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Farm & Garden Manager and Educator- Big Sur, CA

Esalen Institute, the pioneering educational organization dedicated to personal and social transformation, is now hiring for the position of Farm & Garden Manager and Educator who will be fully responsible for all aspects of the Farm & Garden. This is a full-time position and reports to the Director of Operations.

Full job description can be downloaded below.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills
• Creative leader with a passion for educating people about organic farming & gardening with special emphasis on social justice and promoting cultures of connection/inclusiveness
• Experience in teaching organic farming, developing curriculum, training apprentices, and delivering workshops and classes
• Knowledge of the dynamic synergy between food systems, farming, natural world,society and individuals
• 5+ years experience working in a production garden/farm or equivalent training
• Leadership experience in a farm or garden
• Knowledge of maintaining soil health, irrigation systems, composting techniques, pest control, weed control etc.
• Strong interpersonal skills to include: communication skills, time management, prioritizing and delegating
• A thorough understanding of sustainable farming and gardening principles and practices
• Working knowledge of plant families and varieties in commercial organic cultivation and optimal growing conditions, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, native and perennial
• Experience working within the culture and organization of Esalen, or similar likeminded organization is preferred
• Experience crafting and managing programmatic budgets, and a willingness to do so collaboratively with the broader Esalen Institute and in response to the needs of the Farm and Garden team

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Serve as liaison between the Farm & Garden department and Esalen administration
• Co-Create curriculum and facilitate education sessions and hands on demonstrations to
teach natural farming and gardening techniques to F&G apprentices, volunteers, and
workshop participants
• Lead and collaborate with F&G team to develop effective strategies to facilitate
advancement of F&G program, meet financial goals, and learning objectives
• Update educational curriculum and activities to keep F&G program current with best
practices in organic gardening and farming
• Collect data and documentation to track performance measures
• Plan and support the F&G team to implement state-of-the-art systems that maximize
production of annual vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and other products for the
• Responsible for F&G budget and financials
• Oversee the design and maintenance of irrigation systems and manage other equipment
and infrastructure upkeep
• Train and supervise the Farm and Garden team to include Farm Supervisor, Garden
Supervisor, and Education Coordinator
• Collaborate with Human Resources Department to recruit and retain quality team
members to support this work

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