HNG is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Farm interns play a vital role in the day-to-day operation of farming practices on our 300+ acre farm in Fairview, NC. During the 1-year time commitment, interns will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of livestock farming, berry and apple cultivation, and a variety of farm maintenance skills including carpentry and plumbing.
Hickory Nut Gap Farm has been a family business since 1916 and is currently operated by 4th generation farmer, Jamie Ager. He and his family opened the farm to the public for tours, events, and activities while still maintaining year round meat production in 100% grassfed beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken. Since no other regional farm operates as both a production facility and agritourism model, this is a unique opportunity for interns to see how business and farming intertwine. Hickory Nut Gap is also one of the leading pioneers in sustainable farming, rotational grazing, and regenerative agriculture practices in the Southeast Region.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Feeding pigs, cows, goats, chickens, and turkeys as needed
Fence repair and pasture/fence line mowing
Assisting with farrowing
General livestock care as needed
Farmers market sales
Pruning apple trees and berry bushes
Equipment maintenance and repairs
Repairing water lines and electric fencing
Operation of equipment such as tractors and skid steer
General landscaping duties such as mowing, weedeating, mulching, etc.
Application of pest control measures for organic produce
Hand weeding/mulching berries and asparagus
Leading field trips and tours
Daily animal feeding chores
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Ability to accept responsibility for one’s actions and remain accountable
Demonstrates strong initiative of projects and assignments ensuring duties are carried out to completion in a responsible manner
Is punctual, arriving on-time, every time. Punctuality is crucial for livestock to thrive.
Maintains a positive attitude. Accepts changing tasks and assignments with friendly, positive demeanor and adopts a “can-do” attitude
Ask lots of questions- this is a learning opportunity, we expect lots of questions.
Willingness to ask for clarity in confusing situations
Demonstrates a strong curiosity
Willingness to try new things
Demonstrates a level of contagious team spirit
Possesses a mature behavior
Demonstrates good decision making
Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently
Position reports to the on-site production manager(s) and is expected to operate under moderate supervisory involvement, depending on the task and the intern’s knowledge and ability to complete the task. The CEO and all other staff remain available for information, advice, guidance, or assistance if needed and may provide training, coaching, and feedback when appropriate with the approval of the intern’s direct supervisor.
Physical demands for this position are high. There is considerable walking, lifting, bending, operation of machinery, animal coordination, and the like on a consistent daily basis. Applicants should be in good physical health with the ability to perform physical tasks at a moderate to high level.
Interns work primarily outdoors in all types of weather and should be expected to perform duties rain or shine. Interns are granted access to various farm equipment and will be trained on safe use proper operating practices prior to entrusting with unsupervised usage.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Included in the compensation package is complementary on-farm housing, including utilities and firewood for heat in the winter months. All interns are provided a monthly stipend to cover incidentals as well as the following employee benefits:
– 3 days paid bereavement per incident
– 1 hour paid time to vote
– Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – Employee Contributions only
– Workers Compensation Insurance
Holidays, Sick, and PTO
– 2 Paid Holidays (16 hours)
– Paid Time Off
Go Local Card
Wholesale Pricing on HNG Meat
20% off Non-Wholesale Products
Complimentary 2-hour event space rental
At Cost Employee Apparel and Wholesale Coffee
Meat Loss Program
Family Meal Day at the Farm
This job description is designed to give you an overview of the main tasks and responsibilities for this position. As the Company evolves and grows over time this job description may be changed in consultation with you. You will be expected to embrace such changes, to work flexibly, and to rise to the challenge of developing your skills over time.