Moon Hollow Ranch is seeking a full or part time Ranch Assistant to join our team. We are seeking a very detail oriented, hard worker with the ability to work independently. We raise registered Babydoll Southdown Sheep, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, KuneKune Pigs, Livestock Guardian Dogs and assorted poultry, grow heirloom fruit and berries, have an olive oil production orchard and a production vegetable garden. This position hours can be between 24 to 40 hours per week and each shift is generally 8 hours: a set schedule is required, however there is some flexibility in the days and times you choose to work.
Under direct supervision of the Gardens & Livestock Manager, the position will primarily focus on the daily care and feeding of livestock, mucking of the barn and paddocks, cleaning chicken coops, maintenance of our production vegetable garden, and other tasks on the ranch as needed.
$18 - $25 per hour depending on experience. Benefits for full time position (30+ hours per week) include QSEHRA - a program providing tax-free reimbursement of health insurance premiums and qualifying medical expenses (proof of health insurance required), 401k with 4% matching, paid 30-minute lunch break, 10 vacation days, 9 sick leave days and 8 paid federal holidays annually. We regret that no housing is available with this position.
The major responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:
Ability to work safely and comfortably around multiple species of livestock
Keeping areas neat and tidy at all times to maintain the aesthetic of the estate
Observing livestock for signs of stress or illness, reporting any anomalies to the Gardens & Livestock Manager
Daily feeding, watering and care of livestock
Routine livestock care and record keeping, including hoof trimming, administering medication as needed, etc.
Collecting, cleaning and packing eggs
Mucking barn and paddocks as needed (spot mucking daily, full mucking weekly)
Cleaning chicken coops on a weekly basis
Additional tasks may include assisting with rotational grazing of sheep and goats using electric fencing, milking goats, beekeeping, assistance with production garden work, noxious and invasive plant management.
Past farm employment or other experience with livestock animal husbandry
Strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks to completion
Valid California Driver's license and clean driving record
Full background security check
Ability to lift and carry 50+ lbs
Ability to safely work outside year-round, including in inclement weather and with exposure to poison oak and rattlesnakes
Ability to use equipment and power tools safely, taking extremely good care of all ranch equipment
Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality and privacy
Good time management skills and ability to make efficient use of time
Good communication skills, computer literate and experience with google docs a plus
Ability to be punctual and keep a good attendance record ensuring livestock are not left without food and water on your assigned shift
To be considered for a position, please include a cover letter mentioning the position you are applying for and why you feel you'd be a good fit for our team, a resume detailing your past work experience and three references. Email to: email@example.com