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Pat's Pastured is Looking
for a Livestock Crew Manager, 
Farm Hands and Market Staff

Pat's Pastured was founded in 2002 and provides the highest quality pasture-raised and grass-fed meats all grown in Rhode Island. Our goal is to provide our livestock with a life that allows them to express their natural instincts fully in a pasture environment. That means that pigs get to root, run and play; chickens get to peck, scratch and crow; turkeys gobble and strut; cows eat grass outside, NOT corn in confinement.

Farm Description

150+ acres of pasture and woodlots spread over several pieces of land in Rhode Island. All land is managed in an intensive rotational management system with multiple species of livestock. The main farm is located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. All meat and eggs are sold through farmers markets (4 summer, 3 winter in 2020), Meat/Poultry CSA, restaurant sales, buying clubs and on-farm sales. The farm also operates a food cart that delivers farm-to-table food at farmers’ markets and special events.


Livestock Crew Manager

Livestock Details:

  • Pasture-raised pigs
  • Pastured, free-range broilers
  • Pasture-raised turkeys
  • Grass-fed beef steers
  • Free-range laying hens
  • Free-range laying ducks
  • Livestock Guardian Dogs
  • Effectiveness Areas
  • Development of a high quality of staff training program — on-job training, special workshops and self guided. Implement a training passport program to gauge staff participation and retention of key training areas.
  • Highly trained farm staff will successfully raise and process grass-fed and pasture-raised livestock to satisfy our customers demand of delicious, high quality meat and eggs raised with high animal welfare standards.
  • Record-keeping will accurately assess the quality and effectiveness of the livestock program at Pat’s Pastured.
  • Ensure daily chores including watering, feeding and pasture rotation of chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, and cattle are performed with efficiency.
  • Communicate with livestock manager on overall animal health.
  • Develop and implement rotational grazing plan in conjunction with livestock manager.
  • Tractor work and basic equipment maintenanceAssist in managing on-site poultry processing crew.
  • General carpentry projectsInteract with the public through workshops, volunteers, and daily visitation.
  • Evaluate team member performance 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience in livestock farming
  • Experience with training and managing others effectively
  • Passion for working with animals
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • An appreciation of the roles speed and efficiency play in creating an economically viable farm – interest in learning and implementing “Lean manufacturing” techniques in a farm environment
  • Ability to lift 50+ lbs repeatedly is required
  • Ability to operate power tools and mechanical equipment safely
  • Willingness to work long hours in all weather conditions
  • Tractor experience
  • Experience driving livestock trailers a plus
  • General carpentry and building skills
  • Valid driver's license with clean driving record
  • Willingness to work 4 days per week and 1 weekend day
  • Dedication, reliability, and a great work ethic
    This is a full-time, year round salaried position — position to begin March 2020. Compensation determined by experience, salary range $28–$33,000 per year. Health insurance is not provided. Staff receive generous food allowances & discounts, 2 weeks paid vacation time off, paid sick leave, professional development/training funding. 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY! Any questions please contact us by email patspasturednews@gmail.com 


Farm Hand Position

Pat's Pastured is seeking a full-time Farm Hand.  This position will work in most aspects of our farm.  Typically this environment is subject to exposure to all outdoor weather. This position is full-time, 40 hours per week.  Salary is $12–$14 per hour, commensurate with experience

Responsibilities 

  • Daily watering, feeding and pasture rotation of broiler chickens, laying hens, ducks, turkeys, pigs and cattle
  • Management of chick brooder
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Product delivery
  • Assist with sales of products
  • Assisting with products processing, packaging & inventory
  • Building fence
  • General carpentry and construction

Weekly slaughter/processing of poultry on-farm

Qualifications

  • Enjoys working with animals
    Willingness to work long hours in all weather conditions
  • Willingness to learn
  • Valid drivers license — no moving violations
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Able to work independently or in a group
  • Ability to lift 50lbs on regular basis required
  • Good communication skills
  • Punctual and reliable

          Send resume, cover letter and 3 professional references — application not containing these elements will not be considered.  Any questions please contact us by email patspasturednews@gmail.com. To learn more about Pat’s Pastured visit our website www.patspastured.com or Facebook.


          Farmers Market Staff

          Our farm is looking for motivated and out-going folks with a passion for agriculture and food to represent Pat’s Pastured both at our home farm store, at numerous Rhode Island farmers markets, and with our wholesale customers.Starting mid-May and running through the end-October, these are seasonal retail positions. Beyond helping to share with the community our farm's pride and passion in what we grow, the work involves a unique combination of produce handling and sales, savvy farm marketing, wholesale deliveries, and good ol' fashioned face-to-face customer service.

          We are hiring part-time employees for a few different farmers' market positions.

          • Friday at our East Greenwich Farm, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
          • Saturday at our East Greenwich Farm, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. 

          All positions will also come to the farm in East Greenwich to pick up and return product and for monthly staff meetings.

          Requirements

          Schedule and availability are critical. Must have a good driving record, be able to lift 60+ lbs and have a good personality for sales. 

          All applicants must also:

          • Be well organized, efficient and able to work independently.
          • Possess a positive, diligent work ethic.
          • Actively take initiative.
          • Love working outdoors in all weather.
          • Be friendly, outgoing, and knowledgeable.
          • Present a professional, clean, warm and approachable appearance.
          • Have excellent communication skills.
          • Driver's License & clear driving record.  

          MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) required for hire.

          Send resume, cover letter and 3 professional references — application not containing these elements will not be considered.  Any questions please contact us by email patspasturednews@gmail.com. To learn more about Pat’s Pastured visit our website www.patspastured.com or Facebook.