Merck Forest and Farm Center Farm Management Rupert Vermont
Teaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland

Employment Opportunities

Assistant Farm Manager

Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation seeks to hire a full-time year-round Assistant Farm Manager (AFM).

The 60-acre working and educational farm at Merck raises a variety of animals on pasture. Currently, there is a flock of 25 ewes, a sow for farrowing piglets, a small-scale chicken operation, and a team of Suffolk Punch draft horses. We produce about 2,000 bales of hay per year and have a large garden dedicated to producing adequate food for the AFM and as many as three year-round apprentices who work on the farm and in the forest. A significant part of the assistant farm manager job entails training other workers and cooperating with visiting educators and their students.

This job will include salary commensurate with experience and education, on-site housing*, fifteen paid vacation days per year, and 10 paid sick days per year. The AFM must be proficient in operating and maintaining haying and cultivating equipment, and have demonstrated skills working with draft horses or a keen interest and aptitude for learning to do so. The AFM must be interested in pursuing a career involving agriculture, and farm-based educational opportunities. Some experience in maple sugaring would be a significant plus.

*Another important aspect of having housing provided is to be responsible for fulfilling the role of a caretaker during hours other than the normal 40 hour work week.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Farm planning, production and marketing.
  • Haying
  • Management of Intensive Rotational Grazing
  • Farming with Horses
  • You-pick fruit crops including raspberries and blueberries
  • Livestock husbandry including sheep, swine, and poultry
  • Working with visitors and learners of all ages
  • Grounds-keeping and maintenance


Applicants must:
  • be at least 21 years old
  • be dedicated, motivated, physically active, and able to lift at least 50 lbs
  • enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather
  • have 3 years farm experience or similar technical training
  • possess a valid driver's license
  • be able to pass a background investigation.
  • have some teaching experience or an enthusiasm for learning how to teach

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to

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