mowing, spreading, tilling, seeding, grafting, planting, flaming, cultivating, trellising, pruning, harvesting, hauling, washing, and packing produce for sale)
  • Support Crew Leader in maintaining farm operations infrastructure and systems including the propagation greenhouse, hoop houses, caterpillar tunnels, irrigation, wash & pack, walk-in coolers, barn, hand tools and other equipment
  • Small machine operation and maintenance, including a weed whacker, chainsaw, pressure washer and 2-wheel tractors and implements



  • Represent Zenger Farm at conferences and events
  • Participate in regular staff meetings, trainings and team building events to promote strong cross-program collaboration, board-staff relationships, and a work culture of mutual support, accountability & organizational learning
  • Network and develop relationships with other farms and organizations in the Portland region and nationwide
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director(s)


Required Qualifications:

In the beginning this position will be supported part-time by our outgoing Farm Managers so we encourage you to apply even if you have a mix of experience managing, supervising, and educating in different settings.

  • Passion for Zenger Farm’s mission
  • Lived experience or significant experience working with Black, Indigenous and communities of color
  • 2+ years experience managing a 2+ acre organic CSA vegetable farm including supervision, education and training of crew, apprentices and/or volunteers.
  • Experience applying anti-racist practices to supervision, program design, curriculum, management, and implementation
  • Exceptional communications skills and ability to create positive group dynamics
  • Organized and detail-oriented with the ability to balance multiple, competing priorities
  • Valid driver’s license (we use a 20’ cargo van for deliveries in the city)
  • Strong word processing, spreadsheet management and comfort utilizing databases, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs and work outside in inclement weather on uneven terrain


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience applying trauma-informed practices in a farm setting
  • Fluency in Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Somali


Seasonal Schedule:

We recognize farming is a labor intensive job and seek to provide work/life balance with a flexible working schedule through the year. In previous years, farmers have generally taken one week of PTO June-September, one week of PTO in April, May, or October and the remaining two weeks of PTO in November and December. In April-October, this position often requires 50 or 60 hours/week. In November-March the position requires about 20-30 hours per week.



This is a salaried position located in Portland, OR. The current lifetime salary range for manager positions at Zenger Farm is $45,000-$60,000 annually. Applicants should expect starting salaries from $45,000-$52,000 with the opportunity for merit-based pay increases and bi-annual market-based pay adjustments. Benefits include full medical and dental insurance, paid time off, and a retirement matching program.


Zenger Farm provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in accordance with applicable federal laws.