Summer FARM INTERN
The Musk Ox Development Corporation, d.b.a. The Musk Ox Farm is seeking summer interns for the 2020 summer season! The Musk Ox Farm is dedicated to promoting gentle musk ox husbandry and qiviut production to benefit northern people and to provide education to the public. Read on for full job description and details on how to apply:
The Musk Ox Farm is situated on 75 scenic acres outside Palmer, AK. The farm is a one-hour drive from Anchorage, AK, where our nearest airport is located. Weather varies greatly throughout the year from –30F in January to temperatures as high as 90F and low as 35F throughout the summer.
MODC thrives off the support of the community; our internship program is one of the key aspects of our farm where we are able to fulfill our mission statement of furthering development in musk ox husbandry and qiviut production.
We are in search of an upbeat individual that is willing to work hard and learn about musk oxen. This person must be patient and do well under stressful situations. This is a physically demanding job, being on your feet throughout the day, outside in un-ideal weather conditions. Weather varies greatly throughout the year from –30F in January to temperatures as high as 90F and low as 35F throughout the summer, though the normal is high 60s. Applicant will be working directly under the supervision of the herd manager and working as a team with other staff and interns.
We need interns from mid-April through August; please let us know your availability in your cover letter. Those that have availability in the beginning of this period will have priority over other applicants. You will be working roughly 40 hours per week. Basic housing is provided on-site, as well as a $350 stipend a month.
We currently have 81 musk oxen on about 75 acres of land. We promote gentle handling, which means we will be walking on foot in each pen to herd the musk oxen out of the pasture and into the barn for their weekly weighing. With this, we need a confident individual that is confident, but not aggressive with the animals. You will be learning to work with these animals and see that each has their own personalities, in which you must act accordingly.
Herd health is our main priority, so you will be learning basic husbandry and will be assisting in treating sick and injured musk oxen if necessary.
Socializing calves is a large priority every year to help our herd to be comfortable around people, but also respect us to continue with our gentle handling approach.
There will be daily record keeping of hay, their feeding schedule along with calf observations.
April and May is our combing season; we will be hand combing all our musk oxen for their qiviut (underwool) and recording every ounce that is collected. Basic duties of fixing fence, cleaning water troughs, stalls, pens, giving out hay, assist in day to day clean up and organization. Along with lots of time spent outside, rain or shine. During April and May, with combing and calving, we will be working odd hours and split shifts but after that, we will go back to having a regular schedule. You will also be involved in the whole non-profit, learning about our business, members and education programs.
• We are looking for an individual that has recently finished or is pursuing an animal science, wildlife biology, or any other relevant degree.
• Strong work ethic
• Previous work with ungulates is preferable
• Patience with animals and colleagues alike, not getting frustrated easily
• Dealing with unexpected events and being able to react quickly with a level head.
• Take and follow directions well
• Able to work alone or with a group and under sometimes stressful conditions.
*Must have own health insurance
To apply, please email a copy of your resume, a detailed cover letter, recommendations/references, and the dates you are available to Herd Manager Jamie: email@example.com.
Your cover letter and resume should explain your experiences, why our internship appeals to you and what you have to offer the farm. We encourage you to research musk ox, MODC and Alaska as much as possible prior to submitting an application or query. Please feel free to email Jamie with any questions prior to submitting your application.