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Positions Vacant

Caretaker Position

THIS IS NOT A PAID POSITION

Multiple blocks of time can be applied for. The time blocks are listed below:
(updated 15th August 2013)

Available:

1st October 2013 to 5th February 2014 - four months (early spring to mid summer) and/or

1st of February to 5th June 2014 - four months (mid summer to early winter ) and/or

1st June to 5th October 2014 - four months (early winter to early spring)

Enjoy the maritime climate of the north-west coast of Tasmania at Tagari  Garden Farm (TGF).

TGF is seeking a reliable, capable and honest individual, couple or friends to look after the property and its animals during the above time periods.

This 17 acre property is well settled. The minimal work required includes daily feeding of two horses, six sheep, poultry (58 ducks, 48 chooks, 6 guinea fowl) and attending to two border collies. Dogs need daily walking and attention, horse stable and yards need daily mucking out. Sheep need feeding, moving and monitoring. Poultry need feeding and egg management. Weekly servicing and cleaning of the animal and bird facilities is required. Generally speaking two hours per day should do it, except on the cleaning day, then four hours should be scheduled for. 

Farm owners may be away or unavailable during this time. The caretaker may need to regularly correspond via email, skype, SMS, Basecamp, and/or  phone with owners regarding condition of property and animals.

When the owners are home, caretakers are invited to join in with Lisa and Bill gardening around the property.

Additionally the caretakers must be prepared that in order to protect our Tasmanian native animals, feral cats found on this property are trapped and shot. Poultry and other animals are also killed, processed and eaten here. If you are vegetarian or vegan you will probably be very uncomfortable being here.

The on-site office is open and staffed Monday through to Thursday, 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each week.

T h i s   i s   n o t   a   p a i d   p o s i t i o n.

Provided for the caretaker is accommodation in a comfy caravan, (the caravans are not powered nor are they heated - this is important for you to understand) food allowance of $100 per week, free wireless internet, television and DVD player, Permaculture Design Course DVD set available to watch while on-site, electricity in the camp kitchen. Camp kitchen facilities include: Gas stove, small oven, fridges and wood fire plus hot showers which are outdoors, drop toilets which are outside, laundry machine twin tub unit and LPG gas.

Caretakers are not allowed to harvest food from the property.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to escape the rat race. Delight yourself with the sounds of nature and the calm environment of rural living.

Perfect for:

  • Grey nomads
  • Retirees
  • Local area uni-student
  • Shift worker
  • Wwoofer
  • People interested in small farm life style - Permaculture
  • Immigrants
  • Part-time workers/students/artists/researchers ...

It is ideal to have your own vehicle (or be organised enough to take the public transport, 300m from farm gate, via the bus called Tasmania's Red Line), a good attitude, be physically and mentally fit and be comfortable living remotely. Must have had prior dog experience and be able to effectively manage highly intelligent dogs.

You must have a valid wwoofing membership. Use this link here http://www.wwoof.com.au/wwoofers/how-to-join for further information.

Bring your own bedding and any personal items to provide for your comfort and warmth. It can be very cold and very wet.

Sorry the property is not suitable for children.

Interested?

Please get in touch with us via mollison.lisa [at] tagari.com (replace [at] with @) and include:

  1. Letter of introduction including details of your relevant experience. This means we would like to know about your prior experience taking care of animals and poultry and what about your character and behaviour makes you a good candidate for living remotely.  
  2. Your references
  3. Police clearance may be required if selected
  4. Completed wwoofing forms found on this website
  5. Relevant photos

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application.

Thank you

Lisa Mollison

Tagari Farm
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