Careers at Wollam Gardens

Wollam Gardens is currently seeking talented applicants for the positions of Venue Manager and Field Manager. Click here to submit your application.

Field Manager

Wollam Gardens is an 11-acre cut flower farm in Northern Virginia, about 60 miles from Washington DC, serving farmers markets, florists, and custom floral clients in the DC metro area. We also host numerous events in our custom-built pavilion, and we are expanding our agritourism activities. We are looking for an experienced Field Manager to oversee all production operations. This position requires a strong, practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm management, and a passionate commitment to providing quality floral products to our customers. The Field Manager is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of all production-related activities  including seeding, planting, harvesting, irrigation, and other farm maintenance projects. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with management team to prioritize and schedule daily, weekly, and long-term projects, including budgeting

  • Training and leading field staff in all production-related activities

  • Crop planning

  • Greenhouse management

  • Irrigation, pest and disease management, soil health, and weed control

  • Implementing practices to carry out field work with maximum efficiency

  • Working with Wollam Gardens management team to optimize the business and the brand

  • Field Manager may staff operations and sales at  Farmers Markets on a regular or occasional basis 

 We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:

  • At least 2 years experience in a leadership/management role in an agricultural or horticultural field

  • Working knowledge of farm machinery and infrastructure

  • Self-motivated, cooperative, and flexible

  • Excellent communication and supervisory skills

  • Comfortable with problem-solving, decision-making and developing and working within budgets

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through

  • Sense of ownership and entrepreneurial spirit

  • Demonstrated interest in collaborating on all farm activities and generating new ideas for growth

 Terms:

  • The Field Manager works 5 days/week, approximately 8 hours/day. Longer hours may be required during busy times and events.

  • Pay is $18/hour (approximately equivalent to $35,000/year). 

  • Start date is negotiable. Note that working hours may be limited in December-February.

  • Contractual commitment to work through December 2020 is required.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Venue Manager

Wollam Gardens is looking for an ambitious entrepreneur to put our beautiful handcrafted event pavilion on the map for visitors from the DC metro area and farther afield. We are offering the opportunity to pursue a career in event planning in a beautiful setting surrounded by flowers.

Wollam Gardens is an 11-acre cut flower farm in Northern Virginia, about 60 miles from DC. In addition to agricultural production, the business is expanding into agritourism and events. Our 4-year-old event pavilion has hosted more than 50 weddings since its completion, and served as the hub of our annual Flower Festival.

We are hiring a Venue Manager to lead and develop the “Destination” aspect of our farm. The Venue Manager is responsible for marketing, promoting, and managing venue rental and other on-site events at Wollam Gardens, and for developing Wollam Gardens as an agritourism and event destination. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Promoting, booking, and managing weddings and all other rental events on the property

  • Leading development and planning of agritourism events like our annual Flower Festival and other types of annual festivals/events, open houses, pick-your-own events, workshops, music nights, community meetings, and more.

  • Forecasting event revenue and expenses, and managing to the forecast

  • Developing and overseeing implementation of revenue-generating opportunities sited at Wollam Gardens’s pavilion, historic farmhouse, and grounds

  • Overseeing the promotion and marketing of Wollam Gardens as an agritourism and event destination

  • Working with Wollam Gardens management to optimize the business and the brand

Daily/Weekly tasks may include:

  • Handling correspondence and conducting tours for clients interested in hosting events on the property.

  • Coordinating details in the weeks leading up to a rental event.

  • Being present the day of the rental event to assist with venue-related details like parking, vendor set-up, lighting/sound, etc.

  • Coordinating with staff to maintain cleanliness and aesthetic appeal of the farm, the pavilion, and the farmhouse

  • Maintaining event calendar and updating event-related pages on website

  • Collaborating with local vendors to provide and expand services offered, and to develop joint events and marketing opportunities

  • Carrying out the responsibilities of Venue Manager will entail occasional physical labor (cleaning, light landscape maintenance). Venue Manager may also be called upon to assist with general farm chores during critical times (spring planting, Mother’s Day market prep, etc.), and should be prepared to assist as time allows.

We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:

  • At least 2 years experience in event planning and management

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Professional and confident persona

  • Attention to detail and follow-through

  • Familiarity with social media marketing and other means of promotion

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and/or Google Docs

  • Familiarity with financial forecasting, tracking of revenue and expenses

  • Ability to work both independently and within a team

  • Sense of ownership and entrepreneurial spirit

Terms:

  • The Venue Manager works Wednesday-Sunday, approximately 8 hours/day. Longer hours will be required on event days.

  • Pay is $18/hour (approximately equivalent to $35,000/year).

  • Start date is negotiable. Note that working hours may be limited December-February.

  • Contractual commitment to work through December 2020 is required.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY