Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Farm Employee
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 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 also do a 1/4 acre market garden every summer. 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 (40 pairs, 2 bulls, 30 feeders per year). We also raise California Red Sheep (50 head) and pigs. We farrow three sows and raise a batch of pastured pigs each year. Every fall and spring, we do a large batch (500) of pasture raised poultry. This is in addition to our farming operations as far as irrigation, fencing, silage and hay.

We have two full time employees. This listing is to replace an employee that has had to leave abruptly due to illness in the family. Short term or long term welcome.

Primary Job Duties:

Irrigation, fencing, (electric, electric netting, high tensile, maintaining older barb wire, standard woven wire, all are used) animal care and feeding, raising 500 broiler chickens from August to October 1. Two farmer's markets weekly.

Irrigating:
Become familiar with and understand multiple types of irrigation (Drip, micro-sprays, solid set, irripods) Be able to time irrigations and coordinate changes with farmer. Must occasionally be on call for weekends and nights ( no more than twice per month).

 Safety:
 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:
40-60 hours per week, days are flexible. One weekend day per month required

Compensation:
Employee status with 30 day probationary period, 3 sick days per year per California regulations Pay starts at $10.00 per hour, annual raises commensurate with performance. Willing to pay $12 per hour for persons with more experience. Room and Board available (but you are not required to live on the farm) Learn how a small scale pasture based farm operates from the ground up.

 Educational Opportunities:

Irrigation installation, design and maintenance. Portable, drip and sprinkler irrigation systems are all in use on our farm. Animal care- health, immunizations, calving/lambing/farrowing. Possibly milking. Fencing- design and installation of perimeter and paddock cell fencing systems. Orchards- fertilization, pruning, harvesting. Opportunity to pursue personal side projects if desired. Small scale vegetable production, pastured poultry, spinning, dyeing, canning, etc. are all areas where a motivated person could pursue their own project to make extra income for themselves.

Work Experience/Skills/Desired Qualifications:
Valid California Drivers License Clean DMV printout.
No drugs, no excessive alcohol use (especially during work hours and while using common areas)
Must be able to regularly lift 60 lbs safely
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

Experience:
Will train, but prior experience with farm animals (in some capacity) is required

Meals: Farm product is free, some bulk staples are provided as well. Separate housing (from the farmer's family) but with other employees, internet and other perks are included and are not deducted from the hourly wage.

Housing: Housing in a private cabin (bedroom) with access to employee residence "Barn" with kitchen, bath, TV, internet access, wood burning stove. Employees are responsible for keeping your home clean and tidy and ensuring that the WWOOFers and work-stay visitors understand the ground rules and also clean up after themselves. Employees are expected to help around the homestead (weedwhacking, basic gardening, harvesting, shopping, picking up mail, egg gathering for their own use, etc. when not on the clock) in exchange for room and board.
 
 We are willing to consider more than one applicant at this time. Please contact us at casarosafarms@gmail.com for more information (job description, employee handbook) or to apply. Please send resume or curriculum vitae in the body of your email.