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Animal Care And Volunteer Coordinator

Land’s Sake Farm, a nonprofit community farm in Weston MA, seeks a year-round Animal Care and Volunteer Coordinator. This position will work within our education team to manage our educational livestock (goats, ducks, chickens, quail and rabbits) and to recruit, train and work with volunteers in all areas of the farm. We have recently built an animal barn and education center, allowing us to expand an already robust education program (in 2023 we taught 360 programs to more than 7000 people). This is a new position for the farm, and successful candidates will be excited to teach people of all ages, get their hands dirty, and create systems to help the farm thrive as we transition into a more year-round model. This is a flexible position perfect for anyone who is passionate about connecting with people, the land, and animals at an agricultural non-profit. For more information about the organization, please visit our website at https://landssake.org/

Responsibilities will include:

Livestock coordination:
Manage education livestock, including goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks and quail
Maintain, clean and repair enclosures and pasture space
Coordinate daily care (including minor veterinary care: eg nail trimming), regular feeding schedules, and oversee animal volunteers.
Create and pursue long-term livestock plans and acquire new animals

Volunteer coordination:
Work with staff to organize all volunteer activities on the farm.
Communicate between departments to maintain a current list of volunteer needs and tasks for all aspects of our operation: including farming, farmstand, education, public events and administration
Recruit, train, manage and communicate with individual volunteers
Host on-farm workdays for members of the public
Coordinate and host volunteer groups from local schools and corporations

Education:
Work with the education team to expand and run on-farm programming
Teach livestock based programming to visitors of all ages
Develop curriculum relating to animals, and help train new education staff on proper animal care and education
Create and implement service learning programs
Help with other aspects of on-farm education, including but not limited to working in the education garden and helping teach after school and summer programs

The ideal candidate will be:
Able to juggle different tasks and priorities, stay organized in an ever-changing environment, and wear many hats.
Experienced working with livestock or program animals
Able to work and make decisions independently, but also excited to collaborate
Able to communicate and work effectively with people of all backgrounds and ages.
Flexible and reliable: able and willing to work some weekends as required by events and animal care.
Eager to get your hands dirty and have fun!

Duration and Compensation:
Ideal start date April or May 2024, but negotiable for the right candidate.
Full time (35-40 hours/week), flexible schedule to be built with a successful applicant. Shifts may be half day or full day, some weekend availability is a must. Flexible and part time schedules will be considered.
Starting at $18/hour, based on experience
Free produce and flowers grown on the farm, discount on other items sold at the farmstand
50% of health care costs covered by Land’s Sake
Two weeks paid vacation, plus paid holidays
Paid sick time, in accordance with Massachusetts law
Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
related interests.

To apply:
Send a resume and cover letter explaining what you would bring to our department to Education Manager Katrina Goldowsky-Dill at katrina@landssake.org. We will start interviewing for this position in February 2024.

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