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Akwesasne Employment Resource Center
18 Eagle Drive
Akwesasne, NY 13655
Agriculture Program Manager
Open Until Filled
Employer: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Type: Environmental & Science
Job Code: 11-9013 Status: Full-Time, Permanent
Exempt: Yes Location: Environment office
Department: Environment Reports To: Director
Salary Range: $42,536.00 – $79,601.
SUMMARY: Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, greenhouses, crops, nurseries, or other agricultural activities that facilitate the production of food.
Hire, train, supervise and evaluate farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. Supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting of crops to support operations. Oversee the financial, budgetary and marketing activities. Secure grant funds to supplement program budgets and facilitate growth. Become a resource hub for tribal community members and foster community farming from the residential (individual) to the commercial levels
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Inspect orchards or fields to determine crop maturity or condition or to detect disease or insect infestation.
- Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting
- Monitor activities, such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading, to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards
- Plan crop activities based on factors such as crop maturity or weather conditions
- Evaluate quality of materials and products
- Monitor organizational compliance with regulations
- Maintain personnel records
- Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms
- Develop inter-agency partnerships to assist with achievement of Tribal agricultural resource goals
- Develop and implement long-term plans, goals and objectives for the Agriculture Program
- Develop annual budgets, monitor and manage expenses for program budgets.
- Ensure compliance with program grant requirements
- Lead the Agriculture Program’s strategic planning, create goals and objectives
- Evaluate efficacy of achieving plans, goals and objectives based on established metrics
- Review farm activities and write summary reports based on results
- Hire, supervise and evaluate performance of staff
- Develop or implement farming policies, standards or procedures to improve operations
- Direct staff in the completion of farm work and conformance to tribal policies and laws
- Act as point of contact with Federal and State agencies
- Provide education and information to community members, through workshops, events and make public presentations that expand on goals and objectives
- Provide status updates of programs to Environment Division Director, Tribal Council and Administration, and community members as needed.
- Provide monthly, quarterly and year-end reports to Director, Tribal Council, Administration and funding agencies in conformance to grant requirements
- Submit a minimum of one complete proposal per year within appropriate timeframe to meet deadline
- Other related duties as assigned
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Agriculture Manager shall carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable Tribal rules. Responsibilities also include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining staff; addressing complaints and resolving problems within the Agriculture Program. The Agriculture Program manager shall supervise a minimum of 4 full-time staff members in addition to season staff and interns.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Agriculture Science, Agribusiness Management, Animal Science, or a closely related field; three years of experience in these fields, which includes two years of supervisory experience, preferred but not required.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Oral and written communication skills required. Must have computer proficiency including word, excel, and webmail such as MS Outlook.
- Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques
- Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction
- Mathematics – knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics and their applications
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
- Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data
- Critical thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Deductive Reasoning – To apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Inductive Reasoning – To combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.
- Oral Comprehension — To listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
- Oral Expression — To communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
- Written Comprehension — To read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
- Written Expression —To communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
- Problem Sensitivity — To tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
Must be at least 18 years of age, have and maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean drivers abstract in accordance with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Fleet Policy.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor.
The successful candidate must pass a test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and recognized government of the Mohawk people. Both New York State and the United States deal exclusively with the Tribal Council Chiefs in a government-to-government relationship.