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Quail Springs is a leading environmental educational nonprofit that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health.
Quail Springs Mission Statement


about our nonprofit

Founded in 2004, Quail Springs Permaculture is a leading educational nonprofit stewarding a 450-acre, high desert permaculture farm and regeneration site. We are dedicated to demonstrating and teaching holistic ways of designing human environments, as well as facilitating deeper understandings of our relationships with ourselves, one another, and our local ecologies. We teach strategies and techniques for designing resilient environments and creating healthy and culturally vibrant communities.

Our goal on the farm

Our goal on the farm is to provide as much of our daily food as possible throughout the year for staff, students and visitors to Quail Springs Farm, as well as for our food-giving animals. We do this through our mixed food forest and garden systems and holistic, integrated food producing animal systems.

Residents & staff

Our residents and staff are a dedicated group of teachers, farmers, natural builders, creators, inspired chefs, and land stewards who strive to further our nonprofit’s mission through working, living, and teaching within the ethics of Permaculture. Our community focuses on providing top quality education through our courses, tending and rehabilitating the land on which we are situated, creating culture through food, music and farming, and outreach to people seeking regenerative lifestyles.


This opportunity offers extensive practical opportunities to learn about the day-to-day operations of a full-time functioning Permaculture farm and educational organization, and is geared specifically for those deeply interested in and drawn to work long-term in community in a supportive role.

What we are looking for

We are looking for individuals who embrace simple, remote, rural living; successful applicants are able to live and work in the same community, while striking a work/life balance. They are inclusive, flexible, comfortable in groups, creative problem solvers, and are able to manage themselves through a wide range of challenges. High energy, a good sense of humor, strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn and to teach are essential attributes.

Position Description

The Animal Systems Coordinator oversees the animal systems (currently a 18 goat herd and 90 chickens), by coordinating and working directly with the core farm team and farm interns. Oversight includes maintaining health and productivity of each system through improved designs and strategies created and implemented with the farm team and community. There is ample room to improve on the systems of tracking, and a chance to re-organize the farm records and documentation. A large aspect of this position is the coordination and management of the farm team, although the Animal Systems Coordinator reports directly to the Co-Executive Director, who will provide support and financial oversight. Advice is also readily available from the on-site Farm Advisors. There is also a choice opportunity to take a role in updating the permaculture design of the farm in conjunction with the community.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and develop livestock caretaking team 
  • Manage farm apprentices in conjunction with the Garden Coordinator and the community
  • Understand all livestock needs, including food, shelter, care, and their integration into the systems
  • Set and work towards milk, egg, and meat goals based on baseline staff and course participant numbers and production levels from previous years
  • Teach animal-based portions of workshops and courses, ideally
  • Interface with programs for farm-specific courses
  • Hold weekly or bi-weekly farm-team meetings in conjunction with the Garden and Immersion Coordinators to give and receive farm feedback, and to see that all farm needs are being met
  • Assess and express farm and staff needs to the Immersion Coordinator, Farm Advisors, and the Co-Executive Directors as necessary
  • Other duties as needed

    Qualities & Qualifications of the Ideal Person

    • 1 to 5 years’ experience with farm animal systems
    • PDC certificate course
    • Experience managing people
    • Ability to create an inspiring and motivating work environment
    • Clear and effective communication skills
    • Flexibility and adaptability to changing situations
    • The ability to create and manage your own schedule, be flexible with hours and projects, be self-directed, and take initiative on work and projects
    • Willingness to engage in more mundane community chores (laundry, cleaning, etc.) and a strong spirit of volunteerism on community projects
    • Ability to live in community and to work well in a team
    • Cultural sensitivity & ability to adapt working style
    • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Own a computer and have computer skills; Word processing, simple accounting, and spreadsheets
    • Internet research abilities
    • Spanish proficiency is a plus
    • LGBTQ+ folks and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply
    • Couples are welcome
    • We value relevant life experiences that demonstrate qualifications as much as education


      Quail Springs Permaculture is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley.

      Time Commitment

      We are looking for someone with a minimum of a 1 to 2 year commitment. It is preferable to have you visit the site before committing, to determine whether this is a fit. A two-week trial period begins your stay, followed by a check-in each month for three months to assess the transition into the position, the environment, and the community.

      Working & Living Conditions

      The Animal Systems Coordinator will live and work in the Quail Springs’ community setting, where there are anywhere from 10-25 other people living and working on the mission of the organization – although during courses, the site can expand to up to 60 people for two weeks (for example, during our two PDCs). The site is remote, with limited communications (cell phones do not work, and internet and phone service is limited to the office/classroom area). We have a very small office as our indoor working environment (at times the classroom is available). Quail Springs’ classroom and kitchen commons are two 30-foot yurts which are heavily used during programs. Work will be more acute prior to, during, and just after programs and other events.


      For 30 hours per week, the Animal Systems Coordinator will be provided beautiful, non-toxic earthen housing, farm-fresh or well-sourced food, and a modest stipend of $250/month. Additional income is possible through teaching and catering. Also provided are a reference library, on-site internet, hundreds of acres of beautiful wilderness, a lively community atmosphere of various ages, incredible networking, and what many have deemed a treasured life-changing experience.


      To apply, please fill out the application below and we will get back to you soon.

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