The Western Reserve Historical Society seeks a Farm & Horticulture Coordinator, Hale Farm & Village.

The Farm & Horticulture Coordinator reports to the Director of Hale Farm & Village. This position is responsible for the health and safety of all HFV livestock and to ensure that they are effectively viewed and educationally interpreted for all visitors; for the museum’s horticultural operation; to care for the farm buildings, farm machinery, fields, and gardens; to teach 19th century history to diverse audiences using a variety of techniques; to provide exceptional customer service; to supervise, coordinate, and to serve as a resource and role model to interpretive staff, volunteers, and interns.

Classification: This position is classified a full time professional and is non-exempt from overtime compensation.

Coordination: Coordinates all Farm activities with the HFV Director and works closely Education & Public Program Manager and the Preservation and Maintenance Department.

Duties:

  • Provide the visiting public with informative, accurate, and engaging information about Hale Farm & Village and 19th century agricultural history in the Western Reserve and America through demonstrations of 19th century skills, farm chores, and interpretation of historic gardens, and animal husbandry.

  • Care for the health, safety, cleanliness, and breeding schedule of all HFV animals.

  • Recommend and oversee the acquisition and removal of livestock based on health, temperament and program requirements.

  • Responsible for training all livestock and for the training of all personnel involved in the handling of livestock

  • Responsible for coordinating with the Education & Public Program Manager for scheduling, production and delivery of all agricultural programs used in demonstrations throughout HFV

  • Maintenance of fences, gates, feed troughs, barns, and outbuildings in coordination with the Maintenance and Preservation Lead.

  • Participate in general and reservation based programming

  • Wear period appropriate clothing when necessary

  • Continually improve the historical authenticity of the museum.

  • Maintain the physical cleanliness of the agricultural program equipment, grounds, and buildings.

  • Act as the direct liaison to Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Pint Size Farm – responsible for the annual partnership renewal, setting annual priorities, and suggesting new ways to collaborate and elevate organic farming that leverage this unique relationship.

  • Proactive seeks out and secures cash and in-kind support for HFV Farm and Horticulture Initiative

  • Suggest and implement farm-focused earned revenue activities such as workshops, demonstrations and online videos to increase engagement of audiences with Hale Farm & Village.

  • All other duties as assigned by Hale Farm & Village management.

Qualifications: 1-3 years experience in a living history farm operation preferred; a degree in agriculture, animal husbandry, or related field. The incumbent should possess a strong working knowledge of farm animal husbandry (horses, cows, sheep, goats, swine, chickens and fowl). Ability to operate farm equipment and machinery is required.

The Farm & Horticulture Coordinator should have experience with farming, gardening, and general maintenance. Experience with school tours, outreach programs, and special events are preferred. The position requires working weekends and evenings, and a willingness to perform a wide range of responsibilities is expected.

This position must actively support & respect Hale Farm & WRHS’ mission, policies, people and procedures, as well as demonstrate professional behavior, a positive attitude in working with the visiting public, dependability and reliability. The Farm & Horticulture Coordinator must demonstrate superior responsibility and supervisory skills.

Incumbent will exemplify WRHS’s core values – Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, Diversity & Inclusion, and Excellence.

Salary range: 35,000

Job classification: Full-time, salary

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Dukes, HR Manager, at [email protected]. For more information, visit www.wrhs.org/about/employment.

Posted: November 15, 2021

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