Pennsylvania dairy production and associated businesses contribute more than $12 billion annually to Pennsylvania’s economy. Those businesses create more than 52,000 jobs. View the following list of current job opportunities in the dairy industry.
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Role: Farm Crop Manager (Full-Time)
Farm: Edelweiss Dairy Farms (Freedom, New York)
Job Description: Edelweiss Dairy Farms is looking for a passionate person that is ready to collaborate, develop and be a leader. You’ll join a dynamic agricultural environment that’s growing, with new opportunities available every day to enhance your skillset. The full-time Farm Crop Manager will manage all aspects of crop production on 9,000 crop acres with direction from ownership and crop consultants from seed selection to harvest. The individual will keep track of CAFO required paperwork and regulations, manage employee performance by providing resources, training, feedback and development opportunities, and provide leadership.
2 or more years of work experience in crop production and leadership required.
How to Apply: Email John Borer to learn more and apply, or call (716) 560-8312.
Role: Herdsperson/Milker (Full-Time)
Farm: Hollowacres Farm LLC (Franklin County)
Job Description: Hollowacres Farm LLC is a 280-cow dairy located 10 miles west of Shippensburg, PA. They are looking for a full-time person to assist with milking and some general cow health work, including health checks with the veterinarian. The ideal candidate will have dairy experience, but they are willing to train. They will tailor the job description to best fit the strengths of the potential hire as well as their current team. Typically 35-45 hours per week with every other weekend off.
How to Apply: Email Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 729-0064.
Role: Field Representative (Full-Time)
Organization: Mount Joy Farmers Co-op Association (Lancaster County)
Job Description: Mount Joy Co-op is seeking an individual to join their field staff. Responsibilities include completing regulatory inspections, FARM program evaluations and high bacteria count follow-ups. Training will be provided. Class A CDL is preferred.
How to Apply: Click here to download an application.
Role: Class A CDL Drivers (Full-Time and Part-Time)
Organization: Mount Joy Farmers Co-op Association (Lancaster County)
Job Description: Mount Joy Co-Op is hiring full-time and part-time Class A CDL drivers. They offer competitive wages, flexible schedule, a local route (home every night) and late model equipment. Benefits include medical, vision and dental insurance, short term and long term disability, 401K, paid vacation/paid personal time, and double time on worked holidays and weekend overtime.
How to Apply: Click here to download an application or call 717-653-5431 to apply.
Role: Extension Educator (Full-Time)
Farm/Organization: Penn State Extension Dairy Team (Franklin County)
Job Description: The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Extension Educator trained in dairy science or dairy business management to join their nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Dairy Team. The individual will be responsible for actively working with the team to identify important dairy industry issues, formulate learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support these objectives, and participate in evaluations to measure the team’s educational impact. Experience in milk quality, calf and heifer management, transition cow management, ventilation principles, organic dairy production systems, precision technologies, or forage feed management are favorable attributes. The home base will be the Penn State Extension office, Franklin County.
How to Apply: Click here to apply online.
Role: Farm Manager (Full-Time)
Farm: Cricket Creek Farm (Williamstown, MA)
Job Description: Cricket Creek Farm is looking for a Farm Manager to join our team! We are a small, grass-based cow dairy nestled in the Berkshire hills of Williamstown, MA. We produce raw milk, grass-fed beef and whey-fed pork, in addition to 7 different styles of artisanal farmstead cheeses. We generally milk between 30-35 cows, and care for about 80 animals in total.
The Farm Manager will participate in the management of all farm-related operations at our family-owned pasture-based dairy farm. This role includes responsibilities in caring for all of the animals on our farm and works closely with the Farm Owner to determine priorities and fulfill daily responsibilities. The Farm Manager must be able to work efficiently, both independently and as part of a team. They must be detail-oriented, willing to take initiative, and committed to the highest level of care for our animals and the safety of our food products. Click here to view a full job description.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and the applicant’s interest in learning and growing in the role. Benefits include cheese & milk, and an employee discount on all farm store items. Housing in a shared house with private bedrooms is available immediately. A two-bedroom on-farm apartment would potentially be available within six months of starting.
How to Apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter to Topher Sabot at email@example.com.
Role: AI Technician (Full-Time)
Farm: North Point Farm, Inc. (Virginia)
Job Description: The AI Technician will report directly to the herdsman at North Point Farm, Inc. This is an exciting opportunity to onboard with a rapidly growing 1,200 cow dairy farm and provide services directly relating to breeding, reproduction, and genetics. Primary responsibilities include:
- Work hands on with dairy cattle daily
- Responsible for ensuring proper heat detection and compliance with current ovulation synchronization protocols
- Provide for the safe and timely breeding of animals on farm
- Maintain accurate records of all breeding events
- Participate in regular meetings with farm management and consultants to accurately track reproductive program progress
- Comply with all farm safety and animal welfare policies
How to Apply: This position requires a valid driver’s license and will come with access to a company vehicle. Opportunities to learn more about animal health, reproduction, and other dairy farm management techniques are available to interested applicants. To apply, email Hunter Liles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (434) 429-5342.
