AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener (VG)

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Hightown, VA
United States

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The AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener (VG) leads garden planning and activities on the farm while serving as residential advisor, mentor, and cohort manager. The VG reports directly to the Education Director and works closely with her on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least three seasons of experience working on a vegetable farm, one season of market garden management, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.

This is a seasonal position, managing the day-to-day operations of the Gardens, Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. AMI’s work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the Village Manager & Lead Gardener should have a deep philosophical agreement with such methods.


Communication and Relationship Building:

  • Mentors Fellows in community development, ecological living and gardening; models best practices at all times
  • Promotes cohort development and helps mediate community conflicts as needed
  • Works with AMI staff to provide Fellow check-ins to assess Fellow growth and needs
  • First responder to emergencies by calling Emergency Services or 911

Program Assistance:

  • Responsible for fruit and vegetable production management and assists with small animal husbandry,  including but not limited to: planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, animal care, records, maintenance, supply procurement, sales and storage
  • Works with Education Director to plan and facilitate educational sessions, workshops, field trips and other events
  • Works with Education Director to coordinate logistical and overnight needs for workshop instructors and provides meals on full workshop days.

Organization Management:

  • Manages or supervises Village Calendars and chore rotations for village life, to ensure well-kept, healthy village, cohort, and outbuildings
  • Works with Fellows to manage Village food production, use and storage; helps to manage and replenish supplemental groceries
  • Manages petty cash and submits monthly reports to AMI Administrative Manager

Records and Reporting:

  • Reports facility maintenance needs
  • Reports and records all accidents, illnesses, medical or other emergencies according to the protocol set forth in the AMI Village Policy Manual
  • Submits weekly report communicating village needs, events and experiences of past and coming weeks to Education Director
  • Reviews Village and Farm record keeping for quality control; may allocate some aspects of the record keeping to the cohort as prudent
  • Inspects Village Spring daily during dry season and reports water level to AMI Caretaker

Outreach and Event Coordination:

  • Coordinates and supports community event marketing (Open Houses, Community Workshops, Public Visits, Farm Stays, etc.) and logistics
  • Ensures guest signatures on AMI Waiver of Liability
  • Organizes documentation by photo and/or video of events, farm activities, and guest lecture activities; emails photos/videos to AMI Administrative Manager


  • Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent amount of training and/or work experience (required)
  • At least three seasons of experience working on an organic vegetable farm, one at management level (required)
  • Experience living and/or working in intentional community (required)
  • Certification in First Aid/CPR (desired)
  • One year of experience in animal husbandry (preferred)
  •  Comfort mentoring and/or teaching peers
  •  Ability to manage complex projects with tight deadlines
  • Conflict and Mediation Skills (desired)
  • Flexible problem solver
  • Knowledge of and commitment to building sustainable food systems
  • Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experienced crew leader
  • Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office
  • Experience in culinary arts/hospitality
  • Demonstrates high level of personal and ethical standards
  • Ability to understand, interpret and enforce policies in an accurate and equitable manner.
  • Ability to complete and maintain applicable training and certifications as necessary
  • Has a valid driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Ability to deal with Fellows, colleagues, and guests in a professional, timely, fair, and confidential manner


Work will take place in multiple locations in a farm setting: outdoor working farm, office environment and kitchens. Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.  

This is a non-exempt, 40 hours per week, part time position, available now through to November 30, 2017. Base salary is $2,000 per month.  Benefit package includes: lodging, meals during Fellowship season with AMI Cohort, workers’ compensation coverage, earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays (according to AMI Personnel Policy Manual). 

How to Apply:

Please apply at, or email for more information.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.  AMI is an equal opportunity employer.