Property caretaker help wanted. We'd be thrilled if you are someone with an abiding interest in alternative energy conservation, organic gardening, sustainable farming/living, music, and/or the arts.
This is an opportunity for caretaking a 40-acre farm in a gorgeous northern CA setting. We are seeking a couple (kids welcome), or possibly a single, to care-take our farm/ranch property about 15 minutes south of Ukiah, CA. The position is starting around the first week of May.
The property is beautiful. It is forty acres of rolling hills that was once a sheep ranch. There's a newer house and barn, overlooking a bio-dynamic vineyard. It is very private.
The location is 10 minutes north of Hopland, CA. It is easily accessible, three miles from the highway, all paved road.
Our farm consists of a variety of animals. We have goats, three Cashmere and one unbred Toggenburg dairy goat. There's a small flock of Jacob sheep. We have quite a few chickens and Muscovy ducks. And, a Shetland pony. We also have two Maremma livestock guardian dogs. We are looking forward to the arrival of our Jersey milk cow and her calf sometime next month.
We do use the animals for fiber and food. We have also planted a small orchard and started an organic garden.
We are looking for a property caretaker who can do grounds and pool maintenance and upkeep, help keep and water the garden, as well as tending and feeding of the livestock and daily milking. Also, some occasional handy work and housekeeping. We require someone handy with (own) tools and basic repairs and someone with an ability to understand what it takes to respond to needs as they arise on a rural property with modern infrastructure.
The work will be flexible, averaging about 20 hours per week, with some projects taking more time and some weeks' workload to be lighter, leaving plenty of time for off-site work or personal pursuits. This is a non salary work camper position, so you should have an outside source of income.
We are really seeking self starters who can reason and think for themselves and care for our property as if it were their own. Honesty and reliability are a must. No smokers, please, or folks with dependencies. Children are welcome, but pets must be discussed individually as there may be some issues with the livestock or livestock guardian dogs.
We have a private, flat RV site available with water and electrical hook-ups, and a hook-up to satellite computer is available. We are able to pay electrical unless your usage is excessive, then with a monthly cap. There is an older, refurbished 30' motorhome provided for housing or we welcome your own motorhome. Benefits do include fresh eggs, milk and meat, and food from the (future) garden. As this is a recently acquired property, there is always extra help needed, and that will be paid at the local wage rate.
We would like a commitment of 3-6 months, after a mutual one week and one month review period to be sure everyone is satisfied with the situation. Please email with resume and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org if this property caretaker position sounds like something you are interested in doing.