The Accokeek Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization involved in land stewardship, historical preservation and sustainable agriculture, seeks a heritage livestock program volunteer to assist our livestock manager in all aspects of successful grass-based livestock program maintenance. This position presents the volunteer with a unique and extensive educational opportunity, as volunteers will receive both on-the-job training and access to farmer training programs and classes.
The heritage livestock program is part of the Accokeek Foundation’s stewardship of Piscataway Park. We care for our livestock in a way that enhances the health and stability of the natural and agricultural ecosystems of this special place. As we manage livestock, we maintain open lands in an ecologically sound manner. The heritage breeds of livestock we manage are American Milking Devon Cattle, Black Turkeys, Hog Island Sheep, Ossabaw Hogs, and various heritage chicken varieties.
Description of Duties:
- Assist with all aspects of rotational grazing, breeding, nutritional management, annual forage cropping, barn maintenance, fence maintenance, and general livestock care.
- Assist with pasture maintenance, which may include tractor work.
- Assist with upkeep of barn and livestock fencing.
- Interact with public visiting the site to teach them about our heritage breeds and the program and answer any questions they may have.
- Carry large or heavy loads on a regular basis–must be able to lift minimum of 50 lbs.
- Assist in exhibiting animals at the Charles County Fair (Fall term volunteers).
No previous experience is necessary, but large animal experience is preferred, and a demonstrated interest in sustainable livestock management is required. Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of 8 hours, 3 times a week, or approximately 24 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible, but must be arranged in advance.
This volunteer position is an excellent educational opportunity. Volunteers will receive training in machinery operation (tractors, ATVs, etc.), free access to Foundation educational and farmer training programs and classes, access to Chesapeake CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) events through the Foundation’s membership, and extensive on-the-job training. College students may be able to receive academic credits for their time.
Please see the Position Description for more information about this position. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Casey Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be received by May 30.