Seasonal Livestock Crew

Company: Carnation Farms
Location: Carnation WA
Compensation: $20/hour
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture, Nonprofit
Region: Neighboring States
Date Posted: March 26, 2024

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Carnation Farms is a community-based hub for regenerative food & agriculture that educates and empowers the work of culinary, food and farm professionals. We aspire to help create a thriving regional food system connecting farmers & culinary professionals around shared values of regenerative food, health & equity.



Position Summary:

The Livestock Crew Member is responsible for daily care of our herd of Belted Kingshire Beef Cattle, our meat and fiber sheep, as well as our poultry . Previous farm or ranch experience is encouraged. The position is full-time, seasonal (March-September), with a variable work schedule. Limited affordable housing on- site is available, please ask if interested.

Reports to: Livestock Manager

Livestock Assistant Essential Functions

  • Daily care and management of animals with high animal welfare protocols
  • Predator control, fence management and flood contingency planning
  • Works as part of a team with scheduling, locations of livestock, execution of production, pasture management 
  • Examines livestock for illness or disease and advises designated personnel of action to be taken or secures veterinarian services 
  • Inspects facilities and equipment to ensure compliance with sanitation standards and to determine maintenance and repair requirements
  • Helps to maintain records, such as livestock production, sales, and reports, required by government regulations, including maintaining complete and orderly certified organic paperwork.
  • Helps maintain inventory and quality in cold storage and freezer
  • Assist in occasional tours and guest relations where they include livestock
  • Assist with the occasional harvest of animals on site

Animal Specific Care (Cattle, Sheep, Poultry)

  • Rotating animals in and out of pasture daily
  • Setting up and moving portable electric fence
  • Ensuring that animals have access to fresh clean water and mineral
  • Assist with vaccination, hoof trimming, and routine health care of animals
  • Egg collection and washing/packing
  • Mending fences and pasture management
  • Moving animals with livestock trailers or on foot


Skills and Experience:

We are looking for a positive, reliable, responsible, and hardworking individual who has a strong desire to work with livestock on an organic farm. 

  • A minimum of 1-year professional experience with animal husbandry, livestock management, or agriculture is preferred. The right applicant will be considered without those qualifications however.
  • Comfortable driving trucks with trailers and a willingness to learn to operate heavy equipment
  • Interest and enthusiasm for pasture management.
  • Attention to detail is critical and a passion for working with livestock is essential. 
  • The ability to meet the physical requirements of the position, including lifting heavy objects (50+ lbs.), working outside in all variety of weather and conditions, and working around animals
  • Proven interpersonal skills with the strong ability to work with a team of peers

Key Competencies:

  • Comfortable working independently 
  • Organizational skills and record keeping
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to follow directions and problem solve
  • Ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency


  • Valid driver’s License
  • Background Check


Compensation and Benefits

  • $20/hour
  • 25% off of all Carnation Farms Products and Events (including produce, meat shares, culinary products and classes)
  • Join a great crew of hard working and fun people
  • Paid leave days for use at employees discretion (can be used as sick leave or vacation)
  • Housing available at a flat rate of $500/month