Internship - Animal Care


Winderong Farm is offering a 6 month internship in regenerative animal care. 

Winderong Farm is an experimental project encompassing regenerative agriculture, bush regeneration, permaculture, sustainability and community living. Our farm is set on 810 acres of stunning wilderness and farmland. Our community consists of a group of 10 to 15 volunteers and paid workers, along with a host of beautiful and much-loved farm animals and wildlife. We aim to embody the permaculture principle of “we are nature working” and develop a deep understanding and respect for the land we steward, all the time aiming to regenerate the earth and learn from her and each other. 

We have a friendly herd of 40 beef cattle, a growing dairy herd of 5, chickens - an egg laying flock and a meat bird flock, 5 bee hives and 2 dogs.

You will work closely with our cattle coordinator, checking on the herds daily and moving them as needed using holistic grazing techniques (inspired by Allan Savory). We practice low-stress techniques when moving them and in the cattle yards (inspired by Temple Grandin). All our cattle are given names and treated with the care and respect they deserve. They are loved for the work they do on the land, the companionship they provide and then the nutrition they give us at the end of their lives.  

You will also help us to milk, learning how to use our milking machine and milk by hand and help with the processing of our raw milk products (butter, cheese, gelato!) which we use on farm or swap with other farmers. 

We plan on increasing our chicken numbers this coming Spring. You'll learn to rear and care for chicks, as well as care for our mature birds on a day-to-day basis.  You will also learn how to humanely dispatch a chicken and process it ready for eating.

We manage our bees using natural beekeeping techniques with minimum intervention (inspired by Tim Malfroy). We will be adding a few more bee hives in Spring, so you'll learn how to catch a swarm. 

Other areas the internship will focus on:

  • Managing pasture and creating silvo-pasture rows 
  • Beef sales 
  • Butter making
  • Cheese making 
  • Operating farm machinery 
  • Wild animal surveillance   

You’ll also be involved in various tasks to support the day-to-day running of the farm and community, eg maintenance, food preparation, and house cleaning.

Skills will mainly be learnt in the field, with the opportunity for fortnightly mentoring meetings and visits to other local farmers. We are happy to tailor the internship to your interests and meet any institutional requirements you have if you are doing formal study. We also welcome couples and families to apply. 

Additional benefits that come with living at Winderong Farm:

  • Living in a community of like-minded people
  • Access to an extensive library of permaculture, regenerative agriculture, herb, food growing and other books
  • A great local community with monthly crop-swap, farmers market and other activities
  • Weekly Zoom yoga class
  • Seasonal celebrations
  • Communal gatherings such as singing/mending/crafting circle
  • Local First Nations community connections and activities
  • Guided walks
  • Access to educational webinars and films

Internship hours are generally 8:30am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday (20 hours per week). Occasional weekend work is required. 

Accommodation in a decked-out bus and delicious nutrient-dense food is provided.  

Interns who are interested in longer-term living/working arrangements at Winderong Farm are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer pathways to employment for committed interns, and are also open to team members developing their own microenterprises on the farm. For successful applicants, some hours of paid work are generally available at Winderong after a 2 week trial period. 

To apply, send an email to winderongfarm@gmail.com with:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter telling us:
    • Who you are
    • Why you would like to intern with Winderong
    • What skills and experience you bring
    • When you are available