Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to cultivate healthy communities through food and education. We seek a farm caretaker to maintain and manage the roads, water systems, vehicles and equipment, and stewardship of the overall acreage and perimeter of the Allegheny Farm in Highland County, VA. The farm serves as the campus for our Farm and Food Fellowship, an experiential and residential program in which Fellows deepen their farming skills while connecting with nature, building community, and exploring critical issues related to the food system.

The caretaker should possess practical knowledge of agricultural methods that improve soil health and preserve the watershed. The person must be reliable and be able to manage tasks independently. The person in this part-time non-exempt position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the farm manager. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on seasonal and organizational needs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and be a steward of the farm roads, including clearing fallen trees and plowing snow
  • Monitor and maintain the water springs and systems on the farm
  • Maintain farm vehicles and equipment
  • Cut grass and weeds in fields and around the fenced perimeter, support eradication of invasive weeds
  • Complete basic carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical tasks on buildings as needed
  • Water and feed livestock in the absence of the farm manager
  • Check the perimeter of the farm and ensure that the farm boundaries are posted for no trespassing, no hunting
  • Fence/gate inspection and repair as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to organic agriculture practices that build soil and preserve watersheds and a deep understanding of the fragility and importance of a natural ecosystem
  • Four years of experience operating a tractor, snow plow, chainsaw, and other power tools
  • Experience in road building and maintenance
  • Basic carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical skills
  • Good multi-tasking, organizational, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • A valid driver’s license with a good driving record and reliable transportation
  • Comfortable working around large and small animals

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical skills
  • Knowledge of cattle, poultry, or apiary management

Physical Requirements of the Position

This position requires working outside in physically demanding environments, including climate fluctuations, extreme hot and cold weather, and snowy winters. The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


This part-time position with flexible hours. The hourly salary is commensurate with experience. On average, the caretaker works 8 hours per week with yearly hours not exceeding 500. Benefits include workers’ compensation coverage. This position requires periodic weekend and evening work.

This position could be combined with the Allegheny Farm Manager position if skills permit.

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Phone: 540-468-2300


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