Livestock Farm Hand (Full Time)
About Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.
About This Position
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is unique in its position as an environmental education center, wildlife sanctuary and working farm.
Drumlin Farm seeks a full-time (40 hours per week) Livestock Farm Hand. Under the supervision of the Livestock Manager, the Farm Hand will help care for and manage the livestock operation and support Drumlin’s farm-based education programs. Flexible schedule includes one weekend day, and some holidays.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Provides daily care of livestock including feeding and cleaning,
- Helps maintain health of livestock including:
- Diet and feeding; ordering of feed
- Veterinary care- de-worming schedule, vaccine programs, animal medication inventory, and emergency care,
- Assists in birthing of all livestock,
- Helps manage meat, yarn, sheepskins and egg sales,
- Assists in hay production,
- Assists in pasture management including rotational grazing program,
- Assists in manure management,
- Assists in barn and facilities maintenance including fencing, pens, and livestock equipment,
- Supervises volunteers during chores and other livestock jobs when Livestock Manager is not present,
- Manages rotational mobile chicken coop,
- Assists in maintaining clear communications with educational staff.
At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:
- At least 2 years of large animal care experience specifically cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens,
- Must be hard working, dependable, and open to learning new skills; ability to organize and work with interns and volunteers; capable of operating mechanical equipment such as mowers, tractors, and trucks; and willing to work a flexible schedule,
- Ability to communicate easily with staff and the public,
- Requires First Aid and CPR certification upon hire,
- Valid MA driver‘s license,
- Ability to lift 50 pounds and traverse uneven terrain.
Nice to Have’s:
- Knowledge of basic carpentry skills helpful.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $16.00 to $18.60 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
Benefits and Perks:
Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).
The workweek is Sunday through 1/2 day on Thursday
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.
Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.
Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
How To Apply
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