Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems)

Website Quail Springs

Quail Springs is an educational non-profit

Founded in 2004, Quail Springs is an educational non-profit that sits on a 450-acre permaculture demonstration site in the Cuyama Valley. Quail Springs is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of sustainable human community on land through teaching and demonstration. We believe that land health is human health, and that the lessons of simple living provide direction towards a thriving Earth and society.
The residents and staff of the Quail Springs site and non-profit are a group of makers and thinkers who work together to create regenerative land and community systems. The residents and staff of Quail Springs strive to create a vibrant community and balanced workplace through passion, collaboration, and celebration.
Prospective candidates will embrace simple, remote rural living in a community while working in a nonprofit organization. Quail Springs has recently adopted a new organizational structure with the aim of empowering all employees with decision-making power in their areas of work and supporting a more equitable, efficient and engaging work environment. We are excited about this new structure and a successful applicant will have an interest in non-hierarchical workplace structures and a commitment to grow with us.
Successful applicants are flexible, willing to learn, and have an interest in equitable and resilient community structures. A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and an orientation towards leaning in during conflict instead of leaning out will serve the successful candidate in this position.
Position Description
The Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems) oversees the animal systems (currently a 16 goat herd and 80 chickens), by coordinating and working directly with the core farm team and farm work traders. Oversight includes maintaining health and productivity of each system through improved designs and strategies created and implemented with the farm team and community. There is ample room to improve on the systems of tracking and a chance to reorganize the farm records and documentation. A large aspect of this position is the coordination and management of the farm team in regards to animal chores. The Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems) works closely with the Farm Co-Director (Plant Systems) and the Hosting Director (who manages the farm work trade program).


This position is largely self-directed and the right candidate will be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with the community.
Primary Responsibilities
Coordinate and develop livestock caretaking team capacities
Manage farm work traders in conjunction with the Farm Co-Director (Plant Systems) and the Hosting Director
Understand all livestock needs, including food, shelter, care, and their integration into the systems
Design and carry out rotational grazing of animals
Take a significant part in chores including milking, nutrient cycling, butchering, pen cleaning, and more
Set and work towards milk, egg, and meat goals
Teach animal-based portions of workshops and courses
Interface with programs for farm-specific courses
Hold weekly farm-team meetings in conjunction with the Farm Co-Director (Plant Systems) and the Hosting Director to give and receive farm feedback, and to see that all farm needs are being met
Assess and express farm needs to the community as needed
Qualities & Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
1+ years of experience with farm animal systems
PDC certificate desired but not necessary
Experience managing people
Ability to create an inspiring and motivating work environment
Clear and effective communication skills
Flexibility and adaptability to changing situations
Ability to create and manage your own schedule
Flexibility with hours and projects
Self-directed and takes initiative on work and projects
Experience butchering animals or the willingness to learn
Willingness to engage in community chores (laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc.)
A strong spirit of volunteerism on community projects
Ability to live in community and to work well in a team
Cultural sensitivity & ability to adapt working style
Strong work ethic and attention to detail
Proficient computer skills
Internet research abilities
Spanish proficiency is a plus
LGBTQ+ folks and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply
Couples welcome
We value relevant life experiences that demonstrate qualifications as much as education
Quail Springs is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley, 1.5 hours from the nearest urban/suburban center.
Working & Living Conditions
This position is approximately 30 hours per week, with some weeks being less, and others being more. The successful candidate is self-directed and thrives with a shifting workload. In addition to the 30 hours per week commitment, we all share in community responsibilities. The person hired for this position will live and work in the Quail Springs community setting, where there are anywhere from 10-25 other people living and working on the mission of the organization. The site is remote, with limited communications (cell phones do not work, and the internet and phone service are limited to the central area).
Application Process
Please take care to fully fill out our online application so we may best get to know you. If your application is approved, we will set up interviews. We are hard-working folks, so please be patient with our response time! But also don’t hesitate to check back in on the status of your application.

We highly recommend planning to come out for a day to see if it feels like a good fit.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!


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