Located in south-central Pennsylvania, the Dickinson College Farm is an 80-acre educational production farm that raises grass-fed cattle, sheep and chickens and certified organic produce for campus and community consumption, in addition to serving as a resource for academic and agricultural training interests.
The Dickinson College Farm invites motivated and experienced applicants to apply for our 2022 Livestock Assistant Manager position. We raise cattle and sheep from birth to maturity on the farm, then sell the mature animals as retail meat products or live animals to other local growers. We aim for a low stress management system with an emphasis on livestock and pasture health, productivity, and worker safety. In 2022 we will have 15-20 cattle, 40-50 sheep and about 50 hens
The Livestock Assistant Manager will be part of a team of one seasonal apprentice and 2 part time student helpers, supervised and supported by the farm manager. They will work alongside a team of 10 young people in the organic vegetable operation (the overall farm team in summer is about 16 people).
Responsibilities of the Livestock Assistant Manager will include:
Supervision or execution of daily livestock care (pasture moves, feeding, water, health checks)
Leading livestock crew in periodic sheep health maintenance (hoof care, body condition and parasite screening, treatment as needed).
Lambing and calving assistance as needed
Extra care for animals with veterinary health issues
Supervision or execution of fence maintenance duties
Record keeping: pasture moves, births, deaths, veterinary care notes
Meat sales: managing meat inventory, online store and packing orders
Machine operation: tractor loader for hay and manure, four-wheeler for daily chores, weedwacker for fence maintenance, shop tools for equipment maintenance.
Organizing team members to cover weekend animal care
May also assist with compost and biofuels operations as time permits
This full-time position will run from March until December in 2022. The wage is $14.27/hour for a 40 hour week plus one week of paid vacation, as well as free produce and free or discounted access to retail items such as meat and eggs.
A complete job description for the 2022 Livestock Assistant Manager position can be found at https://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/2022-livestock-crew-leader/
Successful applicants must have a minimum of one season working with livestock on a farm. Experience supervising others, operating equipment, and relevant academic training are a plus. Training will be provided to supplement the applicant’s existing knowledge, skills and experience. The ideal Assistant Manager will be energetic, dedicated to the farm mission, and present with an upbeat attitude on a daily basis. As a member of the management team, the Livestock Assistant Manager will support and help communicate farm policies in a professional manner with respect for all farm staff, students and volunteers. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.
To apply, submit an informal cover letter and resume describing your relevant experience, reason for applying and personal aspirations for the 2022 season and beyond. Email application materials to email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis – the position will be filled by the first qualified applicant.
For additional information about the Dickinson College Farm and Livestock Assistant Manager position, please contact Matt Steiman at firstname.lastname@example.org