Please send a letter of interest, resume and three references to Natalie Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Farm Positions Available for our 2020 season!
Maple Wind Farm is a pasture-based livestock farm operating in Huntington, Bolton, and Richmond, Vermont. Since 1999, we’ve raised non-GMO pork, turkeys, layer and broiler chickens, and 100% grass-fed beef. Our animals are moved DAILY to new pasture as part of our management-intensive grazing system. This is what sets us apart. This practice builds soils, increases plant diversity and fertility, and reduces erosion. Animals are allowed to express their natural behavior - reducing stress and resulting in healthier, higher quality products. Our mission is to promote the health and welfare of our community by providing the highest-quality pasture-raised products through regenerating soil and water resources. We have a state of the art on-farm USDA-inspected poultry processing facility where we process our chickens and turkeys from late May to Thanksgiving. We are constantly improving and expanding our operation to stay at the forefront of innovation for small on-farm processing plants. We utilize an innovative air-chilling process, automated parting and processing lines, and make many in-house value-added products. We sell our food locally and strive to build meaningful relationships with our customers, our fellow farmers, and our community. Farm work with integrity gives meaning and importance to all that we do, even the little details. We are a team of dedicated, hard-working individuals who support, teach, and learn from each other every day. We hope you will apply to join us this coming season and take part in fulfilling our mission to our animals, our environment, and our community!
Pasture-Based Livestock Farm and Processing Crew
We’re hiring for our 2020 season! Crew members will work closely with the owners, and field operations managers in the care and movement of our turkeys, cows, pigs, broiler and layer chickens. The majority of this work will take place at our Richmond location. Daily poultry work will include; am and pm chores (feeding, watering, bedding, collecting eggs, moving houses and paddocks) both in the field and in our brooders. Other field work may include building/repairing farm infrastructure and assisting with the care of cattle and hogs. Crew members will also be expected to participate in the processing unit as needed - parting and packaging, making value-added products, and processing poultry. Work week will be 40-50 hours/week.
Given the scale and speed at which our operation is changing and growing, crew members must have a positive attitude and sense of humor, be flexible, innovative, hard-working, and passionate about agriculture. Employees are expected to work quickly and efficiently while still holding a strong attention to detail. A willingness to happily take on a wide array of tasks in any weather is treatured. In return, you can expect: a respectful and exciting work environment, a wealth of learning opportunities, access to local pasture-raised meats and eggs, working outdoors, and being part of our farm family! Previous farm experience is preferred but we will gladly train the right applicants! You must be able to lift 50+ pounds and have reliable transportation to work. No housing is offered. Compensation: Wages are competitive depending on experience, and includes farm food, professional development opportunities, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance - covering injuries on the job.
Poultry Processing Crew
Our USDA-inspected poultry processing plant is state of the art for a plant of our size. We we started processing on-farm we have been on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. We were one of the first to pilot Featherman’s “Plant in a Box” Processing Container - a design created to maximize efficiency and sanitation on small-medium sized operations. We process our chickens and turkeys from late May - Thanksgiving, as well as poultry raised by other producers in our community who bring their birds to us for the high quality service we provide.
We are looking for folks with a knowledge and respect for food safety, as well as a sense of humor and positive attitude! You must be able to perform repetitive tasks efficiently and have attention to detail. A willingness to take direction but also be proactive will be beneficial. We have fun listening to a wide variety of music, cracking jokes and deciphering riddles, all while working hard to create the highest quality meat products for our community. Responsibilities may include: Killing, scalding. plucking, eviscerating, parting and packaging poultry, making value-added products such as sausage and ground meat, maintaining quality, monitoring and executing a sanitary work environment. Developing knife skills is a key element of this position. Compensation: Starts at $12/hr. We will consider higher wages for those with meat or poultry processing experience. Housing is not included. Must have reliable transportation to work. Access to some free farm food and a discount on other farm products. We’re seeking those who can commit to our full-processing season, from late May to Thanksgiving, but will work with the schedule of the right candidates! There may be year-round work available.
To Apply: Send your resume, a letter of interest, and two references to email@example.com. Please answer the following questions: 1. Tell us about yourself and why you want to farm. 2. Why did you seek out Maple Wind Farm? 3. What are your skills that would be useful for us to know applicable to farm work 4. Your availability – start and end dates.
We will accept applications until positions are filled. We will require an in person interview at our farm as part of the application process.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Natalie Palmer and Nick Johnson, co-managers
Bruce Hennessey and Beth Whiting, owners
1148 East Main Street, Richmond, VT 05477