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Livestock and Pasture Manager- Central MA

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The Opportunity:

The Livestock and Pasture Manager plays a critical role in fulfilling The Trustees’ conservation, environmental and agricultural goals and priorities across multiple farms within a larger portfolio of sustainably managed agricultural properties owned and operated by The Trustees. Reporting to the Director of Agriculture, the Livestock and Pasture Manager is responsible for implementing The Trustees grass-based, and pastured production livestock operations within a defined farm network which currently include pigs, sheep, goats, layers and meat birds.  The Livestock and Pasture Manager is an operational role mentoring and supervising part-time and seasonal farm staff. 

 

The Livestock and Pasture Manager is responsible for the care and performance of pastures and farm animals, the condition of livestock facilities and equipment across the network of farms, the condition of all grazing infrastructure, the quality and supply of forage/feed, and the quality and quantity of meat produced. The Livestock and Pasture Manager also manages the meat and grasslands budget and all related enterprise budgets. The Livestock and Pasture Manager is responsible for managing fertility and putting up multiple cuts of hay across Trustees properties. Successful experience in pasture management and haymaking is required as is significant farm experience operating and maintaining farm equipment. 

 

The Livestock and Pasture Manager works collaboratively with the Appleton Farms Livestock Manager in sharing best practices in grass management and livestock care. Like all agricultural staff, the Livestock and Pasture Manager also plays a key role in supporting educational programs and community events on The Trustees publicly accessible, historically significant farms. 

 

The Livestock and Pasture Manager is responsible for overseeing 4 primary operations including corresponding satellite hay fields. These properties include: Moose Hill Farm in Sharon, Powisset Farm in Dover, Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, and Weir River Farm in Hingham. Each of the farms range in size and infrastructure, all overlap with different mission driven program areas including ecology and education while centering agricultural production. Experience with breeding, rotational grazing and regenerative agricultural practices and innovative approaches to infrastructure, finance and resource challenges are crucial. In this role, the Livestock and Pasture Manager will frequently encounter engagement and public facing opportunities requiring a positive and welcoming energy.   

 

The position is salaried and year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule. The Livestock and Pasture Manager will be required to live in a house provided on one of the farm properties. 

 

In This Role You Will:

  • Hold day-to day operational responsibilities including livestock care, transport of animals, equipment and product, production and storage of hay.  
  • Supervise and actively mentor the organization’s livestock staff, cultivating a performance-driven, collaborative team environment among farm staff and apprentices 
  • Oversee the management of pastures through intensive and planful rotational grazing and prioritize hay production. 
  • Ensure optimal health and welfare of all livestock through grazing management, winter feed quality, appropriate supplemental minerals, regular veterinary care and attentive daily observation. 
  • Develop and track annual farm enterprise budgets and meet budget goals. This includes setting realistic revenue expectations, closely monitoring expenses and labor costs, and identifying opportunities for efficiency while increasing net revenues/impact. 
  • Manifest a daily commitment to humane animal handling techniques and ensuring all livestock are provided an environment that ensures the ability to exhibit natural instincts. 
  • Manage and continuously improve the grass quality on the farm through a regenerative approach and practices. 
  • Contribute to a suite of policies, standards, goals and best management practices for our livestock operations, including animal care, production practices, pasture condition, food safety, employee/volunteer safety, etc., in collaboration with the Director of Agriculture, livestock staff, and other Trustees staff. Drive the implementation, adoption, and promotion of these operational standards and policies.  

 

Supporting Functions:  

  • As needed, assist in planning and visioning new and creative farm operations and enterprises that support our agricultural vision and organizational strategic plan.  
  • Support volunteer engagement on our farms, in collaboration with colleagues in volunteer management and development. 
  • Support agriculture program fundraising and development efforts, including developing project budgets, assisting with project visioning, and assisting with funder visits and development events. 
  • Support and in some cases identify and drive research opportunities to develop or test new best practices and promote findings within the agricultural community as appropriate.  
  • Support visitor experience & programming property goals at farms with livestock operations.  
  • Collaborate with colleagues in ecology, stewardship, and cultural resources to achieve organizational goals that span all of these areas. Understand and exemplify the strategic goals of the organization. 
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation. 


Education and Experience: 

  • 5+ years’ experience in production farming, including 5+ years livestock management and production experience; additional farm experience operating and maintaining farm equipment.  
  • A degree in Agricultural production, Agricultural economics, Business Administration or a related area. 
  • Significant staff and budget management experience; ideally overseeing multiple staff and budgets over $200,000. 
  • Familiarity with the Massachusetts and New England farm community valued, as is experience working with a farming non-profit and a range of local food system stakeholders. 

 

Additional Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Proven interpersonal skills, commitment to staff development, and a successful track record of recruiting, supervising, motivating, training, and working with a diverse team.  
  • Proven understanding and ability to support a farm operation within a non-profit as well as comfort working within a highly public facing organization.  
  • Interest in working for a mission-driven organization focused on achieving conservation and agricultural impacts at the local, state, and regional level.  
  • Excellent people skills and ability to communicate The Trustees philosophy and farming practices to colleagues, donors, and the public.  

 

Other: 

  • This position will require frequent travel across eastern MA and periodically throughout the state; access to a personal vehicle for this purpose is necessary. 
  • Valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driver’s record check.   
  • Satisfactory CORI (criminal background check).  
  • Work on weekends, evenings, and some holidays will be required.  


About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households. 

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission. Building The Trustees of the future is about creating a sense of welcome for all and that starts with our staff. We believe having an inclusive workplace with diverse perspectives are critical to our work. We are ever curating and creating information and programs to help us be the most inclusive organization that we can be. 

The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family. 

 

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. 

The Opportunity:

The Livestock and Pasture Manager plays a critical role in fulfilling The Trustees’ conservation, environmental and agricultural goals and priorities across multiple farms within a larger portfolio of sustainably…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Benefits

In addition to competitive pay, The Trustees offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across Massachusetts who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.  

In support of our staff and their families, we provide comprehensive top-notch benefits and an array of special perks. Full-time, year-round staff can enjoy: 

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer premium contributions ranging from 75%-85% 
  • Traditional and Roth 401(k) plans with 5% employer match after one year of employment  
  • Employer-paid life and disability plans 
  • Paid vacation and sick time and a bank of “Early Release” hours  
  • A bank of 15 paid flexible Holiday/Personal days  
  • Day of Service to travel to another site to work in a division and location other than your own in a group project such as reinforcing beach shorebird fences, planting seedlings or bulbs, organizing archival documents, or making phone calls to thank donors 
  • Day of Wonder to explore the wonders of any of our Trustees properties  
  • Complimentary Trustees member-level access and discounts and 50% discount for Trustees summer camps 
  • Reciprocity program offering free and discounted admissions and memberships to more than 50 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions 
  • And much more! 


In addition to competitive pay, The Trustees offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across Massachusetts who believe in celebrating and protecting our special…

Location

On-site
Boston, MA, USA

How to Apply

Please apply online via The Trustees' job board linked here

Please apply online via The Trustees' job board linked here

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