If a company is going to make a difference in today’s world, it’s going to have to think differently. At Organic Valley, our philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth. We’re a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and we’ve been leaders in organic agriculture from the very beginning. Once pioneers of organic agriculture, we’re now an established leader. Organic is all we do. We are driven by our mission to promote regional farm diversity and economic stability by the means of organic agricultural methods and the sale of certified organic products.
Summary of Role
The Farm Resources Intern will work on a variety of projects within the Farm Resources Department centered around organic farming practices, soil health, grazing, herd health, and animal care. This role will assist and collaborate on such projects led by the department’s Professional staff Ruminant Nutritionist, Grazing Specialist, Animal Care Specialist, and the Farm & Land Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
o Gather content (photos & video) and collect data from our 300 acre working organic farm in the Kickapoo Valley on climate smart farming practices such as reduced tillage.
o Assist in the managed intensive grazing project by moving heifers to new paddocks and collecting/recording data.
o Assist in the buckwheat feeding trial (alternative feed for dairy cows).
o Assist with various tasks related to updating CROPP’s Animal Care Standards and Audit for the dairy pool.
o Record data in various formats as needed.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
o Travel to the OV owned farm and member farms daily to weekly.
o Handle confidential information and documents with discretion.
o Assist in the creation of educational and informational materials for farmer members.
o Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
o Currently enrolled in post-secondary educational institution preferably with one year or less from graduation.
o Currently working towards degree in sustainable agriculture, agronomy, environmental science or related field required.
o Working understanding of dairy management including housing, care and handling preferred.
o Experience with or desire to learn organic production standards and farming practices.
o Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs including Excel.
o Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
o Ability to travel.