Resident Farmer – Bloomfield Township, MI 48304


Bowers School Farm & E.L. Johnson Nature Center

Bloomfield Hills Schools

Applications are being accepted for a Resident Farmer (1.0 FTE) position at Bowers School Farm and E.L.
Johnson Nature Center for Bloomfield Hills. Office location Bowers School Farm.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Operations Specialist

OVERVIEW: Bloomfield Hills Schools manages both Bowers School Farm and E.L. Johnson Nature Center as outdoor learning sites to support student learning and community outreach.

Bowers School Farm is a working urban farm with diversified animal, fruit, and vegetable production. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful maintained horticultural gardens, historical relevance, and a unique connection to food production. Purchased in the mid-1960’s to be used as a land laboratory, the farm welcomes over 35,000 visitors annually for school field trips, summer camps, community events, and recreational programs. It is housed off of I-75 on 93 acres within Bloomfield Hills.

The E.L. Johnson Nature Center is a 40-acre nature preserve. More than 2-miles of trails and a scenic four-acre inland pond is home to an assortment of fish, a large variety of trees including stands of pine, hardwoods, and a sugar bush, and many native plants and wildflowers foster a safe habitat for a host of wildlife. Red fox, coyote, deer, mink, as well as countless birds, amphibians, and reptiles have been observed. There are also special wildlife pens that contain orphaned deer and injured hawks and owls that can be observed up close.
The Nature Center has hosted educational programming for the schools and surrounding community since

PRIMARY PURPOSE: We are seeking a Resident Farmer to provide operational support and animal care for the facilities at both Bowers School Farm and E.L. Johnson Nature Center. This is a unique opportunity to live and work on the few remaining working farms in greater Detroit.

Production goals vary from season to season, with a primary focus on maintaining demonstrations for authentic education. Production goals will be established collaboratively with an expectation for expansion.
The Resident Farmer is expected to be on-call and available weekends and evenings for site safety, security, maintenance, animal, and plant care, particularly during spring parturition season. This is an exempt-position and hours are flexible to maintain a reasonable working schedule. Occasional support of Nature Center operations may be required on an as-needed basis.

The Resident Farmer will occupy the residence at 1229 East Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mi 48304, on the property of the Bowers School Farm. The approximately 1500 sq. ft. ranch house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, full basement, a two-car garage, and beautiful views of the rolling farm hills. The Resident Farmer and their family will have exclusive rights to the house as part of the compensation package. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful sunsets that can be viewed from the back deck.


  • Refine and improve current efforts with a focus on both educational outcomes and the program revenue model.
  • Ensure effective and regular communication with staff and others in collaboration with instructional and district staff.
  • Provide care and management of all the species of animals that reside onsite.
  • Maintain a farm operational plan.
  • Maintain pastures or grazing lands to ensure that animals have enough feed, employing pasture- conservation measures such as arranging rotational grazing.
  • Monitor crops as they grow in order to ensure that they are growing properly and are free from diseases and contaminants.
  • Perform crop production duties such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, and harvesting.
  • Oversee animal births, and care for newborn livestock.
  • Breed and raise stock such as cattle, poultry, and honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure continued improvement in stock.
  • Clean and disinfect buildings and yards, and remove manure.
  • Control the spread of disease and parasites in herds, by using vaccination and medication, and by separating sick animals.
  • In cooperation with educators and the supervisor, determine types and quantities of crops or livestock to be raised, according to factors such as program needs, 4-H Club needs, and community expectations.
  • Perform crop production duties such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, and harvesting.
  • Manage animals for optimal health, including maintaining feed and supplement plan and stocking supplies appropriately
  • Remove lower quality or older animals from herds and purchase other livestock to replace culled animals.
  • Select and purchase supplies and equipment such as seed, fertilizers, and animal feed.
  • Assemble, position, and secure structures such as trellises, beehives, or fences, using hand tools.
  • Demonstrate and explain farm work techniques and safety regulations to students, staff, and volunteers and be vigilant in maintaining safety standards on the properties.
  • Maintain facilities such as fencing, water supplies, and outdoor housing and wind shelters.
  • Manage and oversee the day-to-day running of farms raising poultry or pigs for the production of eggs, meat, and breeding stock.
  • * Oversee and carry out labor independently, and with others as needed to accomplish tasks.
  • Assist in design, procurement of materials, implementation and construction of infrastructure upgrades.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders and community members who come to and interact with the farm in a variety of ways, with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Support weekend volunteers and programs on an as needed basis. (FFA, 4-H, Master Gardeners)
  • * Effectively manage farm demonstrations in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Maintain thorough and detailed records of all animals, equipment and staff equipment training(s), accessible to supervisor and administrative staff.
  • Involve students in all farm operations, including; Animal care, breeding, parturition, animal husbandry, equipment maintenance, etc.
  • Collaborate with the operations team to align procedures for routine facility, grounds, pasture maintenance, and management.
  • Ability to operate large equipment safely including but not limited to zero turn mower, tractor with bucket, excavator, tiller, plow, brush hog, planter, sprayer, weed whacker, generator, etc.
  • Ability to run routine maintenance and upkeep on all equipment to be running at their optimal performance.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair broken equipment.
  • Assist in the maintenance of trails, removal of invasive species and management of natural spaces.
  • Understands and implements BHS, Bowers Farm, and E.L. Johnson key strategic initiatives.
  • Supports and participates in other Bowers School Farm and E.L. Johnson functions as appropriate or as needed by the supervisor.
  • Other tasks as assigned or as needed to be completed per ever changing environment & integrity

(projects, program support, special events, etc.).


  • Minimum 5 years of farming experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field.
  • Candidates with Michigan pesticide / herbicide applicators certification is a plus.

STATUS: Position will be immediately available

COMPENSATION BENEFITS: Pursuant to the Conditions of Employment for Coordinator Staff and commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For more information, call 248-341-6480.

METHOD OF APPLICATION: All applicants, who want to be considered for this position, must submit an application at:

It is the policy of the Bloomfield Hills Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other reason prohibited by applicable laws, in its programs, services, activities, or employment practices. Inquiries related to discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Coordinator: Director of Special Education, 7273 Wing Lake
Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, (248) 341-5415. Direct all other inquiries related to discrimination to:
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, 7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield
Hills, MI 48301, (248) 341-5425.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 – $48,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Night shift
  • On call
  • Overtime
  • Weekends


  • animal agriculture: 5 years (Required)

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented — quality and precision-focused
  • Innovative — innovative and risk-taking
  • Outcome-oriented — results-focused with strong performance culture
  • Stable — traditional, stable, strong processes
  • People-oriented — supportive and fairness-focused
  • Team-oriented — cooperative and collaborative

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Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

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