Philo Ridge Farm is a beautiful regenerative agriculture farm located in the small town of Charlotte, in Vermont’s fertile Champlain Valley. Using innovative, ecologically sustainable practices, we manage four hundred acres of healthy pasture land, forests and diversified produce gardens. We rotationally graze heritage breeds of livestock and grow certified organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Everything we harvest is processed and sold in our kitchen and Market, where we feature a changing menu of seasonal dishes as well as grocery and specialty housewares that showcase Vermont's local artisans and farmers.
This position offers full exposure to almost every aspect of livestock farming. The Livestock Assistant will work closely with the Livestock Team to gain experience in: the planning and execution of a management-intensive grazing operation for our steer herd, cow/calf herd, and sheep flock; raising broiler chickens from brooder to mobile range coop to the processing unit; and finishing pigs in a pasture-based system. The Livestock Assistant will also assist in on-farm hay production, cattle and sheep corralling and sorting, and farm based maintenance tasks. This position is ideally suited for a candidate who wants to see what it’s like to work in a diversified livestock operation.
This position will begin in April 2023 and end in fall 2023 depending on organizational needs and candidate availability. The Livestock Assistant role requires a time commitment of 40 hours per week, and occasionally more depending on seasonal needs.
· Assisting morning and afternoon livestock chore routine
· Executing the grazing plan by using temporary electric fencing to move cattle, sheep, broilers and pigs
· Assisting with lambing and calving
· Supporting general husbandry duties for all livestock
· Helping collect and record data for on-farm research projects
· Mucking and cleaning out livestock barns
· Collecting, washing, and sorting eggs
· Assisting with on-farm chicken and turkey slaughter
Perks & Benefits
At Philo Ridge Farm, located in in Vermont’s beautiful Champlain Valley, we strive to provide a healthy and exciting learning environment for our team. While the farm is located in the rural town of Charlotte, it is a 25-minute drive to downtown Burlington where you can find restaurants, shops, theaters and a culturally rich community.
Benefits include accrued paid time off, complimentary staff meal prepared daily, health care benefits, and an employee discount on products in our market.