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JOB TITLE: 1-Year Intern
LOCATION:57 Sugar Hollow Rd, Fairview, NC 28730
HOURS: Full-Time 
REPORTING TO: Production Manager

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. 

  • 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
  • Poultry processing
  • Operation of equipment such as tractors and skid steer
  • Hauling livestock
  • 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
  • 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. 


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 incidentX
– 1 hour paid time to voteX
Group Benefits
– Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – Employee Contributions onlyX
– Workers Compensation InsuranceX
Holidays, Sick, and PTO
– 2 Paid Holidays (16 hours)X
– Paid Time Off10 Days
Ancillary Benefits
Go Local CardX
Wholesale Pricing on HNG MeatX
20% off Non-Wholesale ProductsX
Complimentary 2-hour event space rentalX
At Cost Employee Apparel and Wholesale CoffeeX
Meat Loss ProgramX
Family Meal Day at the FarmX

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.