Dairy Apprentice/Assistant Dairy Manager


We are looking for the right person to join our livestock team. Our new team member will be responsible for the daily care of our grass-fed dairy herd and creamery operation. When creamery demands aren’t as high, you will have the opportunity to assist with the other animals and our vegetable team. Previous dairy experience is preferred but not required.

This position will start as an apprenticeship during training and will then transition to a more independent role. We are looking for someone with a strong desire to work in dairy and stay with our farm long term.

You will be responsible for the following things:

Oversee Day-To-Day Herd Needs

Assume responsibility for day-to-day coordination of all aspects of our dairy production. Responsibilities include:

-Care taking and monitoring the health of our herd

-Feeding and watering dairy herd

-Animal husbandry(breeding management, birthing assistance, calf feeding, minor medical care, and animal assessment)

-Milking once or twice a day depending on time of season

-Monitoring pasture growth to judge paddock size, plan rotations

-Maintaining a clean and sanitary milking parlor

-Loading animals onto the livestock trailer

-Unloading hay and feed deliveries when they come in

-Fence repairs and maintenance

-Record keeping

-Maintain Animal Welfare Approved standards

-There is always something to be cleaned, problem solved, or fixed. It is never boring

Creamery Work

Yogurt and cheesemaking will take place during the milking season. Responsibilities


-Moving milk

-Cleaning equipment

-Record keeping

-Yogurt making

-Cheese making


-Packing products for markets

-Maintain a clean, functional, and sanitary creamery space

-Make sure all equipment and supplies are in stock

Coordinate With Swallowtail Team

Coordinate with the Swallowtail Farm crew about herd health, product availability/inventory, pasture movements, and more.

Host Visitors On The Farm

Host visitors at the farm for tours, farm-to-table dinners, workshops and events.

Events are a team effort. Sharing Swallowtail Farm with visitors for a variety of events should be a welcome interaction. This is a small part of the position but an important part of what we do.


-One full day off per week guaranteed, additional half days are likely

-8-9 hour work day, occasionally 11 hour days

-After 6 months with Swallowtail, you have 10 days paid vacation and 5 sick days to be used over the current season

-Occasionally have to work holidays


-Ideally, a strong desire to operate a farm of your own in the future

-Valid drivers license and a good driving record

-Capable of lifting large, heavy/bulky items up to 75 pounds

-Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures

-Love and respect for cows, people, and the planet

-A strong desire to work with cows and dairy on a working farm

-Willingness to teach and mentor others

-Great attitude and patience

-Open and clear communicator

-Strong work ethic

-Strong problem solving skills

-Ability to multitask and learn new things quickly

-Detail oriented, observant, and aware of surroundings

-Respect for others’ unique personalities

-Be comfortable working both in a team setting and alone

-Accept critique, acknowledge mistakes and work to make ourselves better

-Understand that this job entails a large degree of manual labor

-Willing to live on the farm, housing is provided

-Previous experience working with cows is not required but strongly preferred

-Willingness to operate tractors and other farm equipment

-Timeliness and professionalism

-The ability to hustle

-Any experience in tractor driving, livestock handling, chainsaw work, carpentry, record keeping, or any other relevant tasks are a plus!

-Commitment to stay with the farm through September 2021 at minimum, preferably longer


-Start of employment through September 2019: $200 per month plus housing and benefits

-October 2019-September 2020: $1200 per month plus housing and benefits

-October 2020-September 2021:$1500 per month plus housing and benefits


-Housing and utilities provided. You will have a private room plus access to a shared kitchen/living space and bathroom.

-Prepared breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday

-Staple foods provided to cook at your leisure

-Vegetables, meat, dairy, and eggs provided from the farm

-Household goods such as furniture, soap, sponges, detergent, well-equipped kitchen, etc.

-Laundry facilities

-Water and electric


-Trash and recycling

-You will not need to purchase food unless you have specific dietary needs or wants

-Housing costs are estimated to be valued at $9350.00 yearly.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application, and are thrilled that you are considering joining the Swallowtail Farm crew and family.

Email us at swallowtailcsa@gmail.com with your resume to apply