Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Part-time Irrigation and Pasture Management Job

Casa Rosa Farms
Capay Valley, California

Casa Rosa Farms is a diversified family farm producing pastured meats, eggs and certified organic olive oil. We farm 110 acres in the Capay Valley. Our family has been farming in the Central Valley since emigrating from the Azores in the 1960's. The third generation (Casa Rosa Farms) has been certified organic since 2009. We manage our livestock through a combination of seasonal grazing on native grasslands, intensive rotational grazing using small irrigated paddocks and growing forage crops (alfalfa, peas, three-way) for hay. We also produce other regionally appropriate orchard crops such as figs, pomegranates, pears, apricots on a micro scale for our farmer's markets. We may rotate in other row crops, water permitting. We are committed to renewable energy. Our warehouse cold room and freezers are powered by solar, and one of our ag wells is 100% direct solar powered.

We raise Limousin (Lim-Flex) cattle, which respond very favorably to a grass fed feeding regime, producing lean, flavorful, and very tender meat with a high carcass yield (20 pairs, 30 feeders per year). We also raise California Red Sheep (50 head) and pigs. We are embarking on farrowing pigs this year.

  • Valid California Drivers License 
  • Clean DMV printout. 
  • Clean drug test
  • Applicants must pass a physical
  • Must be legal to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to work unsupervised on a task and be attentive to detail while doing repetitive tasks
  • Good communication and punctuality a must
  • Prior experience with farm animals (in some capacity) required
Primary Job Duties: Irrigation, fencing, animal care and feeding under the supervision of the farmer

  • Must be able time irrigations and coordinate changes with supervisor
  • Must occasionally be on call for weekends and nights ( no more than twice per month)
  • Operate tools, equipment, and machinery according to prescribed safety procedures. 
  • Follow established safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties including lifting, climbing, etc. 
  • Correct unsafe conditions in work area and report any conditions that are not correctable to supervisor immediately. 
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Moderate walking, standing, climbing, heavy lifting, carrying, stooping, bending, kneeling, and reaching. Work outside and inside, around moving objects, farm animals (cows, sheep, pigs, poultry), and with vehicles and machinery with moving parts. Frequent exposure to dampness and humidity, heat, animals and animal manure, exhaust fumes, gasoline, and diesel fuel.

Hours: 32 hours per week, days are flexible. One weekend day per month required

  • Employee status with 30 day probationary period, 3 sick days per year per California regulations
  • Pay starts at $11.00 per hour, annual raises commensurate with performance
  • Room and Board available (but you are not required to live on the farm)
Please contact us at casarosafarms@gmail.com for more information or to apply.
Please send resume or curriculum vitae in the body of your email.