Rettland Farm

Rettland Farm

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Help Wanted: Head Butcher

Want to join the Rettland Farm team?? We're hiring!

Head Butcher

Rettland Farm is a small diversified farm in Gettysburg, PA, producing pastured poultry and livestock for direct sale to professional restaurant as well as home kitchens. Our family farm is growing, and as a result we are adding to our team.  We are seeking a motivated, dependable individual to join our team on a full time basis as a Head Butcher for our on-farm, very small, very low volume, USDA inspected poultry slaughter plant.

This position will be full time, year round beginning on or about March 15, 2016, with a set schedule of days per week and hours per day.  Current plans include (4)-10 hour days per work week, but this is subject to change.

Job Description:

The Head Butcher will be responsible for conducting daily operations of a busy, small scale, on-farm poultry slaughter plant.  At a minimum, specific required tasks will include: performing and delegating plant sanitation duties; verifying and documenting that all plant sanitation activities are done in accordance with written preoperational and operational Sanitary SOPs; leading a crew of 2 or 3 additional personnel in performing the slaughter and packaging of poultry for retail sale and wholesale distribution; perform monitoring of Critical Control Points according to plant HACCP systems and recording the results of those observations; perform plant quality assurance observations; following instructions from in-plant USDA inspection personnel; striving to make plant sanitation and food safety a top priority every day;  performing any other tasks that may arise, or are assigned by the Plant Manager (Owner).

Essential Skills: 

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a team; have exceptional leadership, communication and interpersonal skills; possess a high degree of personal hygiene; work in refrigerated temperatures; be able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs; humanely handle, kill, and eviscerate poultry using approved techniques and procedures; and understand HACCP principles and thoroughly complete HACCP monitoring records.

Minimum Qualifications:

 At a minimum, the successful candidate will:

       Possess verifiable experience in a meat processing plant, with an advantage to those candidates with supervisory experience, and/or experience in poultry slaughter.
       Possess a valid driver's license (non-CDL)
       Be willing to submit to a criminal background check
       Be available for work on a full time basis on a set schedule that will include weekdays.


We offer a competitive salary based upon experience, plus employee discounts on all products in our on-farm retail store. 


For more information, please email a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to