New Hampshire – Meadowstone Farm hiring Animal Manager

Bethlehem, New Hampshire

Farm Description:

Meadowstone farm is a small, diverse farm in Northern New Hampshire.  We have been actively growing vegetables and raising animals in Bethlehem since 2004.  We are no longer certified organic, but follow all organic standards and strive to provide the freshest local food possible.  More information about our farm, growing practices, animal husbandry and who are can be found on our website, meadowstonenh.com. 

Job Description:

Head Animal Manager

In general this position will oversee all aspects of animals at Meadowstone Farm.  These animals currently include goats, layers, pigs and beef cows.  We have approximately 30 milking does, 300 layers, 3 breeding sows, 13 Milking Devon cows.  All aspects of this position will be done with a Meadowstone Farm ethos, in that animals will be treated humanly and with respect, allowed to be themselves, have easy access to the outside and have close monitoring of their health. A person will succeed in this position with patience, observation skills, organization, creative problem solving, attention to detail, diligence and sense of humor. This position reports directly to owner and Farm Manger with questions, concerns and plans.  Primary responsibilities are for goats and pigs, secondary responsibility for cows and layers.

Tractor and animal experience required.  Will train the right person for milking duties.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

General duties include:

-Developing and maintaining a feeding schedule for all animals

-Developing and maintaining a housing and rotational plan for all animals

-Maintaining housing and fencing of all animals

-Developing and maintaining a cleaning schedule of animal housing, feeders and waterers.

-Developing a schedule for daily chores(for when not on duty)

-Developing a record system for inputs(i.e. grain) and outputs(i.e. eggs, meats) of animals

-Developing breeding schedule and maintaining a record system for goats, pigs and cows.

Specific Duties include:

-Milking duties for goats.  Including some weekend work and split shifts

-Food scrap run and produce delivery

-All daily chores when on duty

Work Schedule:  Will vary with the seasons, but is usually mid-March through mid-December.  Full time work(40-55 hours/week) can be expected between April 1-November 1.  Other work week lengths dictated by tasks needed.  There is the possibility for limited part-time work through the winter.  Schedule will include 2 concurrent days off/week(unless extenuating circumstances).  Unpaid time off during the summer will be considered.

Example of weekly schedule:

Sun     Mon   Tuesday        Wed                Thursday      Fri                   Sat

off      off       6-1, 6-8pm      6-1, 6-8pm      6-1                   12-8                 6-1, 6-8pm

Compensation: 

-$12-15/hr with potential housing option

-All purchasing benefits of employees at MSF

-potential for partial pay(no more than 75%) of health insurance by employer.  Percentage is based on seasons worked at farm(10 % per season, starting at 30% after one year) .

 

 

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