Livestock Farmer/Vegetable Crew
Full-time/Seasonal, posted 1/2/19
Supervised by the Farm Manager, the Livestock Farmer will be the primary caretaker of our farm animals: three heritage-breed cows, two goats, and a small flock of laying hens. This position is responsible for the daily care of our livestock, but because this program is small (our livestock operation primarily serves our educational programs), the Livestock Farmer will spend up to 70% of work days helping our vegetable crew and/or working on other farm projects. Applicants should be reliable, hardworking, and have excellent communication skills.
- Feed and water animals and attend to all daily livestock chores
- Manage rotational grazing program for cows: move electric fencing to shift grazing areas, oversee pasture mowing and maintenance
- Keep pasture fence lines clear, make fence repairs as needed
- Maintain veterinary records and proactively manage animal health
- Order hay, feed, etc. and ensure all necessary supplies are on hand
- Assist with propagation, bed preparation, transplanting, irrigation, weeding, and all aspects of our vegetable production operation
- Work efficiently during harvesting, processing, washing, and packing
- Maintain high energy in a faced paced environment
- As needed, assist with farm events, retail farm stand, property maintenance, or educational programs
- 1-2 years of experience with livestock; experience with large animals required
- Ability to perform all livestock work independently and with minimal supervision
- Willing to work efficiently in all weather conditions
- Comfortably able to lift 50lbs
- Strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to safely operate tractors and other farm equipment
- Vegetable production experience desired but not required
Schedule & Compensation
This is a seasonal position (April through the end of November) with an hourly wage of $14-$20, depending on experience. A general work week is 5 days/week, 8am-5pm (8 hours, plus a one-hour unpaid lunch break). Farm staff schedules typically include one weekend day. We have an interest in expanding our livestock program and preference will be given to applicants with the experience to help us scale up. Ultimately we would like to see this grow into a full-time, permanent position, but for 2019, but the Livestock Farmer is structured as temporary position that will end at the end of the 2019 season. We are unable to provide housing at this time.
To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references, including ‘Livestock Farmer’ in the subject line.