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HELP WANTED: Herd Manager at von Trapp Farm, Waitsfield, VT

Job Position:
We are looking for a full time herd manager to manage essential functions of our dairy farm and pig program. On a given day, this could look like: milking shift, cow chores, monitoring cow health; driving into town to pick up food scraps for pigs (only on certain days); feeding the pigs (some days, also driving the tractor with the whey tank); monitoring pig health, inspecting pig enclosure, and making repairs; wash bulk tank, setting fencing for next pasture in the rotation, tractor work (depending on time of year, haying, spreading manure, moving round bales), driving to satellite pastures to monitor/feed/water heifers and dry cows
afternoon pig feeding/chores. This position involves coordinating with employees in the creamery, the farm store manager, as well as working with/managing fellow farm employees.

About Our Farm:
We are a certified organic pasture based dairy that milks around 45 mixed breed cows. Our on-site creamery turns their milk into award winning cheeses and yogurts. We also run a small raw milk CSA through our farm store for the local community. Along with the dairy, we raise a herd of ~50 whey fed heritage breed pigs. Our farming practices put the long-term health of the animals and the land at the top of our priority list (because we know that THIS leads to producing the best products).

Employment Classification:
Year-round, full-time salaried position. von Trapp Farmstead is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Essential Job Functions Include:
This job requires working outside in all sorts of weather, year-round.

Farm Chores (ie picking up food scraps in town and feeding the pigs, feeding/watering the cows, and milking shifts)
Maintaining milking equipment & bulk tank
Animal husbandry
Monitoring & responding to animal health
Working with local farrowers to source piglets
Tractor work
Repairing animal enclosures, feeding troughs, permanent fencing, etc.
Processing firewood
Assisting with farm building projects

Haying (we put up all the hay to feed the cows through winter)
Fencing rotational pastures
Felling trees in our forest for firewood
Tractor work - moving round bales, spreading manure, etc.

Ideal Qualifications:
Can lift 50+lbs on a regular basis
Written and spoken fluency in English
Preference for local applicants (possibility of on-farm or transitional housing)
Valid driver’s license (this job requires driving the farm truck)
Experience working with cows and/or pigs
Milking experience required
Animal husbandry experience required
Experience driving tractors is required
Comfortable managing other employees
Experience with chainsaws and comfort safely felling trees is preferred
Flexibility/willingness to work weekends required. (We strive to give every employee 2 days off, at least one weekend day off, each week).
Willingness to learn, to know when to ask for help or to ask questions, and a self-starter.

Benefits include:
Competitive wages ($50k-$60k salary depending on experience and job responsibilities). Paid time off for all employees working 18+ hours/week. IRA matching retirement plan. Weekly cheese or yogurt and raw milk (sometimes also beef & whey-fed pork!).
25% discount on all items sold through our farm store

To apply:
Email a description of relevant experience, 3 references, and why you want to work with us to You may also include a resume, though it is not required.ADDED 5/25/23

HELP WANTED: Production Person. Larson Farm and Creamery has opening for creamery production person making yogurt, bottled past and raw milk, gelato. 30 cow organic grassfed operation. Contact Rich Larson 802.884.5288 ADDED 3-3-23 Location: Wells, VT

Organic Staff Inspector

MOFGA Certification Services, LLC (MCS) is hiring a full time Organic Staff Inspector to join our team. MCS is a USDA-accredited organic certifier, certifying over 500 crop, livestock, and handling operations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The staff inspector will conduct onsite inspections year round throughout our service area (primarily in Maine), and provide high quality customer service along with skilled inspection auditing and verification to support positive organic certification experiences for organic producers certified by MCS. In addition, the staff inspector will be tasked with conducting unannounced inspections, pesticide residue sampling, and generating reports and other documents for MCS, as well as training, auditing, and evaluating inspectors in our inspector pool. The staff inspector will be expected to perform a significant percentage of MCS annual inspections (one-fifth of total inspections annually, or roughly 100).

This position requires travel within MCS’ service territory, off-site visits to clients, as well as office-based work. This position is required to be Maine-based, but the inspector will be able to work from home. IOIA training (or equivalent) and prior organic inspection experience preferred. Visit our Employment Opportunities page ( for the full job description, benefits, and employment details. Please send your cover letter and resume to Priority will be given to candidates who apply before February 1, 2023.

Certification Director, Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces a job opening for Certification Director. The Certification Director is responsible for the leadership of the Certification department and the growth and continual improvement of the PCO Certification Programs. This position oversees all certification program processes, resources, and results-based outcomes. This position will collaborate closely with the Director of Operations and Executive Director as part of the Leadership Team of PCO.
PCO is a growing non-profit organization that works with organic farmers and food producers across the US. PCO provides organic certification services to more than 1600 operations, employs approximately 35 staff, and sub-contracts with around 40 field inspectors. Our staff are dedicated to our vision: all communities are enriched by organic food and farming, and we are committed to a work culture of purpose, caring, and results. This is a full-time, exempt, remote telecommuting position.Salary range: $83,100 -$114,300, depending on experience. This position will remain open until Jan 4th, 2023. Please submit a resume and cover letter to PCO Job Openings by Jan 4th, 2023.

Posted: to Classifieds on Tue, May 23, 2023
Updated: Tue, May 23, 2023