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Farm Assistant at Root Down Farm - 3903

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Farm Assistant
Root Down Farm
2601 Cloverdale Road
Pescadero, CA 94060
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Job Description: 

Root Down Farm is beginning its fifth season and is looking for a motivated and committed part-time individual to join our team from February 1st through November 30th (possibly longer). The ideal candidate will have farming or ranching experience, be a clear communicator, able to lift 50 pounds, queer friendly, a hard worker and eager to learn all aspects of our humane pasture based livestock and orchard operation.
Root Down Farm is a pasture based poultry & livestock operation located in beautiful Pescadero, California. We focus on humanely raising heritage breed chickens, turkeys, ducks and pigs through rotational grazing & foraging, while improving our soils and increasing biodiversity. We see ourselves as stewards of the land and use the natural behaviors of our animals to create healthy soil while producing delicious meat.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

• Daily observation, feeding, watering & caring of chicks in brooders
• Daily observation, feeding, watering & caring of chickens, turkeys, ducks and pigs on pasture
• Daily & weekly moving of poultry and pigs (electric fence is your friend)
• Maintenance of automated watering, electric fences, chargers, feeders, etc.
• Weekly pick up of locally sourced food scraps
• Regular cleaning of brooders, coops and pens
• Weed whacking and general landscape maintenance
• Daily gopher trapping and seasonal orchard care
• Crating/loading of animals for transport
• Working one Farmers Market a week and assisting with on-farm sales
• Assist with farm tours, workshops and other on-farm events

Additional Desired (but not required) Qualifications
• Ability, comfort and experience driving truck with trailer long distances
• Comfortable interacting with animals and humans
• Experience or strong interest in tractor driving/maintenance
• Experience and comfort with power tools and light carpentry
• Experience or strong interest in pasture management

Education & Experience: 

• Ability to work physically demanding days in different types of weather
• Work well as a team member and independently
• Provide own transportation and valid drivers license
• Ability to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis and repeatedly
• Ability to communicate clearly and listen to instruction
• Ability to be self-reliant and comfortable in a rural setting with little cell reception and very limited internet
• Ability to trouble shoot and problem solve independently
• Ability to work weekends
• Ability to know when to ask for help to ensure personal and livestock safety
• Ability to drive a truck (manual and standard)
• Customer service and general people skills
• Positive and Open attitude
• Mental flexibility to handle difficult and repeated tasks

Application Instructions: 

Please send letter of interest stating:
-past relevant experience, including responsibilities
-other related and non-related skills
AND two references to:

Starting hourly pay to commensurate with experience
Free and discounted meat and vegetables
Private housing available for rent on the farm with shared kitchen, shower, and land line.

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