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INTERNSHIP POSITION

Position: Farm Intern - Livestock / Gardening
Type: internship with room and board, stipend, more (see below)
Organization: Magda Farm
Location: Guelph area, Ontario

Magda Farm produces naturally-raised, pasture-based beef, pork and chicken for direct sale to our extensive customer base. We also have a home garden and greenhouses, producing veg for on-farm consumption. Finally, in the spring we run a certified organic plant nursery, selling seedlings locally to home gardeners and wholesaling to businesses in the the GTA and Guelph area. Our goal in all we do is to respect the nature of both the animals we raise and the land we are privileged to be caring for, and to produce the best product we are able for our dedicated customers.

During the summer and fall, most activities focus around meat production and sales, farm maintenance and home garden veg production.

Farm Intern

Duties (training provided):

  • livestock care - feeding, watering, fencing and moving to new areas, mucking out facilities, etc., observing for health or other issues
  • assisting on meat sales days
  • seeding & transplanting in home garden/greenhouses, followed by plant maintenance (weeding, watering, protecting against critters) and harvesting
  • general farm maintenance, including some basic construction projects, mowing of lawns (though we don't do much of that), etc.

Skills required:

  • self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic & desire to learn
  • ability to effectively learn and implement new skills
  • good communication skills
  • flexibility to work long hours some days (in exchange for shorter hours on other days)
  • ability to put in full days doing physical labour (mainly light physical labour, but occasionally involving heavier work)
  • friendly/helpful outlook when dealing with customers
  • a green thumb and good observation skills are assets!
  • prefer candidates with drivers licence (makes for a less isolating experience, though we can bring candidates to town once a week at minimum for a few hours)

Compensation, hours & lenght of commitment:

  • room and board fully covered (housing can either be in our home or in a separate facility with fridge, cooktop, furniture, etc. provided)
  • $100 week stipend
  • generally 32 hours per week with some flexibility required for longer hours some weeks and shorter hours in others; there is often flexibility as to when the 32 hours of work take place, with the exception of sales days
  • the length of the internship is somewhat flexible, but we do require a minimum two-month commitment; for those interested, the commitment could extend well into the fall, right through to December
  • additional opportunities for learning in areas of specific interest will also be made available via courses offered on other farms or by farm organizations (more easily facilitated if intern has a drivers licence and clean driving record)

Application:

POSITION AVAILABLE STARTING AS EARLY AS 5 JUNE 2017

Please apply by sending resume & cover letter to:
info mask magdafarm.ca*
no later than 24 June 2017

Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. Should we find a successful candidate before 24 June, we will close the posting earlier.

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GoodWork ID: 40632       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: May 24 2017