We are currently hiring for three positions: Summer Camp Counselor, Junior Counselor in Training, and Assistant Herdsperson. Learn more about the Camp Counselor position here and the Junior Counselor position here. The job description for Assistant Herdsperson is below.

Thank you so much for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Assistant Herdsperson Apprenticeship

About Our Farm: 

Hart to Hart Farm is a 285-acre organic dairy farm in central Maine. 1.5 hours from Portland, and just half an hour from beautiful coastal Belfast, spend the summer working on our farm and engaging with youth from the community. Our mission is to foster awareness of farm stewardship, growing healthy foods, and the importance of sustainable, local agriculture, through education and experience. We believe hands-on education can plant future seeds that will help all people become better stewards of the Earth. If you want to be part of this work, we hope you join us this summer! The farm includes a historic barn, outbuildings for chickens, goats, sheep, horses, rabbits, and a free-stall barn which is home to 130 dairy cows. Scenic pastures, organic gardens and orchard, ponds, wetlands, forests, and farm provide an ideal camp setting to explore.

About the Job: 

We are hiring a farm apprentice or full-time person with enthusiasm and genuine interest in learning about organic farming, a strong work ethic and desire to take pride in their work, and the ability to take on various responsibilities over time. Start date April/May 2024.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Care for calves and heifers: feeding, handling, and maintaining a clean bedded area
  • Operate a skidsteerer to clean out barns 
  • Set up and break down the milking system
  • Move the milking herd to holding area for milking
  • Maintain high-quality milking protocol standards 
  • Feeding and caring for various livestock (horses, chickens, goats, and sheep)
  • Manage summer rotational pastures
  • Build and maintain the fencing system
  • Operated tractors and trucks during cropping season 
  • Learn to operate the mixer wagon to feed the milking herd
  • Farm maintenance and repair work (carpentry experience a bonus)
  • Record keeping
  • Learn organic livestock health management & treatment

The right person for this job will be:

  • Able to maintain a positive attitude 
  • View physical labor in a positive light, and enjoy pushing themselves through challenging physical tasks
  • Able to see the humor in work and life, and laugh accordingly
  • Interest in organic farming
  • Self-motivated and self-aware
  • Dependable and have access to reliable transportation
  • Willing and able to accept feedback gracefully, and adapt accordingly
  • Eager to learn
  • Comfortable working both in groups and independently
  • A problem solver
  • Detail-oriented and observant
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Comfortable around livestock and dogs 

Job Qualifications:

  • Some farming experience is preferred, but not necessary. Applicants without farming experience should be prepared to explain how their work or life history has prepared them for the rigors of farm work.
  • Experience with physical or outdoor work, or work in fast-paced environments is strongly preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license is strongly preferred, and the ability to drive a standard vehicle is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with basic tools, basic carpentry, and a handy problem-solving aptitude is helpful.

Schedule: 

50-60 hours per week (during peak season) We expect you to work 6 days a week with a guaranteed day off. Minimum length of stay: 3 months (longer stay available). Start date April/May 2024.

Compensation:

Compensation includes a furnished room in the farmhouse (a $750 value based on area housing options for studios), all meals included with lodging, and a $1,700-2,500/month (additional compensation based on experience). End of season performance bonus. Individuals not needing room & board will be offered a competitive salary

How to Apply:

If you’re enthusiastic about fostering a love for farming and the outdoors in young minds, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to Linda Hartkopf, 16 Duck Pond Land, Albion, ME 04910 or email to hart2hartfarm@gmail.com. We begin reviewing applications in February and conduct interviews until positions are filled. 

Hart to Hart Farm is an equal-opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Join us in cultivating not only crops but also a lifelong appreciation for the wonders of sustainable agriculture. Candidates must complete a successful criminal background check and drug screen. All the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. This job description may not be all-inclusive, and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by their supervisor. Job description and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by senior management.