Animal Systems

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 is an educational nonprofit that sits on a 450-acre permaculture demonstration site in the Cuyama Valley. Quail Springs is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of sustainable human community on land through teaching and demonstration. We believe that land health is human health, and that the lessons of simple living provide direction towards a thriving Earth and society.

Residents & Staff

The residents and staff of the Quail Springs site and non-profit are a group of makers and thinkers who work together to create regenerative land and community systems. The residents and staff of Quail Springs strive to create a vibrant community and balanced workplace through passion, collaboration, and celebration.


Prospective candidates will embrace simple, remote rural living in a community while working in a nonprofit organization. Quail Springs has recently adopted a new organizational structure with the aim of empowering all employees with decision-making power in their areas of work and supporting a more equitable, efficient and engaging work environment. We are excited about this new structure and a successful applicant will have an interest in non-hierarchical workplace structures and a commitment to grow with us.

About You

Ideal applicants have experience managing people and caring for animals and are flexible, self-directed, willing to learn from others, and have an interest in equitable and resilient community structures. A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and an orientation towards leaning in during conflict instead of leaning out will serve the successful candidate in this position.

Position Description

The Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems) oversees the animal systems (currently a 20 goat herd and 60 chickens), by collaborating and working directly with the core farm team and farm work traders. 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 tracking systems and reorganization of farm records and documentation. A significant aspect of this position is also the management and guidance of the farm team in regards to animal chores. The Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems) works closely with the Farm Co-Director (Plant Systems) and the Hosting Director (who manages the farm work trade program).

This position is largely self-directed and the right candidate will be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with the community.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain and track health of animals
  • Manage and teach farm work traders in conjunction with the Farm Co-Director and the Hosting Director
  • Understand livestock needs, including food, shelter and care 
  • Take a significant part in chores including milking, hoof trimming, record keeping, gardening, butchering, pen cleaning, and more
  • Meet community milk, egg, and meat goals
  • Manage browsing and rotation of goats and chickens
  • Teach animal-based portions of workshops and courses
  • Participate in weekly farm and community meetings

Qualities & Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

We value relevant life experiences that demonstrate qualifications as much as education

  • 1+ years managing large farm animals and poultry
  • Management or supervisory experience 
  • Ability to create an inspiring and motivating work environment
  • Clear and effective communication skills (in-person and online) 
  • Flexibility to changing work hours and projects
  • Ability to create and manage your own schedule
  • Self-directed and takes initiative on work and projects
  • Experience butchering animals or the willingness to learn
  • A strong spirit of volunteerism and willingness to engage in community chores (laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc.)
  • Enthusiasm for living in community and working collaboratively
  • Cultural sensitivity and commitment to dismantling systems of oppression
  • Permaculture experience or PDC Certification is a plus
  • LGBTQ+ folks and BIPOC are encouraged to apply


Quail Springs is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley, 1.5 hours from the nearest urban/suburban center.

Working & Living Conditions

This position is approximately 30 hours per week, with some weeks being more. The successful candidate is self-directed and thrives with a shifting workload. In addition to the 30 hours per week commitment, we all share in community responsibilities and dinners. The person hired for this position will live and work in the Quail Springs community setting, where there are anywhere from 10-25 other people living and working on the land. The site is remote, with limited communications (no cell reception and the internet and phone service are limited to the central office area).


Application Process

Please take care to fully fill out our online application so we may best get to know you. If your application is approved, we will set up interviews. We are hard-working folks, so please be patient with our response time! But also don’t hesitate to check back in on the status of your application.

Before a final hiring decision is made, candidates are asked to come out to Quail Springs for a final interview and site visit to be sure of a mutually good fit. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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