Part Time Large Animal Care Position

Jennifer Jacobs

Retreat Farm serves as a vital community resource, stewarding 170 acres of forests, 230 acres of farm fields, a 70-acre bay at the confluence of the Connecticut and West rivers,10 miles of trails, and a 30-acre farmstead with eight historic buildings. As a nonprofit, Retreat Farm pursues multiple strategies and programs to connect people to the land and to one another by hosting educational, farming, recreation, arts and community gathering initiatives that serve over 80,000 visitors annually.

We are seeking two part time people with the experience, personality, and skills necessary to manage our core animal program.

Job Details and Benefits:
Wages: $22-28.00 per hour
10-14 hours per week, mornings and evenings
Job Status: Part time
Benefits: Paid time off and retirement plan.

Flexible, with some weekend responsibilities
Ability to commute/relocate:
Brattleboro, VT 05301: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Qualifications and Experience:
US work authorization (Required)
Landscape maintenance experience (2 years)
Farm based animal care (5 years)
The ideal candidate has broad farm based experience including the care and feeding of large farm animals and specifically including large and horned bovines. You should be skilled in the operation and maintenance of all site maintenance equipment including tractor, skid steer, etc.

Your primary responsibilities include care, feeding, and ensuring the health of our resident animal population including an ox (Carlos), a donkey, and four goats.

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:
Caring, feeding and ensuring the health of our current animal population (4 goats, a donkey, and Carlos the famous ox)
Instructions for applying: Please share a resume and a detailed cover letter letting us know why you're a good fit for this position and send to [email protected]

About Retreat Farm:
Retreat Farm is a nonprofit organization that connects people with the working landscape through local food, place-based education, and recreation. The Farm is an important public resource – with an eight-building historic farmstead, 170 acres of forests, 230 acres of farm fields, a 70-acre aquatic cove at the confluence of the Connecticut and West rivers, and 10 miles of hiking trails. Retreat Farm uses these resources to promote community well-being. The organization holds a popular weekly food truck gathering, leases farmland to a local organic dairy, provides land for community gardens, makes its property available for boating, biking, hiking, ice fishing, and skating activities, and hosts a wide range of outdoor events, including concerts, fairs, outdoor ballets, and exhibitions by local nonprofits, agencies, and businesses. Retreat Farm has also operated a Community Food Program that has grown and distributed food to hundreds of food-insecure families; that program may evolve into a separate, affiliated program.

Retreat Farm believes that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving its goals. The organization seeks to recruit, develop, and retain staff who reflect the diverse communities it serves. All candidates who meet the qualification requirements are encouraged to apply.

Retreat Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.