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This job expired on May 15, 2023

Assistant Farm Manager Reed Farm

  • Date Posted March 16, 2023
  • Location Sunderland, MA
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Reed Farm is a family-owned and operated, innovative, small-scale pastured (as season allows) poultry farm and on-farm state-inspected poultry processing facility in Western MA. We raise poultry for wholesale and provide the local farming community with custom poultry processing services. We are progressing towards a USDA Grant of Inspection, after which we will be the sole USDA poultry processing facility in MA, filling a crucial gap in the local food system. We are always learning and improving, and striving for work-life balance. We value integrity, inclusivity, having fun while working hard, education and outreach, and the strength of community.

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Reed Farm is an equal opportunity employer. 

Job description

Reed Farm is seeking the right person to fill a year-round, long-term position as Assistant Farm Manager. The ideal candidate has several years of poultry production and processing experience, enjoys hard work with integrity in a fun and dedicated team dynamic, and is passionate about local food systems and sustainable & regenerative agriculture. This is an entry-level management position supported by professional development and has potential for upward mobility with increased responsibility and financial compensation.

Compensation: $25-28+/hour ($52.2k-58.2k+/year) depending on experience, paid overtime, ongoing education and financial assistance for relevant conferences and educational programs, performance-based bonus after Thanksgiving, plus chicken. Increases based on performance. Additional compensation possible for highly experienced candidates.

After 6 months: 2 weeks paid vacation time and 40 hours paid sick time.

Full-time, 40 hours/week (# of days/week schedule flexibility), year-round.
Minimum of 1-year commitment, ideally long-term.

Job Description

The Assistant Farm Manager assists with managing all operations on the farm (poultry production, processing, and packing) in accordance with our farm’s standards of high-quality products, work, and services, and does so with integrity. They work closely with owners/managers Peter and Kat on all aspects of the farm. This is a leadership position with encouraged space for input into our rapidly growing farm operation. They will help lead a diverse crew and learn all the jobs within the team. The Assistant Farm Manager will help teach and nurture a supportive and hardworking crew.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Promote and support a fun and dedicated work environment and team dynamic
  • Poultry processing work:
    • Oversee & assist with set up and clean up
    • Assist in overseeing processing crew and adherence to safety protocols
    • Humane treatment of livestock
    • High product quality control
    • Kill side stations: cones, scalding, plucking
    • Clean side stations: crop, vent, evisceration, rinsing
    • Chilling stations: monitor & recordkeeping, stir and add ice as needed
  • Packing and Value-Added work:
    • Oversee & assist with set up and clean up
    • Maintain high product quality control and food safety standards
    • Assist with organizing and tracking inventory, recordkeeping
    • Parting poultry
    • Packing and operating vacuum sealer
    • Value-added products: sausage, ground meat, etc
  • Work with Peter and Kat to develop, update, and oversee adherence to HACCP and SOPs and relevant recordkeeping
  • Oversee & maintain clean, organized work/storage spaces
  • Basic equipment maintenance, repairs, and tracking
  • Assist in livestock management and care (poultry and some rare heritage fiber sheep)
  • Assist in compost management

Required Experience, Skills, & Abilities

  • 2+ years experience commercially raising and processing poultry
  • Treat animals and fellow crew with utmost care, compassion, and respect, always
  • Reliability
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team
    • Strong communication skills
    • Willingness to learn, take direction, and be proactive
    • Willingness to receive and offer constructive feedback
    • Know when to ask for help
  • Multitasking, flexibility, adaptability
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem solving, resourcefulness
  • Perform repetitive tasks efficiently and thoroughly
  • Knife skills and excellent manual dexterity
  • Willing to work outside in all weather conditions and inside walk-in coolers and freezer
  • Lift and carry up to 40-60lbs, repeatedly lift 4-20lbs for several hours
  • Basic understanding of proper use of power tools and safety
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
    • Willingness to drive refrigerated van and refrigerated box truck, off-farm
    • Willingness to operate farm vehicles, on-farm
  • Access to reliable transportation for commuting to farm

Preferred Candidates

  • 5+ years experience commercially raising and processing poultry
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership positions
  • Able to drive standard truck, tractor, skidsteer, loader
  • Knowledge of and passion for: 
    • Sustainable & regenerative agricultural practices
    • Pasture management, rotational grazing 
    • Education and outreach
    • Composting


40 hours per week, processing days required (currently Sun/Tues/Fri) and flexibility otherwise

Expected for most turkey processing days during Turkeygeddon (1.5 wks before Thanksgiving)

Example schedule (may change):

March-early June: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Other hours flexible.

June-October: Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. Other hours flexible.

November 15-22: all hands on deck for Turkeygeddon, with a day off.  

Compensation this position is : hourly, $20/hr + Application instructions
This job expired on May 15, 2023
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