Winter Crew Member

Agriculture · Basalt, Colorado
Department Agriculture
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation Work trade for housing

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies 

Winter Agriculture Crew Member

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a non-profit environmental science education organization with three locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, and the Catto Center at Toklat. Since 1968, ACES has been meeting its mission of educating for environmental responsibility

Making more than 125,000 educational contacts annually, ACES reaches Colorado residents and visitors through guided hikes, environmental science lessons in schools and in the field, kids camps and adult classes, public lectures, and community events.  Our programs focus on ecological literacy, regenerative agriculture, forest and ecosystem health, land restoration, and environmental civic leadership.     

Position Summary

ACES seeks a hardworking individual to support our regenerative agriculture production at our Rock Bottom Ranch (RBR) site in Basalt, Colorado.  Rock Bottom Ranch’s winter livestock and vegetable production is focused on daily animal care for all our livestock as well as weekly vegetable harvests, site maintenance and other projects.

Rock Bottom Ranch’s vegetable and livestock production is inspired by natural systems and is continually working toward more regenerative and sustainable practices. The 113-acre site dedicates approximately 70 acres to natural wildlands and 35 acres to pasture-based, rotationally grazed livestock systems.  To maximize production and extend the growing season at our mountainous 6,400 feet elevation, our one acre of outdoor vegetable and cut flower production is supported by four season extension structures (a stationary hoop house, mobile hoop houses, and a passive solar greenhouse). 

Our production farm and educational site is open to the public two days a week during the winter and offers scheduled community programming.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

1) Livestock Production 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Assist with the daily care of sheep, goats, guardian alpaca, laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, ducks and rabbits;
  • Daily care includes providing fresh water and appropriate feed;
  • Additional care includes: collecting and washing eggs, mucking stalls, setting up electric fence paddocks, and assisting with lambing during lambing season;
    • During lambing season some work hours will include late evening to early morning lambing field checks.

2) Vegetable Production 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Assist with weekly vegetable harvest, wash/pack and deliveries;
  • Irrigation and seeding.

3) Site Maintenance

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Site maintenance including snow shoveling, plowing, vegetation management, cleaning, mowing, weed whacking, fence repair, event preparation or other site duties that may arise.  

4) Customer Service:

  • Provide welcoming and educational environment to all guests;
  • Provide on-site staffing as needed.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participation in on-farm events including, but not limited to, educational programs, and farm tours;
  • After hours, on-call responsibilities which may include animal emergencies, animal birthing, or site maintenance issues;
  • Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.


Candidates must embody the following characteristics:

  • Strong work ethic and understanding that farm work is rewarding, yet physically demanding.  
  • Enjoy working outdoors in varying weather conditions. (Winter temperatures can be single digits or lower).  
  • Able to lift heavy items.
  • Ability to work with a sense of urgency.
  • Friendly, inviting personality and positive attitude.
  • Respect for farm products and fellow crew members.
  • Strong willingness and desire to learn.

    Reporting Relationship:  This position reports to the Agriculture Manager.

    Location:  This position is located at ACES’ Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt, Colorado.  

    Work schedule: 12 hours per week.  Saturday or Sunday mornings required, remaining schedule can be discussed.

    Compensation and benefits:  Compensation is a pre-tax trade for housing. Housing is a studio and includes utilities. No pets allowed. This is an exempt position and is currently ineligible for ACES benefits package.

    Housing: Housing is required and provided for this position.  

    Position Dates:  November 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023. Flexible end date. 

    To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter on Bamboo HR.

    Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ACES does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, genetic information, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organizational need.  

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    • Location
      Basalt, Colorado
    • Department
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience
    • Compensation
      Work trade for housing