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Buildings & Grounds Director

Farm Apprenticeships

Journeyperson Opportunities



Title: Buildings & Grounds Director

MOFGA will begin reviewing applications for this position on October 14, and will fill the position as soon as possible. Applicants should email a pdf including a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to the attention of MOFGA’s Deputy Director Heather Spalding at heathers@mofga.org.

Primary Responsibilities: Management of all work on MOFGA’s buildings, grounds and related systems and utilities.

Supervisor: Deputy Director

Work Week: 40 hours – Monday through Friday.

Additional Work Hours: Evening and weekend meetings and work as needed. Regular hours of operation during the Fair weekend.

Position: Salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • working well with staff, volunteers and the public. Individual must have sufficient management and organizational skills to provide training and oversight to volunteers and participants of various ages and abilities
  • hiring and supervising contracted laborers
  • understanding building design and construction techniques
  • managing or working directly on the following systems: electrical; plumbing and related appliances; septic; heating and ventilation; propane
  • working within a non-profit structure
  • understanding MOFGA’s mission and direction
  • handling many projects simultaneously


  • working closely with the MOFGA Deputy Director and Buildings and Grounds Committee to prioritize projects within constraints of the Buildings & Grounds budget
  • keeping MOFGA’s facilities functioning, through direct work and coordination of work done by contractors and/or volunteers, as appropriate
  • coordinating ongoing buildings and grounds activities on site, including the MOFGA Shop & Equipment Manager, MOFGA Landscape Coordinator, and contractors hired for cleaning, mowing, and snowplowing, within approved budgets
  • coordinating major capital projects, including hiring contractors and procuring goods and services, as needed, within approved budgets
  • working with Educational Programs Director to coordinate the MOFGA work commitment of the organization’s Farmhouse Journeypersons
  • working with volunteers to complete projects, and with administrative staff to coordinate volunteer work days
  • working closely with Staff to facilitate set-up and clean-up as needed for events
  • working with Educational Programs Director to maintain “certified organic” status of the site
  • working closely with Common Ground Country Fair Director and Fairgrounds Logistics Coordinator from Fair set-up through clean-up to ensure that MOFGA facilities serve the Fair infrastructure
  • managing on-site composting systems, especially composting of materials from Common Ground Country Fair
  • maintaining a systems maintenance and repair calendar and log
  • assessing needs for future budget years and help estimate costs to achieve them; and
  • carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.


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