CARNATION FARMS

Carnation Farms is a community-based hub for regenerative food & agriculture that educates and empowers the work of culinary, food and farm professionals. We aspire to help create a thriving regional food system connecting farmers & culinary professionals around shared values of regenerative food, health & equity.

JOB DESCRIPTION

LIVESTOCK CREW MEMBER

Position Summary:

The Livestock Crew Member is responsible for daily care of our herd of Belted Kingshire Beef Cattle, our meat and fiber sheep, as well as our poultry . Previous farm or ranch experience is encouraged. The position is full-time, seasonal (March-September), with a variable work schedule. Limited affordable housing on- site is available, please ask if interested.

Reports to: Livestock Manager

Livestock Assistant Essential Functions

  • Daily care and management of animals with high animal welfare protocols
  • Predator control, fence management and flood contingency planning
  • Works as part of a team with scheduling, locations of livestock, execution of production, pasture management 
  • Examines livestock for illness or disease and advises designated personnel of action to be taken or secures veterinarian services 
  • Inspects facilities and equipment to ensure compliance with sanitation standards and to determine maintenance and repair requirements
  • Helps to maintain records, such as livestock production, sales, and reports, required by government regulations, including maintaining complete and orderly certified organic paperwork.
  • Helps maintain inventory and quality in cold storage and freezer
  • Assist in occasional tours and guest relations where they include livestock
  • Assist with the occasional harvest of animals on site

Animal Specific Care (Cattle, Sheep, Poultry)

  • Rotating animals in and out of pasture daily
  • Setting up and moving portable electric fence
  • Ensuring that animals have access to fresh clean water and mineral
  • Assist with vaccination, hoof trimming, and routine health care of animals
  • Egg collection and washing/packing
  • Mending fences and pasture management
  • Moving animals with livestock trailers or on foot

Skills and Experience:

We are looking for a positive, reliable, responsible, and hardworking individual who has a strong desire to work with livestock on an organic farm. 

  • A minimum of 1-year professional experience with animal husbandry, livestock management, or agriculture is preferred. The right applicant will be considered without those qualifications however.
  • Comfortable driving trucks with trailers and a willingness to learn to operate heavy equipment
  • Interest and enthusiasm for pasture management.
  • Attention to detail is critical and a passion for working with livestock is essential. 
  • The ability to meet the physical requirements of the position, including lifting heavy objects (50+ lbs.), working outside in all variety of weather and conditions, and working around animals
  • Proven interpersonal skills with the strong ability to work with a team of peers

Key Competencies:

  • Comfortable working independently 
  • Organizational skills and record keeping
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to follow directions and problem solve
  • Ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency

Certificates/Licenses/Registrations:

  • Valid driver’s License
  • Background Check

Compensation and Benefits

  • $20/hour
  • 25% off of all Carnation Farms Products and Events (including produce, meat shares, culinary products and classes)
  • Join a great crew of hard working and fun people
  • Paid leave days for use at employees discretion (can be used as sick leave or vacation)
  • Housing available at a flat rate of $500/month

Carnation Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Carnation Farms does not discriminate or determine employment on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, age, or any other factor; employment decisions are made only on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business needs. Carnation Farms is committed to an environment of mutual respect and maintains a zero-tolerance policy in regard to discrimination or harassment of any kind.  Carnation Farms also values the power of diverse lived experiences and perspectives. We will accept applications until filled. Reference and background checks for finalists are part of the recruiting process of Carnation Farms.

To apply, please submit a resume with references and a cover letter to alexh@carnationfarms.org