JOBS

We are a small crew, we work hard, and you will too if you work here. However, it’s a beautiful place to work, great customers frequent the business, your co-workers are fun people to work with and you may even get to hang out with cows.  Thank you for your interest in working with us.  

Job: Farm Hand

Position Summary: This position flows with the seasons and job responsibilities will change accordingly. Assist with cow health and calving in the spring, transition to milking small herd (25-30 head) as part of the milking crew. Must become proficient at parlor operation and processes and be able to manage milking independently. Job also requires safe equipment operation and basic maintenance including mowers, tractors, and attachments (bush hog, tiller, no-till drill, sprayer, etc). Pasture management duties throughout the year, ongoing fence repair, soil sampling, planting projects, etc.   

Qualifications: Dairy experience is not required but large animal and/or cattle experience is preferred. Pasture management with experience in intensive grazing methods is a plus. Experience with farm work, driving a tractor, building/repairing fences and general maintenance is desirable. Must be able to work as a team and also spend a significant amount of time working independently and be self motivated.   

General Duties

  • Managing milking process, cleaning and sanitizing pipeline system before and after milking. Milking cows in a calm and confident manner.
  • Regular maintenance and replacement of milking equipment including inflations, gaskets and basic system parts.
  • Read communication board to reference daily with health information for cows in the milking string detailing mastitis, process changes or any other health issue that needs to be shared between shifts. 
  • Clean parlor after each milking, scrap holding yard of manure as needed and help develop composting plan.
  • Assist with tracking inventory and maintain supplies needed for daily operations such as dairy soap, sanitizers, teat dip, teat wipes, clothes, oil, CMT kits, lubricant, basic first aid supplies, etc.
  • Apply ear tags, dehorn calves as needed, fly control, till loafing sheds and spread new bedding, treat minor injuries, etc.
  • Help with projects when time allows including barn and outbuilding upkeep and maintenance, fencing repairs, basic equipment maintenance, etc.
  • Help with mowing, weed whipping and maintaining a generally neat appearance around farm, farm store and creamery. 
  • Assist at times with special events, tours and educational school groups visiting the farm.

This position will have a consistent schedule with two consecutive days off each week. Typical hours for the job are 10:30am to 6:30pm. The job requires stamina for hard work, lots of walking, bending and ability to lift 50lbs consistently. Following the training period, this position will spend a significant amount of time working independently. This position will also work with several other people as part of the milking crew and to assist with fencing and maintenance projects. Communication with other areas of the business are important including coordinating with the creamery on milk deliveries and whey distribution.      

Compensation: $15.00 per hour, free cheese/beef/preserve of the week.

To Apply: Let us know why this sounds like the job for you. Please send a letter of interest and resume with 3 references to jen@ashevillecheese.com


Job Location: 115 Harmon Dairy Lane, Columbus, NC 28722