Colorado – Corset Ranch hiring Ranch Hand

Del Norte, Colorado

Job Title: Ranch Hand

Hours: 50 hours per week, some weekend work – may be slightly more or less with seasonal demands

Position Overview

Corset Ranch is a centennial, certified organic cattle operation located in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. We currently run about 600 head of cattle and grow alfalfa and grass hay in the summertime for sale to the public and winter feeding on the ranch. We are currently looking for a full-time employee to join our team. This person will be a true jack-of-all-trades, but primary responsibilities will include irrigation (flood), cattle work and infrastructure maintenance (fences, ditches, etc.). The ideal candidate is a true team player who also possesses the ability to work independently and problem solve. We’re looking for the kind of person who dives right in and starts helping—instead of sitting back and watching others work. And someone who has an interest in learning the business, not just showing up and collecting a paycheck.

Essential Job Functions and Duties

  • Flood irrigate fields during spring and summer growing seasons
  • Work with cattle (including daily care, feeding, watering, minerals, sorting, tagging, castrating vaccinating, branding, etc.)
  • Work on ranch infrastructure such as buildings, fences, ditches, etc. as well as road repair and maintenance as needed
  • Assist in running large equipment on the farm when necessary
  • Assist with manual labor tasks—ditch digging, fence building, rock picking, etc.
  • Assist in maintaining ranch equipment

Required Skills & Experience

  • Livestock experience—a background in animal husbandry is desired but not required
  • Irrigation experience
  • Basic carpentry experience/ability
  • Heavy equipment/agricultural equipment operation and maintenance knowledge / mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle
  • Welding knowledge/experience
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Genuine interest in and care for both livestock and plants
  • Flexible with a willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of projects and the ability to prioritize tasks
  • High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary
  • Available to work weekends on occasion as needed
  • Ability to learn new skills as needed
  • Enthusiastic, creative team member—able to communicate well and demonstrate patience when necessary (both with coworkers and livestock)
  • Takes pride in work environment and makes an effort to keep things clean (picking up string, trash, etc.)

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience and quality of references.

Typical Working Conditions

Work outside and around livestock, heavy and agricultural equipment, water and hay (allergens). There will be exposure to Southern Colorado outside temperatures and UV, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, loud noises and lots of dirt.

Equipment Used

Backhoe, dump truck, bulldozer, tractors, baler, cultivator, excavator, road grader, loader, chainsaw, stack wagon, etc.

To apply, please submit a resume and at least two references to amy.seigel@gmail.com.

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Maine – Aldermere Farm hiring Herd Manager

Rockport, Maine

Herd Manager, Aldermere Farm

Aldermere Farm, a landmark of mid-coast Maine, is one of the world’s premier breeders of Belted Galloway cattle. The 136-acre farm is owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization dedicated to protecting the scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity, and working landscapes of the Maine coast. The Trust maintains Aldermere as a working farm and educational center, helping visitors deepen their appreciation for land conservation and sustainable agriculture.

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under the direction of the General Manager, manages and supervises all cattle related functions of Aldermere Farm including feed and nutrition, breeding and calving and all records and inventories related to the cattle and stored forage. Will support the general manager with cattle and semen sales, youth and adult programming. Will work collaboratively with other farm staff to maintain the building structures, fence lines and forage production.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Will maintain or oversee all cattle database records and inventories for the farm.
  • Support the General Manager to determine Aldermere’s genetic and performance needs.
  • Manages plans for breeding, selling, and sourcing genetics to maintain Aldermere’s world class standing as well as to generate revenue.
  • Responsible for the herd’s health and must be aware of bovine health issues, monitor and detect problems early and treat effectively. Will monitor pregnancies and calving and possess the ability to undertake calving issues that arrive including assisting with births.
  • Must understand the nutrition needs of cattle of all ages and insure they are provided the correct forage, grain, and minerals as needed.
  • Budget responsibilities include items such as cattle purchases and grain, minerals, veterinary care, and programs.
  • Will be responsible for managing cattle on pasture land and feedlots.
  • Support the 4-H Club by creating a positive learning environment, support parents and volunteers to help manage events, finances and fundraising related to their activities. This includes local, regional and national venues. Must make sure that tasks performed by the 4-H members are done safely and efficiently.
  • Will lead our Farmhands youth program.
  • Will supervise assigned college interns or Apprentices each year in fulfilling the educational goals of the participants and using them to the best advantage in farm operations.
  • Will select and show a group of cattle each year to be shown at local, regional and national fairs and exhibitions to maintain Aldermere’s legacy as a worldwide premier herd of Belted Galloways.
  • Will interact on a regular basis with the public and must represent MCHT well at all times.
  • Will make sure that Aldermere staff and volunteers adhere to our high standards for animal welfare.
  • Will manage volunteers in many aspects of farm operations.
  • Will assist with and support other public/community events and farm programs.
  • Will work with the Farm Operations Manager to maintain the buildings and structures. Due to overlap with Farm Operations staff, will need to communicate and collaborate very well to ensure that cattle needs are met and to assist with other operation tasks as well.
  • Able to operate equipment including tractors (over 100 H.P.) and trucks and trailers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) due to hauling cattle. If not held, must be able to pass CDL test.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

Will supervise 4-H members, seasonal farm labor, Interns, Apprentices, and volunteers. Responsibilities will include involvement in interviewing and scheduling, training and development, scheduling, counseling and discipline, termination, evaluating performance, and other related roles.

