Wanatee Vegetable Farm Temporary Manager (3-4 month position)

  • Dates: June 1st -September 15th
  • Part-time: 20- 28 hours a week
  • Pay: Hourly rate of $20-23, commensurate with experience 

Looking to make a meaningful impact in sustainable agriculture and community outreach? Feed Iowa First is seeking a dedicated individual to step into the role of Wanatee Farm Temporary Manager. As part of our mission to promote regenerative farming practices and chemical-free vegetable production, you’ll be instrumental in overseeing operations at Wanatee Farm during the leave of the full-time Manager. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this dynamic position emphasizes collaboration and leadership, offering the opportunity to manage day-to-day farm operations, guide field staff and volunteers, and engage with the community through outreach initiatives. Join us in cultivating a healthier, more sustainable future for Iowa’s food system.

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Farm Management:
  • Manage 2 acres of vegetable production, .5 acres of orchard, and lend support to 7 on-site emerging farmers in the Equitable Land Access Program.
  • Infrastructure maintenance and repairs, including sheds, hydrants and hoophouse.
  • Operate and maintain farming equipment and machinery.
  • Maintenance of up to 2 acres of vegetable production including: Irrigation, organic weed control, harvesting, transporting harvests
  • Record Keeping and budgeting
  • Coordinate and manage consistent site-specific volunteer activities weekly during contact period of groups up to 40 people.
  • Equitable Land Access Program support
  • Follow food safety practices
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills & Experience: 

  • A valid driver’s license and a driving record sufficient to be insured as a driver under any insurance policy maintained by Feed Iowa First. 
  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs. 
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and lead a team.  
  • Previous experience with chemical-free/organic vegetable production and/or agriculture qualification (or working towards one). 
  • Experience with small farm equipment, including tractors and 3pt attachments.  

Work Schedule 

  • 20-28 hours/week, with occasional nights and weekends
  • Flexible schedule


  • You will get the opportunity to work with a team or people who are kind and solutions focused, care deeply about their community and the environment and like to work hard and help both people and plants grow!  

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to Emmaly@feediowa1st.com.

Feed Iowa First is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity and is committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds and experiences to apply, as we believe in fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce that enhances our ability to serve our communities. Join our dedicated team at Feed Iowa First and make a meaningful impact in the fight against food insecurity in Iowa!


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