Agriculture Crew Member - Livestock + Site

Job Overview

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a nonprofit celebrating 50 years of educating for environmental responsibility, seeks Agriculture Crew Members for the 2019 season at our Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt, Colorado. Rock Bottom Ranch raises livestock and grows vegetables and cut flowers. These products are featured at our summer dining events, weekly farmers’ markets, local restaurants, and on-farm sales. 

Rock Bottom Ranch’s vegetable and livestock production is inspired by natural systems and is continually working toward more 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 at our mountainous 6,400 feet elevation, our 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). 

Our production farm and educational site 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. Livestock production / Site maintenance (80% time allocation)
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist with the daily care of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, rabbits, ducks, and bees.
  • Daily care includes 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. 
  • Assist with sales of produce and meat at farmer's market and on-farm.
  • Site maintenance including mowing, weed whacking, fence repair, trail repair, event preparation, cleaning, and other site duties that may arise. 

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

  • Assist with vegetable production including: soil preparation, seed propagation, watering, transplanting, and cultivation.
  • Assist with harvesting, washing, packaging, and sales of final vegetable products.

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

  • 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
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.
Ability to work with a sense of urgency.
Friendly, inviting personality and positive attitude.
Respect for farm products and fellow crew members.
Strong willingness and desire to learn.

Preferred Qualifications (Not Required)
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 16, 2019 through October 15, 2019. 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, 8 or more hours per day, 2 consecutive days off per week.

Compensation
Weekly stipend provided. This is full-time, seasonal, exempt position and is currently ineligible for ACES benefits package. 
Off-site shared housing provided, within biking distance of Rock Bottom Ranch. Utilities and internet included. 

To Apply
E-mail cover letter and resume to rbrjobs@aspennature.org. Selected applicants for primary interviews will be notified on (or before) February 15, 2019. ***Indicate in the e-mail subject line the position for which 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 and complies with all federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.