REQUIREMENTS:

On farm housing is required to fulfill the duties of this position, and CDL is required for hauling cattle.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

Agricultural, education or business management degree will be helpful, but real life practical experience most necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent project management, organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Strong history of cattle management and their health care
  • Excellent Interpersonal oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team.
  • Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to communicate clear expectations to staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to coordinate projects with peers in the organization collaboratively.
  • Computer skills necessary to create and maintain spreadsheets, databases
  • Understanding of light carpentry and simple mechanics
  • Commercial Driver’s License

WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Work both indoors and outdoors in all year around conditions. Work will require significant physical strength and endurance. Some significant care will need to be taken while working around potentially aggressive cattle and dangerous equipment. Will be required to work in every type of weather condition and at any point day or night. Must be able to lift hay bales up to 75 pounds and 50 pound bales on a repetitive basis for up to 8 hours.

Will be office time to create and maintain inventories and related records as well as phone and e-mail for customer contacts.

This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including health insurance, vacation time, and retirement.

 TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to search@mcht.org with “Herd Manager” in the subject line.  The deadline for submission of applications is March 5, 2018.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

 

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

Ohio – Gorman Heritage Farm hiring Livestock Assistant

Gorman Heritage Farm is a 122-acre working farm and outdoor education center, inviting visitors to explore and learn the history, methods and values of a working family farm in a natural setting.

Evendale, Ohio

Job Title: Livestock Assistant
Category: Part time, 30-35 hours/week. 30 day probationary period.
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Farm Manager
Pay Scale: $12 – $14/ hour, based on education and experience.

Purpose:
Working under the direction of the Farm Manager to care for livestock and poultry, grounds and building maintenance, and assist with management of Volunteers.

Job Responsibilities:
Daily correspondence with and oversight of Farmyard Volunteers
Help prepare Farmyard and Animals for education groups
Feeding, watering, cleaning, and pasture rotation for livestock and poultry
Take notes related to animal health, feeding, and pasture rotation, as well as volunteer tasks, education groups, etc.
Grounds maintenance including mowing, trimming and snow removal as needed
Other duties as assigned.

Education/Skills: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, High School Diploma/GED and relevant work experience required. Basic knowledge of animal care, livestock experience preferred. Good communications skills. Positive attitude. Passion for the mission of Gorman Heritage Farm.

Physical demands: This position requires very strenuous physical activities. Must be able to lift 50 pounds independently. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Equipment operated: Tractors, truck with trailer, utility vehicles, zero turn mower, weed eater, hand tools, power tools, computer, printer/copier, and other equipment found in office, farm and teaching environment.

To apply: Send cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position along with your resume to tricia@gormanfarm.org.

Maine – Broad Arrow Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Bristol, Maine
LIVESTOCK MANAGER

Broad Arrow Farm seeks a livestock manager to join a team farming on the Pemaquid Peninsula in Bristol, Maine. The position requires at least five years’ practical experience and a passion for the land and its resources. The candidate must have some fluency with livestock husbandry and the ability to work and communicate efficiently.
The Livestock Manager is a critical team-member in the development of the farm. Manager responsibilities include all aspects of animal husbandry and resource management. Livestock populations are hogs, sheep and poultry, including a woods-based farrow-to-finish hog operation with a herd of Large Black X Old Spots.  Access to all necessary equipment and resources will be provided.
The Broad Arrow Farm Project consists of 160 acres of forest, 7 acres of grass pasture and a gravel yard, presently covering two properties with multiple points of access. While the hog operation is the foundational economic enterprise, there are plants focused operations on the farm and in the gardens, with the two operations often merging through water, soil and crop management.  Good communication skills will be required when the operations overlap.
Broad Arrow Farm would consider a farm couple or family with multiple members interested in employment. Compensation commensurate with experience. Package includes housing and health care insurance.
LABOR
Broad Arrow Farm in Bristol, seeks farm labor offering competitive wages relative to experience.
The candidates must have interest in animal husbandry and or horticulture, be able to work well both independently and in a group setting as well as be a competent machine and chainsaw operator.
Farm duties include but are not limited to: Feeding and watering of livestock, planting, pruning and cultivation of plant stock, landscape maintenance, fence construction and maintenance, crop harvest and forestry.
The labor positions are under the direction of project management.
Full and part time work available to suite the right candidates.

