Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Seeking to fill 2 more spots for apprentices at Weathertop Farm in Virginia

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA.  We are located just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 3-4 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor

-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.

-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs

-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.

-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

 

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!
Work will include but is not limited to:
Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)

Collecting & cleaning eggs

Daily portable-fence moving

Daily pasture-pen moving

Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis

On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)

Occasional building projects

Deliveries

Farmers markets

On-farm sales

 

What you can expect from us:

To learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have.  Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

Housing provided:

Private 2-bedroom attic apartment with full kitchen & bath (including composting toilet), heating & wifi. Furnished with the basics.  All utilities included. To be shared with 2 apprentices already working here.

 

Meals:

We welcome apprentices to join us for lunch daily, and sometimes for dinner, too, other meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will have access to food that is grown on the farm.
Stipend:  $600/month.
Day(s) off:  alternating Saturdays/Sundays off, and occasional weekday afternoons.

Several vacation days allowed, but must be planned around farm schedule.

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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.

Maine – Springdale Farm hiring Assistant Herdsman

Waldo, Maine

Springdale Farm

207-272-5492

sprindalejerseys@gmail.com

Assistant Herdsman/Assistant Grazing Manager

Springdale Farm is a fourth generation family dairy farm in Waldo, Maine.  We milk 125 registered Jersey and Guernsey cows, raise beef, veal and pork for local markets and have a small creamery.  We have been rotationally grazing our dairy herd since the early 1970’s and it is the cornerstone of our farm.  We are looking for a motivated individual to help continue to improve and expand our grazing system and perform some general herdsman duties.

Responsibilities include:

Aid in all aspects of rotational grazing on 125 cow dairy herd, 40 dry cows and 30 breeding age heifers.  Tasks may include:

  • All aspects of planning and implementation of permanent, semi-permanent and temporary fencing including barbed wire, steel wire and polywire
    • Upkeep of old fences
    • Maintaining and monitoring electricity
    • Moving polywire
    • Aiding in daily rotation of two milking herds
    • Aiding appropriate rotation of dry cow herd
    • Developing rotational system for breeding age heifers
  • Monitoring grazing conditions on a daily and sometimes hourly basis
  • Clipping pastures
  • Maintaining stationary and mobile water supplies
  • Re-seeding pastures

Herdsman duties:

  • Herd vaccination program
  • Calf and heifer management
  • Milk quality management
    • Monitor for and treat mastitis
    • Monitor general herd health
    • Monitor milking parlor and milk house maintenance

Position would ideally evolve into a management role based on the needs of the farm and strengths of the individual.  Pay depends on experience.  Housing available.

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.

New York – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County hiring Farm Supervisor

Riverhead, New York

Farm Supervisor

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Association Farm Supervisor will be a working supervisor who develops and oversees all aspects of the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H camp farm, including livestock, growing vegetables, fruits and herbs, managing farm workers, seasonal staff and volunteers.

Prepare and maintain operating budgets. Hire, evaluate, and supervise employees. In collaboration with the Camp Specialist, and Camp Facilities Manager evaluate animal enclosures, farm buildings and grounds to ensure they are safe for use according to local and accreditation codes. Develop farm safety and training programs so that staff, volunteers and campers are adequately trained in the handling of chemicals and equipment used. Market produce and other products from farming operation, supervise equipment repair and modification.

Assist Camp Specialist with the development of an overall sustainable farm production plan, including but not limited to crop rotation, composting and pest management recommendations. Perform special projects as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent and 4 years of experience or High School Diploma and technical school course work and 6 years of experience.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Meet acceptable background check standard.
  • Experience working in a team environment AND demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Farm planning experience and working knowledge of farm infrastructure.
  • Experience working with farm machinery.
  • Interest in working with youth and youth programs.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Valid NYS driver license and ability to pass Motor Vehicle Screen.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (weekends, holidays and evening hours, as needed).
  • Ability to work in inclement weather (snow, sleet, and ice storms).
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position, including, but not limited to, lifting fifty (50) pound bags of feed and bales of hay. Push full wheel barrows, and carry 5 gallon (40#) water buckets and feed to animals over uneven terrain, ice, mud.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master Degree and 4 years of experience.
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Basic carpentry skills.
  • Must be comfortable driving and operating farm equipment.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,

Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

POSITION DETAILS:

This is a Full-Time Exempt position, 40 hours per week.

