Farmer-in-Residence Job Description

Tillers International trains farmers and tradespersons in the application of traditional and modern farming systems with a focus on animal power and resilient agriculture. The Farmer in Residence provides the structure for in-field learning and experimentation.


  • Trains, maintains, and works Tillers’ draft animals throughout the year

  • Makes hay for up to ten draft animals

  • Raises at least 4 acres of crops, including row crops and cereals

  • Leads staff, volunteers, and interns in on-farm experimentation

  • Coordinates with other staff for farm related events such as Plow Day

  • Leads Tillers’ farming and animal power classes

  • Represents Tillers International at regional events including Horse Progress Days and conferences


  • Proficient in working with horses and cattle

  • Respectful of all people, animals, and practices

  • Willing to work in all weather

  • Self-directed and detail oriented

  • Able to lift and move 50 pounds regularly (hay bales, yokes, etc.)


  • $20,000- 30,000 annual salary depending on qualifications

  • On-site housing included in compensation

  • Employer paid health insurance

  • Paid time off for vacation, sick days , and holidays