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job opportunities at quail springs permaculture

Posted: December 2 2020

Founded in 2004, Quail Springs is an educational non-profit that sits on a 450-acre permaculture demonstration site in the Cuyama Valley, CA. Quail Springs is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of sustainable human community on land through teaching and demonstration. We believe that land health is human health, and that the lessons of simple living provide direction towards a thriving Earth and society.
The residents and staff of the Quail Springs site and non-profit are a group of makers and thinkers who work together to create regenerative land and community systems. The residents and staff of Quail Springs strive to create a vibrant community and balanced workplace through passion, collaboration, and celebration.
Prospective candidates will embrace simple, remote rural living in a community while working in a nonprofit organization. Quail Springs has recently adopted a new organizational structure with the aim of empowering all employees with decision-making power in their areas of work and supporting a more equitable, efficient and engaging work environment. We are excited about this new structure and a successful applicant will have an interest in non-hierarchical workplace structures and a commitment to grow with us.
Successful applicants are flexible, willing to learn, and have an interest in equitable and resilient community structures. A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and an orientation towards leaning in during conflict instead of leaning out will serve the successful candidate in this position.
Position Description
The Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems) oversees the animal systems (currently a 16 goat herd and 80 chickens), by coordinating and working directly with the core farm team and farm work traders. Oversight includes maintaining health and productivity of each system through improved designs and strategies created and implemented with the farm team and community. There is ample room to improve on the systems of tracking and a chance to reorganize the farm records and documentation. A large aspect of this position is the coordination and management of the farm team in regards to animal chores. The Farm Co-Director (Animal Systems) works closely with the Farm Co-Director (Plant Systems) and the Hosting Director (who manages the farm work trade program).

This position is largely self-directed and the right candidate will be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with the community.

To learn more about the Farm Co-Director position and apply, click here.

Looking to get more farm experience? Check out Quail Springs' work-trade program.