SAUDER VILLAGE - JOB DESCRIPTION
The Historic Farmer is responsible for overseeing the development of the historic farming program at Sauder Village that will engage guests of all ages in a variety of methods and modes in the agricultural history of this region.
Essential Functions (Responsibilities): include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Interprets the rural history of this region during the 19th and early 20th centuries including farming practices, animal and crop usage, technological changes, political and social issues to Sauder Village guests.
2. Demonstrates historic farming practices, which may include feeding animals, milking goats, hitching and driving horses, maintaining pastures, and machinery use.
3. Conducts agricultural research as necessary.
4. Works with the Education Team to develop and implement historically based demonstrations, participatory experiences and programs for guests of all ages.
5. Maintain the appropriate and standardized health care for barnyard animals, including cleanliness, feeding, and comfort and safety. Consults outside veterinary services as necessary.
6. Works with the Curator of Collections to acquire historically accurate equipment for farming needs and assists when needed with the creation of agricultural themed exhibits.
7. Works with the Natural Resource Coordinator on the development and care of period gardens.
8. Provides engaging and informative interpretation on-site and off-site, regarding historical farming to people of all ages.
9. Maintains and monitors strict safety guidelines for equipment and activities, ensuring safe practices by staff. Operates and maintain historic farm equipment, observing all safety guidelines and identifying needed repairs to ensure staff, guest, and animal safety.
10. Communicate repair and safety concerns as appropriate.
11. Performs a variety of agricultural, animal husbandry and maintenance tasks related to the historic farm operations.
12. Assists with the planning and implementation of agricultural components for special events.
13. Serves as a member of the Safety team.
14. Attends meetings and training sessions as required.
15. Reports to and regularly communicates with the Historic Village Manager regarding historic farming issues, events, and recommendations for future programming.
16. Participates in the interview process for prospective barnyard employees.
17. Trains and supervises all barnyard employees.
18. Provide exceptional guest experiences.
19. Communicate effectively with guests, team leaders, management and coworkers of all areas in Sauder Village.
20. Keep the safety of guests, staff, and self a priority.
21. Work as needed including some evenings, every other weekend, and holidays.
1. Knowledge of both historic and modern farm equipment.
2. Knowledge of and experience caring for farm animals, including preventative health care and first aid management.
3. Ability to move safely in a farm environment, including working with horses and other large livestock, operating farm equipment, etc.
4. Ability to communicate effectively in speech or written communications with coworkers, supervisors, colleagues in other historic institutions, and the general public
5. Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, wearing appropriate historic clothing when required.
6. Ability to stand for extended periods of time.
7. Mechanical aptitude for making adjustments and routine repairs to machinery preferred.
8. Possesses a valid driver’s license.
9. Requires 50 or more lbs of lifting on a regular basis.
10. Commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences.
11. Reliable, enthusiastic, and trustworthy team player.
12. Reflects and advocates for the mission, purpose, goals and values of Sauder Village.
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