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.
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Residents & Staff
The Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems) oversees the animal systems (currently a 16 goat herd and 80 chickens), by coordinating 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 on the systems of tracking and a chance to reorganize the farm records and documentation. A large aspect of this position is the coordination and management 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.
- Coordinate and develop livestock caretaking team capacities
- Manage farm work traders in conjunction with the Farm Co-Director (Plant Systems) and the Hosting Director
- Understand all livestock needs, including food, shelter, care, and their integration into the systems
- Design and carry out rotational grazing of animals
- Take a significant part in chores including milking, nutrient cycling, butchering, pen cleaning, and more
- Set and work towards milk, egg, and meat goals
- Teach animal-based portions of workshops and courses
- Interface with programs for farm-specific courses
- Hold weekly farm-team meetings in conjunction with the Farm Co-Director (Plant Systems) and the Hosting Director to give and receive farm feedback, and to see that all farm needs are being met
- Assess and express farm needs to the community as needed
Qualities & Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
- 1+ years of experience with farm animal systems
- PDC certificate desired but not necessary
- Experience managing people
- Ability to create an inspiring and motivating work environment
- Clear and effective communication skills
- Flexibility and adaptability to changing situations
- Ability to create and manage your own schedule
- Flexibility with hours and projects
- Self-directed and takes initiative on work and projects
- Experience butchering animals or the willingness to learn
- Willingness to engage in community chores (laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc.)
- 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
- Proficient computer skills
- Internet research abilities
- Spanish proficiency is a plus
- LGBTQ+ folks and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply
- Couples welcome
- We value relevant life experiences that demonstrate qualifications as much as education
Quail Springs is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley, 1.5 hours from the nearest urban/suburban center.
Working & Living Conditions
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.
We highly recommend planning to come out for a day to see if it feels like a good fit.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!
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