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Livestock Manager at Delaware Nature Society - 5467

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Livestock Manager
Delaware Nature Society
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
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Job Description: 

The Livestock Manager plays an important role in our work bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to the operation of a multi-species, planned rotational grass-based enterprise that exemplifies the synergetic relationship between soil, plant, animal, and consumer. The Livestock Manager is part of a team charged with implementing a visionary 10-year Master Plan. This full-time year-round core position requires residence on Coverdale Farm Preserve.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Work directly with Coverdale Farm Preserve Manager, key staff, stakeholders, and partners to develop and implement all aspects of an ~80-acre grass-based multi-species planned grazing enterprise. Scope of work includes but is not limited to the establishment/management of a perennial poly-crop forage system, building & maintaining herds/flocks, upholding production schedules & records, maintaining all livestock infrastructure. Contributing to marketing strategies, sales, and economic efficiencies and actions for all species.
Supervise 3 – 6 part-time, volunteer, and intern farm and grounds staff. Teach and develop staff skills in regenerative agriculture with emphasis in multi-species planned rotational grazing and animal husbandry.
Support community engagement program through collaboration with Coverdale Farm Preserve Manager, key staff, stakeholders, and partners to develop, support, and participate in farmer training programs, educational programs, and special events.
Oversee the maintenance of pristine and safe grounds, fences, and pastures through mowing, line trimming and intentional animal management. Identify building and grounds maintenance needs, reporting needs to supervisor.
Oversee the operation, service, and repair of farm machinery and vehicles necessary for farm operations.

Education & Experience: 

• Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society and Coverdale Farm Preserve
• Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Animal Science or equivalent
• 5 years of relevant experience in diversified grass-based livestock management /animal husbandry at production scale
• Experience with the process and maintenance of organic certification
• Clear understanding of veterinary care, birth through slaughter responsibilities, and willingness to engage in all stages and situations of animal life cycles
• Excellent working knowledge of core issues related to regenerative agriculture
• Excellent working knowledge of grassland and pasture ecosystems management and of supplementary feeding
• Knowledge of farm equipment operation, maintenance, and repair
• 3 years supervisory & staff management experience
• Professional maturity and positive interpersonal skills with a friendly attitude
• Organized, willing to take initiative, think and act proactively to solve problems and assess priorities, and manage a variety of tasks calmly and effectively
• Excellent public relations and communication skills with ease and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages
• Ability to work outside for extended periods of time in various weather conditions
• Ability to work as a professional team member in an active, changing environment

Application Instructions: 

To apply: Visit our website and apply online at
Or send cover letter, resume and completed Delaware Nature Society application to:
PO Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
United States

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