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Island Farm Site Manager, Island Farm/Outer Banks Conservationists (Roanoke Island/Outer Banks, NC)
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Contributed By: Island Farm
Email The Author: ladd@obcinc.org
Website: http://www.obcinc.org

Island Farm Site Manager, Island Farm/Outer Banks Conservationists (Roanoke Island/Outer Banks, NC)
Site Manager at Island Farm, Outer Banks, NC
Island Farm/Outer Banks Conservationists

Salary Range: $35,000 - $43,000/year

Please submit cover letter and resume to ladd@obcinc.org by May 15.

Primary Responsibilities

The Island Farm Site Manager supervises a small staff engaged in the interpretation, maintenance, animal care, agriculture, and general activities of the site. This includes the Assistant Site Manager, the Farm Steward, and all part-time employees.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Key functions of this position include:

• To effectively manage and maintain all aspects of the Outer Banks Conservationists’ (OBC) Island Farm living history site
• To ensure all visitors are provided a unique, meaningful, memorable and pleasant experience
• Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
• To effectively staff the Farm with seasonal interpreters and volunteers
• To ensure educational programming and daily living history activities are current, often updated, and continually engaging
• To implement programming, events, and workshops that align with the Farm’s mission
• To inspire and engage staff members to appropriately interpret the mission of OBC, as well as the history and site of Island Farm to the public
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Job Duties

Administration
-Keep excellent records of admissions/visitors; Make bank deposits as needed
-Ensure Visitors Center is opened and closed properly during the season
-Manage gift shop inventory
-Maintain files and databases
-Monitor budget activities throughout the fiscal year
-Plan for, participate in and contribute to grant writing and fundraising activities for Island Farm projects
-Communicate the work of OBC and Island Farm to supporters
-Create and distribute part-time employee’s work schedule
-Organize and approve all receipts and part-time employee hours each month
-Evaluate and justify budgetary needs; Work with Executive Director and Finance Officer to create annual budget
-Familiarity and strong competence with common office technology required
-Write and submit press releases to local media for all Island Farm events

Employees
-Recruit, hire and train seasonal, part-time staff for historic interpretation
-Continually recruit and supervise new volunteers and interns; Manage team of current volunteers
-Provide standards and procedures for interpretive techniques
-Annually update part- and full-time staff programming manual, as well as organize and distribute relevant historic information related to the site to all staff and volunteers
-Ensure all staff are provided with and wear historically appropriate uniforms during the site’s operating hours
-Make weather and hurricane closure decisions

Education
-Maintain contact and working relationships with local schools and their teachers
-Plan, coordinate, and implement educational programming and workshops atIsland Farm
-Coordinate after-school and in-classroom programs for local students
-Coordinate outreach and partnering efforts with local clubs, history groups, tour companies, and others
-Assist visitors with historical research, on an as-needed basis
-Interpret the history of Island Farm for visitors through special tours, virtual education, etc.

Events
-Schedule, coordinate, and plan special events
- Assist visitors in booking weddings and other events, conducting tours when appropriate

Site Maintenance
-Working with part time staff, ensure pristine maintenance of Island Farm grounds and buildings
-Coordinate with on-site staff, and schedule repair and maintenance work as needed

Agriculture & Livestock
- Ensure health and proper care of farm livestock, working with on-site staff

Reporting
- Submit weekly financial reports, and monthly site reports 

Qualifications/Preferred Skills
- Preferred prior experience in management, communications, education, museums, living history, agriculture, visitor services, or related field 
- General to considerable knowledge of North Carolina history and interpretive practice (or a willingness to learn)      
- Great communication skills in oral and written form, including the ability to absorb factual information and effectively communicate and present it, as well as the ability to respond to questions from the general public in a rational and understandable manner
- Ability to solve practical problems and to work both independently and on a team to carry out assigned duties with minimum supervision
-Ability to maintain records and prepare routine reports
-Strong work ethic 

Physical Requirements     
- Strength to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop, or twist for long periods of time     
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds 

Work Environment
- Work will be performed both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions with frequent exposure to heat, cold, dust, dirt, pollen, water, fire, smoke, and farm livestock
- This is a full-time, exempt position; hours worked per week may vary, dependent upon the time needed to complete required or assigned work. Additional, night and weekend work may be required for special events or other circumstances  


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Posted: April 13, 2021
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