The Queens County Farm Musuem

Livestock Coordinator

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Posted On: Friday, 30th November 2018
Category: Administrative
Location: Floral Park, New York
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, New York 11004
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About Queens Country Farm Museum:

The Queens County Farm Museum is a 47-acre working farm dating back to 1697.  We are a public resource, visited by over 400,000 people each year.  The site includes a landmark farmhouse, glass greenhouse, and restored barns which give us a glimpse into our agrarian past.  Its rich glacial soil–which attracted European settlers in the 17th century–is cultivated today using sustainable practices, providing people with the freshest food.  We are a New York City treasure where historic structures, productive fields, woodland, and livestock bring agricultural history to life. 
 
 
 
Position Summary:
 
Queens Farm’s multi-species livestock operation is an integral part of this diversified small farm. The Livestock Coordinator will act as the main point-person within the Agriculture Department for livestock care, under the supervision of the Director of Agriculture. In addition to participating in all aspects of our production farm (from seeding to harvesting), Livestock Coordinator responsibilities include -- but are not limited to -- daily livestock chores, general maintenance, health monitoring, management of supply inventory and feed ordering, ongoing livestock area and infrastructure maintenance, and execution of livestock rotation. The Livestock Coordinator will always have eyes on the animals, and provide regular feedback to supervisors. The position will begin in the winter of 2019.   
 
 
 
Position Responsibilities:
Management of integrated, multi-species livestock operation 
  • Daily livestock chores, including feeding, monitoring, and mucking 
  • General maintenance of paddocks, fencing, and housing 
  • Inventory, source, and order all livestock supplies 
  • Plan and execute intensive multispecies paddock/pasture/woodland rotation on limited acreage 
  • Regularly handle and move sheep, cows, goats, alpacas, pigs, and laying hens  
  • Healthcare management, general and emergency 
  • Oversee egg production and collection 
  • Oversight of sheep and alpaca shearing, wool processing, and marketing 
  • Hoof trimming of sheep and goats 
  • Staff orientation and training on livestock care, handling procedures, and safety requirements 
  • Communication with Education Department staff on a range of livestock topics 
  • Research, acquire, and transport new livestock 
  • Evaluate existing livestock operation and establish goals and objectives 
General 
  • Assist with vegetable operation as needed - with harvest and crop maintenance - April - October, work with vegetables approximately 50% of time 
  • Participate in annual planning 
  • Provide administrative support for existing farm programs and events 
 
 
Position Qualifications:
  • 3-4 years experience in livestock care (preferably management) 
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Strong understanding of animal care: available feedstuffs, diseases, environmental conditions 
  • Passion for animals, agriculture, and farm-based education 
  • Exceptional leadership qualities  
  • Patience, flexibility, and strong communication and interpersonal skills  
  • Self-motivation  
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, time management, and prioritization 
  • Strategic thinking within the context of Queens Farm initiatives 
  • Appreciation for working on an public farm in the most diverse county in the country 
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and to be outside in adverse weather conditions 
 
 
Compensation:
 
40 hours/week. Hours of work vary depending upon program demands.  Weekend hours are often required.  The position begins in the winter of 2019.  Pay: $20/hr. 
 
 
 
To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: jen@queensfarm.org 
 
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