Johnny's Selected Seeds
  • Albion, ME, USA
  • Full Time

Health , Dental, Vision, 401(k), STD, LTD, Basic Life, Voluntary Life, Pet Insurance

Farm Operations Manager

Position Summary
The primary function of this position is to manage Johnny's Selected Seeds (JSS) field operations and ten farm sites. The farm sites are certified organic or managed as sustainable and low input on a total of 85 farmed acres. The position is based at the JSS research farm in Albion Maine and reports to the Research Operations Manager. The JSS farming operations is part of a larger integrated Plant Breeding and Product Development team that breeds and trials a large and diverse number of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruit varieties each year, as well as in-use evaluation of tools and supplies. The JSS farming operations also support the seed production of many proprietary varieties and parent lines. The farm also manages a comprehensive "Up for Grabs" produce the program for employees and charity. The Assistant Farm Manager, Farm Crew Supervisor, and Field Equipment Manager report to this position. The farm crew staff is approximately 30 part-time members annually and includes a tomato trellis and tie crew.

Manage the farming and field network of isolations to support all product development, breeding, and seed production activities
Work collaboratively as a team member with Breeding, Product Development, and Seed Production to grow breeding nurseries, seed productions, and product development trials to meet goals and objectives
Manage and follow the requirements for organic and sustainable low-input farming systems
Direct soil health management including annual soil testing, cover crop selection and planning, and cover crop maintenance and destruction
Manage crop field preparations and clean- up such as cultivation, fertilization, pre-irrigation, and destruction
Maintain a diverse range of tractors, farm equipment, and implements in a professional manner
Monitor and manage crop growth and development throughout the growing season
Direct and manage irrigation schedules from transplanting to crop destruction
Monitor and manage pests and diseases and direct the application of control products with adherence to safety regulations and industry/company standards
Monitor and manage weed control
Assist in the forecasting, management, and adherence to Research operating budgets
Support seed production and seed conditioning activities as needed
Manage and coordinate the "Up for Grabs" program of free produce distribution
Inventory management of farm supplies
Purchase supplies and materials as needed
Support the development of farm crop plans
Support the evaluation of agronomic practices and the development of recommendations
Follow crop protocols and management procedures
Support organic farm certification requirements
Maintain good interdepartmental communications and relationships
Staff recruitment and hiring
Management of direct reports and performance reviews
Promote Johnny's mission and R&D activities through public workshops and forums as needed.

A college degree in horticulture, agriculture, or agronomy, or the equivalent experience
Applied knowledge of organic and sustainable farming operations
Applied knowledge of growing a diverse number of vegetable crops is required.

Qualifications & Skills
Knowledge and five years or more experience with organic and sustainable farming practices
Three or more years of experience managing farm operations of 20 or more acres
Five years of experience managing farm labor and farm crews of 15-30 or more members
Three or more years of production experience with fruity, leafy, root, and bulb vegetable crops
Knowledge of a variety of small- scale farming equipment and implements used on vegetable farms
Experience with irrigation management of vegetable crops
Ability to set priorities daily, plan accordingly, and direct activities is required
Experience working in a research environment is desirable
Good communication, negotiation, and listening skills is essential
Understanding of trial design helpful and preferred
A good work ethic and should be comfortable with hands-on activities in the field
A positive job attitude and enjoyment of working with a diverse group of people.
Enthusiasm for farming and promoting a culture of continuous improvement

Physical Requirements
Ability to work in farm fields under adverse or extreme weather conditions
Domestic travel as needed
Freely access all areas and locations of the business
Sit and work at a computer workstation for extended periods of time.
Bend over and lift up to 50lbs.
Ability to operate common farm equipment.

Health Insurance (HMO, PPO, HSA)
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Flexible Spending Account (Medical & Dependent Care)
Employee Stock Ownership Plan & Profit Sharing
Employee Discount
Maternity/Paternity/Adoption & Foster Care Leave
Company Paid Life Insurance
Voluntary Life Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Company Paid Short- & Long-Term Disability Insurance
Paid Time Off
Educational Assistance

Johnny's Selected Seeds is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

JOHNNY'S SELECTED SEEDS was established in 1973 by our Founder and Chairman, Rob Johnston, Jr. Today we are 100% Employee Owned. Johnny's mission is to help families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing superior seeds, tools, information, and service.

Johnny's is renowned for our exceptional customer service offering seeds, tools, supplies and information to direct-market growers and avid home gardeners. We source, breed, trial, and sell outstanding selected varieties of vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, and farm seed, as well as thoughtfully designed tools and equipment. We take pride in the wealth of information and depth of experience we offer our customer base, nationwide and globally.

We are a strong, stable company focused on growth while still maintaining our small company feel and staying true to our roots. Beautiful Central Maine, where our research farm, warehouse, and offices are located, is the perfect launching point for an active, four-season lifestyle. Geographically situated halfway between Maine's mountains and its 4,500 mile-long coastline, we're a short drive away from resorts, parks, and harbors renowned for a rich diversity of recreational and cultural opportunities.

If you are passionate about good, healthy food and would choose to work for a company with fellow co-owners who are passionate about our mission and values, Johnny's may be the place for you!


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