Thursday, July 13, 2017

Crew Manager/Lead Irrigator, Casa Rosa Farms

Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Description: 
Casa Rosa Farms is a pasture based certified organic farm producing extra virgin olive oil, tree fruit, and beef, lamb, pork, poultry and eggs. We farm 55 certified organic acres in the Capay Valley near Guinda, CA, and lease an additional 150 acres for seasonal grazing. We have a cow/calf herd of +/- 35, with two bulls. We have about 60 head of California Red Sheep and raise about 20 hogs per year. We have 2 full time employees.
My husband and I have been farming for 10 years in the San Joaquin Valley, first on my husband's original family farm and now on our farm. Our family's background is in dairy and field crops. My husband's family owned a small dairy for 35 years. We pride ourselves on trying to find innovative solutions to small farm problems. We are currently also working on opening a farm to table restaurant located about 5 minutes from our farm. This endeavor is taking up a lot of our time and we need to find someone to take over some of the irrigation duties on our farm.
We are seeking a crew leader with experience with solid set irrigation (aluminum sprinkler pipe) who can manage an irrigation schedule and assign and supervise other employees at this task. This person would primarily be responsible for irrigation and animal movements (cattle and sheep, potentially hogs) in a pasture based system. In addition, we would like to train you to represent the farm at one farmer's market per week.
Compensations: Exempt salary of $25,900 per year
Work vehicle provided
Room and Board Available
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Job Duties:
Develop and implement a weekly and monthly irrigation schedule under the supervision of the farmer. Daily sprinkler moves, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of pvc/gasketed aluminum pipe as needed. Competency required.
Daily chores: feeding cows, sheep, pigs and chickens, preparing feed and fodder, watering plants, checking and maintaining drip and solid set irrigation systems, wells, and pipelines and reporting problems to the farmer daily, checking fences, moving or repairing electric fencing as needed, opening and closing poultry housing, checking water delivery systems, assisting with lambing, calving and farrowing, bottle feeding, (or assigning and following up with other employees to do these tasks) assisting with loading animals for transport or for veterinary care, observing animals for health and reporting observations to the farmer.
Preparing for farmer's markets, potentially working one farmer's market per week (negotiable)
Supervising and assigning tasks to WWOOFers or other work-stay residents
Assist on fencing, irrigation or building projects
Working on any other tasks within your experience and ability on the farm under the supervision of the farmers.
Education & Experience: 
at least 18 years of age
a legal resident of the US
ability to lift 50 lbs or more
valid US driver's license
at least 2 years of relevant experience working with solid set irrigation pipe
experience operating a skidsteer or loader tractor
no allergies that would prevent you from working on a farm such as allergies to common materials found on farms (ex: dust, hay, pollen) that require medical treatment or avoidance
physically and mentally able to perform the duties listed in the job description
ability to supervise other employees effectively as well as unpaid work-stay participants
ability to think critically and make independent decisions based on experience
an interest and appreciation for the farming life style
dependable and detail oriented with an understanding that your decisions can be life or death for an animal- you can be relied upon for animal care and feeding
Application Instructions: 
Prepare a summary of your experience and farms worked at and email to:
A resume is nice but not required and often doesn't tell us what we need to know.