Full Time Farm Position in Virginia

Mount Pleasant Foundation

Full Time Farm Position Available at Mount Pleasant Foundation in Virginia - 2017

Mount Pleasant Foundation is seeking a farmer with experience in pasture-based animal husbandry and/or market garden oriented vegetable production. Mount Pleasant is a private, historic plantation located in Surry County, Virginia just across the James River from Colonial Williamsburg.  The mission of the foundation is to maintain a highly diverse, sustainable agriculture operation that preserves and promotes the heritage breeds of livestock and heirloom cultivars of plants that were endemic to early American life in the lower Chesapeake.  Particularly on the livestock side of things we are doing important conservation work as most of the breeds we work with are listed as being in “threatened” or “critical” condition by the Livestock Conservancy. Currently, two full time farmers are employed to manage breeding and grazing programs for our livestock on 70 acres.  They are also responsible for a 1 acre kitchen garden site with a small orchard and apiary. We are seeking to add a third farmer to our team as the number of programs and the amount of acreage under the foundation’s management continue to grow.  Given the diversity of our operations, the daily work and overall responsibility of a prospective candidate will vary according to their skillset and experience. Compensation for the full time farm position: Hourly, with overtime.  Expected pay is $12-15/hr commensurate with experience. Work Schedule fpr the full time farm position: Year-round. A typical work week will range from 35-50 hours, depending on the season. Housing: Available to qualified candidates, upon request. Qualifications: -A minimum of two years of farm experience in vegetable or pastured livestock production -A valid driver’s license -Physical ability to lift hay bales (up to 75lbs) and feed bags (50lbs) -Willingness to work in inclement weather -A strong work ethic and ability to self-direct -The ideal candidate will have the initiative and the skillset to run one or more programs within farm operations. How to Apply for the full time farm position: If interested, please send a letter of interest, resume, and list of references to Dea Keen by February 16, 2017. E-mail applications to: mppfarmemployment@gmail.com For more information, please visit our website at: www.mountpleasantplantation.weebly.com

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