Sage Farm is looking for our very first intern for the upcoming 2017 season. If you are interested in working with us and learning about goats, milking, and artisan cheesemaking, keep reading!
The 2017 internship will run roughly 8 months, from April 1 to December 1. The intern can expect to work about 30-40 hours most weeks. The intern will work 5 days per week with two consecutive days off. The intern can expect extra hours when Molly or Katie is away from the farm (probably 4-5 weeks total, spread out over the course of the internship). Extra hours weeks will likely be closer to 40-50 hours per week.
Weekly intern duties will be:
Milking the goats: 5 days a week, once a day, 4 evening shifts and one morning shift (approx. 15 hours)
Miscellaneous farm chores: 1 day every other week (4 hours)
Cheesemaking and Affinage: 4 days a week, 2-4 hours/day, comprised of a variety of tasks and hours, depending on what is happening in the cheeseroom and aging cave (approx.. 12-15 hours)
Farmers market: 1 day every other week: (7 hours)
What we have to offer:
Housing- Tiny house located on the farm complete with solar power, heat, water, kitchen, toilet and shower
Stipend- $150/week, to be paid biweekly
Food- Weekly milk and cheese
What you can expect to learn:
How to take care of a small herd (30) of goats, with special attention to milking
How to make and care for a variety of fresh and aged goat’s milk cheeses
Packaging, distribution, and marketing of cheeses
Qualities we expect from you:
We are looking for a hard-working, positive, flexible, honest, friendly individual to join our team. You must be comfortable interacting with the public, able to lift 50+ pounds, physically fit, comfortable with animals, self-motivated and self-directed. While no previous farming experience is required, you must be a quick and willing learner. As you become familiar with the work, you will be expected to work alone at times and alongside one of us at other times. You must be willing to get dirty for farm chores, and you must be equally willing to get clean for cheese work.
The Stowe area offers superb recreation opportunities: mountain biking, hiking, bouldering, kayaking, and fantastic swimming holes are all nearby. Stowe and the surrounding area has a vibrant food scene. There are lots of great bars and restaurants and many other small farms, breweries, and food producers.
To apply for the Sage Farm 2017 internship, please submit the following materials:
– Current resume, including any relevant farm or food experience
– Statement detailing why you are interested in working with us
After reviewing these materials, we will contact you about an interview. Application materials can be sent to Molly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or to Sage Farm, 2248 West Hill Rd., Stowe, VT 05672.