Assistant Livestock Manager at Dinner Bell Farm, Grass Valley, CA
Dinner Bell Farm is seeking an Assistant Livestock
Manager to work with our herd of heritage Mulefoot
and Mangalitsa hogs.
Dinner Bell Farm is located in the beautiful foothills
of CA near Grass Valley. At an elevation of 2324’, the
farm currently manages 35 acres and specializes in
high welfare and heritage meats in conjunction with
a thriving and successful specialty fresh flower enterprise.
By playing an active role in our community, staying true
to our values, and closely observing the land we steward,
we aim to create a model farm that is financially successful,
ecologically sustainable, and socially just. www.dinnerbellfarm.com
Compensation dependent on experience. This position is approximately 30 hours a week. Start date is flexible. Oct/Nov 2016 through the 2017 season
preferred. Rustic on-farm housing available.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The main responsibilities of the Assistant Livestock
Manager are: Day to day management of a pasture-based hog operation
including: Daily feeding, watering, electric fence management and love; Regular electric fence paddock moving; Building and managing a range of field infrastructure essential
to the well-being and safe-handling of livestock; Weening and castration of piglets; Farrowing and sow management. Hauling live animals from the farm to slaughter. Sourcing and obtaining alternative feed sources. Working closely with the farmer to strategize pasture-management
and grazing plan. Being flexible and understanding with the pigs and the system –
there are unknown factors and animals and conditions can be
unpredictable at times. Use of farm equipment including vehicles, small engines, tractors
and trailers. Participating in the production of annual forage crops and pasture
including mowing, tilling, seeding, and irrigation management.
Education & Experience:
The right person for the job is interested in: Working efficiently independently and as part of a team. Spending long periods outdoors in physically demanding conditions
and hot and inclement weather. Working hands on to develop a strong relationship with our animals
in order to ensure a low stress and high welfare farming system. Living in a rustic setting with basic amenities. Experiencing the reality of farming – sometimes at night, sometimes
on weekends. Representing Dinner Bell Farm in a professional and kind manner to
the community- neighbors, customers, stakeholders, family and friends. Understanding that the sometimes exhausting minutia of farming is
important to the health and success of the larger farm and local food
Other things to consider before applying: Creative thinking and an ability to solve problems are essential skills
for the job. Must be able to regularly and safely lift 60 lbs. All applicants must have health insurance. Compensation dependent on experience. This position is approximately 30 hours a week. Start date is flexible. Oct/Nov 2016 through the 2017 season preferred. Previous agricultural experience preferred. Rustic on-farm housing available.