Internships

Thank you for your interest in working with Mountain Flower Goat Dairy! Our internships are designed to educate individuals and engage our community in the conversation of small-scale urban farming, humane animal husbandry, raw milk production, and sustainable farming practices. We accept interns on a rolling basis based on our seasonal needs at the dairy. Depending on the time of year, internships may include an in-depth emphasis on raw milk production, education, caring for kid goats, breeding, infrastructure, and sustainability. 

Please review the program description, submit an application, and include a cover letter and resume at the end of your application.

 Please contact mike@mountainflowerdairy.com with additional questions. Thank you!

Duration of program: Approximately 3 months

Internship start date: Rolling basis

**Orientation will be held 1-2 weeks prior to internship start date

What You Will Do – All procedures related to farm chores, producing raw goats milk, and farm education

  • Participate in all milking procedures; prepare milk room, milk 6-8 does, bottle fresh milk, sanitize milking equipment
  • Participate in a combination of morning and evening farm chores. This will include (but is not limited to) setting up electric fence and solar box, moving goats to and from different grazing locations on the property, ensuring all goats have adequate food and water, barn/yard cleaning and preparation, medicine administration to does as needed, hoof trimming, restocking bales of grass and alfalfa.
  • Assist all farm staff in general daily farm operations— Interns report directly to the Farm Director
  • Work with Mountain Flower Dairy volunteers on daily chore shifts
  • Assist in various educational programs; visiting hours, tours, field trips

What You Will Learn

  • All steps required to methodically, kindly, and safely milk dairy goats
  • How to cleanly hand milk a goat in order to be able to distribute raw milk
  • How to give a hand milking demonstration for our educational programing
  • Food safety guidelines and procedures as pertaining to raw milk production
  • How to humanely care for a herd; herd health, milking cycles of does, safety precautions
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational grazing
  • Procedures and benefits of rotational composting
  • Bottle feeding and weaning kid goats – depends on season

Our Expectations

  • three month commitment, 12 – 18 hours per week
  • Respectful and conscious communication with Mountain Flower Goat Dairy staff, landowners, volunteers, visitors to the farm, and the animals
  • Timely attendance at Mountain Flower Goat Dairy
  • Adherence to all milk production, animal care, and farm safety protocol
  • Commitment and consistent attendance is critical. Interns are expected to adhere to a schedule absent circumstances outside of their control. The inability to do so may result in a disqualification from the internship program

Monthly Schedule

  • Internship is a three month program, some weekend commitment required
  • The position requires on-site attendance of approximately 12-18 hours every week. This includes milking/chores as well as participating in milking demonstrations for on-site visitors during tours and/or visiting hours (visiting hours will be on Saturdays from 10am-12pm)
  • Interns will be assigned a weekly schedule which will include both morning and evening chores shifts
  • Shift times vary depending on season and require some flexibility. Morning chores run approximately 7:00am-9:30am or 7:00am-10:30am, evenings run 3:30pm-5:30pm or 4:30pm-7:30pm.
  • During the months of May – October, interns will work 1-2 shifts per month at our public visiting hours (10am-12pm on Saturday)

Qualifications

Mountain Flower Goat Dairy seeks individuals who are interested in learning about sustainable agricultural practices, land conservation, and humane animal husbandry. Our interns should have a desire to work in a small team of very enthusiastic farmers and goats and have an interest in small-scale dairy operations and raw milk production.

Other qualifications include:

  • 2 strong references; 1 professional and 1 personal
  • Ability to work in wet, cold, and hot environments
  • Ability to lift/move water buckets, hay bales, and other heavy objects— up to 75 pounds

Benefits of an Internship with Mountain Flower

  • Hands-on understanding of the inner workings of a small urban dairy
  • Learn about the inner operations of a grassroots non-profit organization
  • Contribute to a partnership between Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, Long’s Gardens, and Growing Gardens
  • Contribute to community engagement and outreach involving sustainable farming practices and humane animal husbandry
  • Participate in the conservation of this unique 25-acre property in which Long’s Gardens, Growing Gardens, and Mountain Flower Goat Dairy coexist

Interns are required to attend all days of internship program with the exception of family emergency or illness. Interns understand that the internship is on a volunteer basis and they have no expectation of compensation.  Upon successful completion of the internship interns may be eligible to receive a stipend of up to $500.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team we look forward to hearing from you!

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