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Farm Link, Montana: Farm and Ranch Jobs and Training in Montana

Spend your summer outdoors, get your hands dirty and experience the tough and rewarding work of farming or ranching in Montana. Amid the breathtaking views and endless wilderness recreation, Montana boasts an incredible range of agriculture. On Farm Link Montana, you can find jobs producing wheat and pulses, organic vegetables, cattle, dairy, hops and more.

This FREE web resource connects job and internship seekers with Montana farms and ranches. The site features a map displaying farms and ranches with open positions, which are searchable by type of production. Read information about each operation and fill out one common application form to apply for all the jobs that interest you.

Although each position is different, most jobs and internships run the whole season, April to November. Apply now as many farmers and ranchers do their hiring during the winter months.

For more information and to apply now, visit or contact

Dave Renn

Beginning Farmer & Rancher

farm-linkProgram Manager

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition

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apprentice on a regenerative ranch


Apprenticeships in Regenerative Ranching and Farming

Offered through The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program on partner ranches and farms in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, and California

The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program (NAP) partners with skilled ranchers and farmers to offer annual apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Together, we create opportunities for comprehensive, full-immersion experiential learning from expert practitioners in professional settings. This program is designed to support the next generation of food producers and specifically targets first-career professionals with a sincere commitment to life at the intersection of conservation and regenerative agriculture. NAP mentors are dedicated stewards of the land; they practice intentional, regenerative methods of food or fiber production, provide excellent animal care, and are skilled and enthusiastic teachers.

In 2017, we are offering seven paid apprenticeship opportunities including:

  • San Juan Ranch (Saguache, CO): San Juan Ranch is a certified organic, grass-fed beef ranch operated by George Whitten and Julie Sullivan. The apprenticeship curriculum includes Holistic Management, low-stress animal husbandry, Continue reading

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rocking co-op in montana

Putting food from local farm fields onto dinner tables in Polson, Montana, (pop. 5,000) is about healthy eating and a whole lot more.The Polson Food Hub, part of the Montana Co-op, is a place where people not only pick up locally produced food, they might also stop by to take boxing lessons, make salsa, learn how to mix and record music or try traditional tribal dance.

HECK YEA. Learn more about them here!

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range rider position in Montana


The Rodear Initiative (RI) is a pilot project for an innovative management system designed to improve the health, diversity, and productivity of public and private rangelands in the Northern Rockies. The RI is working in partnership with Keystone Conservation and other project partners. Project operations are conducted on a National Forest summer grazing allotment outside of McAllister, MT.

The Range Technician/Rider will be a contract, full-time, seasonal early June and ending in mid October, with the potential to become permanent seasonal. The position may be filled by an individual or couple.

Download the full position description HERE

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mapping the food system in montana

springAgriculture Department mapping Montana’s food system

A new interactive online map created by Montana’s Department of Agriculture paints a picture of the potential for improving Montana’s food system infrastructure and providing new economic opportunities for agriculture and locally-grown food products.

Based on the outcome of a 2011 economic analysis commissioned by Lake County’s Community Development Corporation, Nancy Matheson and her team undertook the massive chore of coding and labeling each establishment that is part of Montana’s system of food commerce including producers, processors, distributors, retailers and more.

Matheson, who is the special projects coordinator for the Agriculture Marketing and Business Development Bureau of the Montana Department of Agriculture, said the map will always be a work in progress as data is updated, but for now, the U.S. 93 corridor along the five counties in Western Montana is the most comprehensive.

“We used information from the Department of Health’s food license database to code each establishment,” Matheson said. “We were surprised to realize that 25 percent of Montana’s licensed food businesses are in the five counties that make up the U.S. 93 corridor. So that’s why the Western Montana portion of the map is the most complete.”

Read the rest of the article here.


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vilicus farms seeks apprentice

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2013 Farm Apprentice Position, Vilicus Farms, Havre, MT

Vilicus Farms is a first generation, organic, dryland crop farm located in northern Hill County, Montana.  Established in 2009, Vilicus Farms grows a diverse array of heirloom and specialty grains, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops on approximately 1,800 acres.  Integral to Vilicus Farms’ mission of land stewardship is an aspiration to also steward new organic farmers.  To that end Vilicus Farms is recruiting for the 2013 growing season a highly motivated individual with a demonstrated desire to pursue farming as a profession.   Continue reading

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rocket mass heater workshop

outside of Missoula, Montana – October 26-28th, 2012. 
Come get your hands dirty & get inspired to heat & cook more efficiently!

On the agenda:
Rocket Mass Heater & Rocket Stove projects & applications, with instruction from Ernie & Erica Wisner.

1. Portable Rocket Mass Heaters – Paul Wheaton style
2. Rumford Fireplace
3. J-tube rocket cook stoves – Super Classy Version, and Simple version made from available materials.

Dream Projects: Touching on the topic of “Boom Squish” – using a Rocket Mass Heater to heat water & in place of a wood boiler system.

There are 24 seats available, at $320/person, until August 15th. After August 15th, registration is at full price: $400/person.
Based on interest, camping & accommodation information to follow. Continue reading