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Company Name Heifer Farm and Heifer Ranch (view profile)
Location Rutland, MA
Date Posted October 23, 2017
Category A Farm/Business Posting A Job
Job Type Apprentice: More than 4 month time commitment. Farmer will teach the farming trade.
Type of farm? Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Compensation ~$600 per month
Application Parameters Must be Single
Housing Available Yes
Housing Location On Farm
Meals Provided No
Location Specifics Two Locations: Heifer Farm 216 Wachusett Street Rutland, Massachusetts 01543 Phone: 508-886-5000 www.heifer.org/farm Heifer Ranch 55 Heifer Road Perryville, Arkansas 72126 Phone: 501-889-5124 www.heifer.org/ranch
Application Process For more information and an application contact us at heiferusa@heifer.org or 1-855-3HEIFER (Press 4). Application deadline October 20 or until positions are filled. Applications can be submitted by mailing, faxing, emailing or dropping it off in person.
Food Provided Stipend of ~$600 per month to cover costs of living including food and some fresh produce provided seasonally.
Expectations Heifer USA is proud to use sustainable agriculture and food system work as tools for promoting social justice. We are intentionally inclusive of limited resource and socially disadvantaged communities and individuals. ● Passion! Applicant wants to pursue a career in farming ● Self-driven – applicant does not need to be micromanaged ● Thrives in a diverse environment ● Whatever it takes to get the job done! ● Willingness to work outdoors during inclement weather ● Willingness to participate in all aspects of production ● Willingness & ability to share housing, including housekeeping chores
Positions Available 8
Education Potential YEAR ONE - Apprentices will live on-site and be mentored by agricultural personnel. ● Comprehensive hands-on technical trainings in conservation agricultural practices, and production management; ● Classroom sessions including enterprise planning, conservation agricultural practices, and production management; ● Technical trainings are complemented with relevant classroom sessions on business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant legal topics: ✓ Introduction to business planning and record keeping; ✓ Introduction to marketing and market analysis; ✓ Introduction to USDA Support; ✓ Introduction to Farm Legal Issues. ✓ Business plan required to move to Year Two; YEAR TWO – Apprentices will live on-site and have management responsibilities of an established agricultural enterprise. ● Comprehensive hands-on technical trainings in conservation agricultural practices and production management; ● Classroom sessions including enterprise planning, conservation agricultural practices and production management; ● Ability to deliver more advanced agricultural presentations; ● Technical trainings are complemented with relevant classroom sessions on business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant topics: ✓ Whole Farm Plan utilized and updated, continued support from technical assistance providers; ✓ Farm structure identified in business plan, food safety plan developed as apprentice transitions to own land; ✓ Compliance and management of USDA programs; ✓ Business plan including marketing plan required to move to Year Three. YEAR THREE – Apprentices establish or strengthen their own farm enterprises. ● Apprentices receive ongoing mentorship from established farmers and Heifer staff ● Regular check-in’s on enterprise plans and cash flow analysis ● Continuing education opportunities
Start Date 2018/01/15
Position Description MARKET GARDEN APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES ● Daily farm chores ● Production planning, marketing & sales ● Soil care & management ● Seeding & transplanting ● Season extension ● Weed & pest management ● Tools, equipment, and safety ● Cold chain, harvest, post-harvest & distribution ● Office skills & financial management ● Production techniques: mulching, irrigation, etc. LIVESTOCK APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES ● Daily farm chores ● Livestock management and husbandry skills ● Value-added products ● Production management: poultry, cattle, sheep, hog, and dairy goats ● Farm mechanics: tools, tractor and trailer safety and operation ● Production planning, marketing & sales ● Animal housing and fencing ● Office skills and financial management ● Grazing management and techniques Commitment: One-year initial commitment required for a mid-January arrival. In order to maximize effectiveness of the educational experience, we have developed a 3-year program. The learning objectives & skill development will not be accomplished until completion of the third year. Successful completion of each year is a prerequisite to continue to the next. Schedule: Apprentices should expect to work between 40-55 hours per week with two days off per week. Frequent weekend and evening work is necessary. Benefits: Apprentices will be provided a stipend of ~$600 per month. On-site housing provided, if desired; at Heifer’s discretion, vehicles can be available for local transportation; potential for profit sharing in Year Two. Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years old at start of service period, complete required training, and follow all policies & procedures. Must pass a background check.
Work Schedule 8+ hours per day/5 days per week
End Date 2020/12/18
Description HEIFER INTERNATIONAL is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to transform their communities. We offer an intensive multi-year Livestock and Garden Apprenticeship Program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, and Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. The apprentices will work directly with Heifer USA agriculture experts and technical assistants. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will have a broad range of understanding of many aspects of farming.

