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Zoo Keepers

Charmingfare Farm is a state & federally licensed zoo. We are seeking several energetic individuals as full-time animal care attendants to care for a diverse group of animals. The animal includes both farm animals and wildlife. The applicants of choice must at least 18 years of age, have a strong desire to work with animals, knowledgeable in animal husbandry, capable of performing vigorous physical activities, prepared to work in inclement weather, motivated, organized and have the ability to work well with all staff and visitors.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for daily care, maintenance and health management of an assortment of animals
  • Motivation and supervision of staff
  • Cleaning of animal facilities, exhibits, buildings and outside enclosure
  • Prepare a wide variety of animal diets
  • Help create and implement environmental enrichment programs
  • Behavioral observations
  • Providing assistance in administering veterinary care
  • Record keeping
  • Exhibit modification
  • Landscaping and general grounds maintenance required
  • Public interaction in both formal and informal presentations
  • Assist with educational programs
  • Have the ability to work within a team

If you think you can be an asset to our team please let us know! If you would like to join the team, but do not have the required education or experience, please consider our stipend program.

Email or call John at 603 483-5623 x100
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Trail Guides

Charmingfare Farm is looking for a part-time lead trail guides for our fall season. We believe our horses are the best in the area and we take great pride in their condition and appearance. Our guests are very important to us and deserve staff that is willing to be fun, friendly, prompt, safe and extremely attentive at all times. We are looking for dedicated, reliable, hardworking, friendly horse loving people who want to work outside giving guided horseback riding tours. Candidates are required to be professional and have the maturity to make decisions that will keep our quests and horses safe. The right candidates for this position need to demonstrate they have strong equine skills. If you cannot confidently answer yes to the following questions then you are not the right person we are seeking at this time. Perhaps you should consider inquiring about our internship or stipend program to gain experience.

  • Are you able to tack and bridle a horse without a refresher course?
  • Are you physically fit to mount the horse from the ground (not a mounting block)?
  • Are you able to ride at least six hours or more hours per day?
  • Do you have the ability to match riders to the appropriate mount?
  • Have the experience and maturity to make decisions that will keep our quests and horses safe

Fall is our busiest time of year for trail rides. We are looking for a lead rider for weekends. Therefore, if you cannot work EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND Saturday & Sunday during the months of September & October please do not apply for this position.

Trial guides are responsible for tacking and un-tacking of the trail horses. Rides normally operate between 9am and 5pm. We pay our guides $10 per ride plus gratuities. Gratuities vary according to each personís customer skills and effectiveness in pleasing the riders. TIPS CAN BE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT.

If you feel you are the right person for this job please email us explaining why you are the perfect trail guide. Please be sure to attach a current copy of your resume.

You must be at least 18 years of age.

If you would like to join the team, but do not have the required education or experience, please consider our stipend program.

Stipend Program

Stipend opportunities are incredibly flexible. We will work with you to create the perfect schedule. Our goal is to create a learning experience that will meet your specific needs and interests, as well as being beneficial to the animals. At the beginning of your program, you will meet with our staff to outline goals and expectations. For each job we will have a list of specific things that need to be accomplished. Within that framework, there is usually a great deal of flexibility to accommodate individual interests as well. If you are accepted into the program, a small stipend will be offered. We look forward to working with you.

The ideal candidate will; be a team player, at least 18 years of age, have good communication skills, be interested in learning, love working with animals, work well with the public, enjoy being outdoors, not mind physical activity, be willing to make a commitment to the animals.

Benefits to You

The opportunity to work closely with a particular species

  • Opportunities to assist in the training of the animals
  • Time to develop a close relationship with the animals
  • A "learn by doing" hands on education with animals you might not otherwise ever get to work with.
  • A set schedule: Once your particular program has been developed, you will be working the same days and times every week. (We can of course be flexible if emergencies arise) This consistency makes it easy for you to plan your time. It is also much easier for the animals if they know what to expect.

Benefits to the Animals

  • Increased socialization opportunities
  • More personalized attention
  • Unique enrichment opportunities

None of our programs require any special skills or education. All you will need is desire and a willingness to learn.

Email or call John at 603 483-5623 x100
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Internship Program

Internship Opportunity

Do you like to "learn by doing?" We are seeking interested and committed students who desire a unique and challenging compliment to tradition classroom learning. Gain hands-on experience with a variety of agricultural and North American wildlife species. Our staff will work with you to custom design a unique learning experience for you. You will work hard, make no mistake, but you will also gain knowledge and insights that are impossible to find in the classroom. All internships will be individually designed.

