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OPPORTUNITIES

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At Harlem Valley Homestead, we are passionate about living in connection with land. We are working to make our farm into a place where people can come together to discover more resilient, resourceful ways of being at home in the world.

We are currently hiring for multiple positions:

LIVESTOCK MANAGER

We are looking for an experienced livestock farmer to join our operation! We are in the early stages of our operations and are looking for someone who wants to grow with us over the next several years. To learn more and apply, read on below or click here.

SEASONAL CROPS FARM CREW MEMBERS

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about farming to join our farm crew for this season. We are a diversified crop and livestock farm, and are looking for individuals to work with both our crops and livestock. All farm crew members will be trained across basic crop and livestock competencies, though we tend to have individuals focus on either crops or livestock more intensively.To learn more and apply, read on below or click here.

 

 

LIVESTOCK MANAGER

SUMMARY 

We are looking for an experienced livestock farmer to join our operation! We are in the early stages of our operations and are looking for someone who wants to grow with us over the next several years. 

 

The Livestock Manager is responsible for daily care of all livestock, including feed, water, fencing and otherwise maintaining healthy and humane conditions. They will also manage all livestock acquisition, harvest, breeding, and health maintenance including but not limited to:

 

  • Beef cattle

  • Pigs

  • Layer chickens

  • Future livestock enterprises such as small ruminants and guardian animals

 

This position will directly manage any farm crew working with livestock, and have significant administrative responsibilities such as maintaining records and inventories, and supporting other areas of our organization as needed such as sales, finance, infrastructure planning, compliance, etc. This role is also responsible for the development of any new livestock enterprises on the farm and for creating and executing a phased plan for establishing livestock enterprises on the farm now in anticipation of future operations. 

 

The Livestock Manager will support all other farm operations as determined by the farm manager including but not limited to:

 

  • Crop production

  • Land management and maintenance

  • Events and other public programming when applicable as determined by the farm manager. 

  • Equipment and infrastructure maintenance and repair

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Specific roles/responsibilities will include the following, which in some cases involve training and delegation to other employees:

  • Daily chores

  • Maintaining herd/flock health, including preventative care

  • Maintaining equipment and infrastructure such as fencing, farm equipment, implements, etc. 

  • Developing and executing rotational grazing/haying/pasture management plans

  • Animal procurement and harvest

  • Developing and executing breeding plans for cattle

  • Administration, management and education

    • Maintain records for livestock health, acquisition and harvest, as well as pasture management

    • Build and maintain budgets and work plans for livestock enterprises

    • Create and maintain inventory of all livestock feed and supplies

    • Support farm team management including managing schedules and time off requests, approving hours, and providing feedback to farm crew

    • Create training programs and SOPs to manage staff around animal husbandry,  animal products and other areas of operation as needed

  • Sales, through retail and direct wholesale channels

    • Create and maintain meat and egg inventories

    • Provide customer service and education around farm products

    • Provide strategic and operational support for meat retail strategy, display, and education

    • Support sales channels as needed, including farmers market and farm stand, and keep sales software/platforms up to date

    • Align sales strategy and implementation with animal harvest and processing

  • Support hiring/recruitment as needed


 

EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES

 

  • 2+ years experience with livestock production, ideally in a management capacity

  • Experience executing intensive rotational grazing

  • Experience with cattle breeding, health and emergencies, as well as basic health needs of layer chickens and pigs 

  • Organized self starter with excellent observation skills, and the ability to self manage and problem solve independently

  • Confidence and ability to manage and/or educate others, especially farm crew about livestock operations and products

  • Good team player that can work well with co-workers, leadership and customers

  • Experience with or ability to quickly learn relevant computer skills including G-Suite, POS systems and other softwares as needed

  • Experience with equipment or infrastructure maintenance and repair is a plus

 

TRAINING & OTHER REQUIRERMENTS

  • Required Trainings: Legally required trainings, farm safety and SOPS, farmers market and other trainings as required by HVH policies

  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within the office, around the farm and off site. Ability to move throughout the office, as well as attend off-site appointments, ability to consistently and safely lift 50 pounds, and on occasion 75 lbs.

  • Safety: In addition to safety training, the employee must obey all safety policies and wear proper PPE as needed or specified in safety policies. 

  • Harlem Valley Homestead has a mandatory vaccination policy for Covid-19 compliant with applicable state and federal law. 

  • Authorized to work in the US

 

COMPENSATION + BENEFITS

 

  • $50-55k+ starting annual salary commensurate with experience

  • Fully paid health insurance

  • Self insurance available for vision & dental

  • PTO - 17.33 hours accrued per month

  • FSA and EAP 

  • 401k Plan - Currently non-matching

  • Staff Discount in farm store

  • Access to house shelf when available

 

TO APPLY

 

  • If you think Harlem Valley Homestead might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply by emailing the following information to jobs@harlemvalleyhomestead.com. If we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to set up a phone interview followed by a farm visit or video interview. 

  • 1.) Please briefly introduce yourself in 300 words or less:

    • Introduce yourself! What are you passionate about? What are your long-term farming goals? 

    • Provide a brief description of your farming and management experience, and why you are a good fit for HVH and this position?

    • Describe your ideal working environment. What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? How do you motivate others to do the same? 

    • Are you willing and able to work weekends?

  • 2.) Please provide an overview of your relevant experience (resume or other document)

  • 3.) Please provide three professional references who could speak to your learning and working style.

