Butterfield Acres

We provide a variety of wonderful child friendly farm animal experiences to schools and families both at the farm and with our travelling animals. Everything from Calgary's best Day Camps, Spring Babies, Easter Hunts, Harvest Pumpkin Hunts, and Ultimate Birthday Parties to a travelling MINI Farm and Birthday Pony and our Farm Corral for Community and Corporate get togethers at Stampede and Christmas. We're hoppin'!

Does your organization have other locations besides Calgary?

No... but maybe one day!

How many employees does your organization employ?

Our farmily has more than 50 people making things happen in the summer.

What type of positions do you offer?

Full time, part time, seasonal, contract... Varies throughout the year. Openings for both volunteers and paid staff.

What are some entry level career opportunities that your organization offers?
  • Day Camp Senior Leaders - July and August
  • Guest Services
  • Farmyard Animal Manager
  • Part-time Grass Cutter: this is an important position! Keep everything looking beautiful for our guests!

    Weekly grass cutting/trimming with the gas lawn mower, lawn tractor, and weed whacker. Number of hours required will depend upon the season (if it rains and is warm, the grass can really grow!) Typically 4-8 hrs/week. More hours available if you have a passion for painting, fence repair, or like to fix things!

    Some weeding of a few flower bed/pots at the entrance; potentially watering also.
    Hours: there is some flexibility here, but the primary concern is to keep things safe (no flying objects like rocks etc) for our animals and guests. Most of the grass trimming is in the same areas used by our guests.

    June: before 10am, after 4pm on weekends; before 8:30, after 2:30 weekdays.
    July and August before 9am, after 4pm.

    Days will vary as you work with the weather, but we target Sunday (so things are looking especially good for Monday's first day of day Camps), and Thursday (so things look great for Friday's Day Camp Hoe-Down)

    Wage $10-13/hr, Min age 14 Calgary Police check required.

    Standard First Aid, and clean Driver's License a plus.

What is your hiring process?
  1. Submit your best cover letter and resume, and 2 references. Impress us... but be honest :)
  2. If selected for an interview, be a little early, dress the part!
  3. Interviews are conducted initially by those who will be your fellow workers. They know what Butterfield Acres likes and needs.... they are farmily stars themselves!
How can one apply?

Decide what works best for you... email, fax, snail mail... or bring in your resume to the farm ....check us out... is this the kind of place you'd like to work and learn?

What do you look for in employees?

Sincerity, ENTHUSIASM, demonstrated interest in both animals and children, being serious about learning and having fun while being very professional with the animals, visitors and fellow staff members.

What type of education/training/equipment do you require?

Preference for Junior positions (under 18) given to those who have come through our Junior Leadership Development Program. Senior positions require Standard First Aid and a current Police Check for the Vulnerable Sector. Guest Services Senior requires Calgary Health Region Food Handling course (2 day course; tuition reimbursed upon successful completion of course and summer season).

How old does someone have to be to work for your company?

People of all ages work at the farm, see the jobs available for any age restrictions.

How much will employees get paid?

Depends on the position, education, and the life experience you bring to the farm, but typically up to $14/hr to start. We strongly believe in rewarding excellence.

How would someone find out about opportunities at your company?

Our website www.ButterfieldAcres.com.

Please list any diversity initiatives that your organization is currently involved in.

We believe in 'best person for the job'. Everyone is welcome to apply.

Please list any corporate responsibility initiatives that your organization is currently involved in.

We support a wide variety of fund-raising initiatives, primarily focused on children.