Washington State: Sea Breeze Farm seeks Farm Manager

21 Mar
Sea Breeze Farm is a unique,  “beyond organic”, pasture-based farm, producing fresh raw milk, lamb, pork, beef, poultry, eggs,  wine, and artisan charcuterie for the Seattle farmer’s markets, as well as La Boucherie,  our own retail butcher shop and restaurant on Vashon Island. (www.seabreezefarm.net) We are a dynamic, enthusiastic, hard-working crew, at the forefront of the local and sustainable food movement in Washington State.

The Farm Manager is responsible for all aspects of running a diversified, year-round, pasture-based livestock operation. This position is full-time (50+ hours per week) and salaried, with starting wage DOE.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing animal nutrition, health, and productivity in an efficient and economical way
  • Coordinating and executing pasture rotation for all animals on non-contiguous parcels
  • Keeping excellent records of breeding, slaughter, and animal purchase
  • Working with butcher shop and restaurant to create a production schedule and ensure adequate supply of meat and dairy products according to seasonal fluctuations
  • Developing monthly, quarterly, and yearly budgets
  • Providing basic veterinary care to all animals and attending to parturition
  • Personnel management of 2-4 farm employees and implementation of training protocol
  • Organizing all feed and supply orders in a timely and economical fashion; keeping track of inventory
  • Working effectively with regulatory agencies to maintain all proper licenses and comply with health and safety regulations.
  • Coordinating farm tours for customers and education groups

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience managing livestock, including dairy and beef cows, pigs, sheep, and poultry.
  • Basic animal health care experience, including humane restraint,  giving subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, oral supplements, suturing wounds, hoof care, castration, pregnancy detection, and sheep shearing.
  • Experience driving a truck and trailer, a box truck, and driving manual transmission. Must also have a valid driver’s license and safe driving skills.
  • Ability to lift at least 50lb comfortably, work long hours outside in all weather, and have a flexible schedule.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with customer service and education; ability to give farm tours and answer questions in a friendly and engaging way.

The ideal candidate for this position is a self-starter with good leadership and teambuilding skills who enjoys working outside and takes pride in raising the highest quality pastured meat and dairy products. This person has excellent creative problem-solving and organizational skills, an eye for detail, and is not afraid of trying new things. To apply please send a resume and cover letter to work@seabreezefarm.net. Please, no phone calls.

 

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