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Executive Director

The Farmory (Urban Partnership Community Development Corporation)

Background:  The Farmory was founded in partnership with parent company NeighborWorks Green Bay (NWGB) and has an Memorandum of Understanding with NWGB documenting key aspects of their operating relationship, including administrative support such as accounting, human resources, benefits, office space and shared staff.

Job Situation and Summary:

  1. The Farmory, a five-year old 501(c)(3) based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is dedicated to educating adults and youth on sustainable food production and careers in aquaponics. 
  2. The Farmory’s goal is to be self-sustaining via the aquaponics biosystem in place at its Green Bay facility where perch and other fish stock are being grown for sale to fishery owners and greens grown for sale to grocers and restaurants.
  3. Currently, we have in place the equipment requirements for producing the fish from birth, and are well-progressed in the process of learning how to scale to volume levels that will sustain us 
  4. Operations are carried out by a mix of professional staff, VISTA workers, and a large group of engaged volunteers.   As the desired volume levels of production are reached within 2-3 years, we will be able to employ a more full complement of professional staff.  
  5. The main job objective is to lead the organization to know how to-and successfully achieve–the hatching and growing of fish in the desired volumes.  Fund-raising and financial management also provide critical additional support, as is true for virtually all nonprofits.  At the same time, the organization will continue to develop existing programs and to create enhancements.

Reports To and Takes Direction From:

  1. Co-chairs of the Farmory Board

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Support, model and maintain the values and cultural behaviors of the organization at all times.
  2. Lead in moving the Mission forward, and establish increasingly progressive visions.
    • Set realistic goals for each member in the organization; develop each person to be increasingly effective.
    • Keep the organization and Board aware of progress toward the goals, fiscal status, and important events, including negative ones.
    • Foster thorough and consistent communication about status and progress with the Board Co-chairs and other leadership as designated. 
  3. Maintain and grow the programmatic integrity of The Farmory’s Mission in keeping with the organization’s philosophy and goals.
  4. Evaluate and identify innovative ways to utilize the limited revenue to support operations and programming.
  5. Establish strategies to approach prospective funders through research of funding opportunities, preparation and submission of  proposals, and nurturing of  contacts.
    • Use the Board and others effectively in fulfilling this responsibility.
  6. Serve as the chief spokesperson for The Farmory, working to raise visibility of the organization and its Mission.
    • Be active in the community in a targeted way.
    • Cultivate potential partners/relationships.
    • Be proactive in informing staff members and the Board when obstacles to progress occur so all can be involved in the remedy.

Salary and Benefits:

  1. The position is full time with standard benefits..
  2. The salary will be competitive in the marketplace.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications in running a business-like enterprise, including:

  1. success in setting/communicating/delegating priorities, organizing resources, and maintaining progress;
  2. proficient in use of computers for research, communications, database management, financial analysis, planning and budgeting;
  3. success building and maintaining a high morale organization;
  4. proficient as a public speaker;
  5. success in building external relationships and using collaborative skills; and,
  6. familiarity with the Social Enterprise concept and the triple bottom line (People/Planet/Profit).

Physical Requirements:

  1. Lift and carry up to 60 pounds.
  2. Frequent standing and sitting.
  3. Ability to focus a long time on projects.
  4. Ability to reach, stoop and lift.
  5. Maintain a valid driver license.

The above is not an exhaustive statement, but rather a guideline to use in conjunction with other designated duties, responsibilities and requirements.

Candidates whose excitement and determination increase with the level of challenge they are facing are encouraged to apply and convince us why you have the necessary skills and experiences set forth above, or how you plan to compensate for any gaps to successfully reach the goals.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to thefarmory@nwgreenbay.org

Call 920-593-3708 for more information!

