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Animal Husbandry Internship


Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission is “We foster educational experiences that build connections and inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for nature, food, and one another.” The Residential Internship Program is contributing to the next generation of green educators, innovative farmers, and thoughtful nonprofit leaders.

Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Eastern Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. We are seeking an energetic, responsible team player to fill our Animal Husbandry Internship position. The internship runs from April 4, 2022 until January 31, 2023. 



The general responsibility of the Animal Husbandry Intern is to work under the supervision of the Animal Husbandry Management team. The intern will learn through participation in all aspects of livestock management - breeding, nutritional management, health maintenance, facilities maintenance, slaughter, processing, and direct market sales. The intern will also participate in the execution of food and farm-based programming, support with event planning and implementation, develop educational materials and communications, and participate in food system conversations in and outside of Hidden Villa.


Working Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM with a lunch break in the middle and possibly some extended hours. 



  • Participate in all aspects of livestock care and daily chores: feeding, milking, cleaning, breeding, etc.
  • Perform basic ranch maintenance tasks and repairs using a variety of hand and power tools, including basic plumbing, electric fence maintenance, and construction
  • Gain experience operating a tractor using various implements, including forks, bucket and compost spreader
  • Support strategic initiative work related to food systems and food justice, including participation in the development of internal and external food & farm-based programming
  • Develop regenerative land and animal management skills, including tools to evaluate and adapt practices to changing land and animal needs.
  • Build understanding of food system from the lens of a non-profit partner
  • Participate in Rotational grazing planning and execution
  • Learn about pasture-based livestock production
  • Assist with meat and egg sales through online store platform -learn to pack orders, track and update inventory, communicate with customers, etc.
  • Assist with and learn vehicle and equipment maintenance
  • Assist with and learn farm record keeping, including tracking feed inputs and calculating feed conversion
  • Learn animal handling skills, including herding, administering medication, loading and hauling, and building fences
  • Gain practical production experience in a regenerative, multi-species grazing system
  • Opportunities to assist with on-farm slaughter and butchery of chickens, goats, sheep, and pigs.
  • Participate in Hidden Villa meetings, programs, and events
  • May perform other duties as needed and/or assigned

Program Benefits

Hidden Villa’s Residential Internship Program is contributing to the next generation of green educators, innovative farmers, and thoughtful nonprofit leaders. As a participant in this program you will gain: 

  • Training and experience working on a farm at an educational non-profit
  • Experience with business aspects of farming, including building out the online store, customer service, and communication
  • Access to the Hidden Villa Intern Alumni community 
  • Professional Development – Workshops and visits to local farms
  • Educational Workshops focused on sustainable systems, education, and non-profit leadership


Desired Experience/ Qualifications


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to work outside performing manual labor and lift at minimum of 50 pounds. Valid driver's license and clean driving record (no major infractions). Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check. 



We desire a candidate with basic knowledge of/experience with sustainable agriculture and farm production/management.  Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work independently, outdoors, and in physically demanding situations.  A basic understanding of construction, power-tool usage, and utilities (water/electric) is preferred. Experiential teaching experience and the ability to work with a diverse group of children and adults is also desired.

Terms of Employment

This position is a full-time, residential position, unpaid internship. A stipend of $1,050/month is provided in addition to on-site housing. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment. No medical, dental or vision benefits are provided, so obtaining coverage is the responsibility of the intern. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and your current resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Animal Husbandry Intern - YOUR NAME”. Telephone inquiries can be directed to (650) 949-6327. We will be reviewing applications and interviewing on a rolling basis.