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WE ARE HIRING FARM WORKERS FOR 2018!!

Root Down Farm is beginning its fifth season and is looking for TWO motivated and committed part-time individuals to join our team from February 1st  & March 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.

Responsibilities will include (but definitely not limited to): 

  • 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

Qualifications & Skills:

  • 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

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

Compensation:

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.

 If Interested:

Please send letter of interest stating:

-past relevant experience, including responsibilities

-other related and non-related skills

AND two references to: dede@rootdownfarm.org