Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing
76 Depot Rd.
Ferrisburgh, VT 05456
Title: Slaughter Technician
Type: Full Time
Reports to: Production/Slaughter Manager
Location: Ferrisburgh, Vermont
About Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing:
Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing (VLSP) is a small family-owned business, and our mission is to provide quality service to the livestock industry. As one of the few USDA-inspected facilities in Vermont, we are equipped to slaughter and process beef, lamb, and pork for clients from both in and out of state. We cater to a wide range of clients from private individuals with a few head each year, to commercial producers who require multiple animals processed with regularity. We are a critical part of the forward-thinking farming and food community in Vermont, and across the New England landscape, that supports and celebrates farmers who raise livestock locally through humane practices and pasture-based systems.
We believe that for local food systems to thrive, it is of utmost importance to operate and support independent, small, local processing facilities. The success of small, adaptable facilities like ours is in many ways the keystone of distributed food systems. By being inextricably linked with small livestock farms in New England, our small slaughter and processing business is a critical part of New England’s sustainable food system.
Who We Are:
We are a dynamic team with a wide range of backgrounds who have come together with the shared mission of strengthening the small slaughter and processing industry. We value honesty, hard work, a good sense of humor, and integrity among our team members. We recognize our mistakes and support growth among ourselves. We show up for each other and strive to be the best for our clients.
With nearly 50 years of experience meeting clients’ needs, we have built strong relationships with the farming community and our peers. We are located in Addison County, an area with strong agricultural roots, and are competitively located near the New York border and road system. On a weekly basis, we are currently processing 35-40 animals and we are undergoing a renovation to modernize our facility and increase our throughput.
Who We Are Looking For:
We are looking for a team- and safety-oriented Slaughter Technician who will treat all animals humanely and with respect. As a Slaughter Technician, you will report to the Production/Slaughter Manager and perform many slaughter and processing-related tasks.
As a growing facility and business, we are looking for a team member that is inspired by the work that we do, and our role in New England’s food system. We are looking for a team member who has an interest in learning, is comfortable with teamwork settings, and can contribute to a positive and friendly work environment. We are looking for candidates with an eagerness to contribute to our continued growth and evolution.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Each day, you will work within a team to maintain the health and safety of the animals in our pens and provide water throughout the day. You will assist producers with unloading animals and ensuring that all animals are marked accordingly.
With slaughtering, you will be expected to work in accordance with the law and in a humane manner. You will conduct tasks throughout the entire process of slaughter, and work with the USDA Food Safety Officer on-duty for inspections.
In addition to slaughtering, you will assist in processing hides before they are shipped for rendering and keeping the cooler clean and organized. You will perform other duties as assigned including cleaning and maintaining sharp tools and providing value-added processing to meat that comes through our facility.
- Work will be conducted in a hot, humid environment with strong odors.
- This position requires the ability to lift up to 50-100 pounds, regularly.
Compensation and Schedule:
$18 hourly rate
The current hours for this position are roughly between 7:00am and 3:30pm including lunch and breaks and may be modified as our production throughput increases. This position may require overtime in the fall when harvest is at its peak.
Benefits & Perks:
Benefits for full-time staff include a health and retirement plans starting in 2023, sick leave, paid time off and paid company-recognized holidays, as well as a weekly meat benefit.
VLSP is committed to creating an inclusive environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided based on merit and business need. If this job inspires you, we encourage you to apply.
Candidates should send an email with “Slaughter Technician” in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following information in your submission:
- Cover letter explaining interest in this job
- Available start date
- Three professional references with contact information
Qualified candidates will be contacted directly.