Poultry Production Specialist

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 January 2021

Job Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


At Heifer USA, we believe regenerative farming is critical to the health of rural economies and the health of our planet. That’s why we invest in farmers, equipping them with the skills and support they need to make their businesses grow. Heifer Ranch is a 1,200-acre living classroom where farmers and ecologically concerned consumers can connect, share ideas and learn from our team of agricultural experts.

We provide hands-on, classroom and digital training programs and support to farmers accessing new markets. Our team of horticulture and livestock specialists teach innovative and climate-friendly farming practices that improve small farmers’ bottom line, provide nutritious food for consumers and protect and conserve our environment. When local farms thrive, local economies and ecosystems do too.

The Poultry Production Specialist will support our work by leading the pastured poultry enterprise at Heifer Ranch. They will utilize regenerative and innovative farming techniques to grow our production in an efficient and effective way. In addition, this person will assist in the building and maintaining of our living classroom at Heifer Ranch and contribute to our training programs.


Commitment to performance; Excellence; Visionary; Always brings solutions; Entrepreneurial; Fail fast and small; Action-oriented; Passion for mission; Self-starter and proactive tendencies; Tenacity; Creativity; A “whatever-it-takes-to-get-the-job-done” mentality; Thrives in a culturally diverse environment; Detailed; Systematic; Organized; Collaborative; Trustworthiness; Communicator; Flexibility


A. Responsible for brooding and raising up to approximately 45,000 pasture-raised broiler chickens and turkeys at Heifer Ranch annually (70%)

Brooder and schooner set-up, cleaning, troubleshooting and maintenance (including feeders and waterers)

Responsible for the stress-free transport of poultry moving from the brooder to the pasture

Coordinate with Grass Roots Farmers Cooperative and other transporters for chick delivery and chicken pickup

Coordinate agriculture volunteers in day to day tasks, provide the structure, mentoring, and motivation to effectively and efficiently support you and the poultry enterprise

Coordinate assistance and lead “chicken/turkey catching” pre-harvest

Coordinate with Grass Roots Farmers Cooperative for chicken transportation crates

Follow Heifer’s procurement guidelines to purchase poultry related inputs such as feed and shavings, then coordinate delivery of the items

Ensure predator control in the brooder and while poultry are out on pasture, including care and continued training of poultry guardian dogs

Responsible for all daily chores required for the poultry enterprise, including daily schooner moves, setting up electronet, providing feed and water

Responsible for fully complying with Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative animal welfare standards

Responsible for checking on poultry during inclement weather and providing hay during heavy rains or cold temperatures

Must be willing to cull sick poultry in accordance to animal welfare standards

Commitment to improving and increasing efficiencies within the current pastured poultry enterprise at Heifer Ranch

Ability to communicate professionally with other producers and individuals interested in learning about pastured poultry

Assist in evaluating infrastructure and other needs to grow production, and work with a cross-functional team to develop a plan to scale

B. Record keeping (10%)

Responsible for keeping detailed daily records for the poultry enterprise, including feed consumption and weight data

Comply with Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative record-keeping standards and provide required data in a thorough and timely manner to the cooperative and members of the Heifer USA team

As instructed by Ranch Manager & Land Steward, complete all necessary documents for third party verification

Monitor costs and stay within the allocated budget for poultry enterprise

C.Support farmer training program (10%)

Contribute to creating and enhancing farmer training curriculum and materials

Assist in the preparation and execution of in-person and digital training

Engage with Heifer Ranch visitors to provide educational and inspiring agricultural experiences

Promote regenerative agriculture practices coupled with a focus on how small scale farmers can increase profitability

D. General agriculture support (10%)

Must be willing to lend a hand in the other livestock enterprises and support Agriculture Team projects and initiatives

May perform other job-related duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

Associate’s degree in Agri-business, Agriculture, or a related field plus two (2) years of related experience

Knowledge of and hands-on experience with poultry production

Preferred Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Agri-business, Agriculture, or a related field plus three (3) years of related experience

Experience working with pasture-raised poultry and regenerative agriculture techniques

Proven agricultural production experience

Reside within close proximity to Heifer Ranch or willing to stay on the Ranch when duties require it

Most Critical Proficiencies

Enthusiasm for farming!

Attention to detail regarding all aspects of poultry production

Ability to communicate well with others

Flexibility in work hours and days

Passion for sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices

Knowledge of general office procedures

Knowledge of Google Suite and Microsoft Office and the ability to create thorough and accurate documentation using these tools

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Strong critical thinking

Ability to communicate sensitive information appropriately to internal and external stakeholders

A dedicated approach to meeting goals and deadlines

A natural sense of curiosity, and the ability and interest in learning new skills

Ability to listen well, ask thoughtful questions, and think creatively and collaboratively and independently

Ability to follow wellness standards for poultry production

Willingness and ability to grow production scale

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions

Must be able to check on poultry as needed, including occasional evenings and weekends

Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms)

Ability to work independently and perform multiple tasks with minimal supervision

Proven ability to consistently meet deadlines

Flexibility in processing schedule changes

Ability to operate livestock truck with livestock trailer, tractor in a safe manner.

Valid driver’s license

Excellent poultry handling skills

Ability to exhibit positive, proactive problem-solving and communication skills

Demonstrated communication skills (written and oral)

Ability to work independently, enthusiastically and efficiently to get the job done

Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality

About the Organization


Heifer International has set a goal to help 4 million families within the communities where we work achieve living incomes by 2020. This income will allow them to educate their children; feed themselves adequately every day; and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essential resources.

To apply, visit https://jobs.jobvite.com/heifer/jobs

  • Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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