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We’re currently hiring for the following positions: 

Title: Livestock Manager
Time Commitment: Full Time
Compensation:
65K-75K
Schedule: 40-45 hours per week

About Sky High Farm:

Sky High Farm is a non-profit organization working to ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need to sustain themselves, including high-quality, culturally appropriate food. Since 2012, we have committed to regenerative farming practices and an environmentally holistic, equity-focused approach to promoting food sovereignty. This includes support for burgeoning farmers through formal training and mentoring; grants to catalyze a more equitable and community-centered food system; and food access partnerships - 100% of food produced on-site is donated to community partners in our collective effort to achieve long-term solutions to food insecurity.

About the position:

The Sky High Farm Livestock Manager is a full-time position that oversees the planning and daily needs of the livestock program. The Livestock Manager will work alongside the Agricultural Director to develop a year-round production plan and manage animal welfare and livestock personnel. This position involves supervision and mentorship of up to two livestock Fellows, beginning farmers engaged in an intensive educational experience focused on livestock care and production.

Responsibilities:

●  Support all practices and steps for Sky High’s rotational grazing program, including:
●  Daily chores for all livestock
●  Management of feed and feed sourcing
●  Pasture management of cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry
●  Support animal health and welfare with intentional observation, reporting and practices that prioritize their quality of life
●  Manage record keeping for all species of livestock and maintain daily tasks list for livestock personnel
●  Support needed repair and maintenance of animal infrastructure
●  Establish a slaughter schedule and coordinate livestock transport and cold storage of meat
●  Educate and mentor seasonal fellows in all aspects of livestock production

At the discretion of the Agricultural Director, this position may also be asked to assist with activities associated with vegetable production, including:

●  Propagation and plant production in the greenhouse
●  Weekend watering, irrigation and propagation house ventilation management

Skills and Expertise:

●  Commitment to Sky High’s mission and ecologically responsible farming practices
●  Experience handling and treating livestock, including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry
●  Experience with animal husbandry
●  Experience supervising and mentoring staff
●  Detail oriented and capable of working independently and with a team
●  Organized and able to maintain livestock records with regard to daily welfare, pasture rotation and feed consumption
●  Equipment operation experience, including tractors and trailers
●  Licensed to operate a motor vehicle and experience driving pick-up trucks
●  Readiness to work outdoors performing physical labor safely in all types of weather, including rain or snow
●  Readiness to perform tasks that include barn maintenance and cleaning, the movement of feed and hay, and tasks directly related to livestock management
●  Ability to lift heavy items (e.g. up to and possibly over 50 lbs)
●  Patience to teach and mentor seasonal fellows of varying skill level and experience

Additional Duties (preferred):

●  The Livestock Manager will work with the Agricultural Director on a daily basis to communicate planning around operations and staff
●  The Livestock Manager will work with the Agricultural Director to draft an annual plan of work to be approved by the COO or AD
●  The Livestock Manager will assist the Agricultural Director with budgeting and budgeting management as it relates to animal care, relevant supplies, feed, fencing (e.g. interfacing with veterinarians as needed)

Teamwork is paramount. All Sky High staff are required to participate in routine meetings, performance reviews, safety trainings, and internal policy reviews.

Other relevant details:

To successfully support our work, Sky High reaches beyond conventional philanthropy, collaborating with a diverse and inspiring network of fashion brands, artists, and designers to generate resources that sustain our work locally and cultivate awareness around food justice and sustainability worldwide. As such, the farm is a frequent host of visitors, volunteers and press. As a member of our farm’s leadership team, the Livestock Manager may be asked to participate in these visits and events as part of this role.

Requirements:

●  A minimum of 3-5 years working with livestock
●  Experience operating farm equipment
●  Valid U.S. Driver’s License
● Eligibility to work in the US

This job description synthesizes key responsibilities but does not necessarily capture all applicant job duties. As with the nature of farm work, adaptability is essential; Sky High’s priorities involve the production of food for food insecure New Yorkers and education of our seasonal fellowship program. As such, the shifting of resources may require temporary refocusing efforts in one area of the farm to achieve those goals.

To Apply:
Send your resume, cover letter, and references to: jobs@skyhighfarm.org. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line.



Title: Vegetable Team Fellow
Time Commitment: Full-Time Seasonal
Compensation: $17/hr
Schedule: 40-45 hours per week
Time Period: April 2023 - December 2023


About Sky High Farm:

Sky High Farm is a non-profit organization working to ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need to sustain themselves, including high-quality, culturally appropriate food. Since 2012, we have committed to regenerative farming practices and an environmentally holistic, equity-focused approach to promoting food sovereignty. This includes support for burgeoning farmers through formal training and mentoring; grants to catalyze a more equitable and community-centered food system; and food access partnerships - 100% of food produced on-site is donated to community partners in our collective effort to achieve long-term solutions to food insecurity.