California – Long Meadow Ranch hiring Team Members

Rutherford, California

Long Meadow Ranch is a family owned and operated producer and purveyor of world-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible using diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods. We produce award-winning wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.

Job Description: We are looking for hard working and passionate team members to work on the certified organic vegetable farm and fruit orchards at Long Meadow Ranch. Duties will primarily include harvesting, planting, weeding, and general fieldwork. This is a great opportunity to further one’s farming career by being intimately involved in all aspects of an intensive and inventive organic farming and ranching operation. Come gain experience and knowledge, while doing the hard yet gratifying work of farming.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 seasons of organic farming experience, specifically planting, harvesting, and post harvest handling of diverse vegetable crops.
  • Experience with farmers markets and/or other direct to consumer sales.
  • Experience with drip irrigation.
  • Experience in the safe operation of small engine equipment (weedeaters, chainsaws, etc.).
  • Spanish language skills are a plus
  • Positive outlook, happy, and energetic.
  • Passionate about organic farming, local food production, cooking, and eating.
  • Detail oriented, tidy, and organized.
  • Able to learn quickly and follow instructions.
  • Self motivated with the ability to work unsupervised and within a small team.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in organic farming.

Duties:

  • The primary duties will initially be harvesting, planting, and weeding. A successful candidate will be happy doing the same daily repetitive tasks.
  • Work on all aspects of diversified vegetable operation: greenhouse transplant production, direct seeding, laying plastic mulch and amendments, installing and maintaining drip irrigation, planting, weeding, harvesting, and post harvest handling.
  • Assist with organic certification record keeping.
  • Work in orchards: pruning, thinning, and harvesting
  • Direct to consumer sales: Farmers Markets, deliveries to restaurants, and wholesalers.
  • This is a physically taxing job and is suitable for someone who enjoys hard work, long hours, and being outdoors.

The Details:

Schedule: Job will start immediately. 40-60 hours per week peak season. Schedule may vary depending on the workload.

Location: Long Meadow Ranch has multiple growing locations in Saint Helena and Rutherford, CA.

To apply, visit https://boards.greenhouse.io/lmr/jobs/681663?gh_jid=681663 and click “apply now.” This position is listed as garden worker on the company’s career webpage.

Virginia – Hawk’s Journey Farm hiring Assistant Cattle Manager

Nelson County, Virginia

Assistant Cattle Manager

At Hawk’s Journey Farm, we combine Biological farming, Restoration Agriculture, Permaculture and Holistic Management to raise livestock, perennial food and herbs, and annual crops. We build the things we learn into training programs through our outreach and education company Simple Soil Solutions.  Our mission is to heal ourselves and our community, starting with the soil.  We are located in Gladstone, VA and border the James River. For more info about us:  Please check our websites at http://simplesoilsolutions.com/ and http://abc-beef.com, and our videos on VIMEO and YouTube

We are building our core team for the long run, and need a full-time person (40 – 50 hrs/wk) to work mostly with our grass fed beef cattle operation, under the direction of the Cattle Herd Manager and farm owner. We pay a living wage, invest in amazing training opportunities, and offer many other benefits as well.

We are seeking a full-time, healthy, hardworking, detail oriented person who knows they want to work with regenerative and holistic cattle operation as a life path.  We do have openings for internships, but for this position we are looking for a long term team member.

Are you generally happy and positive?  Do you have a passion for soil building and rebuilding our earth and communities from the ground up?  We believe in the power of intention and the law of attraction.  We work as a team with a lot of openness and trust, and willingness to take accountability for our own feelings and choices.  We believe that working on ourselves is the foundation for societal change.  We want to share deeply on our unique paths of personal transformation as we mirror ways we can help each other grow.  

Think of this position as joining a loving, healthy family.  We support each other when we are down, and are honest with each other even when it hurts.  We believe in positive change from both joyful and painful experiences.  We want to FEEL and TUNE IN to our emotions fully and learn the messages underneath them, for we see that there is gold beneath the challenges that teaches us about our spiritual growth.

Job tasks would include but are not limited to:

  • Setting up, taking down temporary electrical fence daily or several times daily (lots of walking on hills and in tall vegetation in all types of weather, year round)
  • Practicing low stress cattle handling techniques
  • Feeding hay, free choice cafeteria style minerals, and other supplements, and natural treatments such as essential oils
  • Cleaning water troughs daily
  • Participating in on-farm research
  • Making daily observations and writing log records to document what the cattle are eating (grass, hay, minerals, etc.), what treatments were applied, cattle health & habits, grazing plan, and others as season and animal health dictates
  • Pushing out round bales by hand (with assistance when needed)
  • Loading/unloading hay (square bales) by hand
  • Fence building/repair
  • Operating farm equipment, vehicles and trailers
  • Awareness/Mindfulness work with animals

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