- full time, year round position. 40-50 hours per week, Wednesdays- Sundays
This position is responsible for overseeing and managing our certified organic pastured egg operation of about 700 hens. The position is a great opportunity for someone with a demonstrated passion for animal husbandry that wants to take on responsibility, but may not be ready or want to start their own operations. There is great room for growth and expansion for the right candidate. The position also includes a weekly farmers’ market and helping out with other farm work when time allows.
Pay: starting $13-$16/hour, experience depending, with 6 month reviews of performance for raises. Health Insurance benefits and up to a week paid vacation included. $150 stipend for housing or commuting more than 30 miles if living off-site.
Qualifications: Self-directed, good at self managing, detail-oriented, good communication skills, basic spanish a plus, previous farming experience required, previous animal husbandry experience required. Must have basic knowledge and skill in fixing and maintaining equipment as well as experience driving a tractor and using a front end loader. The ideal candidate has an interest and passion organic animal husbandry, a zeal for improving systems and efficiency, and a love of animals (the job also entails the daily care and loving of our extremely sweet and cuddly livestock guardian dog Henri).
-daily care of birds
-maintain and repair equipment
-Manage the weekly moving of both coops and maintenance of pasture
-Manage and coordinate the cleaning the coops once every four weeks. Refresh straw and wood shavings.
-Monitor health of the birds and coordinate the treatment of coops/birds when necessary.
-Keep ongoing inventory of the necessary inputs and supplies and make a plan with business owners to ensure that they are always on site, (feed, oyster shell, straw, wood shavings, hose repair supplies, etc.).
- maintenance and repairs(repair waterers, replace broken fence posts) and monitor the need for more major repairs.
- deal with ordering chicks annually and setting up brooder as well as care of chicks in brooder
-managing the annual culling (slaughter) of the older hens
-caring for and being Henri’s person-giving him meds/setting up vet visits, treats, making sure he has food, gets groomed, etc.
previous farming and animal husbandry experience required. This is a managerial role. The ideal candidate is someone who is interested in long term employment.
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