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Position Title: Incubator Farm Manager

Application Deadline: Rolling until filled

Position Start Date: August 2024

Employment Terms: Part-time, 24 hours/week, based in Ithaca, NY. Continuation based on performance and funding.

Salary & Benefits: $22/hour, competitive health benefits, PTO including holidays, 10 vacation days in the first year, 14 personal days, and paid family leave per NY State law.

Supervision Received: Reports to the Executive Director (ED) of Groundswell.

Supervision Exercised: Supervises one seasonal Incubator Farm Grounds Worker and all volunteers.

Organization Overview: Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, based in Ithaca, NY, serves the Finger Lakes area. It aims to foster a diverse next generation of sustainable farmers by reducing barriers to land access, resources, and business ownership, with a focus on racial justice in the food system.


Incubator Farm Program Implementation (85%)

  • Maintain and develop farm infrastructure (irrigation, tools, fencing, etc) and equipment.
  • Coordinate with contractors providing services at the farm like mechanical or electrical services
  • Teach basic farm skills to new farmers about the operation of the farm
  • Provide consulting and technical assistance to the incubator farmers
  • Coordinate farm prep and post-season work, including tractor operations
  • Communicate regularly with farmers, hold bi-weekly meetings, and provide training and resources
  • Conduct pre- and post-season reviews with farmers, collect fees, review applications
  • Support with fundraiser events along with the Incubator Farm Committee
  • Follow budget, purchase farm supplies, process payments, and finance report
  • Co-lead farm tours and volunteer workdays
  • Maintain communication with EcoVillage

Collaboration, Community Engagement & Professional Development (15%)

  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Contribute to organizational strategies
  • Build community relationships
  • Present at occasional conferences and events
  • Identify growth and professional development opportunities

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • Flexibility, sensitivity, and strong people skills
  • Organized, self-motivated, and accountable
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to teach/mentor and work collaboratively
  • Experience with community building and cross-cultural competency
  • Experience with groups from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Commitment to addressing food system inequities
  • Hands-on experience with crop production and sustainable farming
  • Basic farm mechanical skills
  • Willingness to learn about alternative business structures
  • Proficiency in Microsoft and Google Suites
  • Experience with non-profit program management is a plus
  • Reliable transportation or a valid driver's license

Applications should be emailed to with the subject “Incubator Farm Manager Application.


Groundswell is an equal-opportunity employer. Employees are hired on the basis of their merit, ability, experience, and training without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual preference, or disability.


Contractual and VOlunteer Opportunities

Interested in joining a Groundswell Leadership Committee or the Board of Directors? Learn more here.


Also check out our on-farm volunteer opportunities.


Groundswell Center is an equal opportunity employer. Employees are hired on the basis of their merit, ability and experience without regard to race, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.


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- Edward Abbey, noted author and environmentalist