Coverdale Farm & Grounds Assistant

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Please send completed application, cover letter,
resume and three references to:
Delaware Nature Society
PO Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
Or email Info@DelNature.org

Organization Description:

Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society Delaware Nature Society has spent over 50 years connecting people to nature with diverse environmental programs and services. As one of the most well respected environmental organizations in the region, we envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all plants, animals and people living in our region. Our mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy and conservation. Working state-wide in Delaware and the surrounding region, we operate four sites where people experience nature in unique hands-on ways reaching thousands of visitors each year with a budget over $3 million, 34 core staff, over 100 hourly and seasonal staff and over 1,000 volunteers.

Job Description:

Provides year-round part-time support to agricultural and grounds keeping activities on a farm-based education facility of ~20-acres. Assists with set-up, clean-up, and maintenance for site based events, education programming, and public visitation. Promotes membership, volunteerism, and provides positive visitor experience.

Responsibilities:

  1. Provides weekday & alternating weekend care of education program farm animals: morning & afternoon chores (feeding, watering), cleaning pens and animal barns, moving pastured poultry houses, reporting health concerns to supervisor, and assisting with other animal related tasks as requested/assigned.
    1. Operate farm machinery and vehicles necessary for farm operations.
    2. Order and obtain feed for livestock.
    3. Work directly with Education Coordinator to manage daily animal needs for programs.
  2. Maintain ¼ acre demonstration raised bed vegetable, flower, and herb teaching garden. Plant, seed, weed, water, amend soil, mow, and prepare for educational programs.
  3. Maintain pristine and safe facility: mowing, weed-eating, general facilities maintenance, monitoring main use area and reporting safety hazards to supervisor.
  4. Assisting core farm staff with tasks as assigned including, but not limited to: haying, event set-up & clean-up, compost management, light construction, facility support, working with volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma, working towards or completed: Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Management, Animal Science or equivalent
  • Farm experience in sustainable animal and crop management, preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of organic gardening of vegetables, flowers, herbs, preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of farm equipment operation, maintenance and repair, preferred but not required
  • Organized, team oriented, self-motivated, dedicated
  • Experience with light construction
  • Valid Driver’s License