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About the Placement:
Detailed Placement Description
Slide Ranch is a special spot along the CA coast just 35 min drive from San Francisco. Close to a major metro area, but feels very remote and rustic. We’re at the bas of Mt Tamalpais, on federal land, the GGNRA. We are an educational farm, have been around for 52 years. We have goats, sheep, chicken and ducks and an organic garden. The ranch is here to support educational programs. We have school and community groups who come Tues-Friday and family farm days and campouts on some Saturdays. In the summer, we have Slide Ranch summer camp, a local and loved day camp for kids.
Primary Production :
Bees/Honey, Dairy, Farm Education & Community, Flowers, Goats, Herbs, Poultry, Sheep, Tree fruits, Vegetables
About the Internship:
Training Expectations :
We have full time animal care manager and ranch manager who will provide training on chores. For a steward interested in farm education and youth, we can train them as a farm instructor to guide groups around the farm and engage in our educational programming. Each steward will have a supervisor depending on which area they’d like to focus. Weekly schedule is roughly starting work around 8 (earlier if on farm chore- feeding animals around 7:40). Groups arrive between 9:30-10:00am and the program lasts until 1:30/2:30. Program clean up and debrief/training happens in the afternoon and the work day ends around 5.
On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :
Community education/advocacy, Youth Educaiton
Climate and Location Description
Northern California. Bay Area coastal temps, average in the 60s. We get thick coastal fog during some months of the year. Occasional hot days, but definitely on the cooler side.
Free housing isn’t available, but we can secure affordable housing., Flat fee of 308.80 comes out of each biweekly paycheck for room and board., Slide Ranch’s 53 years worth of community and resources are abundant.
Accommodations and amenities provided :
Rustic cabins overlooking the pacific ocean w/electricity. No plumbing on the ranch, so outhouses and compost pivvys are in place of flushing toilets. Wash house with 2 showers. Communal kitchen and cooking area in Ocean House. Computer and internet in “classroom” are part of the Farm to Table Teaching Center.
Preferred start date :
Preferred length of internship :
4 months with potential to extend through summer if it’s beneficial to all parties