Palm Cottage Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
31992 Nichols Lane
Cottage Grove, Oregon, 97424

Primary Contact: Laura Vishoot
Primary Phone:
    Number: +1 541 505 0470


Internship information
General Farm Description: 60 acre sheep farm and sheepdog training facility.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: January 1 2024
Internship Ends: June 1 2024
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: January 15 2024
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

This is a voluntary, unpaid working student position for the mutual benefit of the student and Palm Cottage Farm.

The intern wishes to experience an agricultural way of living and learn about sheepdog training and animal husbandry in exchange for their participation in day-to-day farm chores and activities related to animal training, animal husbandry and general farm management. In exchange for their contributions to the farm, the working student will receive room and board, weekly stipend, regular herding lessons with their own dog(s), opportunities to work with a variety of dogs provided through Palm Cottage Farm, opportunities to participate in clinics hosted at the farm, and regular coaching and guidance from an experienced working dog trainer.

Material compensation to the working student includes:

• Basic room and board for working student and 1-2 dogs (furnished room, power, heat, internet, some food)

A living expense stipend

Duties include but may not be limited to:

Sheepdog training and management:

  • Oversee exercise, feeding and general day-to-day care of client dogs
  • Assist with dog training
  • Dog poop patrol
  • Cleaning of crates, kennels & facilities
  • Maintain records


Daily Sheep Farm Responsibilities (vary significantly seasonally):

  • Clean sheep pens
  • Clean water troughs
  • Feed, water and provide minerals
  • Setup and move electronet fencing

Ad Hoc Farming Responsibilities:

  • Assist with event preparation & execution (sheepdog trial, clinics, etc.)
  • Assist at shearing and lambing
  • Assist with general veterinary care and grooming (vaccinations, worming, etc.)
  • Help with general farm maintenance as needed (e.g. fence repair, fire tending, mowing, etc.)Farm-Sitting Responsibilities

• Responsibility for animals and general farm / household duties (get mail, water plants in summer, feed & water house pets and chickens) Other duties as needed

• The duties and responsibilities outlined above are intended to describe the principal functions of the Working Student position at Palm Cottage Farm. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every task you may be asked to do or assist with. Changes to the duties and responsibilities will be communicated as far in advance as practicable.

Educational Opportunities: Internship may qualify for university / college credits for ag subjects

Skills Desired: some experience with animals required

Meals: no

Stipend: yes

Housing: yes

Preferred method of Contact: text or email