Hidden Villa Animal Husbandry Internship

Contact information
Farm Address:
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills , California , 39824

Primary Contact: Program Manager
Primary Phone:

    Number: 650-949-6327
    Email: internships@hiddenvilla.org

Website: https://www.hiddenvilla.org/internships/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Hidden Villa stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Eastern Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. This diverse farm includes livestock, vegetable crops, fruit trees and pastureland.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/2019
Internship Ends: 3/31/2020
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 1/15/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 12 months

Internship Details:

Animal Husbandry Internship
Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission is "to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy." Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Eastern Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.

The Residential Internship Program is contributing to the next generation of green educators, innovative farmers, and thoughtful nonprofit leaders. We are seeking an energetic, responsible team player to fill our Animal Husbandry Internship position. The internship runs from early April 2019 until the end of March 2020.

The Animal Husbandry Intern works under the supervision of the Animal Husbandry Management team. The intern will learn through participation in all aspects of livestock management – breeding, nutritional management, health maintenance, facilities maintenance, slaughter, processing, and direct market sales. The intern will also participate in the execution of Hidden Villa's Food For Thought initiative, supporting with event planning and implementation, developing educational programming and materials, and participation in food system conversations in and outside of Hidden Villa.

Working Hours: Thursday through Monday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM with some extended hours required.


Participate in all aspects of livestock care and daily chores: feeding, milking, cleaning, etc.
Manage Los Altos Farmers Market stall with Journeyman Farmer: Thursdays 4pm-8pm, May-Sept.
Assist with sales and marketing across several platforms: on site, online store, email campaigns
Participate in full-day, weekly, educational workshops (excluding June-August) covering a wide range of topics within sustainable food systems, education, and leadership
Develop understanding of basic ranch maintenance tasks and repairs, including basic plumbing, electric fence maintenance and tractor work using a variety of hand and power tools
Observe cross departmental collaboration and assist in developing and supporting program activity
Participate in Hidden Villa's work to develop and empower active, informed food system participants through the Food For Thought initiative
Build understanding of food system from the lens of a non-profit partner

Educational Opportunities: Program Benefits As a participant in this program you will gain: Hands-on training on a farm at an educational non-profit Weekly Educational Workshops (excluding June-August) focused on sustainable systems, education, and leadership Access to the Hidden Villa Intern Alumni network and mentorship opportunities to further career goals Professional Development- Attendance at workshops or conferences and visits to local farms

Skills Desired: Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Candidates must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to work outside performing manual labor. Valid driver's license and clean driving record (no major infractions). Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check. QUALIFICATIONS DESIRED We desire a candidate with basic knowledge of/experience with sustainable agriculture and farm production/management. Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work independently, outdoors, and in physically demanding situations. A basic understanding of construction, power-tool usage, and utilities (water/electric) is preferred. Experiential teaching experience and the ability to work with a diverse group of children and adults is also desired.

Meals: This position is a full-time, year-long, residential, position. A stipend of $850/month is provided. Benefits include: professional development, housing, seasonal produce, meat and dairy products from the farm when available, vacation and sick days. No medical, dental or vision benefits are provided, so obtaining coverage is the responsibility of the intern. Although it is the responsibility of the intern to obtain health insurance, we do offer resources that will help you navigate the process. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment. We will interview on a rolling basis. Please submit a cover letter, resume and completed Internship Application. Call or email Sofia with questions to internships@hiddenvilla.org or 650-949-6327.

Stipend: This position is a full-time, year-long, residential, position. A stipend of $850/month is provided.

Housing: Animal Husbandry intern lives in a 3 bedroom house or in a single cabin with access to the main house.

Preferred method of Contact: Email