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Herd Manager

at Maine Coast Heritage Trust in Topsham, Maine, United States

Job Description

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Manages all cattle related functions of Aldermere Farm including feed and nutrition, sales, breeding, show cattle and herd health. Educates, communicates, and enhances local agricultural systems and promotes and supports the heritage of the Belted Galloway breed.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
  • Maintains and oversees all cattle database records and inventories for the farm.
  • Responsible for daily care and feeding of Aldermere’s cattle, including feeding, watering, and herd health checks.
  • Initiates and plans breeding, selling, and sourcing genetics to maintain Aldermere’s registered Belted Galloway genetics
  • Responsible for the herd’s health and must be aware of all bovine health issues, monitor and detect problems early & treat effectively.
  • Support the Farm Program Coordinator in cattle educational programming (e.g. 4-H, Farm Hands, etc.) and creating a positive learning environment on the farm.
  • Support local agricultural efforts to enhance the local food system
  • Supervise college Interns/apprentices engaged in cattle management program
  • Selects and presents a group of show cattle, each year at local, regional, and national fairs and exhibitions.
  • Leads staff and volunteers in establishing and adhering to our high standards for animal welfare.
  • Supervises volunteers in any/all aspects of farm operations.
  • Participates in other public/community events and farm programs.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

Directs activities of 4-H members, Interns, Apprentices, and volunteers. Responsibilities will include involvement in interviewing and scheduling, training and development, scheduling, counseling and discipline, termination, evaluating performance, and other related roles.

REQUIREMENTS:

On farm housing is provided and required to fulfill the duties of this position, including but not limited to cattle health care, loose cattle, and building/facility emergencies. Evenings and weekends as required.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

Five (5) years of experience working on a registered beef cattle operation. Agricultural, education or business management degree will be helpful.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Excellent project management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of the nutritional needs of cattle of all ages and ensure they are provided with the correct forage, grain and minerals as needed.
  • Excellent Interpersonal oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team.
  • Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to communicate clear expectations to staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to coordinate projects with peers in the organization collaboratively.
  • Computer skills necessary to create and maintain spreadsheets, databases
  • Understanding of light carpentry and simple mechanics
  • Ability to run tractors and drive trucks and cattle trailer
WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Work both indoors and outdoors year around in all weather conditions. Work will require significant physical strength and endurance. Significant care will need to be taken while working around potentially aggressive cattle and dangerous equipment. Will be required to work in every type of weather condition and at any point day or night.

Office time is required to create and maintain inventories and related records as well as phone and e-mail for customer contacts.

This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including insurance (no cost for employee coverage), generous vacation and sick time, and a retirement plan.

 TO APPLY:  Send cover letter and resume to search@mcht.org with “Herd Manager” in the subject line.  The deadline to apply is June 13, 2022.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

 This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

 Maine Coast Heritage Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.  We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating an inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds can thrive and support our mission.

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Job Posting: 765971

Posted On: Jun 10, 2022

Updated On: Jul 10, 2022