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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*



Friday, October 7th, 9:00am to 12:00pm

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




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.