Accokeek Foundation hiring Livestock Manager

Accokeek, Maryland

Accokeek Foundation Livestock Manager

Position Overview

The Accokeek Foundation seeks a Livestock Manager for its Heritage Breed Conservation Program on a 200-acre site in Piscataway Park. The site includes two working farms, the National Colonial Farm (living history tobacco planter farmstead) and the Ecosystem Farm (8-acre sustainable agriculture demonstration). The Heritage Breed Conservation Program includes the breeding of Milking Devon cattle and Hog Island sheep, as well as the exhibiting of Ossabaw hogs and a variety of heritage breed poultry. In addition to managing all aspects of animal care (including rotational grazing), the Livestock Manager works with Foundation staff in pasture management and care of infrastructure and equipment. The Livestock Manage also supports the Foundation’s agricultural and educational programs. S/he is a hardworking, resourceful, detail-oriented individual with excellent project management and people skills, a sense of humor, and an interest in historic preservation and environmental sustainability.

About the Accokeek Foundation

The Accokeek Foundation was established as a non-profit organization in 1957 to protect the land from development, and to preserve the view from Mount Vernon across the Potomac River. The Foundation helped lead the effort to create Piscataway Park and continues its work on this landscape through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. Today, our mission is to cultivate passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Piscataway Park and commitment to stewardship and sustainability. Through on-farm educational experiences and innovative programming we are connecting people to the land and engaging them in creating a sustainable world.

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Routine care and management routine care and management will meet or exceed the current standards for humane and sustainable care of livestock as specified by the US Humane Society,
  • Maintain sufficient populations of livestock and poultry to support the Accokeek Foundation’s program needs, including breeding of Milking Devon cattle and Hog Island sheep.
  • Maintain relevant records and registrations for all livestock.
  • Sell, trade or share breeding stock when possible to reputable buyers and breeders.
  • Provide livestock, hay and pasture management components to the Foundation’s sustainable agriculture initiatives.
  • Maintain and improve appropriate open spaces in hayfields, selected forest buffers and pasture, with the goal of a high quality rotational grazing and multi-species grazing program.
  • Work with students, interns, volunteers and the general public to support the Foundation’s heritage breed, natural resource and agricultural programs.
  • Act as Site Supervisor, overseeing interpreters or volunteers, when needed.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Associate degree or higher, or equivalent educational training.
  • Four years farming experience with personal responsibilities for management of livestock.
  • Experience in operating relevant machinery.
  • Computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel).
  • Physical stamina to perform necessary tasks involved in a sustainable agriculture operation.
  • Knowledge of current-day environmentally sustainable agricultural practice and the role of animals therein
  • Creative problem-solving skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion, as well as the ability to maintain poise and professionalism under pressure,
  • Ability to exercise independent decision making skills while also working within the Foundation’s management structure, understanding the significance of organizational culture and the special requirements of a non-profit organization.
  • Experience and/or openness to working with draft animals is a plus.

Highly Desired Qualities

  • Personal commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.
  • Strong interest in education, including designing interactive learning experiences
  • Experience in drama, including both third-person and first-person living history interpretation
  • Experience working with children
  • Willingness to work in costume when needed

Hours, Start Date/Duration, and Compensation

Full-time position (40 hours per week, exempt from overtime pay). Schedule is 8 am to 4 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, with flexibility to work other times on occasion (eg. birthing season). Starting salary range is $30-32,000 per year. The Accokeek Foundation provides a generous employee benefit package including health insurance, paid vacation, holiday, sick leave, and a retirement plan.

To Apply

Please send a resume and a cover letter that details your interest and experience related to this position. Send by mail to “3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek MD 20607 or by email to info@accokeek.org. PLEASE use “Livestock Manager” in the subject heading.

The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staf and visitors. This position is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3400 Bryan Point Road | Accokeek, Maryland 20607 | p: 301-283-2113 | http://www.accokeekfoundation.org

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