Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Job Opportunity: Chatfield Produce Grower

A note from Denver Botanic Gardens:

Know anyone who wants to be a farmer? This could be their chance. Our CSA at Chatfield is going to become a reality and the search is on for an experienced organic grower.

Job Summary: Under direct supervision of the Chatfield Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Coordinator this individual is responsible for the proper care and development of assigned tasks including, but not limited to all Community Supported Agriculture crops and pumpkin fields for annual pumpkin festival event. Position requires working knowledge of cultivation, irrigation, organic soil fertility management, crop planning and rotation, IPM practices, and other aspects of sustainable crop production.

Education/Experience: Bachelor's Degree (B. A.) in agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, botany, or related field from four-year college or university; or minimum four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge and experience in sustainable production of fruit and vegetable cropsespecially pumpkins and gourds grown for public consumption and entertainment. Familiar with IBM compatible equipment, Microsoft Word and Excel, e-mail, and standard office equipment. Strong verbal, interpersonal, and written communications skills required. Must have valid Colorado driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.Minimum two years of organic/sustainable farming experience with working knowledge in all aspects of crop care and maintenance. Experience in the care and cultivation of a wide variety of specialty crops and vegetables, with demonstrated knowledge and hands-on skills in the same. Including but not limited to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), weed, disease, and insect recognition, irrigation, tillage and soil fertility management. Two years experience with the safe operation and repair of facilities/maintenance and variety of farm equipment is highly desirable. Must be able and willing to work weekends, early morning or nighttime periodically. Experience growing for a Community Supported Agriculture program and experience interacting with subscribers is preferred.

Send resume and/or application to Human Resources, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York St, Denver CO 80206, or e-mail your resume to We are a nonprofit, EOE.

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