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2018 Dairy Apprenticeship

About the Position:

Begins: March 19, 2018

Ends: November 21, 2018

Stipend: $10.00 an hour with paid overtime

Housing: Housing provided as available

Meals: Cook your own meals with our produce, eggs, meat and dairy


This is the second year in operation for our pasture-based farmstead creamery. We will be milking about 20 goats in 2018 and our creamery and milking parlor are both constructed out of converted shipping containers. Our current production is focused on fresh pasteurized goat cheeses and goat milk caramels. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a start-up creamery as we establish our product line.

This position is best suited for someone who is interested in a career in farmstead cheesemaking. The Dairy Apprentice will participate in all aspects of our farmstead creamery production: milking goats, pasteurization, cheese and caramel making, dish washing, equipment and facility cleaning and maintenance, packaging and labeling. Sanitation is key and about 75% of the job is preparation and cleaning. Work in the creamery requires long hours on your feet and some tasks can be repetitive. Applicants should be adept at following directions, have meticulous attention to detail and be comfortable learning the technical aspects of cheese making, which involves some chemistry. The Dairy Apprentice will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the principals of cheese making; proper cleaning and sanitation methods; food safety planning and record keeping; and government regulations and testing requirements. The first few months of the apprenticeship will focus on livestock husbandry specific to dairy goats and sheep and as the season progresses the focus will shift to production.

Skills Desired: At least 1 year of experience working in sanitary food preparation or handling. Previous cheesemaking or livestock handling experience is a plus, but not required. Some weekend and holiday work may be required.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to


About the Program:

Carversville Farm Foundation (CFF) is a non-profit farm that combines ecological regeneration and agricultural production to serve our environment as well as our community. We currently distribute our farm products to soup kitchens and food pantries in the greater Philadelphia area to help improve access to wholesome, locally grown foods. CFF also sells some of its products. We are in the early stages of creating a diversified farm with intensive cover cropping, multi-species grazing, dairy, hay, vegetable, fruit and mushroom production.

Our apprenticeship program is designed as an introduction to regenerative land management. This includes learning to see the land holistically, beginning with an in-depth assessment of our ecological and cultural context. Apprentices will work a minimum of 40 hours/week with our full-time farmers on every aspect of production, and will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, classes, and trainings on and off the farm to support their professional development in regenerative agriculture.


Who We Want:

Carversville Farm Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants should possess the ability and desire to work hard in both an independent and diverse team setting, often in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 40lbs. Must have a valid driver’s license. Applicants should also have the self-motivation to strive towards completing tasks quickly and efficiently. Good people skills and the willingness to work with volunteers are important. We’re seeking people who are reliable, organized, enthusiastic, have good communication skills and an attention to detail, and have an eagerness to learn the principles of organic and regenerative farming.



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