Full-Time Goat Dairy Farmhand Moxie Ridge Farm
- Date Posted March 29, 2023
- Location Argyle, NY
- Category Agriculture
- Job type Full-Time
We take a pre-industrial approach to our food production as well as all our animal management and land stewardship; it is our daily commitment to these concepts along with a focus on historical food and farming traditions that make our meats and cheeses truly exceptional. Creating a sense of place in the foods we produce is central to our philosophy, and every decision at Moxie Ridge from the pasture to the creamery takes this into consideration.
While we take what we do very seriously, our approach is one of playfulness, creativity, and compassion and we are looking for team members that embody these ideals in their own unique ways.
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Adirondacks, Moxie Ridge offers jobs with a view! From Spring through Fall, it's not uncommon to see hot air balloons floating over the mountains while hooping cheese or moving goats. The farm is 30 minutes from Saratoga Springs to the Southwest and 20 minutes from the Vermont border to the East. We're surrounded by parks perfect for hiking, swimming, climbing, or kayaking. After a day of work, drive 20 minutes to relax on one of Lake George's tiny islands, or head to Saratoga for dining and nightlife. Job description We are looking for a Full-Time Farmhand for our goat dairy. This position will be working directly with all goats on the farm and we're looking for the right fit. The right fit is a person that enjoys physical work and is genuinely inspired by working with animals in both a dairy and meat setting.
This role will focus primarily on goats and assist with births, bottle feed babies, milk in our parlor, and care for the animals on the farm through daily chores. Other tasks include mucking and barn cleanout, milk management, moving grazing fences, vaccinations and basic goat health care, and some property maintenance.
The ideal candidate will be able to learn and utilize the behavioral management system used at Moxie Ridge Farm. This management style includes identifying individual goats, keen observational skills, a cool head for goat chaos, play as movement, and the ability to make clear and informed decisions in the moment. This role will be trained directly by the farm owner and will have access to regular mentorship after 2 months.
Timeliness and good communication skills are a must. Experience is preferred but we are happy to train the right candidate.
This is a very physical role, requiring the person to be on their feet and in motion over varied terrain while working with animals. Lifting 40lb - 50lb buckets is a regular requirement and any candidate should be able to comfortably do this.
The farm and creamery are located in a rural area with no access to public transit, therefore it is recommended that only candidates with access to a vehicle apply.
This job is 40-50hrs/week starting at $16/hr. The job is seasonal and scheduled to go full time through December 2023 with an extension or promotion possible for the right fit. Compensation this position is : hourly, $15-20/hr Application instructions