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About Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at massaudubon.org.

About This Position
Mass Audubon is looking for an energetic, team-oriented Farm Hand to help care for our animals and support our farm-based education programs. Our livestock program is essential to Drumlin Farm’s role as a sustainable working farm and wildlife sanctuary that engages over 150,000 visitors and program participants per year. Farmhands perform essential care for a wide variety of animals (including cows, sheep, goats, pony, and chickens), assist with the management of farm products, and help with sales to the public and through our hunger relief program.

Application Instructions
Please submit a resume and cover letter with your ADP application.

Responsibilities

  • Provides daily care of livestock including feeding and cleaning
  • Helps maintain health of livestock including assisting with:
    • Diet and feeding
    • Veterinary and emergency care
    • Birthing of livestock
  • Assists in hay production, manure management, pasture management including rotational grazing program, and mobile chicken coop
  • Assists in barn and facilities maintenance including fencing, pens, and livestock equipment
  • Assists in maintaining clear communications with educational staff and volunteers

Qualifications
At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves

  • Minimum of 2 years of large animal care experience required, specifically cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens
  • Capable of operating mechanical equipment such as mowers, tractors, and trucks
  • Valid MA driver‘s license required
  • Ability to organize and work with interns and volunteers, and to communicate clearly with staff and the public
  • Hard working, dependable, and open to learning new skills
  • Ability to work in a physically demanding, fast-paced work environment in all types of terrain and in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift and haul up to 50lbs
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion
  • CPR/First Aid Certification or willingness to get certification

Nice to Haves

  • Knowledge of basic carpentry skills helpful

Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position’s pay range is $17.50-19.54/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.


Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 13 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Work Schedule
This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, benefit-eligible position with a schedule of Sunday through Thursday. Additional hours may be required during peak periods, holidays, or special events.

Other Requirements
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

Mass Audubon’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mass Audubon’s mission is to “protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife” by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.