Poultry Processing Crew

June 2024 - OPEN Processing Crew positions, seasonal & part-time, 16-24 hrs/wk
Full day schedule (8am-4pm) on Sundays, Tuesdays, and some Thursdays.
Minimum of 1 season commitment preferred, May through December.
Potential to continue through winter and become a year-round, long-term position.

Experience appreciated, but not required.

Not sure what to expect? Come in for a paid trial day!

See below for more details!

Processing Crew Details

$18-22+/hr (depending on experience and skills), on-the-job training, and increases based on performance and skills gained.

Job Description
Poultry Processing Crew members assist in the poultry processing facility. Stations include: Kill side (cones, scalder, plucker), Clean side (crop, vent, evisceration, rinsing), Chilling (temp checks, stirring and adding ice as needed). In addition, responsibilities include safe use of knives and sharp tools, and clean up and sanitization of the facility and equipment.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Humane treatment of livestock
  • Promote and support a fun and dedicated work environment and team dynamic
    • Ability to work well independently and with a team
    • Strong communication skills
    • Willingness to learn, take direction, and be proactive
    • Willingness to receive and offer constructive feedback
    • Know when to ask for help
  • Adherence to safety and food-safety protocols
  • High product quality control
  • Assist with processing facility set up and clean up
  • Poultry processing facility work:
    • Kill side stations: cones, scalding, plucking
    • Clean side stations: crop, vent, evisceration, rinsing
    • Chilling stations: monitoring, recordkeeping, stirring, adding ice
  • Maintain clean, organized work & storage spaces

Physical & Sensory Requirements

  • Stand for several hours at a time
  • Bend, stoop, and lift up to 4-20 lbs repeatedly for several hours
  • Lift and carry up to 40-60 lbs
  • Work in wet/damp environments
  • Work in a cool & cold environments (walk-in coolers & freezers)
  • Work in an environment with live animals and throughout the process of producing food from livestock

Required Experience, Skills, & Abilities

  • Reliability
  • Sense of humor
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Perform repetitive tasks efficiently and thoroughly
  • Reliable transportation for commuting to farm for work

To Apply 

Please email us at crew@reedfarmpoultry.com and use “Application – Processing Crew” as the subject line, with your work availability, letter of interest (examples: Tell us a little about yourself! Why do you want to work with poultry? Why do you want to work at Reed Farm? Tell us about any relevant experience!), resume, and 2-3 work references.

No phone inquiries, please.

About Reed Farm
Reed Farm is a family-owned and operated, innovative, small-scale pastured (as season allows) poultry farm and on-farm state-inspected poultry processing facility in Western Massachusetts. We raise poultry for wholesale and provide the local farming community with custom poultry processing services. We are progressing towards a USDA Grant of Inspection (Jan 2025), after which we will be the sole USDA poultry processing facility in MA. We are always learning and improving, and striving for work-life balance. We value integrity, inclusivity, having fun while working hard, education and outreach, and the strength of community.

Reed Farm is an equal-opportunity employer.