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Goat Dairy Internship 2023 at Growing Gardens of Boulder County - 17517

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Goat Dairy Internship 2023
Growing Gardens of Boulder County
1630 Hawthorn Ave
80304 Boulder , CO ,
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March 1st - October 27th
Reports to: Goat Dairy Herd Manager
Job Status: Seasonal Intern, 20hrs/wk
Compensation: $3,400 stipend and weekly produce as the season allows

Growing Gardens’ mission is to cultivate community through sustainable urban agriculture. Our programs empower people of all ages, income levels, and abilities by connecting them with their local food system, each other, and the environment.

Our organization values the diverse skills and individuals that come together to create a thriving community and workplace. We are committed to the work we do, and bring our best selves each day, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously, have fun, and enjoy the process of doing good in our community. We take care of each other and put people at the center of everything we do.

Goat Dairy Interns gain incredible hands-on experience working with our animals and land through a regenerative lens. We emphasize humane animal husbandry, raw milk production, rotational grazing, and community education. Goat Dairy Interns improve their skills with farming through training, practice, reflection, and feedback. Goat Dairy Interns spend most of their time directly involved with our animals, volunteers, and program participants learning and teaching about the goats and their role within our organization.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The Dairy Intern will support the daily functions of the Growing Gardens’ Goat Dairy with an emphasis on animal husbandry, raw milk production, and rotational grazing. This internship is fast paced and requires hard work, focus, and care. The Dairy Intern will assist the herd manager with all aspects of dairy operations including but not limited to:
-Participate in all milking procedures and adhere to food safety protocols
-Participate in a combination of morning and evening farm chores. This will include, but is not limited to: Setting up electric fencing, moving goat/ guard llama to and from different grazing locations on the property, ensuring all goats have adequate food and water, cleaning and preparation of barn/yard, restocking hay, trimming hooves
-Perform basic veterinary care including administration of vaccines and medicines
- Assist with prenatal care and kidding (Spring), and breeding (Fall)
- Bottle-feed goat kids
- Track daily herd health and rotational grazing
- Assist with various farm infrastructure projects
- Work closely with volunteers leading chore shifts
- Assist in various educational programs including bottle-feeding tours, field trips, workshops, on-site and off-site events

Education & Experience: 

- Responsible, dedicated, and organized individual
- Able to work effectively, efficiently, and independently
- Strong work ethic and a passion for animals, farming, and developing community
- Must be comfortable working with large animals and be able to move the herd to and from grazing areas on a daily basis
- Ability to work early morning, evening, and weekend hours and under adverse weather conditions
- Physically capable of regular manual tasks, including lifting up to 50 pounds
- Some animal husbandry experience is desired, but it is not required for this position
- Applicants must be CPR and First Aid certified by March 2, 2023

Application Instructions: 

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