Tropical Farm Manager needed who’s ready for a challenge. The Monkey Farm at the beach in Costa Rica is looking for a long term volunteer! The farm is located in the dry tropics, northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, only ½ mile from the beach and a 5 minute ride to Playas del Coco, the nearest town, and only 35 minutes from the nearest International Airport (Liberia). It is near civilization, tourists, shopping and activities, yet the farm itself is very quiet and secluded in the natural forest full of monkeys and other wildlife.
A farm manager is needed to take this raw land ½ mile from the beach, with a few structures and animals and create an organic farm using volunteers to plant and work the land which will feed them, (and you), and the volunteers will in turn care for the monkeys and other wildlife we will be rescuing as this plan is put into action.
The Farm Manager must be a leader, with skills in organization, structuring and managing teams to coordinate and oversee all the work. So far, managing and motivating the volunteers has been our biggest challenge.
The farm manager should have permaculture knowledge (doesn’t have to be tropical knowledge) and experience working with farm animals. Knowledge about aquaponics and/or permaculture in the tropics is a huge plus. Construction building knowledge is also a big plus as we hope to build more cabins. Knowledge of wildlife rescue would be an “over the top” bonus. The minimum commitment is one year.
Right now, there is a small amount of food planted. Everything that is grown, is shared. Your first challenge will be to create and implement a plan to get more food growing to feed yourself and the volunteers. Until then, you will be responsible for supplying your own food. The faster you can get us producing more food, the faster you will reduce your own dependence on outside food supplies. We do have meat chickens, egg chickens, ducks, pigs and goats as food sources in addition to some fruittrees and a small aquaponics system with tilapia.
The second priority is to create multiple sources of income for the farm, in which we are willing to implement a profit sharing plan for the farm manager for any ideas you come up with and carry out. The volunteers will be at your service in carrying out your ideas. These could be anything from giving horseback riding or hiking tours, selling excess produce, selling cheese, kombucha, craft items, etc. We are open to all ideas.
We would also like to build some cabins, for increased housing for the volunteers. When this happens, your own housing facility will improve as you will be able to move into a better home.
The farm manager will start with a private room in a small shared wooden house with a toilet and an outdoor shower. The accommodation is rustic but very comfortable; there is water and electricity, beds, a collection of books and movies, a communal laptop and Wi-Fi internet. You will have access to the communal kitchen.
The Monkey Farm is just starting and has huge potential. The desire is to plant a lot more fruit trees, more vegetables, to expand the aquaponics, grow food for the animals, keep the animals pastured and start cheese and milk product production. It is a must to incorporate permaculture ideas into the development and work toward sustainability. In addition, we’d eventually like to get off the grid. There is land and there is manpower, yet the farm needs a dedicated person with knowledge and a plan to lead all the farm work.
Along with all that, The Monkey Farm is also working hard towards becoming a monkey and wildlife rescue center. The farm is a natural habitat to howler and white-faced monkeys and many other types of wildlife, which we will be rescuing. More animal enclosures are needed to be built to house the wildlife.
We will be receiving applications until we find the right person fit for the role. Don’t hesitate to contact The Monkey Farm if it sounds like something you’d like to do. www.TheMonkeyFarm.org