Appleton Farms hiring Assistant Dairy & Livestock Manager

Ipswich, Massachusetts

The Trustees of Reservations
Assistant Dairy & Livestock Manager
Appleton Farms

About the Company:

Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts, and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

Position Description:

The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) has an ambitious vision for Appleton Farms, and the dairy and livestock program will play a critical role in fulfilling that vision.  Through the dairy and livestock program, TTOR seeks to strengthen local communities, demonstrate the viability of sustainable, grass-based dairy and livestock practices, increase public demand for local, sustainably produced food, and increase support for the conservation of agricultural land.  TTOR expects Appleton Farms to be a model for publicly accessible, sustainable, grass-based dairy and beef operations. The agricultural community, the general public, and other Trustees staff should consistently view Appleton as a farm that has high standards for quality in all facets of its livestock operations, including: herd management and performance, the quality of its milk, value-added dairy products, beef, and other animals, the general appearance and cleanliness of the farm, and the way that farm staff welcome, interact with, and educate public visitors and volunteers.

Like all farm staff, the Assistant Dairy & Livestock Manager (ADLM) at Appleton Farms will play a critical role in fulfilling TTOR’s conservation, environmental and agricultural goals and priorities for the farm, which is part of a network of sustainably managed agricultural properties owned and operated by TTOR.  The ADLM reports to the Dairy & Livestock Manager (DLM). Along with the Dairy & Livestock Manager, the Assistant Dairy & Livestock Manager will be responsible for implementing TTOR’s grass-based, low-input dairy and beef programs at Appleton Farms.  Under the guidance of the Dairy & Livestock Manager, the Assistant Dairy Livestock Manager will help supervise farm staff responsible for day-to-day care and management of all livestock and livestock program infrastructure, and will be responsible for the care and performance of all farm animals, the condition of all livestock facilities and equipment, the condition of all grazing infrastructure, and the quality and supply of all forage/feed.

The ADLM also helps to develop and manage the program’s budget. He/she plays a key supporting role in the production and sale of value-added dairy products, working closely with the DLM and other staff to establish and meet the milk quality and milk production goals vital to the success of that enterprise.  The ADLM also plays a key role in supporting educational programs and community events on this publicly accessible, historically significant farm.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development and management of the dairy & livestock budget.
  • Ensure effective management of livestock partnerships, vendors and volunteers.
  • Help oversee and conduct timely milking, feeding, and care of the dairy herd.
  • Help guide effective management of the beef herd, chicken flock, and future livestock operations.
  • Operate equipment and facilities necessary for the successful performance of the livestock program and assign other qualified staff to operate such equipment.
  • Manage and maintain grazing infrastructure, including pastures, water systems, travel lanes, and fencing.
  • Help manage and maintain livestock program buildings, equipment, and facilities.
  • Assist in the recruitment, training and development of livestock personnel, including staff, apprentices, and volunteers.
  • Support the management of breeding, marketing, and sale of cattle.
  • Help manage herd health and performance in close consultation with the Dairy & Livestock Manager.
  • Maintain records and registrations to meet regulations and management goals.
  • Direct nutrient management of pastures and provide for annual forage/feed needs; guide other staff involved in meeting the forage/feed needs of the dairy and beef herds.
  • Continue the development of the animals, systems, and pastures to optimize performance consistent with TTOR goals.
  • Participate in the safe and timely transportation of fluid milk to and from the third-party bottling plant. Support on-site dairy processing and value-added dairy enterprise, as needed.
  • Involve volunteers in the operation of the program.
  • Help make Appleton a carbon-neutral facility by reducing energy use where feasible.
  • Support educational programming, community outreach, and other events.
  • Understand the strategic goals of the organization, and educate staff and visitors.
  • Maintain awareness of and concern for the visual presentation of Appleton Farms.
  • Make decisions that reflect TTOR’s commitment to organic/sustainable methods, sound ecological land and farm management, land conservation, and public education.
  • Other duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of hands-on experience in grass-based dairy and beef cattle management and care.
  • Experience with Jersey cattle is a plus.
  • Expert in the use, care, and maintenance of farm and dairy equipment.
  • Knowledge of organic principles is highly desirable.
  • A livestock degree is a plus.
  • Experience with maintaining animal health, including IV administration and artificial insemination are desirable.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and be willing to learn new skills.
  • Must be neat and have an eye for detail
  • Must possess and display an appreciation for the rich agricultural and social history of Appleton Farms.
  • A positive attitude, flexible approach, and commitment to achieving the goals of Appleton Farms and The Trustees of Reservations are essential.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a variable work schedule, which includes work on weekends and holidays.
  • Position based on an average work week of 5-5½ days.
  • The ADLM is required to live on the farm in TTOR-provided housing, subject to an occupancy agreement.
  • Any offer for this position will be contingent upon:
  1. A satisfactory driving record that meets the requirements of our driving policy.
  2. A satisfactory criminal background check. (CORI)

Compensation & Benefits:

The Assistant Dairy & Livestock Manager is a full-time, year round, exempt position.

Starting salary is commensurate with experience. As a full time employee, the Assistant Dairy & Livestock Manager is eligible for benefits offered by The Trustees, including:  medical insurance, dental insurance, disability and life insurance, our paid time off program, and our 401(k) retirement savings plan.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to:

Or Mail to:

Mark Bailey
219 County Road
Ipswich, MA  01938

No Phone Calls Please.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.