Contact informationFarm Address:
248 Fleshman Creek Road
Livingston, Montana, 59047
Primary Contact: Kira Jarosz
Internship informationGeneral 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 600 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, and are developing broths and rendered 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: 10/1/22 (flexible)
Internship Ends: None
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Minimum Length of Stay: Prefer 1 year
We are looking to hire a long-term farm manager. From October-April, hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM with a 1 hour lunch each day (30 hours). From April-October, you will work 4, 10-hour days (days to be determined/discussed). We also ask that you be available farm sit one weekend per month year-round, paid per diem.
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 for half of the year; 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. In the summer months, you will also be a go-to for the other part-time people we employ to help with chores and chicken butchering. You will also often be working alongside the owners, Tim & Kira.
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 are looking to develop a good relationship with our farm manager and to have someone we can count and rely on to help us continue to grow and improve our farm.
Compensation is $20-$25 per hour DOE. If you start at $20 per hour, there will be the opportunity for a $5 raise before the summer season if you are meeting and exceeding expectations. 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. We may consider that situation once we have gotten to know you. We are happy to help you find housing in the Livingston 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.
Stipend: Pay is $20-25/hr DOE
Preferred method of Contact: e-mail