City of Fort Wayne

Salomon Farm Operations Supervisor-Agriculture

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Under the direction of the Manager of Outdoor Recreation, the incumbent supervises the operations of the gardens, crop fields, livestock, volunteers, and assists with Farmers’ Market, special events, field trips, and programs at Salomon Farm Park.
Job Code: 2019010
Posted On: Thursday, 13th June 2019
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: Varies
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $10.50 per hour

Job Description:

SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Manager of Outdoor Recreation, the incumbent supervises the operations of the gardens, crop fields, livestock, volunteers, and assists with Farmers’ Market, special events, field trips, and programs at Salomon Farm Park. The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgment, independence, initiative, and professional expertise in conducting day-to-day operations. All work duties and activities must be performed in accordance with the City safety rules and operating regulations, policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local regulations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the ability to interact with the public, City incumbents, and outside agencies with patience, tact, respect, and professionalism and the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Works closely with Manager of Outdoor Recreation to determine weekly and daily assignments;
  • Monitors and maintains livestock and their areas (barns, pastures, fences, etc);
  • With Manager’s approval, purchase of livestock;
  • Inventory and purchases agricultural supplies such as feed, containers, etc.;
  • Aides manager in drafting long-term animal care and crop/garden protocols and plans;
  • Garden planning, seed starting, and harvesting;
  • Maintains farm’s apiary;
  • Assists in maintenance of Salomon Farm Park Loop trail;
  • Coordinates with Park volunteers;
  • Trains and schedules Park volunteers;
  • Enforces park rules;
  • Keeps brochure boxes and kiosks stocked with updated brochures and program information;
  • Performs monthly checks on fire extinguishers and reports any issues;
  • Operates a tractor on a routine basis for mowing, wagon rides and other tasks;
  • Operates a John Deere Gator during regular park work and maintenance;
  • Supervises pasture maintenance and assists in ground maintenance;
  • Assists with Salomon Farmers’ Market;
  • Assists with Farmin’ Fun Day Camp programming and staff when necessary;
  • Plans, develops and facilitates programs including farm tours;
  • Communicates and coordinates with visiting public, rental patrons, seasonal and Parks staff;
  • Assists with facility rentals as needed;
  • Requests grounds maintenance as needed;
  • Attends regular meetings with staff/supervisor.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

Performs other duties as assigned.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

The incumbent is responsible to manage their performance in accordance with this job description and the performance expectations provided to them by management. If at any time the incumbent is unsure of their role or specific responsibilities, it is the incumbent’s responsibility to refer to their job description and ask for clarification from their supervisor.  Management will work with the incumbent, as needed, to ensure performance expectations are clearly communicated and performance goals are achieved. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

The incumbent has routine supervision over 6-20 volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

High school education, plus 2 years of advanced education in Agriculture, Recreation, or other related field.

OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and/or ABILITIES

  • Must have acquired mower safety/weed trimmer/ tractor operation safety skills;
  • Organizational skills contributive to setting priorities, meeting deadlines and coordinating events;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills conducive to dealing with the general public, co-workers, subordinates and supervisors;
  • Ability to understand moderately complex, relatively standardized tasks, processes or operations;
  • Ability to apply routine practices, rules, regulations, procedures or techniques that are relevant to assigned tasks;
  • Must possess a moderate amount of experience in supervision;
  • Must be self-motivated;
  • Must possess mower safety/weed trimmer safety skills.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before customers or employees of organization. Contacts occur with the supervisor, departmental associates and the general public to give and receive factual information about the work.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY

Incumbent makes choices and decisions and acts on varied non-standardized, non-routine assignments. Errors in decision or work are either readily detected and/or corrected through supervisory review.  Incumbent has contact with persons employed by other agencies, or with public.  Incumbent handles questions, complaints requiring judgment and tact in order to render service, carry out policy or maintain coordination. 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Valid Indiana Driver's License if City of Fort Wayne vehicle is used.

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.

Incumbent follows standardized practices, procedures or general work instructions. Work requires analysis and judgment.  Verification of work is performed while work is in process, at critical phases and upon completion.  Incumbent's work requires some contact with changing conditions, some lifting or moderate labor involved.  Incumbent is normally standing or walking; lifting of light objects may be necessary on occasional basis. Incumbent must have the ability to lift 50 pounds and carry the weight a minimum of 10 feet. 

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. Work requires some contact with changing conditions, some lifting or moderate labor involved.  Incumbent is normally standing, walking or lifting light objects.  Incumbent may require greater than normal physical abilities such as visual or hearing activity.

Incumbent works inside and outside in normal weather changes; work requires walking about various types of terrain with exposure to hazardous conditions and dust.

Apply Online

All applications for currently posted positions will be submitted on line at www.cityoffortwayne.org. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside one of the six contiguous Indiana counties that border Allen County (DeKalb, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wells, and Adams) will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of either Allen County or one of the six counties listed above. Policy and Procedure Number 204 Page: 1 of 1).

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

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