About the position:

The Sky High Vegetable Production Fellowship provides an educational work experience focused on vegetable production at our integrated vegetable and livestock farm. As a vegetable production fellow, the candidate is provided a comprehensive experience in no-till garden management, propagation, and vegetable washing and packing. Throughout the program, at least 2 hours a week are dedicated to paid educational opportunities that include classes taught by Sky High’s management staff, visits and work days at other farms, and a comprehensive reading list of texts that pertain to farming and food justice.

Responsibilities:

Report to work on time when scheduled and work closely with the Vegetable Production Manager on daily tasks and weekly planning.

Garden Tasks
  • Participate in market garden upkeep - planting, weeding, fertilizing, irrigation
  • Work in propagation house seeding flats, watering, thinning, potting up plants
  • Help maintain fruit trees, berry plantings and herb garden
  • Operate small engines such as string trimmer
  • Drive farm trucks and other vehicles safely
  • Use small tractor or BCS for jobs around farm property if proven to be a safe and competent operator
  • Harvest, wash and pack produce for distribution to donation partners

Work Environment and Weekend Work:

Most of the work is performed outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Fellows are expected to cover weekend watering in the greenhouse and field irrigation with proper training at least one weekend a month.

Requirements:

The Seasonal Vegetable Production Fellow must be able and willing to:
  • Lift and move up to 50lbs
  • Complete daily tasks around the farm in an efficient manner
  • Perform other physical activities as needed for performance of vegetable farming
  • Work outdoors in inclement weather. (Working outdoors is not required when conditions are hazardous to human health and safety)
  • Willingness to communicate in a direct and healthy way with teammates and supervisors
  • Willingness to receive feedback and comfortable asking questions
  • Alignment with Sky High Farm’s mission and values
  • Valid US Driver’s License and in good standing
  • Eligibility to work in the US

Preferred Experience and Attributes:

  • Positive, open-minded attitude. Willingness to adapt to change in plans throughout the day or week
  • Reliability - show up to work on time and communicate clearly about sick days/day off requests
  • Flexibility - willingness to change schedules if another team-member is out sick or in the event of an emergency

Learning Opportunities:

All Sky High Farm Fellows will be provided extracurricular learning opportunities facilitated by the Agricultural Director. Hours spent in approved educational environments (CRAFT, farm visits, volunteering) that take place outside of the work day are compensated fairly in order to maintain a 40 hour work week.

Hudson-Valley Farming Community:
  • Opportunities to attend Hudson-Valley CRAFT events
  • Workshops hosted by organizations in the region focused on farm education
  • Volunteer days with other farms in the Sky High Farm network

Sky High Farm:
  • On-farm skill-shares with Livestock or Vegetable Manager or Agricultural Director
    • Wash and pack setup, animal nutrition, farm planning/budgeting, etc.
  • Presentations from SHF organizational leadership
    • SHF background story, developing a non-profit, branding

Fellowship Research Project:

Each fellow has the opportunity to extend their employment with Sky High through a research or project-based opportunity related to food systems, sustainable agriculture, or another topic aligned with Sky High’s mission. Pending approval of the Agricultural Director and COO, fellows may engage in a structured project or research around a topic of their choosing during the months of November and December after completing the bulk of the experiential farm work portion of their fellowship. Compensation and housing will continue during these months to facilitate the proposed research or project. Fellows may be asked to work up to 10 hours a week on the farm during this period.

Other relevant details:

To successfully support our work, Sky High reaches beyond conventional philanthropy, collaborating with a diverse and inspiring network of fashion brands, artists, and designers to generate resources that sustain our work locally and cultivate awareness around food justice and sustainability worldwide. As such, the farm is a frequent host of visitors, volunteers and press. The Vegetable Production Fellow may be asked to participate in said events in some capacity.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply:
Send your resume, cover letter, and references to: jobs@skyhighfarm.org. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line.



Title: Livestock Team Fellow
Time Commitment: Full-Time Seasonal
Compensation: $17/hr
Schedule: 40-45 hours per week
Time Period: April 2023 - December 2023

About Sky High Farm:

Sky High Farm is a non-profit organization working to ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need to sustain themselves, including high-quality, culturally appropriate food. Since 2012, we have committed to regenerative farming practices and an environmentally holistic, equity-focused approach to promoting food sovereignty. This includes support for burgeoning farmers through formal training and mentoring; grants to catalyze a more equitable and community-centered food system; and food access partnerships - 100% of food produced on-site is donated to community partners in our collective effort to achieve long-term solutions to food insecurity.

About the position:

The Sky High Farm Livestock Fellowship provides an educational work experience focused on livestock production at our integrated vegetable and livestock farm. As a livestock fellow, the candidate is provided a comprehensive experience in livestock management, animal husbandry, and food processing. Throughout the program, at least 2 hours a week are dedicated to paid educational opportunities that include classes taught by Sky High’s management staff, visits and work days at other farms, and a comprehensive reading list of texts that pertain to farming and food justice.

