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Cattle Management Apprentice (full time, temporary)

About the Farm

Aldermere Farm, a landmark of mid-coast Maine, is one of the world’s premier breeders of Belted Galloway cattle. The 136-acre farm is owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization dedicated to protecting the scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity, and working landscapes of the Maine coast. The Trust maintains Aldermere as a working farm and educational center, helping visitors deepen their appreciation for land conservation and sustainable agriculture.

General Summary

The goal of the apprenticeship is to learn how to manage a beef cattle farm and agricultural programs through assisting the Herd Management Assistant and in on-site and off-site trainings.

Under the direction of the General Manager and the Herd Management Assistant, the Apprentice will be taught to assist with all cattle related functions of Aldermere Farm including feed and nutrition, breeding and calving, sales of cattle and semen, and purchase of breed stock and beef cattle. The Apprentice will also assist with Aldermere programs like 4-H, Beef Basics and other initiatives.

Essential Job Functions*

  • Assist with all healthcare and medical needs of the animals including giving vaccinations, watching for illnesses, and basic care.
  • Help maintain all cattle records and inventories for the farm.
  • Analyze cattle monthly and work on projections for beef program.
  • Assist with breeding operation to maintain Aldermere’s world class standing as well as to generate revenues.
  • Assist with cattle at local, regional and national venues.
  • Assist with cattle marketing.
  • Assist with the youth agricultural programs, such as Farm Hands and 4-H beef club. During Farm Hands, lead classes in halter training of calves and cattle care. During Aldermere Achiever 4-H Club, create a positive learning environment for the youth, and stay in direct and close communications with their families. 4-H members will be expected to volunteer doing significant tasks for the farm, and the Herd Management Coordinator and Apprentice must make sure they are done safely and efficiently.
  • Represent MCHT well when interacting with the public.
  • Help ensure that Aldermere staff and volunteers always adhere to our high standards for animal welfare.
  • Work with staff and volunteers in any/all aspects of farm operations – building maintenance, grounds care, pen cleaning, and haying.
  • Assist with and support other public/community events and farm programs.
  • Collaborate well with others to ensure that cattle care is met and to assist with other operation tasks.

*Training will be provided for these essential job functions.

Learning Objectives

  • Familiarization with healthcare and medical needs of the cattle
  • Ability to give vaccinations, recognize illnesses and basic care needs
  • Maintenance of cattle records and inventories
  • Creating projections for a beef program
  • Learning basic breeding operation procedures
  • Showing cattle in local, regional and national venues
  • Basic marketing
  • Mentoring youth
  • Public speaking
  • Building maintenance and farm operations

* This list is not all inclusive. Learning objectives derived from the individual Apprentice’s goals may be added.

Education & Experience

Agricultural, education or business management degrees will be helpful but real-life, practical experience is most necessary.


  • Excellent project management, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Good interpersonal oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team
  • Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to communicate clear expectations to staff and volunteers
  • Ability to coordinate projects with peers in the organization collaboratively
  • Computer skills – basic skills preferred, but not required

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

This is a full time, temporary position. Work both indoors and outdoors in year-round conditions. Work will require significant physical strength and endurance. Some significant care will need to be taken while working around cattle and equipment. Some office time to maintain records. Possibly time assisting with care/maintenance/harvesting at a vegetable operation owned and managed by MCHT called Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport.


$1,000 monthly stipend, shared housing, and training. Some benefits possible depending on length of apprenticeship. This position may last from 6 months to 2 years.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to with “Cattle Management Apprentice” in the subject line. The deadline for submission of applications is March 1, 2019.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.


Last modified: 2019-02-14 11:12:57