Cricket Creek Farm Farm Manager – Position Available Immediately
Cricket Creek Farm is a grass-based dairy in northwestern Massachusetts. We are looking for a Farm Manager to collaborate with the General Manager in all aspects of our farm operation. We are currently milking 25 cows, out of a total of 65 animals on the farm. Our dairy herd is grass-based, combining rotational grazing with self- harvested winter feed. All milk is used for producing farmstead artisanal cheese and raw milk sales.
In addition to the dairy herd, we maintain a small group of beef animals (~10- 15), and raise pigs and laying hens. We have an on-site farm store, a bakery, a year-round CSA and attend as many as 10 farmer’s markets per week during the summer.
For more information, please visit www.cricketcreekfarm.com.
We strive to create the highest quality dairy products in a humane and environmentally sustainable fashion. We are looking for a motivated individual to join our collaborative team and help us realize this vision.
This is a unique opportunity to be involved in every aspect of a small dairy operation – from cow health to cheese production. This is a challenging job that will be extremely rewarding.
The Farm Manager will work on all aspects of the farm operation: milking cows, making hay, optimizing pastures, managing fertility, maintaining farm equipment, and most importantly, overseeing the health of our animals.
The Farm Manager will work with the General Manager on matters of planning and organization, and in the absence of the General Manager, will oversee all farm operations, including cow health, milking schedule, and additional employee management.
The Farm Manager will have significant responsibility, holding primary responsibility for our beef herd, laying flock and pig herd.
The Farm Manager will also be expected to participate in other areas of the farm, including helping out in the creamery at times of labor shortage, filling in at Farmer’s Markets, filling raw milk, etc. These duties will not be routine, but all staff are expected to be flexible and help out in other areas at times of need.
The Farm Manager will be responsible for overseeing the farm side of the Cricket Creek Farm apprenticeship program, working in conjunction with the General Manager and the Creamery Manager on hiring, scheduling and educating.
This is a full-time position. Housing may be available. Compensation consistent with experience and length of commitment. Start date is flexible, but must be no later than March 1, 2013.
Qualified individuals should have a minimum of two years experience working on farms, including time with dairy animals.
Applicants should also have management experience.
Necessary skills include heavy equipment operation and repair and medical treatment of animals.
Candidates must be highly motivated, and self-directing. The ability to work independently within a team environment is critical. Strong problem-solving skills are necessary. Attention to detail is a must. Applicants should be well-organized and bring a positive attitude, able to respond to the daily challenges of farming in an upbeat manner.
The Farm Manager will work six days per week. Hours will be variable based on season, but the Farm Manager should expect to regularly work more than 55 hours/week.
The Farm Manager will have 18 days off a year, plus an additional 10 days for educational purposes. To qualify, educational opportunities must feature formal instruction, be directly related to dairy farming and applicable to work at Cricket Creek Farm.
A minimum commitment of two years is required, with a formal review and evaluation at the one-year point.
Please direct serious inquires to Topher Sabot: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the farm at (413) 458-5888. A complete résumé and references will be required. Position available immediately.