Pay Rate Type: Salary

HOW TO APPLY:

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the “Experience” section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

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New Hampshire – Wingate Farm hiring Part Time Employees

Hinsdale, New Hampshire

At Wingate Farm we strive to grow healthy, delicious eggs, produce, flowers, and meat while responsibly and humanely caring for our soils and animals. We are not certified organic, but all of our animals are fed 100% organic, non-gmo grain from Green Mountain Feeds. Our 1000 laying hens are rotationally grazed on 14 acres of green pasture April through November, and housed in high-tunnels during the winter months. We are steadily incorporating no-till practices into our vegetable production, using solarization and compost smothering techniques to limit weed pressure and increase soil health and fertility. We are not a highly mechanized farm, and most of our field work is done with hand tools, not tractors.

We are hiring one to two self-motivated part time employee(s) for the 2018 growing season. We are a tight knit crew–consisting of two farmers and 1-2 part-time helpers. Our employees work alongside the farmers but are often set-up on solo tasks.  Applicants must have at least one year of farming (or related) experience, a desire to learn multiple facets of our small diverse operation, and work hard in a quick paced yet supportive and fun environment. Workers will be expected to move between a variety of farm tasks in a given day, so focus and attention to detail are paramount. These tasks include: field work (bed prep, weeding, mulching, transplanting, solarizing); harvest, washing, and packing produce for farmers markets and wholesale; and animal husbandry and related chores (feeding and watering pigs and chickens, moving coops and fence, collecting, washing, and packaging eggs, assisting with on farm chicken processing). Employees work Mondays and Fridays from 7am-4pm, with an occasional extra day as required. On average this works out to about 20 hours a week from June-October. Additional hours in April and May are available if desired. Compensation will be $12/hr with an additional weekly supply of veggies, eggs, flowers, and some meat. If interested in the position, please email us your resume to info@wingate-farm.com.

 

New York – Stone Barns Center hiring Grazier

Pocantico Hills, New York

Stone Barns Center

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit organization on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system. We are working to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem. In our quest to transform the way America eats and farms, we convene changemakers, educate food citizens, train farmers, and develop agroecological farming practices.

Grazier

Stone Barns Center has an immediate opening for a full-time Grazier. This position reports to the Grasslands Manager. The Grazier will oversee all management and operations associated with the health and welfare of all ruminant species in our intensive 100% grass-fed system. The pastures cover approximately 330 acres of grasslands.

The Grazier is responsible for managing of all aspects of production associated with the Center’s multispecies grazing program across all grasslands in accordance with a Conservation Action Plan. The Grazier will be responsible for the oversight of intensive rotational grazing plans for cattle, sheep and goats, including all labor, animal records and tracking programs. S/he will be responsible for coordinating grazing schedules, mowing/haying and stockpile systems. S/he will be responsible for the breeding and record keeping of sheep flocks and the associated lambing program, the cattle finishing program and the processing of sheep and goats.

The Grazier must have experience with large ruminant animals and a clear understanding of grassland and pasture ecosystems management. This individual will work within an integrated team of farmers, researchers and other experts to further the development of a resilient agroecological system, explore symbiotic relationships between animals, plant-base and soil ecology, contribute to farm innovation and experimentation, and serve as an expert practitioner and Center spokesperson.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive grazing plan
  • Oversee the care and welfare of farm sheep flocks including breeding, lambing, medical and grazing records
  • Oversee the care and welfare of finish stock (cattle and goats)
  • Work in association and coordination with the Ranger (managing pigs and poultry) as needed
  • Manage an Assistant Grazier
  • Direct apprentices, interns and volunteers as needed
  • Oversee and maintain of all fencing, tools and equipment related to grazing operations
  • Manage budget and expenses associated with grazing operations
  • Support the development and execution of the production plan with the Farm Director
  • Coordinate the sales schedule of cattle, sheep and goats in accordance with the production plan
  • Provide seasonal production reports for each species
  • Act as a spokesperson for grazing systems and for the Center

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Commitment to Stone Barns Center’s mission
  • Previous experience with large ruminant animals at a production scale
  • A clear understanding of grassland and pasture ecosystems management and of supplementary feeding
  • Well organized, able to prioritize and manage a full and diverse workload, take initiative and be proactive
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Supervisory and staff management experience
  • Professional maturity and strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communications skills

Compensation: Stone Barns Center offers a salary commensurate with experience and comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, a 401k plan and paid time off. This is a full-time, exempt position.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: jobs@stonebarnscenter.org.

Stone Barns Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.