Role: Heifer Manager/Assistant Herdsperson and Dairy Farm Hand (Full-Time)
Farm: Burk-Lea Farms (Franklin County)
Job Description: Burk-Lea Farms has two full-time job opportunities with responsibilities including: Manage calf and heifer health, give vaccinations, weigh calves, check calving pen and care for newborn calves, assist in moving animals and assist the herdsperson. The dairy farm hand would be responsible for feeding cows and completing fieldwork and mechanical repair around the farm. Burk-Lea Farms is a 850-cow dairy in Franklin County, Pa.
Role: Microbiology Lab Technician (Full-Time)
Organization: Lancaster DHIA
Job Description: The Microbiology Lab Technician is responsible for daily testing of milk cooperative producer payment samples, raw milk permits, and finished products. The incumbent receives samples and performs the required analyses. The Lab Technician will be performing milk and blood ELISA testing and PCR assays. The incumbent also performs other data entry and reporting duties. The Lab Technician must be available to work overtime as needed, including one weekend per month.
They are seeking candidates with a knowledge of basic Biology and Chemistry analyses (including ELISA and PCR) and dairy cow reproduction and breeding. Candidates should possess a knowledge, interest, and/or ability to become a PA Department of Agriculture certified analyst, a Milk Marketing Board certified tester, and a licensed PA Department of Ag laboratory director. A degree in a related scientific discipline and/or laboratory experience is preferred. Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, problem solving, organizational, computer, and scientific skills. They should also have a high attention to detail, quality, and accuracy on multiple or repetitive tasks while meeting deadlines.
Compensation: Lancaster DHIA offers a competitive compensation and a benefits package, including health insurance, 401(k) program, and paid holidays and PTO.
How to Apply: To apply, submit your resume to email@example.com.
Role: Milking Cows and Feeding Calves (Full or Part Time)
Farm: Brian Mull Dairy (Lancaster County)
Job Description: Interested in milking cows and feeding calves? Brian Mull Dairy is searching for a full-time or part-time worker to help milk their 130-cow herd. The worker will be responsible for milking, grooming stalls, and feeding calves after some shifts.
– Cows are milked 3x/day at 4:30am, 12:30pm, and 8:30pm
– Opportunity for shift differential pay for night hours
– Schedule consists of a combination of days and nights with two weekends off a month
– Reliable and able to work independently
Compensation: Competitive pay and willing to train.
How to Apply: Email Brian Mull at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 278-3110 to apply and learn more.
Roles: Milking and Feeding Calves | Creamery Packaging and Shipping (Full-Time, Part-Time and Internship Opportunities)
Farm: Chapel’s Country Creamery/Woodbine Farms (Easton, MD)
Job Description: We are looking for an individual to help with outside daily chores (milking and feeding animals). Also, we are looking for help in our small creamery with making, packaging, and shipping cheese. We are on the Eastern Shore of Maryland about an hour from Ocean City.
How to Apply: Email Jarred and Trisha Boyce at email@example.com or call 717-487-8944.
Role: Full-Time Opportunities: Robot Barn Herdsperson, Milking, Calves, Feeding, Tractor Driving
Farm: Mason Dixon Farms, Inc. (Adams County)
Job Description: Mason Dixon Farms, Inc. has a variety of full-time opportunities for individuals with 2+ years of agriculture experience. Must be 18+, have knowledge of working with cows, and have a valid Driver’s License. Ability to operate machinery and ability to work 10-hour shifts with some weekend availability is preferred. Click here to learn more.
Compensation: Pay depending on experience. Benefits package including: Health, Vision & Dental Insurance, 401k, Paid Time Off, and company supplied uniforms.
How to Apply: Email Resume / Interest or Questions to Amy’s attention at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: Full-Time Ag Mechanic
Farm: Plum-Line Holsteins (Crawford County)
Job Description: Plum-Line Holsteins is located in Titusville, PA and is seeking a full-time Ag Mechanic. The farm currently consists of the 85 cow milking herd along with 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, and hay. Along with the dairy, we also own and operate a log hauling business consisting of 11 log trucks. Responsibilities would include assisting with field work, servicing/repairing farm machinery, and servicing/repairing log trucks.
Compensation: Based on experience. Willing to train.
How to Apply: Email Brooke Carey or call (814) 673-1591.
Role: Full-Time Employee
Farm: McWilliams Farm (Somerset County, PA)
Job Description: This full-time employee will be responsible for milking, feeding, and help with calf and heifer care. Must know how to run a skid loader. Help with field work when necessary.
How to Apply: Email Charlene McWilliams or call 814-442-4237.