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Head Farmer



Location: Ozark, Missouri
Department: The Ozark Mill and Finley Farms
Posted: 04-10-2019
Location Name: The Ozark Mill and Finley Farms
Wage: Depends on Experience

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Ozark Mill and Finley Farm Description: Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Ozark Mill & Finely Farms is a historical and cultural destination for a new generation of travelers. Set along the Finley River in Ozark, MO, just a short drive from Springfield. We have taken great care to restore the working grist mill (built in 1833) along the riverbank, to continue a long tradition of being the center of the community. The mill creates a unique place that embraces our heritage and supports a modern shift towards a more simple way of living. These unique spaces offer events and programs that will allow people to experience an Ozarks way of life in a whole new way. Inspired by the spirit of the Midwest, we are committed to delivering memorable experiences and genuine hospitality.

Modeled after the family farms that once dotted the Ozark landscape, Finley Farms honors the true spirit of the Ozark’s agricultural beginnings—through time honored techniques, education, and a sense of pride. Finely Farms is a multi-parcel, small plot, high-yield farm that will include a variety of edibles from vegetables to fruit and herbs to mushrooms, a cut flower garden, and of course, bees and chickens. The farm produces seasonal products for the on-site farm market and restaurants. The farm is dedicated to being a resource and an educational amenity for the area. The farm grows produce that is incorporated through a myriad of food, drinks and products throughout the entire property.  

Our business focus is outdoor retail and destination hospitality. We have deep roots and a deep love for the Ozarks which is why we are committed to the conservation and restoration of our land and our landmarks. We will maintain our commitment to sustainability through all methodology and practices on the farm, underscoring our respect for the land and the watershed it surrounds.  

Position Summary: The Head Farmer is a highly personable, motivated leader who helps refine the vision of the farm and bring it to fruition. This individual will fully develop the overall farm vision and plan, establish and growing the farm operations and the farm's relationships in the community. Year-round housing is available as well as base salary and benefits. The position is year-round and production is expected to continue throughout the entire year. The ideal candidate will embrace our family-oriented spirit and take the property forward into the future, leading in a way that preserves soil health, integrity and a healthy, fun-working environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages all aspects of farm operations including farm maintenance.

  • Able to collaborate with Ag and orchard consultants as necessary to ensure the success of all farm components.

  • Support all aspects of farm planning including planting/harvest schedules, and storage standards.

  • Ensure the annual budget for the farm will support growth, additional equipment and infrastructure essential for production.

  • Maintain meticulous digital growing and financial records.

  • Monitor crop health in field and respond to issues.

  • Maintain timely harvest, sales, and other farm records.

  • Maintain clean and orderly storage of tools equipment and supplies.

  • Assist in waste organics collection and composting.

  • Develop and manage animal husbandry components i.e. bees, chickens etc.

  • Provide and maintain optimal conditions for plant health.

  • Follow weather reports and organize assigned work schedule accordingly.

  • Maintain harvest standards for quality presentation, washing, packaging and storage.

  • Coordinate and manage harvest days and market operations as needed.

  • Safe and timely produce deliveries to on site clients.

  • Hire, train, coach and discipline seasonal farm staff, apprentices and volunteers (as needed).

  • Manage to and maintain an annual budget

  • At all times, represent Finely Farm in a positive, friendly, professional way.

  • Contribute ideas and opinions to make the organization more productive, efficient and forward-thinking.

Candidate Profile:

Education, Experience and Personality Characteristics:

  • 1-2 years of experience in intensive, small plot, high-yield vegetable production; flower growing and fruit arborist is a plus.

  • Demonstrated expertise in organic vegetable growing, soil and compost management techniques.

  • Physically capable of lifting up to 75 pounds and working long hours in the hot sun.

  • Experience in the safe operation and general maintenance of farm tools and basic machinery.

  • Seed propagation, greenhouse maintenance, and season extension experience.

  • Demonstrated expertise developing, following and executing an annual crop plan and maintaining farm records.

  • Must be willing to work flexible schedule including weekends.

  • Farmer(s) must have a valid Driver’s License.

  • A clear and personable communicator.

  • Positive attitude, excitement to work with the local community.

  • Enthusiastic about collaborating with onsite staff in development of educational programing

  • Interact with and lead volunteers, guests and other tour groups.

  • Inquisitive nature, constantly innovating and offering ideas.

  • Desire to be continuously learning, and self-starting.

  • Experience developing HACCP plans a plus.

Language Skills:  Ability to read, write and comprehend instructions, correspondence, and memos in English.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers, to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's and perform basic algebraic calculations.  Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Other Skills and Abilities:  The ability to work well with a team, to prioritize, a sense of urgency and a real concern for guest satisfaction.  Must be detailed oriented.  Need strong clerical, organizational and communication skills.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; temperatures over 90 degrees and under 30 degrees and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and appreciate referrals. If you know of someone who would be perfect fit, please pass this job description along. We are also open to couples so please inquire about complimentary opportunities.