Christmas Tree Farm Manager

Position Announcement: The Rocks, Christmas Tree Farm Manager

The non-profit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated individual for the position of Christmas Tree Farm Manager. The successful candidate will have two to three years of commercial farm experience; experience hiring, training and managing others; and excellent oral communications skills including experience interacting with the public. 

This is a full time position based at The Rocks in Bethlehem, NH.  The Christmas Tree Farm Manager is primarily responsible for running the Forest Society’s Christmas Tree Farm in Bethlehem. The position requires evening and weekend work.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a statewide land conservation organization that was founded in 1901 to protect New Hampshire’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its renewable natural resources.  Today, with 9,400 member households and over 40 employees, the Forest Society owns 172 reservations in 102 communities across the state, and has interests and monitoring responsibilities for 818 conservation easements.  With ongoing programs in advocacy, land protection and sustainable forest management, the Forest Society consistently ranks among the nation’s top land trusts and has been a leader in setting the standard for American land protection.    If you enjoy working both independently and in a cooperative team-approach in a challenging, at times fast-paced, but always rewarding, setting you may be the right person for this position.  A copy of the full job description is available at www.forestsociety.org.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.  The Forest Society offers an excellent benefits package and an extraordinary working environment at the historic Rocks in Bethlehem, NH.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the dedicated Forest Society staff email a resume and cover letter by March 8th to Rebecca Darman rdarman@forestsociety.org  (or mail a hard copy resume and cover letter to The Society for the Protection of NH Forests c/o: Rebecca Darman • 54 Portsmouth Street • Concord, NH 03301-5400. 

The Forest Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.   

No phone calls please.

 

Full Job Description:

Department: Reservation Stewardship

Reports to: Director, North Country Properties

Salary Range: $30,000 - $33,000 Nonexempt / Full Time 

Position Summary:

The Christmas Tree Farm Manager manages the Christmas Tree Farm at the Rocks, and oversees property management work at Bretzfelder Park and the Rocks.  A primary responsibility of this position Responsibilities includes day-to-day field work in all four seasons.  The position is also responsible for managing seasonal workers (hiring, supervising and training) and the oversight of facilities and equipment maintenance.  The Christmas Tree Farm Manager will work closely with the Director, North Country properties to make the Christmas Tree Farm operations efficient and self-sustaining.  He or she will be a liaison between the Forest Society, the public and volunteers.  Good communication skills and the ability to interact with people positively are vital.  The position is full time, year round with a 40 hour a week work schedule.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Carry out seasonal operations in the Christmas tree farm, including planting, spraying (requires license), tree shearing, fertilizing and tree harvesting.

Recruit, hire, train and manage the “crew” of seasonal staff

Manage day to day site operations including building and grounds maintenance.
Oversee maintenance of heating plants in all buildings.
Manage all programs and staff when the director is away.
Work effectively and cooperatively with all other Forest Society staff.
Carry out where possible, or oversee regular and emergency machinery maintenance.
Help cut, block and split wood for heating plants and for sale.
Delivery of some public educational programs, including being on call for program and events when necessary.
Attend appropriate organizational meetings including staff meetings, reservation stewardship committee meetings, and appropriate management staff meetings.
Attend professional meetings when appropriate and necessary.
Update property signage as needed.
Other duties as required.

Contributions/Outcomes:

This position is primarily responsible for managing the Christmas tree farm operation as a core program, including the hiring supervising of all work crews and ensuring a positive experience for farm customers.  The position is also responsible for year round maintenance of the Rocks and Bretzfelder Park properties, and assists the Forest Society’s reservation stewardship staff in maintaining other Forest Society properties in the area.  The position may require delivery of interpretive and educational public programs, which are offered on the properties year round.   The position will provide continuity in management in the absence of the Director, North Country Properties.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

The Christmas Tree Farm Manager should have a minimum of 2-3 years of commercial farm experience and experience with hiring, training and supervising others.  A minimum education of a two year community college degree or equivalent is preferred.  A degree with program focus in agriculture and/or management is preferred. 

Demonstrable skills include:

Good people skills (including friendly outgoing manner).
Ability to operate and maintain farm equipment including one ton truck, tractor and chain saw.
Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.
Ability to hire, supervise and manage seasonal workers.
Driver’s license and proof of insurance required.
Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
Pesticide license specifically for Christmas tree production or willingness to get licensed within 18 months of hire.
Ability to get Medical Certificate for operating farm equipment.

Ability to drive a one ton truck with a 20 foot trailer.
Good organizational skills (with strong attention to detail).

Working Conditions:

The Christmas Tree Farm Manager must be prepared to work indoors and outdoors, conducting physically strenuous work in a wide variety of weather conditions.  Indoor work is in old buildings with dust as a factor.  Schedule will include nights, weekends and holidays during parts of the year, and there will be some weeks during the year when the position may need to work overtime. 

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to stand for long periods of time in the cold or the heat, climb stairs, lift approximately 80 lbs. and travel long distances carrying equipment over rough ground in wooded areas.

Direct Reports:

Seasonal employees