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Position: Farm Management Fellow

Deadline: 08/02/2017

Status: Filled

Job Description:

10 Hours / week

The Farm Management Fellow will work directly with the farm manager to support all activities related to the production, management and maintenance of the Farm. This fellow will learn and apply in practice all steps associated with biodiverse cropping systems in addition to the social and ecological aspects of Farm operations. The Fellow will also assist in recruiting additional student volunteers to attend open hours at the Farm and at the Oxford Tract Greenhouse (1751 Walnut Street, Berkeley).


The Fellow will be required to work 10 hours per week, with 8 of those hours conducted on-site at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm or Oxford Tract. Some work will be performed remotely, including participation in on-campus group meetings. Occasional weekend participation will be required for specific events that take place during the academic year, mostly on Sundays.


  • Support Farm Manager with farm operations, specifically:

    • crop planning, sowing seeds, composting, soil preparation, transplanting starts, irrigation, and harvesting

    • guiding volunteers during open hours

    • Maintain the software system for crop planning,

  • Coordinate the delivery of farm produce to distribution sites, such as the Food Pantry on campus.

  • Be in communication and coordination with other fellows, in relation to programs and projects that take place at the Farm

  • Optional: Implement independent on-farm field research.


Desired Qualifications:
  • Interest and ability to perform outdoor, hands-on fieldwork.

  • Organized and self-directed in nature.

  • Ability to organize and compile qualitative and quantitative datasets.

  • Proficiency in Excel, especially in querying and analyzing data sheets.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

  • Proactive and eager to work in a team setting.

  • Ability to transmit knowledge and lead small groups of volunteers.

  • Previous experience in gardening or farming is desired but not required.

  • Interest in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the UC Gill Tract Community Farm mission

All fellows are required to set aside the same time each week for being present at the Farm.
The Farm’s open hours are:
Monday: 11-2pm
Tuesday: 3-6pm
Wednesday: 11-2pm
Thursday: 3-6pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 12-5pm

Application and Selection process:

Application deadline: 5pm PST on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Applicants must be matriculated undergraduate or graduate students at UC Berkeley during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.

Work-Study job code (if applicable for eligible students): 2826214693

To apply, submit the following items in one PDF by email to with the subject line “AFP Application”.

  1. Cover letter stating what position are you applying for (can be more than one), your reasons for applying to this fellowship, how the position is related to your interests and education track, and a summary of your most relevant experiences, skills and educational training;

  2. Current resume, including relevant coursework;

  3. Contact information for 2 references (one should be a professor or major advisor);

  4. (Optional) One or two samples of your work from college or other experiences that exemplify relevant skills for the applied position (e.g. report, essay or paper, research poster, planning timeline, budget, plan of work, etc.).

The Farm holds equity and anti-oppression as cornerstone values of our work, and therefore we encourage undergraduate and graduate student applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

For questions, please contact the Fellowship Program Coordinator at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

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