Website Alchemist Farm
Humane Chicken Hatchery run on 100% solar power
Live & Work Position Available at The Humane Chicken Hatchery Alchemist Farm
Sebastopol is nestled in the heart of Sonoma county and has an incredible farm to table food scene as well as a warm open community feel. Alchemist Farm is situated 20 minutes from the ocean/redwoods and 5 minutes from the bike path linking to neighboring towns.
Alchemist Farm is looking to expand our farm team to an individual or couple. The position is a year commitment with potential for long term extension if we are all a good fit! Position available starting August 15th 2022.
What we are offering:
Join us for a year of the dynamic work of raising breeding groups of chickens and running a humane chicken hatchery. You will be the first eyes on the birds in the morning and the last eyes on them at night.
Some of the hours we have available are in the evening after dark, specifically putting the flocks of chickens away and scanning to make sure all of the auto doors have closed on the coops so whoever takes the position needs be living on the farm for ease.
As the year ebbs and flows with the seasonal shifts of raising birds/hatching/shipping chicks you can expect 20 hours of work a week from August-January and 30 hours a week from January – August. Monday/Tuesday are longer hour work days of preparing shipments of chicks, the rest of the week the bulk of the day hours are free if you would like to have a second job in town or are in school.
Stating pay is $18 an hour with options for more hours of property upkeep such as mowing and weed whipping.
The living space is a 450sq ft detached beautiful granny unit, unfurnished but complete with updated energy star appliances and a cozy feel. The unit has a 600 sq ft attached private workshop space. Pottery? Apothecary? Storage? The sky is the limit.
Optional Garden space included with irrigation already installed if you have a green thumb or have the desire to grow your own food.
Rent for the living space is $1600 plus electric, propane and trash service. Water is included.
Examples of work hours:
Daily checking to make sure each coop door opens (solo work)
Daily collecting of eggs and sorting from our breeding groups (solo work)
Tucking the birds in at night (solo work)
Training juvenile birds into coops at night (solo work)
Trimming wings in winter (solo work)
Moving chicken tractors and care of juvenile birds on Tuesdays with farm owner Ryan
Daily checking of chicks in brooders and refilling their water and food (solo work)
Weekly Cleaning Brooders from baby chicks (solo work)
Monthly rotation of cleaning coops, 1 day a month (solo work)
Setting eggs in the incubators and hatchers (solo work)
Weekly Preparing shipping boxes for the chicks (solo work)
Weekly prepping of chick pickup boxes (solo work)
Packing up baby chicks on Tuesday mornings for shipment with our farm owner Franchesca
Packing up hatching egg orders for shipment (solo work)
Weekly cleaning of hatchers and incubation space on Tuesdays after hatch (solo work)
Management of pasture watering/reseeding for flocks (solo work)
Weekly checking of late chick shipments (computer wok)
Random fixes of coops/upkeep if latches/hinges need attention (Solo work)
Farm sitting for a few weeks at a time throughout the year.
Who we are looking for:
Someone or a couple who is interested in seeing what a season of hatching baby chicks at a hatchery is all about. We start mid August with extensive training of how the farm operates, we will make sure you are confident on all aspects of how we run the various systems on the farm. You will jump right in with putting the birds away at night, daily egg collecting, caring for our juvenile birds and helping with our last few hatches/shipment dates of the season (2 in August, 1 in September and 1 in October).
In October we shut down the incubators for 2022 but the care of the birds will continue and daily egg collecting will continue as we train our juvenile birds to go into the coops each night. Come January we will be preparing the flocks for laying and breeding after the hens have their natural break from laying in the winter. Once laying begins again you will see the magic of our breeding program and the unique chocolates, greens, speckles and interesting shades of egg colors of hens lay. As the first eggs are laid they will be saved again for incubating and then we will be into the weekly rhythm of egg collecting, setting and hatching that lasts from February through October each year.
As the months shift so do the rhythms with the birds on the farm. We will have weekly check ins to make sure you are up to date and feeling prepared for the shifts as they come.
To thrive in this role with us you will need to be a self starter, interested in working with animals and open to learning. Must be able to lift 60lbs and have attention to detail. Must be a clear communicator and willing to ask questions while being trained. Job is 6 days a week with Friday or Saturdays off. Vacations can be worked into the year for longer days/stretches off with enough planning and notice. Hours are completely flexible with exception of Tuesdays which are our hatching/cleaning day of the incubation space. The rest of the hours can be made up around your schedule, they just must be consistent for the health of the birds.
We are always evolving what we are doing on the farm and striving to be better. Interest in soil health and regenerative agriculture is a plus but not necessary. We would love to focus our energy on building up our soils in the coming years.
Who we are
A small family farm team running a humane chicken hatchery in Northern Sebastopol. We are run 100% on a solar array in our pasture and are plastic free in our shipping. We are striving to be plastic free on the farm and zero waste in our operation. We love inspiring and educating others on how to do the same in our industry as well as anyone keeping chickens in their backyard.
We are clear kind communicators. We cannot accommodate applicants with a dog any larger than 5lbs due to the safety of the flocks.
Think you might be a good fit? Send us an email at: AlchemistFarm@gmail.com Looking forward to meeting you!
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