[UPDATE March 6, 2018]: Please note the City of Edmonton Goat Coordinator Job Posting is now closed.
No kidding, the job ad has gotten a lot of media attention. Here are some things you may be wondering.
Q: Is the Goat Coordinator a shepherd?
Some quick background: The GoatWorks program is a three-year pilot project that debuted in 2017 as an alternative to the use of herbicides on noxious weeds. The program is part of a larger plan the City of Edmonton is considering for ways to improve how it manages weeds, balancing costs with environmentally sustainable and effective practices. We’re looking for innovative ways to manage the weeds.
Q: What qualifications does a Goat Coordinator need?
A: The City needs someone with good project management skills to oversee the reports, administration, budget, agreements and evaluate the program. The person also needs an understanding of the environmental and economic benefits of using goats instead of other measures to control weeds. The coordinator works to give everyone in the community a better understanding of how the goats work and why they are here through public events. The coordinator needs to understand goats, yes, and also needs to understand humans and their need for information even better.
Q: Does the herd of goats belong to the City of Edmonton, or is the City buying its own goats?
A: No and no.
The herd is raised, lives and winters on a private farm in southern Alberta. The City has no plans to buy goats. Electric buses, yes. Goats, no. We are happy to welcome the goats back this summer when the weeds sprout but they belong to the herd.
Q: Does the City have its own goat herders on staff for this pilot project?
A: No. A goat herder and dogs are provided by the goat supplier as part of a contract with the City. They transport the goats, set up the fences and ensure they, and the public, stay safe.
Q: Some folks are wondering why a goat herder could get paid up to $43 an hour. What do you say?
A: First, to clarify, the advertised position is not for a shepherd. (Not for a goat herder, that is, if we’re being accurate and true to the actual animal 🐐. ) The seasonal program coordinator position requires a specific degree and experience so is paid in a range for the classification, which is between $34.78 and $43.72 per hour.
Q: Can people learn more about what the goats did in Edmonton parks last year?
A: Absolutely! Please read more at edmonton.ca/goats.