Description

Type of farm?

Diverse (Animals/Plants)

Compensation

~$600 per month

Application Parameters

Must be Single

Housing Available

Yes

Housing Location

On Farm

Meals Provided

No

Location Specifics

Two Locations:

Heifer Farm
216 Wachusett Street
Rutland, Massachusetts 01543
Phone: 508-886-5000
www.heifer.org/farm

Heifer Ranch
55 Heifer Road
Perryville, Arkansas 72126
Phone: 501-889-5124
www.heifer.org/ranch

Application Process

For more information and an application contact us at heiferusa@heifer.org or 1-855-3HEIFER (Press 4). Application deadline October 20 or until positions are filled. Applications can be submitted by mailing, faxing, emailing or dropping it off in person.

Food Provided

Stipend of ~$600 per month to cover costs of living including food and some fresh produce provided seasonally.

Expectations

Heifer USA is proud to use sustainable agriculture and food system work as tools for promoting social justice. We are intentionally inclusive of limited resource and socially disadvantaged communities and individuals.
● Passion! Applicant wants to pursue a career in farming
● Self-driven – applicant does not need to be micromanaged
● Thrives in a diverse environment
● Whatever it takes to get the job done!
● Willingness to work outdoors during inclement weather
● Willingness to participate in all aspects of production
● Willingness & ability to share housing, including housekeeping chores

Positions Available

8

Education Potential

YEAR ONE - Apprentices will live on-site and be mentored by agricultural personnel.
● Comprehensive hands-on technical trainings in conservation agricultural practices, and production management;
● Classroom sessions including enterprise planning, conservation agricultural practices, and production management;
● Technical trainings are complemented with relevant classroom sessions on business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant legal topics:
✓ Introduction to business planning and record keeping;
✓ Introduction to marketing and market analysis;
✓ Introduction to USDA Support;
✓ Introduction to Farm Legal Issues.
✓ Business plan required to move to Year Two;

YEAR TWO – Apprentices will live on-site and have management responsibilities of an established agricultural enterprise.
● Comprehensive hands-on technical trainings in conservation agricultural practices and production management;
● Classroom sessions including enterprise planning, conservation agricultural practices and production management;
● Ability to deliver more advanced agricultural presentations;
● Technical trainings are complemented with relevant classroom sessions on business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant topics:
✓ Whole Farm Plan utilized and updated, continued support from technical assistance providers;
✓ Farm structure identified in business plan, food safety plan developed as apprentice transitions to own land;
✓ Compliance and management of USDA programs;
✓ Business plan including marketing plan required to move to Year Three.

YEAR THREE – Apprentices establish or strengthen their own farm enterprises.
● Apprentices receive ongoing mentorship from established farmers and Heifer staff
● Regular check-in’s on enterprise plans and cash flow analysis
● Continuing education opportunities

Start Date

2018/01/15

Position Description

MARKET GARDEN APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES
● Daily farm chores
● Production planning, marketing & sales
● Soil care & management
● Seeding & transplanting
● Season extension
● Weed & pest management
● Tools, equipment, and safety
● Cold chain, harvest, post-harvest & distribution
● Office skills & financial management
● Production techniques: mulching, irrigation, etc.

LIVESTOCK APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES
● Daily farm chores
● Livestock management and husbandry skills
● Value-added products
● Production management: poultry, cattle, sheep, hog, and dairy goats
● Farm mechanics: tools, tractor and trailer safety and operation
● Production planning, marketing & sales
● Animal housing and fencing
● Office skills and financial management
● Grazing management and techniques

Commitment: One-year initial commitment required for a mid-January arrival. In order to maximize effectiveness of the educational experience, we have developed a 3-year program. The learning objectives & skill development will not be accomplished until completion of the third year. Successful completion of each year is a prerequisite to continue to the next.

Schedule: Apprentices should expect to work between 40-55 hours per week with two days off per week. Frequent weekend and evening work is necessary.

Benefits: Apprentices will be provided a stipend of ~$600 per month. On-site housing provided, if desired; at Heifer’s discretion, vehicles can be available for local transportation; potential for profit sharing in Year Two.

Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years old at start of service period, complete required training, and follow all policies & procedures. Must pass a background check.

Work Schedule

8+ hours per day/5 days per week

End Date

2020/12/18

Description

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to transform their communities. We offer an intensive multi-year Livestock and Garden Apprenticeship Program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, and Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. The apprentices will work directly with Heifer USA agriculture experts and technical assistants. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will have a broad range of understanding of many aspects of farming.
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