Available Position: Full Time Farm Caretaker

Job Title: Farm Caretaker
Organization: Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Salary: Competitive salary (housing included) commensurate with skills and experience
Start date: October 1, 2017 (negotiable)
Time Commitment: Full time, year-round, with weekend and occasional holiday work as needed. Schedule may vary week to week.

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is an 18th century living history farm featuring heritage breed animals, period-appropriate crops, and five historic buildings preserved to represent a typical mid-size colonial property. The Farm Caretaker will be responsible for feeding and caring for the animals, assisting with the planting and harvesting of crops, and maintaining the general appearance of the site.

*The Plantation is home to sheep, pigs, horses, cattle and poultry. The Farm Caretaker will be responsible for feeding and care of the animals five days per week, adhering to the ALHFAM Position Statement on the Use of Livestock in Museum Settings.

*With over 10,000 visitors per year, maintaining the appearance and safety of the site is critically important. The Farm Caretaker will provide seasonal mowing and weedwacking, and will ensure that public areas are clear and clean of debris.

*The Farm Caretaker will assist in the planting and maintenance of field crops which may include wheat, oats, corn, potatoes and tobacco.

*The Farm Caretaker will assist in basic repairs to fencing and buildings, and maintenance of equipment.

* On-site housing provided.
* Paid vacation days will be allotted.
* Contribution toward medical insurance available.


* Must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid driver's license. Reliable transportation a must; pickup truck or similar preferred.

* The ideal candidate will have a background in animal husbandry. Care for the animals will include the ability to recognize ailments or injuries and request veterinary services when needed. Feeding, cleaning, and administering medication when applicable are expected. Experience driving and training oxen and horses is a plus.

* Knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance (i.e. mowers, chainsaws, splitters, etc.) expected.

* Living on-site is expected and required.

* Knowledge of and experience in colonial agriculture, animal husbandry, or general history a plus.

*Ability to meet the physical demands of the position and perform farm work both indoors and out. This includes lifting a minimum of 50 pounds in weight; standing for long periods of time; walking over rough terrain; working in heat, cold, and rainy weather, and contact with livestock.

* MUST be able and willing to work as part of a team, take direction, and be open and friendly with visitors, volunteers, and staff.

* The Farm Caretaker will not be required to interpret colonial history, but the ability to do so would be considered a plus.

* Must submit to, and pass, a criminal background check and a Pennsylvania child abuse clearance.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: Jennifer Green, Executive Director, at education@colonialplantation.org. No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and position will remain open until filled.

Available Position(s): Historical Educator

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, an eighteenth century living history farm, seeks creative, fun, outgoing and motivated individuals for part time, mostly seasonal work (roughly March through November.) The site interprets everyday life in Southeastern Pennsylvania during the time period 1760-1790 with a focus on costumed, hands-on living history interpretation. Programs include school field trips, summer camps, outreaches, scouting programs and more.
Hours vary based on programming schedule; occasional weekends may be required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Strong interest in and familiarity with Pennsylvania and eighteenth century American history.

College coursework in American history preferred.

Ability to present historical material accurately and engage large and diverse audiences.

Ability to work a flexible schedule and be available a minimum
of two weekdays per week.

Maintain a professional appearance and decorum. This includes willingness to wear period-appropriate attire and maintain a historically accurate appearance.

Have reliable attendance and punctuality. Reliable transportation a must.

Must be able to work creatively and effectively as member of a team.

Knowledge of museum education and/or teaching a plus.

This work can be physically demanding. Ability to lift 40 lbs, be outside in all kinds of weather, and walk over rough terrainis expected.

A criminal background check, FBI fingerprint clearance and child abuse clearance is a requirement for employment.

Historical Educators are seasonal, part-time employees without traditional benefits. Training in new skills and trades, such as spinning, colonial cooking, weaving, blacksmithing, etc. is offered and encouraged. Direct deposit of paychecks is required for all new employees.

Positions are open until filled and multiple positions are available.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Green, Executive Director, at education@colonialplantation.org. No telephone calls, please.

Visitor Center Staff

CPP is currently seeking a person to join our Visitor Center Weekend

The Visitor Center staff provides the first and last impressions of our
farm site to the visiting public. Staff members greet visitors, provide introductory information and handle all transactions from admission to the sale of gift shop items.


Provide a friendly welcoming presence

Learn gift shop inventory

Be able to share available information about the Plantation and its programs

Learn technical skills necessary to processing visitor admissions

Efficiently handle the admittance process

Help with set up of store prior to season opening

Help with inventory at the end of the season

Preferred Skills:

Must be organized, detail oriented, able to work independently, with
excellent interpersonal skills and verbal communication

Personal Attributes:

Dependable, flexible, honest, trustworthy, with sound judgment and respectful.

Ability to work well with other staff to support Plantation programs and


During the Plantationís season, the Visitor Center is open on weekends
typically from 11 to 4. Visitor Center staff should arrive at least one half hour prior to opening and be prepared to stay at least one half hour after closing if necessary. Extra hours may be necessary for larger events. The successful candidate should be willing to work a minimum of one weekend a month
and have some degree of flexibility


Resumes and cover letter should be submitted to our office at info@colonialplantation.org OR mailed to: Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Box
158,Gradyville, PA 19039


Mailing Address
PO Box 158
Gradyville, PA 19039

GPS Address
3900 North Sandy Flash Dr
Newtown Square, PA 19073

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