Animal Husbandry Apprentice – California

animal husbandry apprenticeship

Animal Husbandry Apprentice Wanted in California — Residential — 2018

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission is “to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy.” Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Eastern Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. We are seeking an energetic, responsible team player to fill our Animal Husbandry Internship position. The internship runs from early April 2018 until the end of March 2019.


The general responsibility of the Animal Husbandry Apprentice is to work under the supervision of the Animal Husbandry Manager and the Assistant Animal Husbandry Manager. The intern will learn through participation in all aspects of livestock management – breeding, nutritional management, health maintenance, facilities maintenance, slaughter, processing, and direct market sales. The position will also include opportunities to educate the public, both children and adults, in aspects of livestock management, sustainability, food, and consumer education.

Working Hours: Thursday to Monday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM with some extended hours required. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are off.


Work on all aspects of our livestock production: daily feeding, milking, cleaning, etc.

Weekend chore responsibilities

Oversee the Hidden Villa Farmers Market stand with the Journeyman Farmer

Assist in sales and direct marketing of meat, eggs, wool, etc.

Perform basic ranch maintenance tasks and repairs

Support weekend program activity in various departments, when needed


Hidden Villa’s Residential Internship Program is contributing to the next generation of green educators, innovative farmers, and thoughtful nonprofit leaders. As a participant in this program you will gain:

Training and experience working on a farm at an educational non-profit

Access to the Hidden Villa Intern Alumni network and mentorship opportunities to further career goals

Professional Development – Attendance at a farm conference and visits to local farms

Weekly Educational Workshops (excluding June-August) focused on sustainable systems, education, and leadership


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to work outside performing manual labor. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record (no major infractions). Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check. 


We desire a candidate with basic knowledge of/experience with sustainable agriculture and farm production/management. Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work independently, outdoors, and in physically demanding situations. A basic understanding of construction, power-tool usage, and utilities (water/electric) is preferred. Experiential teaching experience and the ability to work with a diverse group of children and adults is also desired.


This position is a full-time, year-long, residential, exempt position. A stipend of $850/month is provided.  Benefits include: housing, seasonal produce, meat and dairy products from the farm when available, vacation and sick days (12 days of each). No medical, dental or vision benefits are provided, so obtaining coverage is the responsibility of the intern. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.


We will be interviewing on a rolling basis and the deadline to apply for this position is January 12, 2018. Please submit your cover letter, resume and completed Internship Application to: Intern Manager at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 Or via e-mail to inquiries can be directed to (650) 949-

Hidden Villa is committed to diversity in our workplace and our programs. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected category.

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