Farm Assistant - Moon Hollow Ranch, Sonoma, CA - **POSITION FILLED**
Moon Hollow Ranch is seeking a full-time Farm Assistant to join our growing organic farm. You would be working on a scenic property near the town of Sonoma that is being developed into a world class estate. We require very detail oriented, hard workers with the ability to work independently. We have broken ground on our new production garden, and will be focusing on the rapid development and expansion of this garden. In addition, we raise Babydoll Southdown Sheep, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Kunekune pigs and heritage breed poultry, as well as heirloom fruit and berries and an olive oil production orchard. The available shift is 8 hours a day Monday through Friday and is the afternoon shift ending around dusk each evening, therefore your hours will shift with the seasons.
Position Summary: Under direct supervision of the Gardens & Livestock Manager, this position will primarily focus on the creation and subsequent planting and maintenance of new beds for our production garden using organic and biointensive methods, assisting the orchard manager with pruning, weeding, amending, and harvesting fruit as needed, assistance with livestock care, as well as feeding and moving livestock two afternoons each week, and/or as required.
Duties & Responsibilities: The major responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:
Double digging and amending new planting beds being dug in rocky, volcanic soil
Seed starting, transplanting, hand-watering garden beds
Harvesting, cleaning and packaging produce
Assistance with seasonal Farmer’s Markets
Compost production and maintenance
Assisting the livestock team with routine livestock tasks
Additional tasks may include milking goats, bee keeping, noxious and invasive plant management, trimming hooves, administering medication as needed, etc.
Minimum Job Requirements:
Strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks to completion
Valid California Driver's license and clean driving record
Full background security check • Ability to lift and carry 50+ lbs
Ability to work outside year-round, including in inclement weather with exposure to poison oak
Ability to use equipment and power tools safely, taking extremely good care of all ranch equipment
Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality and privacy
Good time management skills and ability to make efficient use of time
Good communication skills, computer literate and experience with google docs a plus.
Please send a cover letter explaining your desire to work with us, resume detailing your past experience, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Compensation: $18 to $25 per hour DOE with paid lunch break, $500 monthly health insurance stipend, 2 weeks paid vacation, 9 paid sick days and 6 paid holidays. We regret that this position does not include housing.