Livestock Manager (Full-time, Salaried)

About Queens County Farm Museum
Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to Today, the farm serves as a vital resource connecting people to agriculture and the environment, creating learning opportunities and conversations about biodiversity, nutrition, health and wellness, climate change and preserving local history. Queens County Farm Museum is a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Queens Farm hosts a wide variety of acclaimed education programs, public events and adult education programs. The 47-acre site is the largest tract of farmland, home to the largest single apiary, and the only farm with both a full range of livestock and community composting in New York City.

Queens Farm uses sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming methods and grows over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The farm is a leader in locally grown food and the ecological well-being of New York City. Last year, Queens Farm harvested 22,000 pounds of food. Queens Farm has several acres of land in production, as well as a 3 acre corn maze. The farm also includes livestock (steer, sheep, goats, alpaca, hens, and pigs), a compost site, apiary and perennials.


Job Description:

Queens Farm’s multi-species livestock operation is an integral part of its diversified small farm. With the support of and in collaboration with the Director of Agriculture, the Livestock Manager will oversee the planning, management, and daily care of the livestock. The Livestock Manager will be responsible for the care and health of all animals, including their paddocks, and provide regular feedback to the Director of Agriculture. This position will support and help lead the farm’s largest expansion in over 50 years. The position will have the support of seasonal farmers to assist with jobs such as muckings, moving fencing and animals, handling animals, etc.

Key Responsibilities:

● Report to Director of Agriculture and work together on daily, seasonal, and yearly planning
● Plan and execute multi-species paddock, pasture, and woodland rotation
● Daily livestock chores, including feeding, health monitoring, and pain management for older animals
● Routine care and maintenance, such as arranging vet visits for check-ups and vaccinations, hoof trimming, parasite management, cleaning supplies & equipment, muckings, and winterizing animals
● Maintenance of paddocks, fencing, and housing (mowing, mucking, seeding)
● Inventory, source, and order all livestock supplies, including feed and medication
● Manage record keeping for livestock program, including health records, rotation history, and invoices
● Assist with researching, acquiring, and transporting new livestock when necessary
● Manage egg production and collection, along with record keeping
● Oversight of sheep & alpaca shearing and wool processing
● Staff orientation and training on livestock care, handling procedures, and safety requirements
● Brainstorm and implement department growth and expansion within the Queens Farm mission
● Flexibility in schedule and weekend availability

Qualifications:

● Two years of production experience in livestock care and handling, preferably in management capacity
● Experience in animal husbandry, including: feedstuffs, health issues, environmental conditions, handling
● Passion for QCFM mission, animals, animal welfare practices, farming, and farm-based education
● Self-motivated, with exceptional leadership and communication skills
● Strong patience, flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness, and interpersonal skills
● Excellent organizational and communication skills with attention to detail, systems, time management, prioritization, and delegation
● Strategic thinking within the context of Queens Farm initiatives
● Clean driver’s license and ability to drive a pick-up truck with a trailer
● Ability to lift 50 lb. and stand or crouch for extended periods of time through all weather conditions

Queens County Farm Museum (QCFM) supports diversity in the workplace. QCFM is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug-free workplace.

Compensation:
● Starting salary $55,000/year, depending on experience
● Full Medical Benefits from United Health Care (Oxford)
● Participation in the company’s Simple IRA Plan; with an up to 3% match
● Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
● 10% off at Queens Farm Store and Farmstand

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, & 3 farm-related work references to Director of Agriculture, Danny Morales: danny@queensfarm.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.