Goat Dairy Internship
March 1, 2022 – October 28, 2022
Reports to: Goat Dairy Herd Manager
Job Status: Seasonal Intern
Compensation: $2,400 stipend
Location: Boulder, CO
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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.
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.
Structure of Internship:
Internship duration is March 1, 2022 – October 28, 2022.
Intern will work an average of 20 hours per week, including regular weekend shifts.
Intern will attend the internship orientation meeting.
Each Intern is supported by a Mentor and a Supervisor.
Mentor oversees daily activities and supports each Intern’s growth during weekly meetings throughout the duration of the contract.
Supervisor is available upon request for check-ins and meetings and provides general oversight of Growing Gardens’ internship program.
Benefits of Interning with Growing Gardens:
Total stipend amount is $2400, half paid at the midpoint of internship and other half once commitment has been fulfilled.
Goat milk and fresh vegetables from the garden, valued at $35 - $45/per week, as the season permits.
Experience working on a micro-dairy and diversified vegetable farm.
Hands-on experience making a positive impact in the lives of children, teens, and adults.
Community connections and networking within the burgeoning local food movement.
Friendly environment, with a committed and passionate team.
Develop marketable leadership and management skills.
Growing Gardens interns have the opportunity to participate in classes, workshops, and local farm tours.
Access to a wide variety of organic seeds and plant starts.
All Growing Gardens internships qualify for University credit if desired by the intern.
Property is centrally located and easy to access via public transportation.
A note about working here in the time of Covid-19:
Like everyone around the globe our operations have been challenged by this pandemic. Our work has had to shift at a moments’ notice based on Public Health guidelines and changing priorities for the organization. We ask that interns are understanding of changing schedules and planned work as is necessary.
Growing Gardens prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment and will take affirmative measures to ensure against them, especially if they are carried out on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, neurodiversity, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation or political affiliation. This policy applies to all employees or potential employees, volunteers, participants, members of the Growing Gardens Board of Directors, people who serve on Growing Gardens’ committees, and anyone attending Growing Gardens’ events. This policy extends to all aspects of employment at Growing Gardens, including hiring, transfer, promotion, training, working conditions, policies, compensation, evaluation, discipline and termination.
Dairy Intern Duties:
Assist the Herd Manager and dairy staff with all aspects of the dairy operation 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 goats to and from different grazing locations on the property, ensuring all goats have adequate food and water, cleaning and preparation of barn/yard, administering medicine to the herd as needed, trimming hooves, restocking hay.
Assist with prenatal care and kidding.
Bottle feeding goat kids.
Track daily herd health and rotational grazing.
Assist with various farm infrastructure projects.
Work closely with volunteers on daily chore shifts.
Assist in various educational programs; visiting hours, tours, field trips.
Knowledge and Skills the Intern May Acquire:
Basic herd health management and tracking.
How to properly and safely hand milk a goat.
Raw milk distribution using a herdshare program.
How to give a hand milking demonstration for educational programming.
Food safety protocols and procedures pertaining to raw milk production.
Procedures and benefits of rotational grazing.
Procedures and benefits composting.
Conflict resolution, volunteer coordination, and communication skills.
The ability to work in a dynamic team environment.
Responsible, dedicated, and organized individual.
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 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, 2022
Send a cover letter explaining your desire to work at the dairy, highlighting any pertinent work experience, and resume to Michael@growinggardens.org with your name and “Goat Dairy Intern Application” in the subject line.
Applications due by February 1, 2022. Position will remain open until filled.