Employment

If you are interested in working at Bonnie Lea Farm, please submit a completed application form.  Click here – BLF employment application

What to Expect if you Work at BLF

Welcome to our family farm. As a family business, we insist on a courteous, kid-friendly environment. At BLF, our barn culture is based on two simple principles; safety and respect. Safety is critical in a farm setting and when working with horses and other people. Respect for self, other people, animals, equipment and our environment makes BLF a fun and safe place to be with friends, both human and animal.

We have long-time customers and our riders are a fun mix of ages and backgrounds. A horse farm is in the service industry (everyone is a customer) and therefore we must always present well and treat everyone with respect. With this in mind, this is what you can expect:

  • Safety: Please keep safety in mind at all times. Ask questions if you are unclear of barn protocol/procedures. Please keep in mind that earrings and facial piercing can get caught in horses’ swishing tails. Please leave such jewelry at home.
  • Hours: The morning shift starts at 8:00 am, unless otherwise arranged with Lisa. Morning shift hours are likely to be from 8 to 1:00 and sometimes, 2:00. Occassionally, there are special projects. Lunch breaks are unpaid. Hours may shift with the change of seasons. Positions are part-time, no benefits.
  • Dress: Even though it’s a barn, appropriate dress is a must. No tank tops or low-cut clothes. Appropriate footwear and layers of clothing are needed for the various seasons. Absolutely no flip-flops or Crocks, as serious injuries can result if you were to get stepped on.
  • Weather: Be prepared for anything. You will need to be able to work in extreme heat, extreme mud and extreme cold. You will need to provide your own coats, boots and gloves.
  • Cell Phones: Please limit your cell phone use and texting during working hours. Cell coverage is not very good, so you can give the house phone number to family in case of an emergency.
  • No Smoking, No Drinking, No Drugs on the property.
  • You will need to be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. Grain bags are 50 lbs and hay bales can be more.
  • Greet all customers, volunteers and co-workers in a friendly manner. Keep conversations kid-friendly. Parents trust we provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children and teens.
  • Although a child-friendly farm, please do not bring children, friends or pets with you to work.

Bi-weekly (every other week) paycheck through Adirondack Payroll Service. Please be sure that hours are submitted at the end of day on each Monday prior to pay days.

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