Employment and Internship Information

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice or WWOOFing at Zephyros read the descriptions below.

2014 update

Currently our internship is full please read below about WWOOFing on the farm.  Also we always accept application for future seasons.

 

Zephyros Farm Apprenticeship Job Description

The Job

Ideally we are looking for people to commit to our farm for two years, or have at least one full year of previous farm experience.  An apprentice (who is an employee) is expected to help in all the tasks of the farm.  An apprentice can expect to help perform any or all of the following duties: seeding, transplanting, pruning, weeding, soil prep/mixing, irrigation setup and maintenance, animal feeding/water, milking, rotational grazing, and cleaning of animal facilities, harvesting of vegetables, flowers, fruit etc, operation of small machinery, market prep, CSA pack out, record keeping, soil amending, spraying, and the like.  We like to provide the opportunity of going to market, making bouquets, small tractor operation and other more specialized tasks assuming an aptitude for the job.  We will work with you so you can experience all activities on the farm, and any areas of key interest.

 

Hours

During the busiest parts of the year at least 50-55 hours of work a week is expected with some weeks amounting to more.  The early spring and late fall seasons can be less.  We strive to give all employees two days off consecutively each week, though it may not be the weekend, as our markets are on those days, and the farm never stops.  Usually the days start at 7 and go to 4 but can be from 6 to 5, there is a time for breaks and lunch, with communal lunch on harvest days.  Some tasks are performed in the evening as the sun sets.  This job starts April 1 and ends October 31, but we can be flexible.

 

Pay

We expect 20 hours trade for room, board, and education.  This includes all the food off the farm, which is seasonal, bulk foods that we buy such as rice and beans, oil, salt etc, some meat from the freezer which is meat from the farm and from hunting, milk and cheese from the goats, and eggs from the chickens.  The twenty hours includes a room in the house or possibly the pop-up trailer, or Winnebago if you prefer.  The education that we provide is an experiential education.  It is a hands on learning opportunity to do the many things on the farm.  We have an extensive library that is available for your use, and we can help you find the right books for your interests. After twenty hours you are paid as a regular employee of the farm.  The first year the pay begins at the minimum wage, a review occurs after one month and a raise to $8/hr is possible, throughout the remainder of the season there are two more reviews and opportunities for raises.  We also consider experience when we set hourly raises, but are unable to pay a lot due to budget constraints.  A maximum of $10/hr is possible for the right candidate.  A yearly bonus is possible for those who stay for the full season and show they deserve it through their hard work.  The bonus is dependant on seasonal production and profitability.

 

Desired Qualifications

We need people who can work hard and are passionate about learning.  We are looking for people that have had previous farm experience, as we are interested in training future farmers.  We are looking for people who can work long hours doing strenuous and monotonous work.  A positive attitude and ability to work within a group dynamic and work alone while doing this hard work is expected.  The right candidate has a college degree and a desire to learn about sustainable agriculture.  We are seeking someone who can pay attention to many factors at the same time, able to learn from their mistakes, and think outside of just the task in front of them.   We hope those who apply are knowledgeable of Western Colorado and the climate here.  We will also be looking for those people who have shown commitment to other tough jobs or projects for long periods of time with good results.

 

 

 

 

WWOOFing  at Zephyros

(Willing Workers on Organic Farms)

 

The Mission

The goal of our WWOOF program is to get people experience on a farm that may just want an experience growing their own food, flowers and animals, or explore the idea of what it takes on a sustainable farm.  A WWOOFer can expect to help perform any or all of the following duties: seeding, transplanting, pruning, weeding, soil prep/mixing, irrigation setup and maintenance, animal feeding/water, milking, rotational grazing, and cleaning of animal facilities, harvesting of vegetables, flowers, fruit etc, operation of small machinery, market prep, CSA pack out, record keeping, soil amending, spraying, and the like.  Some things that are possible are going to market, making bouquets, small tractor operation and other more specialized tasks assuming an aptitude for the job.  We will work with you so you can experience all activities on the farm as best we can but that is dependant on your time commitment to the farm.

 

Hours

During the busiest parts of the year at least 50-55 hours of work a week is expected with some weeks amounting to more.  We give all WWOOFers two days off consecutively each week, though it may not be the weekend, as our markets are on those days, and the farm never stops.  Usually the days start at 7 and go to 4 but can be from 6 to 5.  Some tasks are performed in the evening as the sun sets.  We are generally looking for WWOOFERs throughout the season of May1-Sept 30th when we are most busy, but may consider other times of year. 

 

The Agreement

We expect 40 hours of work for room, board, education, and a small weekly stipend.  This includes all the food off the farm, which is seasonal, bulk foods that we buy such as rice and beans, oil, salt etc, some meat from the freezer which is meat from the farm and from hunting, milk and cheese from the goats, and eggs from the chickens.  The room included is a choice of camping spots or possibly a pop-up trailer with beds, or a Winnebago if they are available.  The longer you commit to stay the more likely you are to get one of these spaces.  The kitchen is an outdoor kitchen that is part of our processing area.  The bathroom is a shared bathroom in the old house.  The living space is outside on the farm.  The education that we provide is an experiential education.  It is a hands on learning opportunity to do the many things on the farm.  We have an extensive library that is available for your use, and we can help you find the right books for your interests. After twenty hours you are paid as a regular employee of the farm.  The stipend starts at $50/week and will be reviewed weekly depending on your attitude and aptitude and we will then give you a raise and or bonus at the end of your stay.  The minimum stay would be two weeks although we prefer a month and more.

 

Desired Qualifications

We need people who can work hard.  We are not necessarily looking for people that have had previous farm experience, though that is considered.  We are looking for people who can work long hours doing hard physical and sometimes monotonous work.  A positive attitude and ability to work within a group dynamic and work alone while doing this hard work is all expected.  The right candidate is able to pay attention to many factors at the same time, able to learn form their mistakes and move fast.   We hope those who apply are knowledgeable of Western Colorado and the climate here.  We will also be looking for those people who have shown commitment to other jobs or projects for long periods of time with good results.  Our WWOOFers are also scheduled in so send us your exact preferred dates as we need to fit different people in over the course of a season. 

 

How to Apply

Please send a resume, and/or a letter of intent, and the dates you would like to WWOOF to dlareau@tds.net or call 970-527-3636 with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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