Jobs @ GRF

Seeking: Farm Operations Manager


The Job: Grass Run Farms, producer and wholesaler of 100% grass fed beef, seeks a farm operations manager for the coordination and execution of its established grass-fed beef finishing and custom grazing operations, based in/near Dorchester, Iowa.

 

This position is an opportunity to manage and build many enterprises within our grass-fed beef production company. We’re looking for someone with foundational expertise in cattle farming and a desire to be accountable for the growth of a business.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ration preparation and cattle feeding on pasture
  • Cattle receiving, sorting and routine handling
  • Rotational grazing system management
  • Permanent and temporary fencing
  • Daily record-keeping and data management
  • Management of any full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, including giving direction, guiding performance, and ensuring employee safety
  • Occasional steel fabrication, and electrical, construction and plumbing tasks
  • Coordination of equipment maintenance and repairs, optimizing farm resources
  • Organization and tidy management of machinery and grounds
  • Demonstration of practices and technique as required for scheduled farm visitors

 

Qualifications:

  • Must have proven skill in all forms of communication, large animal husbandry, machinery operation, agricultural mechanics, fencing, data management, and general farm maintenance.
     
  • Ability to manage assets (equipment and labor), budgets, and schedules; work independently; ask questions; handle challenging situations; and solve practical problems required. 
     
  • Class 1A drivers license required.
     
  • Previous employment in the cattle industry, animal nutrition, and/or business management preferred.


Specific Skills Required:

 

Cattle handling and care experience 

Proficiency in digital communications, including e-mail, mobile phone and text communication

Record-keeping and digital data managment

Farm tool and machinery operation


Start Date: Interviewing will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Compensation: Living wages with many fringe benefits, possibly including profit-sharing, dependent on experience.

To Apply: Send résumé, including work-related references, and cover letter via e-mail to: kristine@grassrunfarms.com. No walk-ins, please. Serious inquiries only.

Location: Grass Run Farms and the land it manages are in the bluff country of northeast Iowa. (If you're envisioning flat cornfields, think again.) We're just minutes from the Upper Iowa River (Iowa's only waterway of "wild and scenic" designation), and our area is a hotbed for independent thinkers when it comes to agriculture/business, community-building, fine arts, outdoor recreation, and more. 


Who We Are: We started Grass Run Farm to develop regional markets for the top-quality 100% grass-fed beef produced in our enterprise and by our region's producers. This means our team manages both cattle production -- specifically grass finishing -- and all aspects of a meat company, from selling all parts of the beef carcass each week to maintaining this website.
 
We are known among our customers in the Upper Midwest, as well as on the Coasts, for having the most-consistent, highest-quality grass-fed beef on the market. In addition, we are well-known, published and respected in the grass-fed beef community in the United States and have a reputation for being tenacious, persistent and agile when it comes to figuring out how to make it all work.

We're also former wilderness guides and backcountry travelers, tradespeople and musicians, news junkies and debaters, community enthusiasts and parents. We enjoy camaraderie with opinionated, honest, adventuresome people of all stripes. We value agricultural sustainability, good food, and critical thinking, among many other ideals. 

We look forward to talking to you and/or reviewing your application.
If you have questions, please e-mail us at kristine@grassrunfarms.com or call us at 563-277-0052.

Thanks!

The Folks at Grass Run Farms