Black Dog Farm


Contact information
Farm Address:
248 Fleshman Creek Road
Livingston, Montana, 59047

Primary Contact: Kira Jarosz
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 406-220-2338
    Email: blackdogfarmmt@gmail.com

Website: https://www.blackdogfarmmt.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Black Dog Farm is a pasture-based pork and poultry farm located in Livingston, Montana. We raise Idaho Pasture Pigs, farrowing approximately 65-75 piglets per year. We raise Freedom Ranger meat chickens, and plan to raise approximately 8,000 in 2023. We operate one of two state licensed poultry processing facilities in the state on our farm, and slaughter and process all our own chickens. Our meat chicken season is seasonal, with the first chicks usually arriving in March or April, and the last being slaughtered in October. We are Animal Welfare Approved Certified for our meat chickens. We also keep around 900 laying hens and will be raising a smaller number of meat ducks in 2023. We make and sell value-added products including dog treats from our organ meat, chicken broth, and lard. We sell our products locally direct to consumer via local farmers markets and our online store and associated home delivery. Livingston is located on the Yellowstone River, approximately 1 hour from Yellowstone National Park. There are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, mountain biking, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, rafting, floating, camping, backpacking, and more. Livingston is a great town with everything you need including grocery stores, hardware stores, art galleries, restaurants, bars, etc. We are located 30 minutes from Bozeman, Montana, the home of Montana State University, and a very vibrant city with amazing breweries, restaurants, hiking, music, and more. We love living here and are sure you will too.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/23 (flexible)
Internship Ends: 10/31/23
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

We are looking to hire a seasonal farm hand to work approximately 30-35 hours per week from April/May (some flexibility) through the end of October. Work days will be 3-4 days per week on a set schedule, to be determined based on other employees’ schedules and may include weekends. Weekend availability is required. You need to be able to work well with a team and independently.

Duties include feeding and watering animals 2-3 times per day; problem solving and fixing issues with electric fence; moving animals and fencing; general farm maintenance such as sweeping buildings, taking garbage out, and cleaning; helping with larger projects such as construction of shelters and permanent fencing; collecting eggs; slaughtering and processing chickens 1-2 days per week ; among many other things. You may potentially be helping with things like making dog treats, packaging eggs, inventory, order packing, etc., though we do have an employee to help with these tasks. No two days are alike and there is always plenty to do. We expect that you can work well independently, that you are confident and a good communicator, that you ask questions when things are unclear, and that you have a very strong commitment to animal welfare. You will be working alongside other employees, especially when processing chickens, and will also be working alongside the owners. A large part of the summer workload revolves around raising and processing chickens.

Farm or animal/livestock experience is a plus, but the most important qualities are a strong work ethic, task-focused outlook, diligence when operating machinery and taking care of animals, and a sense of responsibility for your work. We enjoy developing a good relationship with our employees.
Compensation is $18-20 per hour DOE. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to learn more about farrow-to-finish heritage pigs on pasture and raising meat chickens on pasture under an Animal Welfare Approved system, as well as operating a profitable, direct-to-consumer small livestock farm. We are happy to share as much as you want to know about what we have learned. We also really appreciate having employees who can become an intrinsic part of our operation, contributing suggestions and helping us do our best.

We do NOT have on-farm housing and at this time cannot accommodate a camper or other mobile housing. Housing in this area can be challenging and expensive. You will have plenty of time to have another job if you would like, but we will not have flexibility in our schedule once it is set to accommodate changes in your other schedule(s). We are happy to help you find housing in the Livingston or Bozeman area as much as we can.


Educational Opportunities: This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to learn more about farrow-to-finish heritage pigs on pasture and raising meat chickens on pasture under an Animal Welfare Approved system, as well as operating a profitable, direct-to-consumer small livestock farm. We are happy to share as much as you want to know about what we have learned.

Skills Desired: Animal/livestock, slaughter/butchering, and/or construction/carpentry experience is a plus but not required.

Meals: No

Stipend: Pay is $18-20/hr DOE

Housing: No

Preferred method of Contact: e-mail