Benefits to Participants

  • The opportunity to work closely with a particular species
  • Hands on experience in animal care and husbandry
  • Opportunities to assist in the animal training
  • Learn first hand the characteristics and personality of a particular species
  • A "learn by doing" hands on education with animals you might not otherwise even encounter
  • Experience in the operation of a successful small business
  • Hands on marketing of a small business. Work with the top sales representatives in New Hampshire.
  • Assist in the design and teaching of education programs to the community

Internships can be arranged in the following departments:

Animal Care
Internships can be arranged to work with any or all of our animals.

Learning all about the care, feeding and training of saddle and/or draft horses. Experience can include riding, training and driving.

North American Wildlife
Have you ever pet a mountain lion? Work with a variety of wildlife up close and personal. Currently our black bears need a friend, as well as others.

Small Mammal Collection
Working with smaller wildlife animals like raccoons, skunks, porcupines and otters.

Do you like to teach? The farm offers a large variety of educational programs. Assist in the development and presentation of these programs. Positions are also available in our summer camp program.

Business and Marketing
Help us stay the best! Come and assist with the marketing of our programs and services. Find out why we are #1 at what we do.

Internship opportunities are incredibly flexible. Our staff will work with you to create the perfect format and schedule. We will help you to create a learning experience that will meet your specific needs and interests. At the beginning of your program, you will meet with our staff to outline the goals and expectations of your program. For each part of the farm, there are specific guidelines to be met. Within that framework, there is a great deal of flexibility to accommodate individual goals. We will work with you and your school to meet the necessary criteria for educational credits for your experience.

Email or call John at 603 483-5623 x100
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Charmingfare Farm's
CSA Internship Program

If you are looking for a unique, educational, hands-on CSA experience, then Charmingfare Farm is the place for you. Charmingfare Garden CSA & Livestock CSA is a subscription based, Community Supported Agriculture program. We sell shares of our harvest and meats to our members who want quality, locally grown or raised, fresh produce or meats, at reasonable prices. We strive to grow and raise our food in the most efficient and healthy manner we can, including limiting our fossil fuel consumption by utilizing our draft animals whenever possible to work our fields.

This internship is for those who are seriously committed to gaining farming skills. Working on a farm is extremely physically demanding! You must be in shape to stand or kneel for long periods of time, bend repeatedly, lift a minimum of 50 pounds, and be able to move and walk at a quick pace.

Work Schedule Time Requirements
Our season begins the first weekend in April and runs until the first week in November. We have several position to fill for the 2011 farming season.

Full Season
( 40 plus hrs per week, April - Nov.)
A small stipend is offered based on experience along with a full share to the Garden CSA and eggs.

Half Season
(30 plus hours per week, May - August)
This is a non-paid position perfect for college students returning to school in the fall. Does include a 1/2 share of the Garden CSA and eggs.

We try to be as flexible as possible when scheduling days and time. Wednesday's are our long day and require all hands on deck. We start picking in the fields at 6:00am in order to be ready for CSA Pick-Ups starting at 4pm and running until 7pm .

How to Apply

Applying is as simple as you emailing us and telling us a little about yourself and why an internship with Charmingfare Farm would be of value to your educational goals.

If you have any further questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a farm visit, please email Briana or call John at 603 483-5623 x100.

Overview of CSA Internship Program Educational Value

An internship at Charmingfare Farm is a great opportunity to acquire experience in sustainable vegetable and meat production. We are very committed to making our internships an educational experience.

Planting & Cultivation
Learn basic gardening skills such as seeding, transplanting, hoeing, hand-weeding, mulching, controlling pests, and the companion planting method.

Livestock Production
We raise a number of beef cattle, pigs, and chickens for both meat and eggs here on the farm for our members. Learn basic husbandry skills such as feeding and health monitoring, as well as how to manage pasture lands.

Draft Animal Power
We try hard whenever possible to utilize our teams of Oxen, Mules, and Draft Horses. Interns can help care for these animals, learn how to harness, and even try their hands at driving our teams.

There′s no better way to fertilize our soil then by composting all of the manure we produce here on the farm. Learn how to construct and manage a compost pile so that we can reap the benefits and give our soils back the nutrients they need to enrich our crop production.

Learn appropriate methods for picking, handling, washing, packaging, and storage of produce, so that we can monitor quality control and freshness for our members.

CSA Pick-Up Days
The perfect way to gain customer service and retail experience. Learn how to set up our farmer's market display. Guests love our chose-your-own pick-up style, so presenting our harvest is a crucial part in allowing our members to easily do so. Interns will gain hands on experience assisting our members from answering questions to picking herbs and flowers.

The marketing our products effectively is vital to the success of our CSA program. We will show you how we accomplish this task throughout the season.