Production Manager, MSU Student Organic Farm


The Michigan State University Student Organic Farm (SOF) is seeking a full- time Production Manager for its 15-acre certified organic year-round teaching farm. The candidate must be positive, hard-working, self-directed, energetic, and enjoy working collaboratively with other farm staff, students, and faculty. Additionally, the candidate must have three years of organic farming experience with progressively increasing management experience. Candidates with three years of organic farming experience and three years of management experience are preferred. MSU SOF produce markets include a 48-week vegetable CSA program (110 shares), a 7-month on-campus farm stand, contracts to MSU campus dining, and other external wholesale accounts. The main production focus is on vegetables, fruits, and flowers and on year-round production using passive solar greenhouses (hoophouses).

The SOF is a dynamic working and teaching farm that includes educational opportunities for MSU undergraduate students as well as participants in the Organic Farmer Training Program and Farmer Field School. The SOF Production Manager will be responsible for the overall production of crops for all markets and supervision of undergraduate crew members. This person will work with the Farm Manager/Director, other farm staff, and undergraduate crew members to facilitate the farm’s production.

Preferred candidates must:

Be highly skilled in mechanized/field production, including tillage, planting, and cultivation
Have at least 5 or more years of organic farming experience, including at least 3 years of management experience
Have construction, equipment maintenance, and general handy-person skills
Be self-motivated and hard-working
Be able to initiate and execute tasks autonomously
Have a commitment to working with undergraduate students to further their learning around farming systems
Work well in a collaborative and team environment that encourages autonomy and leadership
Have a positive, enthusiastic, and supportive attitude
Have excellent communication skills
Have the ability to gracefully handle a dynamic work environment
This position may require:

Valid vehicle operator’s license where needed to perform duties of the position
Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position, including frequent lifting of 50lb or more
Knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations, and the ability to use e-mail and the Internet prior to the completion of the probationary period

Compensation: Range of compensation: $37,000-$43,000. This position is full- time includes benefits.

To apply:

Visit MSU HR website at

Apply for posting 4709

The previous posting has been extended and is a full-time (100%) appointment.

Applications accepted through January 30 or until position is filled.

Start date February 2017, negotiable.

Please contact Denae Friedheim with questions:


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