Our ideal candidate is one who has farm experience and is looking to deepen their understanding of what it takes to run a small pasture based livestock operation. Our hope is that they will take ownership of their work, be able to think creatively on the fly, and develop their intuition and observational skills. Someone who can see what needs to be done and do it without being told. They will be an avid learner who is self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team. The candidate will be able to work in all weather conditions, able to lift 75 lbs, willing to get dirty, and is passionate about food.
The apprentice is responsible for their own breakfast and dinner, but will be provided lunch on weekdays. Housing for the apprentice is provided off site. In addition to room and partial board, apprentice will receive monthly stipend of $700. The apprentice will have access to garden space to grow vegetables for their own consumption.
-During the course of a growing season, apprentice will assist with daily chores for care of 50 sheep, 30 hens, 1000 broilers, 4 pigs, 1 horse, 1 cat, and 1 livestock guardian dog.
-assist in growing/harvesting of herbs, garlic, onions
-assist with woodlot management
-assist with general property upkeep
-assist in meal production at commercial kitchen facility
What you will learn-
-Humane sustainable animal husbandry
-How to raise broilers from chick to slaughter.
-How to raise lamb from birth to slaughter.
-How to raise pigs from weaning to slaughter.
-How to operate farm machinery tractor, lawn mower, weedwacker, chainsaw, trailer, atv.
-Learn about pasture rotation and manangement.
-Learn about farm startup operations.
-Improve basic culinary skills
This position is 40 hrs a week and runs from April 2015- April 2016. Work days are Monday – Friday 8am-5pm with a 1 hr lunch break. The apprentice will work 5 days a week with two days off. After an initial training period, the apprentice will work with Farm manager two days a week, and the remaining three days will cover chores, work on self guided projects and assist in kitchen duties. Apprentice will be expected to cover weekend chores every third week on a rotating schedule with the farm manager and assistant farm manager.
To apply please email a cover letter describing your farming experience and aspirations, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until filled so please send in your application ASAP. Please contact us if you have any questions. Find more information about the farm at www.wssfarms.com.com