Prodigal Farm – Farmhand/Milking Staff and Kid Care Apprentice

Farm/Organization Name: Prodigal Farm
Contact Name: Kathryn Spann
Contact Email: kat@prodigalfarm.com
Location: Rougemont/Durham County
Region: Triangle NC
Farm Description – Basic information about what is produced on your farm.: We’re an Animal Welfare Approved commercial goat dairy, making nationally award-winning goat cheeses, as well as cow’s milk cheeses using milk from nearby Reverence Farms. We raise goats for milk and meat; attend several area farmers’ markets; have an extensive agritourism program; and serve on local and national boards. We have a robust training program. However, you will need to have prior farm experience before coming to us.
Number of Available Positions: 2-3
Job/Internship Description: We actually have two different positions available, so please read carefully. (1) farmhand/milking staff; (2) temporary kid care apprentice. Either position can potentially include some sales at farmers’ markets, depending on your interest and aptitude.

Each position requires you to be physically fit, and able to lift at least 50 pounds to shoulder height multiple times a day, and to have a good eye for detail. We find that calm, methodical, cheerful and energetic people are happy here.
KID CARE APPRENTICESHIP (1 position available):
We’ll need help birthing, feeding and caring for this spring’s crop of goat kids. Hours are long during late March and early April, but it’s very satisfying work, with meaningful responsibility. You will need to be good with people, because you’ll be working with dozens of community volunteers who help with feeding. We provide room, board & $200/week stipend for 40 hours/week of work; work above that is paid extra at $11/hour.
Job starts approximately the first week of March and continues until most babies are weaned, approximately July 15; good potential for longer-term work with us.
We have a structured training program for this position, and you get great hands-on experience — in addition to the general work above, there is vaccinating, disbudding, mucking, record-keeping, volunteer coordination, castration, hoof-trimming, and more hands-on skills that you will master. We will also train you in driving our various tractors and in the use of the front end loader and manure spreader.
In addition to the stipend, we provide furnished private room & board in our home (for the full time position). We live in a double-wide on the farm. The farmhands’ bed/bath areas (you will have your own bedroom and a shared bathroom) are at one end of the house and our bed/bath is at the other end. The common living/kitchen/laundry is shared.
FARMHAND POSITION (1 position available):
This position will handle 5 milking shifts per week (we have an inline milking system), portable fencing, mucking, herd care (vaccinations, hoof care, etc.). You will also assist with milk testing, fecal testing, parasite assessment, herd health (with guidance from us and consultation with our veterinarians), coordinating with researchers at area universities on joint research projects, ensure sanitation in the milking parlor and herd housing; ensure that the feed/forage/supplement needs of the herd are met; working on major infrastructure projects (installing permanent fencing, building structures, etc.); ensuring that forage needs are met. We are looking for a minimum of 9 months, but ideally a long term hire. This position works some with other people, but the majority of the work is done on your own, so you need to enjoy working alone. You’ll also be using our tractors and other equipment, for which we’ll train you. This position pays $12/hour (or, if we provide room and board, $320/week stipend). If you’re relocating to the area, we work to help you find housing.

Job/Internship Start & End Dates: approximately the first week of March
Qualifications: see internship description
Salary/Compensation: see internship description
Application Instructions: To apply, please email detailing 1. your interest, 2. your relevant experience and/or education, 3. 3 references, and 4. your dates of availability. You must have your own reliable automobile and cell phone.
Website: prodigalfarm.com
Closing Date: March 15, 2018

 

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