Part-time Soil Health and Grazing Manager

Location: Johnsonville NY (Rensselaer County)

Term: Year round

Salary: $22-30,000 plus housing

Deadline to apply:

How to apply: [email protected]

Otter creek Farm

Otter Creek Farm is a 6th generation, 450 acre diversified farm located in Johnsonville, New
York. In 2018, the farm sold its dairy herd and has since transitioned to a viable diversified and
regenerative farming operation. Currently all farm operations are managed by farm owner,
Brad Wiley and partner, Elizabeth Collins. There are three business entities which include Otter
Creek Farm (hay, land rental and main farming), OCF Cattle (Grass-fed Beef) and Graceful
Acres (farm stay, small livestock and meat shares). We manage 40 100% Grass-fed Red
Angus cow/calf pairs on 150 acres of hay/pasture using adaptive grazing. Most of the feeder
stock is sold in May to local grass finishing farms with a few feeders remaining on the farm to be
finished and sold as beef. On a much smaller scale, annually, we raise laying hens, meat birds,
4-6 pastured pigs and 1 dairy cow. The finished products are for our home use, sold locally as
meat shares or through Graceful Acres Farmstay. All animals are Animal Welfare Approved.
In order to diversify the farm even more Breadtree Farms leases 20 acres and has planted a
1200 Chestnut Tree Orchard. We also have honey bees managed by Honeybee Hill
Sweeteners, a local couple.
Our Mission: Otter Creek Farm is committed to the stewardship and use of our resources to
provide income to regenerate and maintain the opportunity the farm provides for the family,
customers and community

Job Description

The Soil Health and Grazing Manager will live on the farm and have an opportunity to start their own farm enterprise. Duties include responsibility for all aspects of soil health and grazing;

 * Daily Operations - setting up daily or more frequent moves of temporary fencing, water and moving cattle

 * Planning/Record keeping of grazing chart and eventually implementing Pasture Map (grazing app)

 *Collection and analysis (with assistance) of biological soil samples

*Pasture Management including clipping, seeding etc.

 *Regular Farm/grounds mainenance

 * Assist with cattle production including calving, sorting and weighing, Hay harvest (large square bales), Farm/Infrastructure projects

Requirements and Skill Sets:

 *Understanding and practical experience with grazing animals (if not, please still apply as we are willing to train)

 * Self motivated with an entrepreneurial mindset

 * Ability to work independently as well as with a team

 * Ability to lift, bend, and transfer items up to 50 lbs

 * Desire to work effieciently, openly communicate and maintain a positive attitude

 * tractor/equipment skills preferred, but willing to train

 * Great attention to detail

 * Passion for farming, animals and especially grazing!

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