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Assistant Manager for Sustainable Livestock Farm at Smith Meadows - 11269

Job Title: 
Assistant Manager for Sustainable Livestock Farm
Smith Meadows
568 SMITHFIELD LANE
22611 Berryville , VA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Assistant Manager for Sustainable Livestock Farm

Synopsis: Established and profitable farm seeking experienced farm worker as an assistant manager, with future advancement possibilities.

Description: We are a diversified, sustainable grass-based livestock farm in the Shenandoah Valley, serving both our local community and farmers' markets in the Washington DC area. For more than two decades, we’ve practiced rotational and mob-grazing of our stocker cattle (150 head) and sheep (200 head), and rotational grazing of our pigs (300) and laying hens (1200). We are a year-round, ecologically and humanely-focused farm.

Preferences:

Our preferred candidate will have some knowledge of automotive and/or tractor maintenance, carpentry skills, and experience with pasture-based livestock systems. Additionally, they will want to establish their own future enterprise on the farm, one that will synergistically accentuate existing systems.

General Requirements:

—Two years minimum experience with livestock is mandatory
—Able to lift fifty pounds (feed bags, hay bales, etc.)
—Able to work one weekend day per week (Tuesday through Saturday, or Sunday through Thursday is a typical five day week)
—Driver’s license
—Positive, ‘can-do’, team-centered attitude

Compensation:

—37k salary to start, with pay increase to 40k after one year
—one paid week of vacation every six months
—modern, comfortable, in-town (approx. 5 miles away) one-bedroom apartment at 50% local rent rate, utilities included
—continued educational opportunities by attending conferences and workshops, paid by farm
—15% employee discount on all Smith Meadows Products

Conclusion:

We are a positive, profitable, and fun place to work. Our staff gets to be creative and lend input, while working within an established, successful system. There is no “I” at our farm, only “we”. The farm offers satisfying work and competitive pay, with chance of career advancement.

Please send resume and three references, as well as a mission statement as to your personal farming goals.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Assist our farm manager in livestock management of cow, sheep, pigs and laying hens. Light carpentry, minimal tractor work. Must work one weekend day each week. 8 hour shift with one hour off for lunch each day. Must be prepared to work in all weather outdoors.

Education & Experience: 

Must have a high school diploma or GED
Must have 2 years experience on a livestock farm
Our preferred candidate will have some knowledge of automotive and/or tractor maintenance, carpentry skills, and experience with pasture-based livestock systems. Additionally, they will want to establish their own future enterprise on the farm, one that will synergistically accentuate existing systems.

Application Instructions: 

Please send resume and three references, as well as a mission statement as to your personal farming goals.

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture
Livestock/Ranching