Are you interested in learning how to run a small family-owned farm? We are seeking a positive and hardworking individual to assist with the care of our livestock (including horses, dairy cows, beef calves, ducks, and two low maintenance barn cats). In addition to farm chores, this position focuses on administrative tasks associated with the operation of a farm and household. This position coordinates with our other intern.
Farm chores (10 chore times per week):
Our dogs sleep in our rooms, rotating nightly between family members and interns. We all participate in their socialization and continuous training. This leads to fun trips and quality bonding time with the dogs.
The above work is done in exchange for room, board, and a $200 monthly stipend. Each intern is guaranteed one day off per week (which is coordinated with the other intern).
To supplement the stipend, other farm work is available for $10/hour in fluctuating amounts. The amount of work available and types of tasks depend on the season. Winter tasks include cutting down trees that have fallen on fences, repairing fences, washing cars, and harrowing the arena. Spring, summer, and fall tasks can include jobs like painting and staining buildings and fences, washing buildings, mowing and weed whacking the lawns, weeding and trimming bushes and pruning trees, mending fences, fertilizing pastures, watering the pastures/moving sprinklers, and various repair jobs and projects.
Room and board includes: a private room (outside in the barn), utilities (including electricity, trash, and water), Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, food (we tend to purchase high quality, healthy food), farm fun (basketball court, a dock in the backyard on Loomis Lake with two kayaks and an aluminum drift boat, a Jacuzzi, clamming supplies, and horseback riding on the beach for those with experience), and access to the beautiful Long Beach area (including various lighthouses, kite flying, Lewis and Clark trail, the world’s longest beach, and the Astoria Column).
Our ideal candidate is flexible and positive with a can-do attitude, has experience working outdoors or with heavy machinery (tractor and riding mower), is physically capable of doing basic farm work on a regular basis (lifting and moving feed sacks and hay bales, cutting down trees, etc.), loves dogs and horses and is comfortable with a fluctuating income.
We are very involved in a local theater group Peninsula Association of Performing Artists, raise German Shepherd puppies, regularly ride bikes with/run alongside/ride horses on the beach, and use Parelli natural horsemanship techniques on the ground and in the saddle. We encourage our farm hands to join us in these fun activities as we like to view our interns as an extension of our family.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please fill out the questionnaire below and email it to us (email address provided below) along with your resume, 3-5 references, a brief autobiography and several recent pictures of yourself.
What appeals to you about this internship/work-trade position?
How do your future goals align with this position?
Farm life is busy and unexpected things happen. Do you maintain a positive attitude when things do not go as planned? Are you flexible and willing to pitch in when things need to be done?
This position is intended to be learning-focused, where a majority of the work is done in exchange for room and board, an opportunity to learn how to run a family-owned farm, and the experience of a farm lifestyle. What are your expenses and how will you pay them?
How do you feel about working with animals?
How do you feel about leaving family and friends?
How do you feel about living in an area that gets 80 inches of rain a year?
Do you have any physical limitations that would prevent you from doing farm work?
Do you smoke or use recreational drugs? Do you drink, and if so, how much?
Would you have your own vehicle?
Do you have health insurance?
When would you be able to come? How long would you be interested in staying if things were working out well? Would you be willing to come for a visit?
We enjoy exercising our horses on the beach (around 3-4x a week) and would love to have our interns accompany us for fun. Those who do not have experience riding can jog or ride a bike while ponying a horse (it’s a lot of fun!). Do you have horseback riding experience? If so, explain. Do you have any videos of you riding?
We raise German Shepherds and understand the importance of pets. While we do not allow interns to bring their dog(s) to the farm (no exceptions), we are open to other pets. Do you have any animals that need to come with you?
We are involved in a community theater group that produces family-friendly musicals. Some interns have enjoyed volunteering with the group by performing in, playing music for, or building sets for the annual show. It’s a great way to make friends in the area and is a lot of fun! Would you be interested in this type of activity?
Please email us at Cindy@floodfarm.com if you would like more information! We look forward to hearing from you!
***We are also looking to fill our personal assistant position which will work more closely with the administrative side of running a farm and puppy breeding business. Please email us for more information.
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