- Internships -
Internship Dates: April/May to October/November. (We also will have two internship spots available for the winter - start dates flexible).
Number of Interns: 5
App Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months
Internship Details: During our seven month internship you will learn to raise pastured chicken, laying hens, turkeys, pigs, and 100% grass-fed beef! We generally accept interns on a rolling basis. While preference is given to those who can stay the full 7 months we are willing to consider candidates who are only able to stay for a shorter period of time.
We work hard. 50-55 hours/week is normal. 6:00am-5:30pm Monday through Saturday with 45 minute breaks for breakfast and lunch, and one and a partial weekdays off. Just minimal chores on Sunday (usually 2-3 hours). So an intern is working 5 days/week with the equivalent of two full days off. Work that happens in the evening (most often loading chickens) is made up for with longer breaks in the afternoon. Interns get 5 vacation days during the 7 months. We ask that you give us 2 weeks or more notice about vacation days, for our planning purposes. The work mostly entails moving, feeding, and watering the animals, cleaning eggs, processing chickens (every Wednesday May to November) building and maintaining infrastructure, making deliveries, helping customers in the Farm Store, record keeping, and getting resources (feed, bedding, etc.)--though you would have to be willing to do anything. You will become well versed in the pertinent farm practices of raising all our animals.
Skills Desired: No farming experience is required. Candidates must have an excellent attitude and great work ethic. We are looking for a person who is cheerful, tidy, professional, honest, very willing to receive constructive criticism and desires to do the work excellently and quickly.
Educational Opportunities: It is our goal that you would become well versed in all the pertinent farming practices of raising all our animals. Interns have exposure to all the animal work on a daily basis. There is no reason an intern would not know this well by the end of his or her session. Towards learning the business side of the enterprise, I am happy to share all the ins and outs of how we operate (marketing, customer service, record keeping, sourcing, etc.). Additionally, in that we source from a diverse group of farming friends who are raising what we do not, interns have exposure to many knowledgeable people and farms. The goal would be for you to leave knowing the farm and business model to set you up well to start your own business.
Stipend: $900/month, room, and $1,000 bonus for completing the full 7 months.
Housing: Our single-sex intern apartment is a finished space in the back of our historic Carriage Museum. Shared single sex apartment with 2-3 other interns. It is insulated, dry, has windows, shower, washer and drier, kitchen with stove, fridge, sink, dishwasher, and wood-stove. You would prepare your own food. Our single-sex intern cottage fits 1-2 people and has a shower/sink, stove, fridge, dishwasher, and kitchen sink.
Meals: Apprentices purchase and cook their own food. We try to do a farm potluck once a month.
Preferred method Of Contact: Phone (540 229-5192 or 703 989-3137) or Email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)