Responsibilities:

Report to work on time when scheduled and work closely with the Livestock Manager on daily tasks and weekly planning.

Livestock Tasks
  • Learn and distinguish animal welfare queues and signals and report to manager
  • Comfortable working with large animals such as cattle in handling equipment like a corral or livestock trailer
  • Move livestock across fields daily and use portable fencing such as poultry netting, polywire and energizers
  • Operate small engines such as string trimmer
  • Drive farm trucks and other vehicles safely
  • Opportunity to learn how to operate small tractor or BCS for jobs around farm property if proven to be a safe and competent operator
  • Assist with on-farm processing of poultry and eggs

Work Environment and Weekend Work:

Most of the work is performed outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. The 40-45 hour work week may include weekend shifts with time off during the week.

Requirements:

The Seasonal Livestock Fellow must be able and willing to:

  • Lift and move up to 50lbs
  • Complete daily tasks around the farm in an efficient manner
  • Perform other physical activities as needed for performance of livestock farming
  • Work outdoors in inclement weather. (Working outdoors is not required when conditions are hazardous to human health and safety)
  • Willingness to communicate in a direct and healthy way with teammates and supervisors
  • Willingness to receive feedback and comfortable asking questions
  • Alignment with Sky High Farm’s mission and values
  • Valid US Driver’s License and in good standing
  • Eligibility to work in the US

Preferred Experience and Attributes:

  • Positive, open-minded attitude. Willingness to adapt to change in plans throughout the day or week
  • Reliability - show up to work on time and communicate clearly about sick days/day off requests
  • Flexibility - willingness to change schedules if another team-member is out sick or in the event of an emergency

Learning Opportunities:

All Sky High Farm Fellows will be provided extracurricular learning opportunities facilitated by the Agricultural Director. Hours spent in approved educational environments (CRAFT, farm visits, volunteering) that take place outside of the work day are compensated fairly in order to maintain a 40 hour work week.

Hudson-Valley Farming Community
  • Opportunities to attend Hudson-Valley CRAFT events
  • Workshops hosted by organizations in the region focused on farm education
  • Volunteer days with other farms in the Sky High Farm network

Sky High Farm
  • On-farm skill-shares with Livestock or Vegetable Manager or Agricultural Director
    • Wash and pack setup, animal nutrition, farm planning/budgeting, etc.
  • Presentations from SHF organizational leadership
    • SHF background story, developing a non-profit, branding

Fellowship Research Project:

Each fellow has the opportunity to extend their employment with Sky High through a research or project-based opportunity related to food systems, sustainable agriculture, or another topic aligned with Sky High’s mission. Pending approval of the Agricultural Director and COO, fellows may engage in a structured project or research around a topic of their choosing during the months of November and December after completing the bulk of the experiential farm work portion of their fellowship. Compensation and housing will continue during these months to facilitate the proposed research or project. Fellows may be asked to work up to 10 hours a week on the farm during this period.

Other relevant details:

To successfully support our work, Sky High reaches beyond conventional philanthropy, collaborating with a diverse and inspiring network of fashion brands, artists, and designers to generate resources that sustain our work locally and cultivate awareness around food justice and sustainability worldwide. As such, the farm is a frequent host of visitors, volunteers and press. The Livestock Fellow may be asked to participate in said events in some capacity.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


To Apply:
Send your resume, cover letter, and references to: jobs@skyhighfarm.org. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line.



VOLUNTEER at SHF   


Want to get your hands dirty? Great! We have at least three volunteer days on the farm every month. 


How it Works:


  • Volunteers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. We are able to host 15 volunteers per day. After the first 15 slots are filled, sign-ups will be added to a waitlist and contacted if members of the original volunteer group are unable to attend. We’ll send an email confirming your spot in the volunteer group or on the waitlist after we receive your signup.

  • Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own reliable transportation to and from Sky High Farm. Sky High Farm is located in Pine Plains, NY, which is unfortunately inaccessible via public transportation, since it is far from train and bus stations in the area. Car services like Uber, Lyft, and local taxis are unreliable, so we recommend that volunteers utilize personal or rental cars.

  • All volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Please be prepared to present your proof of vaccination to SHF staff upon arrival. Please bring your own mask in case there is a need to wear it indoors or when in close proximity to others.

  • All volunteers must be 13 years of age or older. Due to our inability to provide childcare, volunteers cannot bring children under 13 years of age to Sky High Farm on volunteer days.

  • Sky High is a working farm. During volunteer days, participants will engage in actual farm work that may include: seeding, harvesting, egg washing, weeding, vegetable washing and packing, and other physical agricultural tasks.


Below you will find links to sign up for the coming month’s volunteer days. We update this information at the start of every month, so be sure to check back for future availability. 

*Please only sign up for the days and times that you can commit to attending*


The 2022 Volunteer Season has ended ):
We hope to see you next year!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to nina@skyhighfarm.org