Agriculture Crew Member - Vegetables

Job Overview

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) seeks Agriculture Crew Members for the 2020 season at its Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt, Colorado. Rock Bottom Ranch (RBR) is an educational site with a focus on regenerative agriculture practices; the ranch raises livestock and grows vegetables and cut flowers. The ranch, its agricultural practices, and products are educational components used to meet ACES’ mission of “educating for environmental responsibility.”

Rock Bottom Ranch’s vegetable and livestock production uses natural systems for inspiration and utilizes regenerative and sustainable practices. The 113-acre site dedicates approximately 70 acres to natural wildlands and 35 acres to pasture-based, rotationally grazed livestock systems. To maximize production and extend the growing season, one acre of outdoor vegetable and cut flower production is supported by four-season extension structures (a stationary hoop house, mobile hoop houses, and a passive solar greenhouse). 

Rock Bottom Ranch is open to the public during the summer and offers daily farm tours, youth and adult programs, and food events. Crew members will be given the opportunity to become involved in a diverse array of agricultural operations in addition to numerous customer service, event, and educational experiences. Get to know Rock Bottom Ranch!
 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

1. Vegetable production (80% time allocation)
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Assist with vegetable production including: soil preparation, seed propagation, watering, transplanting, and cultivation.
  • Assist with harvesting, washing, packaging, and sales of final vegetable products.
  • Assist with sales of produce and meat at local farmers' markets and at the ranch.


2. Livestock production (20% time allocation) 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Assist with the daily care of cattle, sheep, goats, laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, rabbits, ducks, and bees. Daily care may include: providing feed and fresh water, creating electric fencing paddocks and moving animals through a multi-species rotational grazing system, mucking out stalls and houses, collecting and washing eggs.
  • Participate in humane, on-property animal harvesting of chicken and turkeys.


3. Customer Service (100% of your time at ACES)

  • Provide welcoming and educational environment to all guests.
  • Lead public farm tours.


Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Site maintenance including mowing, weed whacking, fence repair, trail repair, event preparation, cleaning, or other site duties as needed.
  • Participation in on-farm events including, but not limited to, dining events, educational programs, and farm tours.
  • After hours, on-call responsibilities which may include animal emergencies, animal birthing, or site maintenance issues.  
  • Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.


Qualifications

Candidate must embody the following characteristics:

  • Strong work ethic and understanding that farm work is rewarding, yet physically demanding.
  • Enjoy working outdoors in varying weather conditions. 
  • Able to lift heavy items.
  • Friendly, inviting personality and positive attitude.
  • Respect for farm products and fellow crew members, and the ACES education staff.
  • Strong willingness and desire to learn.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred but not required, candidates will have the following:

  • An interest in pursuing farming as a career.
  • Bilingual, particularly conversational Spanish.
  • Able to drive manual transmission and comfort with towing large trailers.
  • Construction/woodworking skills.
  • Culinary and/or food service experience.


Dates of Employment

May 15, 2020 through October 15, 2020. Start date is non-negotiable.


Reporting Relationship

This position reports to the Agriculture Manager.


Location

This position is located at ACES' Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt, CO.


Work Schedule

5 days per week, Tuesday through Saturday. Additional rotating weekend chores responsibilities required. 


Compensation and Benefits

Weekly rate based on a 5-day per week work schedule, paid twice monthly. This is full-time, seasonal, exempt position and is currently ineligible for ACES benefits package. 


Housing

Off-site shared housing provided. 


To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Selected applicants for primary interviews will be notified on (or before) February 15, 2020. Please indicate in the email subject line which position(s) you are applying. *ACES employees work with school children, therefore ACES conducts background checks for criminal history and motor vehicle records.  

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ACES does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, genetic information, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organizational need.