The Farmory:  http://www.farmory.org/

NeighborWorks Green Bay:  http://www.nwgreenbay.org/

Farmory Hatchery Assistant

Purpose: The Farmory’s Hatchery Assistant will work alongside The Farmory Hatchery staff to complete the daily operational tasks within our Hatchery. The Hatchery Assistant will keep all system data up to date, help staff maintain both the yellow perch and walleye stocks, and help with any order fulfillment. The Hatchery Assistant will work in a team with hatchery staff, volunteers and FarmoryWorks participants to maintain the successful operation of our commercial fish hatchery. As a young, but growing non-profit this candidate will be key in the growth and success of The Farmory’s missions and goals.

Office Location: 437 S. Jackson St. Green Bay, WI 54301

Position Location: Onsite Location: 815 Chicago St. Green Bay, WI 54301

Supervisor: Annie Schmitz, Hatchery Technician

Objectives:

  • Conduct daily care and cleaning of all fish culture systems, including monitoring water quality parameters and system life supports.
  • Help maintain hatchery biosecurity practices
  • Implement daily feeding of yellow perch and walleye fingerlings according to feeding regimen
  • Clean tanks and monitor systems to be sure they are working properly
  • Conduct water quality tests and monitor water quality parameters
  • Report system errors to hatchery technician
  • Assist with measuring and grading yellow perch and walleye fingerlings
  • Record hatchery data into hatchery excel spreadsheets 
  • Assist with customer order fulfillment

Expectations:

  • 8-10 hours per week, negotiable based on work study award. More hours may be offered during high volume work periods (i.e. during the larval hatch cycle).
  • Attendance at weekly Hatchery Staff meetings on site.
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and a commitment to best aquaculture practices
  • The ability to be flexible and adapt to shifting priorities in a fast-paced commercial environment
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive work environment that is a positive space for all kinds of people to come together and learn about aquaculture
  • Be an active member of our Farmory team, by giving creative insight and offer feedback on current Farmory practices and procedures

Qualifications:

Expected:

  • An individual who is seeking a degree in Aquaculture, Fisheries, Environmental Science, Biology or similar
  • High school diploma at minimum, preferred
  • Must be comfortable working with data, conducting basic water chemistry tests, and handling fish
  • Proficiency with computer programs such as Microsoft Office products, specifically Excel, to maintain growth charts, log system data, and track feed consumption
  • Physically able to stand, stoop, kneel, bend, reach, climb ladders and stairs, and lift up to 50 pounds. This position requires the individual to have the stamina to do physical work for the duration of their shift which could last up to four hours at a time.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, hard-working, and self-motivated
  • Excellent communication (oral and verbal) and interpersonal skills, task management, teamwork, and interdependency
  • Have a reliable mode of transportation to and from the facility
  • Ability to work irregular work hours, occasional weekends and nights which are crucial to the company’s success
  • Strong editing skills, with attention to detail
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of The Farmory volunteers, partners, and donors
  • Willingness to work with diverse populations including those who may be intellectually or physically disabled, veterans, children, ESL speakers, etc.

Preferred:

  • Direct experience in conducting basic stats, handling fish, and aquaculture systems, specifically recirculating systems.
  • Experience working with research methodology
  • Experience working with/managing volunteers
  • Experience in aquaculture or nonprofit work environment

Compensation: Work-study and academic credit compliable based on your educational institution 

Perks and Benefits:

  • Work study wage or college academic credit
  • Experience working in a young but growing non-profit through our fish hatchery enterprise.
  • Responsibility in maintaining and developing hatchery procedures and experience working in a commercial aquaculture setting.
  • A unique community development organization and a challenging position with room to grow.

Time Commitment: 8-12 hours – negotiable based on work study award

Training: Experience preferred, but training provided on task basics

The Farmory is a 501c3 nonprofit indoor urban farm with a social mission. Our mission is to provide opportunities in sustainable agriculture that increase economic self-sufficiency and improve health and wellbeing of residents of all ages and abilities. We accomplish our mission through education, outreach, and service-learning programs that bring students and adults into our working aquaponics farm and fish hatchery. If you are interested in learning more about the developing project or are interested in becoming involved, please call Morgan Emmel at morgan@nwgreenbay.org or 920-593-3714.

For more information about The Farmory, visit our website www.farmory.org or our Facebook at www.facebook.com/Farmory.

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