Job Opportunity


To apply for this position, please send us a recent CV and cover letter to:

alex@abundancefarm.com.au
kali@abundancefarm.com.au

 

Alex upcycling food for the chooksAlex upcycling food for the chooks
Photo by Kali

 

12 months paid internship

Description

This is a unique opportunity for a real-world experience of running a farm, learning from our team as well as being responsible for the farm for up to 60 days. When you successfully complete the internship, then you will be ready to start your own farming venture.

Farming takes a lot of dedication, hard work, problem solving and creativity.  We believe farms have the highest potential to restore soil, biodiversity, and the environment in general and we need more people to help us make a difference. Are you ready for the challenge?

If you are responsible, reliable, can work independently and efficiently, then you might have what it takes to be a farmer.

  • Includes a minimum of 4 days (32 hours) of work a week
  • Includes accommodation in a shipping container (local rooms in town can also be rented for $100 a week)
  • 1 month internship training (volunteer, no pay, including shared food)
  • 11 months paid work if successful with training ($23 per hour)
  • $6500 bonus for completing 12 months internship
  • Includes 60 days period when acting as farm manager and caretaker staying full time on the farm in a new farmhouse
  • Includes paid holidays and the option for unpaid leave
  • Includes the possibility of additional paid hours

 

What tasks you will be responsible for

  • Managing the laying hen system
  • Harvesting, washing, packing, and delivering eggs
  • Delivering weekly to customers in Ballarat and Melbourne
  • Shipping online orders
  • Sourcing and picking up pre-waste feed and supplies from Melbourne with a trailer
  • Upcycling food to feed our laying hens
  • Calculating nutritional values, mixing feed and feeding it to the hens

 

Other skills you will also learn

  • Caring for fruit trees, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, grafting
  • Managing our agroforestry system by germinating, planting, pruning, and thinning the forest strips
  • Beekeeping
  • Building chicken houses and other infrastructure
  • Moving cows to new pasture in a rotational grazing system

 

Requisites

  • Must have the capacity to holistically understand systems and manage them
  • Have high problem-solving skills
  • Understand first principles approach
  • Have prior studies or learnings related to regenerative agriculture such as permaculture, agroecology, horticulture, farming and/or forestry (this includes self-studies)
  • You must have the intention of learning how to manage a regenerative farming system and must be genuinely dedicated to work in regenerative agriculture
  • Have a driver’s license
  • Have experience driving while towing a trailer or be willing to learn
  • Have experience with working dogs or be willing to learn

Black angus cattle in a rotational grazing systemOur black angus herd in a rotational grazing system
Photo by Kali