 

SEASONAL CROPS FARM CREW MEMBER

 

SUMMARY 

 

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about farming to join our farm crew for this season. We are a diversified crop and livestock farm, and are looking for individuals to work with both our crops and livestock. All farm crew members will be trained across basic crop and livestock competencies, though we tend to have individuals focus on either crops or livestock more intensively.

 

For crop production, we have about an acre of intensive vegetable cultivation that includes a 3000 square foot movable greenhouse, and a 3000 square foot permanent heated greenhouse that we also use for propagation and wash/pack. We use a combination of tractor, BCS and hand tools for bed prep and turnover, though most day to day field work is by hand (planting, harvesting, etc.). The work can be very physical at times, but we strive to have the right tools and systems in place. 

 

For livestock production, we graze about 50 acres of pasture with our herd of 40 beef cattle and 150 layer chickens, and will be raising 30 pigs in our woods. The majority of livestock work is focused on setting up fencing, moving and/or feeding animals, and maintaining livestock infrastructure like fencing and waterlines, and monitoring animal and pasture health. 

 

Self-motivation, flexibility and a collaborative spirit are essential, and team members must love physical labor and be able to keep up a rigorous pace. They must also be willing to work in all weather conditions (safety permitting) while maintaining a positive attitude. Equally important are soft skills such as excellent observation skills, ability to work efficiently and safely, and the ability to transition quickly to new tasks. 

 

As a team we care about the quality of the products that we produce for our customers, as well as the people, land and animals that are all essential to a successful farm. If you want to get your hands dirty and are eager to learn on the job and ask questions, then join us! Previous farming experience is preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Please note: depending on interest individuals may focus more on crop production or livestock production 

  • Most if not all aspects of intensive vegetable and herb production, including but not limited to: propagation, soil prep, seeding, planting, harvest, irrigation, cultivation, weeding, trellising, wash/pack and equipment maintenance

  • Most if not all aspects of livestock production, such as daily chores, maintaining water lines and fencing, moving animals as needed, and supporting animal health needs through observation and assisting with livestock handling in our corral. 

  • Selling products at market while educating customers on farm practices and products, and interacting in a friendly and informative manner with customers and on-site guests. 

  • Additional duties may include work with perennial crops such as hops and orchards, cut flowers, land management or snow removal (when applicable), on-farm programming, and other duties as needed. 

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Availability from spring through fall of 2023

  • 40 hours per week, occasionally more, fluctuating seasonally, with reduced hours in the shoulder/off seasons, though we are open to part time arrangements as well. 

  • Availability and willingness to work weekends for chores, markets and/or events

  • Clean driving record (insurance requirement) and valid driver’s license for farmers markets and pickups/deliveries 

  • Willingness to drive and/or learn to drive farm vehicles (pickup, box truck, and van)

  • Respect for safety guidelines and procedures (including COVID protocol)

  • Punctual and reliable

  • Harlem Valley Homestead has a mandatory vaccination policy for Covid-19 compliant with applicable state and federal law. 

 

COMPENSATION + BENEFITS

 

  • $15-$18 / hour, dependent on experience (housing not included)

  • Overtime paid after 40 hours a week when available

  • PTO (Paid time Off)

  • Access to surplus produce when available and staff discount on farm product 

  • C.R.A.F.T. (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) membership with the opportunity to visit regional farms

  • Training will be provided for all tasks and equipment as needed, and may include: hand tools developed for intensive vegetable production, BCS and other small engine equipment 

  • Limited shared on-site housing may be available

  • Reimbursement for up to $300 in medical bills when receipts are provided for the duration of employment


 

REQUIRED TRAINING, PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Required Training: Farm safety, farm SOPs, and other trainings as required by law

  • Farmer’s Market training

  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within the office, around the farm and off site in farm vehicles. Ability to move throughout the office, as well as attend off-site appointments, and the ability to consistently and safely lift 50 pounds, and on occasion up to 75 lbs. 

  • Safety: In addition to safety training, the employee must obey all safety policies and wear proper PPE as needed or specified in safety policies. 

  • Work Environment: Work will be divided between outdoor and indoor duties, on the farm, and in the community. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time, including heat, wind, rain and snow. The noise level in the work environment will vary from quiet to high.

 

TO APPLY

If you think Harlem Valley Homestead might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply by emailing the following information to jobs@harlemvalleyhomestead.com. If we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to set up a phone interview followed by a farm visit or video interview. 

  • 1.) Please answer the following questions:

    • Introduce yourself! What are you passionate about? Why do you want to work on a farm? 

    • Why do you think Harlem Valley Homestead is a good fit for you?

    • What is your experience with outdoor, physical labor? If experience is limited, are you capable of working 40+ hours a week outdoors in all weather conditions? 

    • Describe your ideal working environment. What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? 

    • Are you willing and able to work weekends?

  • 2.) Please provide a resume or other summary of your relevant professional experience.

  • 3.) Please provide three references who could speak to your learning and working style. Farming or other physical labor-related references preferred, if applicable.

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At Harlem Valley Homestead we believe it is the collective sum of our individual differences that make us stronger as a whole. Harlem Valley Homestead is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and connectedness to each other and to the land. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, culture & ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, and all other protected classes.

We publicly affirm our ongoing commitment to becoming an anti-racist  organization and that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of our policies, programs and hiring practices as we continue to learn about bias and racism. 

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