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two job opportunites in washington

Posted: June 2 2011

Dairy Goat internship at St John Creamery and Farmer's Market manager at Boisfort Valley Farm. See below for more info.
We are a local raw goat dairy in Lake Stevens, Wa.  We have internships to teach all about goat farming.  We also have bee hives, pastured poultry
and raise Anatolian Shepherd (livestock guardian dogs).  If you like to get dirty, and want to learn about goat dairying - we use holistic practices,
herbs, homeopathics etc with the goats.   We are about to start cheesemaking for the season - so there is opportunity to learn about that as well.
We do raw aged goat cheeses.  There are lots of repetitious , mundane tasks on a goat dairy, we lift 50 lb feed bags, move hay, muck barns etc.
We offer room and board and $50 per week stipend. We ask for 40 hours a week.  Folks live in RVs.  We provide all your food, laundry, etc.
If you are a detail person, and love animals - call me and we can see if this is your cup of tea!
Marcia St John
St John Creamery
Farmers Market Agent: Boistfort Valley Farm
Boistfort Valley Farm is an established 50 acre organic farm located SW of Chehalis WA, growing a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. We serve the area through sales at Farmers Markets, a large CSA program, and direct sales to local stores and restaurants.  We strive to consistently provide outstanding produce and the best customer service.
We have a part to full time seasonal position open for a farmers market agent.  Please note that this position requires the agent to drive to the farm for every shift.  We anticipate hiring a second market agent onsite in Seattle.  Please be clear if you apply with us whether or not you are able and qualified to drive to the farm!
Position Type: Full Time/Seasonal: Tuesdays and Saturdays July-October, Sundays July-December. (LONG shifts).
Position Summary: Farmers market agents represent the farm and sell directly to the consumer at various farmers markets and festivals. They are expected to be clean and professional. They must be familiar with organic produce and its preparation, and be able to answer questions about the farm’s produce and about the farm itself. They are expected to cooperate with staff at the farm and at various markets and obey all market rules and regulations. They are responsible for honestly handling the farms tills and for making the correct change, dealing fairly and courteously with the public, and maintaining a pleasing and abundant display. After each market day they are responsible for breaking down the display, culling and sorting any leftover product, and leaving the site clean and well organized. They will provide daily sales figures to the Farmers Market Manager and rebuild a till for the next market day.

  • Work from inventory sheet to load trucks for delivery to market
  • Deliver product safely to market using 16 ft refrigerated box truck
  • Load and unload product from truck and set up display for sales
  • Set up and maintain a pleasing and abundant display
  • Calculate sales prices, totals, and make correct change
  • Handle public with respect and courtesy
  • Answer questions about produce and the farm
  • Recommend preparations, recipes and storage tips
  • Bag and weigh produce
  • Break down display
  • Cull and sort leftover product
  • Count tills and restock change

Qualifications: Experience in retail sales, with preference given to those with farmers market/natural food experience.  Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs repeatedly, and to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time.  Ability to drive our 16’ refrigerated box truck.  Possession of a valid WA State driver’s license and a good driving record. Ability to work with money accurately and to make change.
Please also:
Be honest, reliable, responsible, and on time.
Have good people skills and good math skills.
Be able to commit for our entire market season
Have a good attitude!
Enjoy working in a fast-paced setting
Enjoy working with the public
Be able to set up a market stand, including tents as needed
Be able to work with and fill in simple spread sheets by hand
An eye for detail and display is critical—setting up a beautiful market table is a form of art!
To Apply for this position:

  • Email cover letter and resume to [email protected]
  • Specify the position(s) that you are applying for
  • Include three professional references