The farm team is part of a larger organization that includes the creamery, medicinal gardens, and farm store. Our herd consists of Brown Swiss, Jersey, Devon, Guernsey, and a number of crosses. We know our cows well and they know us. We strive for excellence in the care of our herd, the soil, and our raw milk products.
The Full-time Milker will be milking approximately twenty cows for approximately 40 hours per week, depending on availability. There are two milking shifts in a day: Mornings from 6-10am and Afternoons from 2-6pm. Saturday and Sunday availability is a must plus additional weekday shifts. We work with a set schedule but some flexibility and the ability to switch/cover shifts with advance notice is ideal.
In addition to the milking responsibilities, milkers assist with day-to-day and seasonal farm chores. Our facilities are very comfortable to work in and the work pace is reasonable. Experience in milking is preferred but not required. We are happy to train a milker who possesses the right qualities. Ability to communicate with farm management, co-workers and visitors is key.
Reports To: Herd Manager
Afternoon and morning milking as scheduled including set up and clean up
Feed the calves, beef, and pigs
Maintain the barn in a clean and organized manner
Perform dairy wash routine and maintain dairy quality standards
Implement Churchtown Dairy’s grazing plan
Operate tractors and other light farm equipment (not a requirement)
Maintain herd awareness and apply basic remedies according to Churchtown Dairy protocols
Maintain daily documentation in farm journal
Communicate in a professional and respectful manner with all staff
Assist in hay making and general farm chores, including use of farm equipment
Engage with visitors in a warm and positive manner
Participate in weekly farm team meetings
We know it is impossible to convey every single task for a particular job in a single job post. Our hope is that as we work together we can use this job as a starting point so that your role can evolve over time and we can adjust your job description accordingly.
Available on Saturday and Sunday
Ability to work with cows in a respectful manner and/or willing to learn
Interest in and/or openness to Biodynamics
Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully
Ability to use basic communication and organizational software (email, Microsoft Word & Excel and/or Google Docs & Sheets, etc.)
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
Ability to operate/or learn to operate farm machinery including tractor and skid steer
A commitment to strive for best farming practices
This is an hourly position working approximately 40 hours per week. Compensation for the position is based on experience, starting at $18 per hour. Benefits include Paid Time Off and a 25% discount on all farm store products. We offer fully covered medical and dental coverage to individuals who commit to a full year with us.
Churchtown Dairy aims to be a beacon, warning against the destruction done by “Big Ag” while promoting regenerative organic farming practices in harmony with nature and in alignment with animal, plant, and microbial life. We use biodynamic principles that enhance and deepen our relationship with the Earth. We strive to nurture a growing community of local, national, and global allies. We are an accessible resource for farmers, scholars, educators, entrepreneurs, and the generally curious. We provide access to healthy foods and products including raw milk, farmstead cheese, grass-fed beef, eggs, and medicinal remedies.
How to Apply:
Apply: If this position sounds interesting to you, please forward a COVER LETTER and RESUME to our Head of People & Culture: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Full-Time Milker” in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.