Farm Manager in Harvard, IL

Wanda Farm

Job Description

Wanda farm is a new first generation farm with a big vision to grow and feed thousands of families.We currently produce grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, pork, and eggs on our grass-based regenerative farm.

We plan to continue to grow current product production as well as add new enterprises. We are seeking to hire a motivated individual to be the lead manager on our farm in all aspects concerning the production of the livestock from start to harvest time. This is a long term position with great potential for growth as our farm expands. (Willing to develop the right individual if no prior experience)

Below you will find an overview of the character & competencies we’re looking for in this position.

Measurable Areas of Effectiveness

  • Overall Health of Livestock & Soil
  • This is determined by livestock death percentage, animal performance, overall herd health, plant and soil testing.
  • Measured by organic matter and nutrients, improvements in soil, animal weight gains, sickness, and death rate.
  • Overall Task Efficiency
  • Ability to maintain current responsibilities and looking for ways to improve efficiency of those responsibilities.
  • Measured by ability to take on new responsibilities.
  • Leadership
  • Measured by the ability to help future team members to excel in their current tasks. The ability to work with other departments on the farm. Ability to lead others under your supervision.
  • Job Completion
  • All jobs are properly completed and on time.
  • Ownership
  • The ability to take ownership in the role and treat the role as part of your mission.
  • Measured by the business goals, achievements, and profitability of the farm production enterprises.

Key Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Perform and oversee the completion of the daily pasture moves for livestock. (including hogs, cattle, meat chickens, and layers)
  • Ensure that livestock are comfortable and are taken care of in accordance with Wanda Farm Standards. (water, food, proper shelter)
  • Ensure proper planning for delivery of feed.
  • Delivering hog feed, chicken feed, hay bales, bedding animals, and removing manure (Requires equipment operating experience & or expertise).
  • Maintain appropriate inventory levels of all grain and feed supplements.
  • Oversee fences and waterline maintenance, including repairs and keeping the fence line clean (operating a chainsaw is required).
  • Understand and perform daily animal moves, animal sorting and loading of livestock on trailers.
  • Ensure all appropriate gates are closed and the fence is always working properly (electrical fence understanding required).
  • Ensure appropriate maintenance on all farm equipment (i.e. oil changes, greasing, and simple repairs).
  • Collect eggs and assist with making them for sale ready when necessary.
  • Perform safe and timely transportation of livestock to the processor. (Requires truck and trailer operating experience)
  • Assist with picking up meat orders from the processor if necessary. (Requires truck and trailer operating experience)
  • Help with regular farm grounds maintenance (mowing lawn, landscaping, snow removal)
  • Building fences or ability to learn. (We will be building lots of woven wire and high tensile fence lines)
  • Ability to take ownership on farm building projects and complete in a timely manner (i.e. Fencing, construction projects, chicken coop building, etc.).
  • Make proper repairs and improvements on equipment and building (basic understanding of construction and mechanic trades)

Requirements & Skill Sets:

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Lead others as our team grows.
  • Ability to communicate to vendors and other team members.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and manage time effectively.
  • Willingness to take responsibility for work performed, oversights, and areas of improvement.
  • Ability to work in a highly motivated and growing business atmosphere.
  • Ability to use deductive reasoning.
  • Willingness to report to the owner.
  • Willingness to learn and be open minded to new ideas.
  • Ability to do basic fence repairs.
  • In-depth understanding of how electric fences work and how-to problem solve shorts.
  • Completion of prerequisite training material.
  • Regen Ag 101 by Understanding Ag (paid for by Wanda Farm)

Expected Work Week:

  • Typical workday is 7am – 5pm. Chores will be from 7 to 9am. Chores again in the afternoon before leaving.
  • Days where livestock need to be delivered to the processor, mornings will be earlier (Typically load broiler chickens at 4am).
  • Work weeks could range from 40-60 hours depending on weather or project deadlines that week.
  • This role is expected to work 1 weekend day (Sat or Sun) per week.
  • Time off – As a farm, livestock require attention every day. For taking 1 day off, please communicate 1 week prior. For vacation time off, please communicate months in advance (sooner the better so we can plan!).
  • We try to work normal hours for the most part, but with farming there are busy days and slower days. We will maximize our workload when the weather is right, or a project is due. We sometimes work hard long hours but do understand family/personal time is important to re-energize and believe in taking time off.

Compensation:

  • $40-60,000/year (Depending on level experience) (Possible equity sharing/buy in to the business for the right individual)
  • $2,000 food credit per year
  • Housing may be available or can help find housing
  • We are willing to train the right individual to develop into this role if you have no prior farming experience, however expect taking on an assistant role to begin.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $40,000.00 – $60,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Employee discount
  • Paid time off

Schedule:

  • Day shift
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Harvard, IL 60033: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Experience:

  • Farming: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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