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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:02 AM

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Sheep Flock Manager
We are looking for a hardworking and hands on Sheep Flock/ Farm Manager for our new farm located about 20 minutes outside of Grass Valley, California. Our property spans just over 50 acres, however, we are only utilizing a small portion of our acreage for farming. We currently raise sheep, ducks, pigs, chickens, bees and one goat. We are interested in starting an aquaponics system, increasing our flock numbers, and planting one acre of culinary and medicinal herbs. While we are not certified organic, we do farm with organic practices. Our farm also has a couple of houses that require basic maintenance.

Compensation: This live in position comes with the use of a newly remodeled, private residence, a base salary (based on experience), and the use of a company vehicle around the farm.

Job description for the farm and rental properties include, but are not limited to:
• Farm management with an emphasis on flock management for our sheep, growing a garden with vegetables and herbs, grounds keeping, weed eating, water system management, irrigation, fence and road maintenance, equipment upkeep, building maintenance and projects, light construction, painting, security, oversight of major projects, buying supplies, managing a budget and other general duties typical of upkeep of this type of property.
• You will need to posses administrative skills to keep organized records for flock management, purchases made for the farm, and more. This does not mean that you can put all of the receipts in a folder and drop it off. You will need to keep running files on hand for the animals- flock management, how much they eat, how much is spent, files for herbs that include planting times, yield, and more.
• You will be responsible for securing safety of houses, equipment, and property, which sometimes involves confronting trespassers.
• Handyman skills are required and include basic plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and carpentry skills to fix things around farm and in tenants’ houses.
• Landscaping includes maintaining landscaping, planting vegetables—maintaining and new installation of fruit trees, flower beds, and vegetables, including germinating some from seeds. Tree trimming, mowing, brush clearing, and general upkeep of property including trail work.
• Groundskeeping & Housekeeping will include cleaning and maintaining the barn and any other outbuildings.

Must have excellent physical strength and stamina to meet the demands of this job. Must also be good at managing one’s time to prioritize diverse routine and emergent tasks. Must be disciplined (a self-starter,) reliable, get along with people easily, and responsible. Should have experience with flock management, or at least most of the relevant skills. No dangerous dogs. Must be available to handle emergencies as they arise. Also must be willing to work Saturdays, especially from March- November. We are Christians and we honor the Sabbath on Sunday. Other than meeting necessities of animals, we do not work on Sundays. You will need to assist on site as needed when owners or guests are visiting the property. Your position will require you to perform specific tasks each day at 7am and 7pm. Our growing season lasts from late Feb/ early March through November. So from December-February your tasks will be limited to caring for the animals.

The perfect candidate(s): Individual or a couple team with significant experience in similar situation working or managing a rural property. You have expertise in all aspects of sheep flock management and able to advise the owner. The owner does not live on site, so you are a hard worker in unsupervised situations and must be able to complete projects and work independently. You have experience operating a tractor, pulling a trailer, some mechanical skills with tools, landscaping, irrigation, general carpentry and construction, fencing and repair, livestock, and housekeeping. You can communicate frequently and clearly with owner on projects and issues. This is a physically demanding job. This is a long term opportunity for a stable person / couple. This is a family farm. Our 2 year old daughter accompanies us regularly in our work. Her nanny comes three days a week and we would be happy to share in child care if you have children. Please also keep in mind that this is a farm where we raise animals for meat. We provide lunch everyday for everyone who is working. The ideal candidates would love working around animals, eating meat, interacting with children, and working together as a team toward a common goal. We want to stress that we work long hours, as a team. This requires that you work well with others, that you enjoy this kind of work, and that you go with the flow. You must be eligible to work in the United States, have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, no criminal record or outstanding warrants and be drug free. You must provide professional references in order to qualify for this job. We will conduct a background check.
We are looking for someone who can start in the Spring, no later than March 1st and who is willing to make a commitment for at least one year, preferably longer. It is a salaried position depending on experience. Housing, water, and septic are included. You will be responsible for electricity and trash.
If interested, please respond with resume and contact info.

Please email theshepherdspharm@gmail.com.

• Location: Grass Valley, Sacramento

• Post ID: 18752097 sacramento
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