2020 Dairy Goat Intern

AlpineGlo Farm is looking to fill one part time intern position for the 2020 season. We are a very small farmstead goat dairy and creamery located in Westminster, VT. We currently distribute our cheeses in the Windham County region through retail locations, as well as 3 local farmers markets. 


Kidding season begins the first of April, so the ideal candidate would be able to start mid March learning the basic rundown in time to help with feeding baby bottles throughout April. From there one would learn the milking process and would continue through October(possibly longer). The farm is very small, milking 12 goats, but there is no shortage of chores or jobs to learn. The main component to the job will be milking the goats a minimum of 2 shifts per week(4-10 hours weekly). If there is a strong interest in cheesemaking, then processing, packaging, and selling will be taught. The farm also raises meat chickens on a rotating schedule, and pigs throughout the summer. 
The ideal candidate will be an animal lover! Our farmstead is home to goats, horses, ponies, chickens, pigs, dogs, cats, and even a tortoise! You will be expected to work with all of these animals at some point. Preference will be given to those with livestock experience, but previous milking experience is not required. Anyone can learn to milk, but a love and respect for animals needs to be part of your natural character!


Requirements
-experience with livestock, preferably ruminants.
-willingness to learn, take instruction, work independently, and work under stress(at moments!)
-willingness to get dirty, and be physically able to do a variety of chores, including ability to lift a minimum of 40lbs.
-ability to work a minimum of 2 milking shifts per week(schedule can be flexible, but help will be required on Saturdays during farmers market season which runs from Memorial Day-Columbus Day)


The job will be discussed in further detail, including training period and compensation, with serious inquiries who can fulfill all of the stated requirements. Please send resume or letter of interest to rachel@alpineglofarm.com

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