GSFP Farm Assistant Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lompoc

Website Goodsamaritan shelter Good Samaritan Shelter

Goodsamaritan shelter

Job description
Job Title: GSFP Assistant Farm Manager

Good Samaritan Shelter is a non-profit organization providing temporary housing and extensive support services to the homeless and those in recovery in Santa Barbara County. Good Samaritan is excited to now have a unique opportunity to initiate a program in Lompoc that will allow them to grow their own vegetables and fruit in an ecologically sustainable way. This would enable them to serve their clients a healthier diet of fresh food and provide an opportunity for some of their clients to learn job skills.


The Good Samaritan Food Project (GSFP) seeks a full-time, benefited Assistant Farm Manager for its essential farm program. The Assistant Farm Manager will help lead the entire operation of the GSFP’s food production program and farm training program as well as restore, manage, and maintain the necessary farm infrastructure and equipment.


Like similar roles at other farms and ranches, the Assistant Farm Manager will at times supervise a small team (~2-5 people) to carry out their responsibilities. Unlike similar roles, the team is often composed of clients housed in the Emergency Housing Shelter who work limited hours and likely have no prior agricultural experience.

The Farm Training program for some of the Emergency Housing Shelter residents is an important component of this project. A primary responsibility of the Assistant Farm Manager during the first phase will be to assist in the development of the Farm Training program.

This position is a rare and rewarding way to impact a local community’s most vulnerable residents. Although not currently certified organic, the farm’s long-term goals are rooted in stewardship and improvement of the land. While extensive farming experience is preferred, we welcome any candidate who can accomplish the delegated responsibilities, including those whose primary experience is in row crops and horticulture. This position may be a great opportunity for a farmer early in their career seeking to build experience establishing and managing small scale vegetable production. The position may also be a great fit for an experienced farmer looking to share their knowledge with a grateful community without the stress of sales and marketing.

Most importantly, Good Samaritan is seeking an individual that feels stimulated and energized by this special opportunity and challenge to shape the GSFP from the ground floor and to develop and guide it to its full potential.


The Farm is located in Lompoc, overlooking the Santa Ynez river.

The Farm Manager has already begun restoring the farm which has not been planted in over 20 years.


The Farmer must have the experience and skills necessary to independently or assist in carrying out all responsibilities listed below:

■ Operate, maintain, assess and repair small tractors, and implements

■ Operate, maintain, and repair pumps, plumbing, irrigation lines, and sprinklers

■ Design and implement effective farming techniques to ensure healthy production

■ Perform all tasks in accordance with the GSFP’s Safety and Wellness Protocol and responsibly work to enhance that program

■ Other duties as assigned by the Farm Manager

■ Participate in the GSFP community outside of the farm operations, as described in the Staff Personnel Policy

Required Qualifications

● Employment Eligibility Verification.

● Negative tuberculosis test.

● Successful completion of background screening.

● Negative Pre-Employment Drug Screening Result

● CPR/First Aid training.

● Driving is an essential function of this position

● Must have Valid CA Driver’s License

● Must be able to qualify for Good Samaritan Shelter insurance coverage

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, stoop, talk, hear, reach above and below shoulders; use hand and finger dexterity, keyboarding and making and receiving telephone calls. As typical of farm work, the ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions would be required. The employee may be required on occasion to lift and or carry up to 50 lbs.


Good Samaritan Shelter provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Good Samaritan Shelter complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Good Samaritan Shelter is a non-profit, community-based organization and depends on every staff member doing what needs to be done to serve the community and clients. On occasion, you may be required to perform job duties outside of your normal assignments on a as- needed basis.

Full Time Benefits to Include:

Medical, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance Paid Time Off

Paid Holidays

401K Retirement Plan with Agency Match
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $23.00 – $26.00 per hour


401(k) matching
Dental insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off
Tuition reimbursement
Vision insurance

To apply for this job email your details to