We're Expanding our Internship Opportunity!
The last time I wrote, I talked about how we were hoping to accept interns for our 2016 growing season, which is May 1-September 30. Since then we have decided to open up a few more spots for a shorter time. If you are a student, or know a student who would like the experience for a summer working on a sustainable, diversified livestock farm then this opportunity is for you!
This will be from May 16-August 19. Now, depending on your college or school schedule we can be a bit flexible on the starting and ending dates.
For this position, you must be at least 18 years old. (Unless you are close enough to drive to and from your home everyday.) We will provide housing, which is about 5 miles from the farm. We only have one housing location so we will either be accepting all males or all females, depending on the applications we get back. Since the housing is off farm, you will get a gas stipend each week for your mileage to and from the farm.
Canal Junction is a diversified livestock, pasture based farm and 100% raw milk dairy. On the dairy side we have an on farm creamery where we make raw milk cheese from our milk. We also have pastured broilers and layers, turkeys, sheep, pigs and beef cattle. Everything we raise and produce is direct marketed. We have an on farm store as well as a private buying club that we make bi-weekly deliveries to. We are a family based business and and are currently being operated by the fifth and sixth generations on the farm. You will be working with Ralph and Sheila, the owners, and their adult children Kyle and Renae.
We are looking for 2-3 interns for the 2016 growing season. You will have a wide range of experiences and no two days will be the same! Moving/feeding broilers and layers, gathering/packaging eggs, moving/feeding turkeys, moving portable fencing for beef and dairy cattle, moving beef cattle to different pastures, milking cows, butchering chickens, hauling animals to the butcher shop and frozen meat from the butcher shop to the farm, making hay, driving tractor, making and aging cheese, marketing cheese (sales, packaging, shipping), experience the retail side of the business, assembling buying club orders, buying club delivery, general farm maintenance. We work full time 5 days a week and do chores only on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. Sunday is always only chores. Occasionally during our busy season (making hay) we will work a full day on Saturday. We will do some rotating and you will have some weekend time off each month.
Payment, Benefits, Compensation:
You will be provided with housing for the time you are here. We will also provide one prepared meal a day, which will be lunch. For your other meals, you are responsible for preparing your own food but you will have access to meat, cheese, milk, produce, and other items from our farm. Above this you will receive $100 stipend/month for incidentals, a gas stipend each week for transportation to the farm, and coverage under Workers Compensation.
You must be able to do physical labor, sometimes intense, in any weather condition. Most of the work is outside, so you will need to be able to work in rain, sun, heat, humidity, etc. You must be at least 18 years old (unless you are commuting from home), have a valid drivers license, and transportation. You must keep your personal appearance neat. We produce food that goes to the end consumer with minimal processing, so cleanliness and sanitation are super important. You are the face of our farm to our customers and the public in the surrounding community. We are an oddity in our small Midwest town, so our appearance to the public needs to be courteous and clean. You must be willing to learn and ask questions. We are ready to teach and work alongside you, but it's a two way relationship. You must be able to and willing to follow directions and be willing to learn from your mistakes. It's okay to make mistakes, we all do, but learn from it and move on. The next time you will know what to do differently. You must be able to work well with others and also at times by yourself.
How to Apply:
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of yourself (are you in school, working, where you're from) and request an application. I will send you the application to fill out and you will need to return it within a week of receiving it. From there will will either ask for a further interview or say no thank you.
I am more than happy to answer any questions so do not hesitate to ask.
We're looking forward to the green grass and learning opportunities 2016 will bring us!