Asgaard Farm & Dairy is recruiting up to 4 interns for the 2015 season. There are opportunities to work either on the general farming side of the business or in the creamery making Asgaard's award-winning cheeses.
Farming: This internship focuses on multi-species rotational grazing, including the goats, cattle, layers, broilers and pigs. You will learn how to move portable fencing to create new grazing/browsing paddocks, rotate the animals to inhabit those paddocks and then get water to all the remote locations. This will be done several times a week, if not daily, and is the foundation for the health of our soils and the wellbeing of our livestock. Mapping it all out is a challenging and stimulating puzzle. In addition, you will help feed, monitor and care for all the animals, and you will assist with milking the goats. You will be involved in on-farm chicken processing, egg production, hay production and maintenance/repair of buildings and equipment. You may also be relied upon to help with farmers markets and work in the garden.
Previous farm experience and familiarity with farm equipment are desirable, although not required. You will be working mostly outdoors in variable weather conditions and must be able to lift 50 pounds.
Cheese Making: This internship covers all aspects of the dairy, including cleaning and sanitizing equipment, milking the goats, bottling milk, transferring milk, pasteurizing milk, producing pasteurized- and raw-milk cheeses, caring for aged cheeses, packaging finished products and managing the creamery environment. You may also be relied upon to help with farmers markets and work in the garden.
Previous food science training or culinary experience is desirable, although not required. A high level of attention to detail is crucial. You must be able to lift 50 pounds.
All interns will be involved in regular staff meetings to set priorities, establish work plans and discuss/solve problems. Involvement with other farms and agricultural enterprises will be encouraged and facilitated.
Hours: The workload and schedule will fluctuate according to seasonal variations in farming activities and market demand for cheese. Hours will sometimes be long and irregular. Late spring, summer and early fall tend to be most demanding; the rest of the year less so. Preference will be given to those who can commit to working a minimum of 10 weeks during the height of the summer season. An assignment running from March through October would be ideal.
Compensation: Comfortable housing on the farm in a charming, pastoral setting. Two dwellings, each featuring 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, eat-in-kitchen and living room with shared laundry facilities. Surplus food raised on the farm (chicken, pork, beef, goat meat, eggs, goat milk, goat cheese, vegetables). Hourly wages based on experience.
All interns should possess a strong work ethic, cooperative nature and positive "can do" attitude. This is a chance to work at a well-regarded farm with a cohesive and highly motived group of people who are passionate about healthy, delicious food that comes from sustainable, local agriculture.
Please email your resume, along with a statement about why you are interested in one or both of these positions, to firstname.lastname@example.org.