If you are interested in working at Bonnie Lea Farm, please print and complete the application form. Click here for the online application via Google Forms or here for a PDF/printable version BLF employment application.
Applications may be submitted. Click the link above to print and email or mail the completed application.
Starting Pay is minimum wage ($15 as of January 2023). Bonnie Lea Farm positions are part-time and no benefits are available. Work-study students are welcome to apply for morning hours.
When hiring, Bonnie Lea Farm accepts applications to fill part-time positions which include weekends and weekdays. Daily chores, for 4 – 6 hours a day, include stall cleaning, turnout and feeding. It is an essential job function to be able to lift 50 pounds and we are not able to make accommodations. Employees must work in all weather conditions, have a calm and gentle demeanor with animals and be willing to work physically. Must be able to deal with general public, work independently and with others, have communication skills, and be able to follow directions.
Hourly rate depends on skills. Starting pay is minimum wage for those with work experience. We may offer agricultural minimum wage ($8-12) for those with no work experience. This is not a full time position and there are no benefits, no paid time off. Must have reliable transportation. No pets, children, family or friends allowed to join you during work. NO SMOKING on grounds. DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE ENVIRONMENT, we reserve the right to require drug testing. Please read below for more about BLF.
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 for our customers 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 7:30 am, unless otherwise arranged with Lisa. Morning shift hours are likely to be from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and sometimes, 2:00. Occasionally, 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. This goes back to safety. No tank tops or low-cut clothes. Appropriate footwear and layers of clothing are needed for the various seasons. Absolutely no flip-flops, Crocks or open toed shoes, as serious injuries can result if you were to get stepped on. Leather or sturdy boots/shoes are the most ideal.
- 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 to emergencies during working hours. Cell coverage is not very good.
- No Smoking, No Drinking, No Drugs. We reserve the right to require drug testing.
- Being able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds is an essential function of the job. We are not able to make any accommodations. Grain bags are 50 lbs and hay bales may 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, family, friends or pets with you to work.
Bi-weekly (every other week) paycheck through a payroll service. Please be sure that hours are submitted at the end of the work day on each Monday prior to pay days.