Assistant Herdsperson Intern – Hart-to-Hart Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
ALBION, Maine, 04910

Primary Contact: Linda Hartkopf
Secondary Contact: Doug Hartkopf

Primary Phone:
    Number: 2076924603

Secondary Phone
    Number: 2076924507


Internship information
General Farm Description: Hart-to-Hart Farm is a family owned and operated 60 cow organic dairy farm located in Albion, Maine offering a variety of educational programs and quality products Our mission is to reconnect with our soil as to nurture the plants, animals and the people who feed from the land; to sell nourishing products and to promote quality education to strengthen understanding about sustainable, local agriculture. We are hiring a farm apprentice or full-time person who has an enthusiasm and genuine interest in learning about organic farming, a strong work ethic and desire to take pride in their work, and the ability to take on a wide array of responsibilities over time.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: immediately
Internship Ends: September 2021 or later to meet individuals goals
Number of Internship Available: one
Application Deadline: When filled / Send cover letters, resume and 3 referenced to email. we like to have someone in place by May 1
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months (longer stay available)

Internship Details:

Hired person will do most of the following
• Care for calves and heifers: feeding, handling, and maintaining a clean bedded area
• Operate a skidsteerer to clean out barns
• Set up and breakdown milking system
• Move milking herd to holding area for milking
• Maintain high quality standards for milking protocols
• Feeding and caring for various livestock (horse, chicken, goats, and sheep)
• Manage summer rotational pastures
• Build and maintain fencing system
• Operated tractors and truck during cropping season
• Farm maintenance and repair work (carpentry experience a bonus)
• Record keeping
• Learning organic livestock health management
* Learn to operate mixer wagon to feed milking herd

The right person for this job will be:
• Able to maintain a positive attitude
• View physical labor in a positive light, and enjoy pushing themselves through challenging physical tasks
• Able to see the humor in work and life, and laugh accordingly
• Interest in organic farming
• Self-motivated and self-aware
• Dependable and have access to reliable transportation
• Willing and able to accept feedback gracefully, and adapt accordingly
• Eager to learn
• Comfortable working both in groups and independently
• A problem solver
• Detail oriented and observant
• Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
• Able to lift and carry 50 lbs,
• Comfortable around livestock and dogs

50 -60 hours per week ( during peak season). we expect you to work 6 days a week with a guaranteed day off. there is flexibility for additional days off

Educational Opportunities: Educational opportunities through local and regional organizations as well as on line. We will also talk about your own personal and professional goals and how to meet them

Skills Desired: Experience: • Farming experience is preferred, but not necessary. Applicants without farming experience should be prepared to explain how their work or life history has prepared them for the rigors of farm work. • Experience with physical or outdoor work, or work in fast paced environments is strongly preferred. • A basic familiarity with plants or gardening experience is helpful. • A valid driver’s license is strongly preferred, and the ability to drive a standard vehicle is preferred but not required. • Experience with basic tools, basic carpentry, and a handy problem-solving aptitude is helpful.

Meals: Yes

Stipend: Stipend: $1000 -$2000 per month depending on experience. Room & Board included

Housing: Yes

Preferred method of Contact: email