WE ARE NOW HIRING FOR LATE-SEASON APPRENTICE!
Big Picture Farm is looking for our next amazing apprentice. An entry-level position, this character fills a vital role on of our farm in the roll of Renaissance farm-hand/caretaker. You will be tasked with learning almost all of the varieties of jobs that exist on the farm. You will milk goats, make caramel, make cheese, tend the gardens, greet the airbnb guests, help wash sheets and do turnover, help host farm events, milk goats some more, muck stalls, take out the garbage, wack weeds and mow grass, feed and fence in the pigs, flip compost piles, weed the garden again, and then head to the farmer's market to sell our goodies. You will breathe beautiful mountain air, drink the tastiest water from our deep well, live a Vermont hillside life. You will fall in love with a herd of goats, a piece of land, a couple of dogs, a handful of cats, and the tastiest eggs you’ve ever had from our flock of hens. By the end of your stay you will know how to do everything we do on the farm. We also welcome anyone with prior skills in these areas to apply to a longer term full time position as well! We are open to training anyone, or having someone help us grow that already has lots of skills!
Who are we? We are just finishing our 11th year as a farm and as a business. We already have a dedicated and incredible staff and you will be working with all of us in all the various spheres. And with that, the hours vary as the nature of the job flows in and out of seasons. You will be arriving in our busiest caramel and sales season so you will quickly jump in to help with that. The winter is sleepier, with the goats being fed hay. In late April and early May you will be a goat doula, midwife, and goat mama to orphaned babies. You will get up in the middle of the night to check in with the pregnant ladies, and rise at dawn to see if any new kiddos have arrived. While we wait for summer to come into full swing, you will be helping prep the grounds for another season. Once kidding season is over, the summer schedule starts to take hold and the rhythm of milking, pasture rotation, caramel and cheese production and agritourism takes over. This is a real farm job. You will learn a ton, and we will be patient with you as you learn, but you will also work hard, and the tasks are not always glamorous – often things are quite repetitive. As agritourism becomes a larger piece of our puzzle, we spend a lot of time making the farm look nice. We are always adding new garden beds, which means moving rocks, moving compost, more weeding and weed wacking. Guests come and go and that means exciting things like cocktails with goats, and farm dinners, but it also means changing sheets, greeting guests, tending to their needs, and maintaining a smile. It's a perfect job for someone who craves farm-life not just for its romance but also for its grit and hard work.
COMPENSATION: this position is $15/hr
TO APPLY: Email us a cover letter and resume, including three references (at least two professional references) to: email@example.com