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Manager of Farm Programs and Interpretive Services - Primrose Farm - St. Charles, IL

  • 23 Mar 2016 9:08 AM
    Message # 3901576

    Manager of Farm Programs and Interpretive Services

    Primrose Farm - St. Charles, Illinois


    The St. Charles Park District seeks an energetic applicant to manage Primrose Farm programs, special events and agricultural practices, including livestock. This position is year round and is responsible for the facility operating and program budget as well as full and part time staff onsite.

    The applicant should have a strong programming and events background, ability to work with the public and community groups, have experience designing curriculum and programs for youth as well as feel comfortable on a working farm and all that encompasses.

    The starting salary range for the position is $36,000-$43,000 DOQ.

    Detailed Description:


    Education – Four year degree in Education, Interpretation, Public History, Agriculture Sciences or a related field.                         

    Experience - A minimum of four years of combined work experience in fields including but not limited to program planning, interpretation, education, site management, staff and volunteer management, and livestock care.

    Personal - Enthusiastic, friendly, committed to education, and interested in agriculture. Must like public speaking and to engage people in interactive educational / recreational activities. Work record that shows reliability, initiative, excellent interpersonal skills and productivity.

    Knowledge and Ability - Must have strong background and knowledge of youth and family programming including special events. Must possess a basic knowledge of livestock care and farm site maintenance. Must know how to operate tractors and other large equipment or be willing to learn. Must possess or be willing to obtain a valid, State of Illinois driver’s license.

    Ability to effectively work with fellow staff members, volunteers and the public. Ability to learn quickly and to adapt to a variety of situations.

    Essential Functions

    Under the direction and supervision of the Superintendent of Parks and the Assistant Superintendent of Parks, the Manager of Farm Programs and Interpretive Services shall complete his/her assigned duties to the best of his/her abilities, offering suggestions of better ways to accomplish jobs and be ever mindful of the best interests of the St. Charles Park District and of fellow employees. This position is full-time as defined within the Park District’s Personnel Practices Manual. Generally described, this salaried position is an “exempt position”, not eligible for overtime. This position requires extensive knowledge and ability to:


    Work cooperatively and harmoniously with the St. Charles Park District Board, administration and fellow employees, cooperating agencies and the general public.

    Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, including the preparation and presentation of various reports and correspondence.

    Assist the Superintendent of Parks in all of his/her responsibilities.

    Staff Management:

    Consult with your immediate supervisor, exercise supervisory authority and judgment on an on-going basis related to subordinate employees reporting directly to you, in matters including: development of job descriptions, hiring, lay-offs, compensating within approved budgeted perimeters; and, disciplinary action, up to and including termination, in compliance with Park District policies and procedures.

    Exercise independent supervisory authority and judgment on an on-going basis related to subordinate employees reporting directly to you, in matters including, but not limited to: employee and volunteer training; scheduling, assigning, directing and overseeing completion of work assignments; and, employee performance evaluation.

    Interpret, explain and enforce all operational and personnel policies and procedures.

    Train and oversee a cohort of over twenty full-time staff, part-time staff, seasonal camp staff, and regular volunteers.

    Continue to develop the Primrose Farm volunteer program – focusing on recruiting new participants and continuing training / development.

    Site Management:

    Manage the operations of an 100+ acre farm that features historic structures, livestock, agricultural land, community garden plots, and an extensive trail system.

    Develop, plan for and implement an annual facility budget and operational plan.

    Assist in preparation and monitoring of a capital improvement budget.

    Develop and coordinate fund-raising activities and assist with grant proposals.

    Develop an agricultural plan, including considerations for demonstration plot planting and harvesting and the daily and cyclic care of variety of farm livestock including dairy cows, draft horses, sheep, chickens, and hogs.

    Ensure appropriate day-to-day and long term care of the farm livestock including but not limited to creating feed schedules and pasture rotations, arranging for hay/grain deliveries, scheduling and supervising veterinary and farrier visits, assisting with calving, training staff in hand and machine milking, and administering wormers, IM and subcutaneous injections, mastitis treatments, and breeding drugs.

    Coordinate agricultural land use with modern farmers, CSA farmers and Park District staff.

    Assist with the management and maintenance of the 264 Primrose Farm Park garden plots.

    Coordinate site maintenance with Park District staff and assist with tasks including but not limited to grading gravel driveways, mowing, weed trimming, burning, etc.

    Operate heavy machinery including but not limited to tractors, wagons, hay equipment, skid steers, and various other implements.

    Assure compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

    Interpretation & Programming:

    Plan, develop, coordinate and implement all aspects of farm educational and interpretive programs, including managing programs with schools, scouts, and cosponsoring agencies and coordinating summer farms camps, public programs and special events.

    Plan, develop, coordinate, and implement activities that attract both first-time visitors and returning facility users.

    Have the creative ability and initiative to create new programs and special events and modify existing ones so that they meet community needs and attract visitors of all ages.

    Develop and implement school programs compliant with Illinois State educational requirements and curriculum. Continue to grow custom programming options for homeschool classes and other groups.

    Personally present informal drop-in tours, walking tours, wagon tours, and formal programs to school children, scouts, families, and seniors; demonstrating presentation techniques to staff and teaching interpretive principles by example. 

    Prepare texts, brochures and exhibits for interpretive programs.

    Create wayside and interpretive signage and outdoors exhibits.

    Coordinate marketing of farm site and all farm programs in quarterly Park District activity guides, print materials, news releases, online resources, social media, etc.

    Promote St. Charles Park District programs, activities, and philosophies and serve as a representative speaker at club, school and organizational meetings.

    Develop and grow personal knowledge about the cultural, social and agricultural history of the Fox River Valley.

    Provide technical knowledge on agriculture and historic considerations, including social history, artifact identification, and agriculture object usage.


    Follow all safety procedures that pertain to the duties performed. Support all aspects of the Park District's Safety Program including assisting with the development of a Primrose specific Emergency Response Plan.

    Obtain and keep current certification in CPR and First Aid.

    Use a variety of computer software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, ActiveNet, MSI, and PastPerfect.

    Work weekends and evenings as necessary.

    Work outdoors in a farm setting and in varying weather conditions including inclement and severe weather.

    Marginal Functions   

    The Manager of Farm Programs and Interpretive Services will also:

    Assist the Park District in special events, programs and professional endeavors not related to Primrose Farm.

    Assist with maintenance and light construction duties.

    Perform all other duties as assigned.

    Physical and Environmental

    Sitting – Occasionally

    Walking – Frequently

    Strength – 1-50lb

    Climbing – Frequently

    Balancing – Frequently

    Stooping – Frequently

    Kneeling – Frequently

    Crouching – Frequently

    Crawling – Rarely

    Reaching – Frequently

    Handling – Frequently

    Feeling – Frequently

    Date Posted:

    March 16, 2016

    Apply Online:


    Address Questions To:

    Laura Johns, Manager of Farm Programs & Interpretive Services, at ljohns@stcparks.org or 630.513.4370.

    Last modified: 23 Mar 2016 9:30 AM | Anonymous

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