Maine – Singing Prairie Farms hiring Livestock Manager

Newcastle, Maine

Job Title: Holistic Grazing Livestock Manager

Singing Prairie Farms

20 Holstein Lane

Newcastle, ME 04553

Employment type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Singing Prairie Farms primary focus is pasture-based, organic pork production dedicated to advancing the research and practice of holistic grazing for monogastric animals. In addition to pigs, organic dairy replacement heifers are custom grazed. Singing Prairie is an established farm that is  moving summer 2018 from Missouri to coastal Maine in order to expand production. Farm in Maine is 160+ acres, located in the watershed of a wild salmon run. The Livestock Manager will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a rapidly growing company that utilizes holistic grazing and cover crops in order to promote economic and ecological sustainability.

This is a three-month position, followed by a review, with the opportunity to continue as a full-time year round position. This is a paid position and includes housing, utilities and a partial food stipend. Opportunity for further education and training in holistic management for a year-round committed individual.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Livestock Manager will work closely with John Arbuckle, co-owner and founding farmer, on a daily basis performing a variety of tasks including: daily livestock care; creating and implementing restorative grazing systems that integrate permanent pasture and annual forage crop mixtures; building and maintaining infrastructure and equipment (perimeter fencing, water pipelines, buildings); assisting with on-farm vet responsibilities (vaccinating piglets, application of humane-certified nose rings); learning about financial analysis and decision making; overseeing farm interns; assisting with research studies as necessary; leading farm tours. Opportunities in marketing or office systems available for the right person.

Education and Experience:

  • At least 1 year experience with farming or farm-related coursework
  • Prior experience working with livestock
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently, problem solver
  • Strong communication skills
  • Passion for regenerative agriculture with a deep desire to continue to learn about soil health and land management
  • Open to learning new skills and land management techniques
  • Ability to work in all types of weather
  • Organized, on time, and reliable
  • Valid driver’s license

 

Application Instructions:

Candidates should send a cover letter outlining their livestock experience, resume, available start date, contact information. References will be requested from applicants who are invited to interview. Please send information to John@roamsticks.com. Start date is between July 5 and July 15.

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