By the time you finish reading today, a really super job opportunity will no doubt be filled! With any luck though, if you meet the requirements you might be in for a really fun 11 months. You may even be re-hired for next year, after your vacation away in a warm and pampering spot.
The (Not Billy Goat Gruff) story...
Once, long ago and far away in the mists of time, I kept a couple of goats. Stella was an Alpine, frisky and full of energy. Charlotte was a Saanen, calm, reflective and very dignified. They both gave copious amounts of milk, and were interesting creatures. Both were pedigreed, so they came with those names, plus a few others, for those of my friends who feel sensitive about human names being given to ornery animals.
Goats are very intelligent, and very aware of their surroundings, including the people in them. They would hop onto their milking stand every day for me, and we’d spend this productive and bonding time together with the result of a pail of milk. I made cheese with most of it, but the neighbors loved it too.
These two rascals, who were full of fun, found my late husband to be far too pushy if he attempted to milk them. First they would greet him by turning their backsides towards him and letting loose a spray of manure pellets at him. Both of them. In unison. Then they’d refuse to get onto the milking stand. You couldn't physically put them there for this operation. If you tethered their heads they'd refuse to “let down” the milk.They'd win every time. They can take passive resistance to an art form!
The Goat Chow-Down!
"Parks and Roads Services with the City of Edmonton is looking for a Goat Coordinator to provide central coordination of the GoatsWork Program. The GoatWorks pilot project is trialing the efficacy of goats as noxious weed control in our district parks. You will work collaboratively with other departments and external partners to implement and evaluate the program while improving citizen satisfaction and understanding of the environmental and economic benefits of the City’s integrated pest management practices."
Note the salary. $44 /hour!
So we seem to be going full circle...learning about natural methods of pest control, and spurning the chemicals that have all but destroyed so many parts of health and environment.
Now my heart goes out to all those amazing young child goat and cattle herders I’ve seen in other countries over the years. No formal education to speak of, and yet their experiential skills and knowledge with these temperamental but adorable animals are beyond compare.
It's an interesting comparison.
Is it possible low-tech goat herders could be the next profession in high demand? Many young herders have the knowledge, but it can't be disseminated without higher education. That's enough to get my goat!
If ever there was an argument why it is so incredibly important for folks to have education, this might be it.
Thanks for reading, and wishing you all the best weekend possible.