Employment

Hawthorne Valley Association

Located in the heart of New York’s verdant Hudson Valley, Hawthorne Valley Association is what many consider the future of agriculture, education, and community life to be. With more than 900 acres of lush farmland under management, a K-12 Waldorf school and farm-based learning experiences for all ages, and a robust network of social enterprise businesses that honor the earth, create meaningful jobs, and expand markets for healthy food, Hawthorne Valley encourages all its staff to put head, heart, and hands together to make the world a better place. Our reach extends from our home base in Columbia County to NYC’s Greenmarkets (our Biodynamic® produce, cheeses, and fermented products are prominently anchored in Union Square) to offices and boardrooms across the world where our alumni are making their impact.

Please note: To apply for any of the following positions at Hawthorne Valley, please complete this Application Form. It will be forwarded to the appropriate staff person for review.


Housekeeping Staff

Hawthorne Valley’s Campus Services team has several part-time positions available in our Housekeeping Department. The role of the housekeeping team is to keep our facilities clean, neat, sanitary, and safe to support the educational and commercial activities on our campus. Hours vary but generally are 3- to 5-hour shifts in the afternoon and/or early evening. Our active campus has housekeeping needs 7 days a week, and applicant flexibility is a plus. These positions are task-oriented and include cleaning, helping to manage our recycling and waste stream, floor care, and sanitation of our school, store, summer camps, residential units, as well as our food processing units.

Only self-motivated, dependable, hardworking, detail-oriented persons need to apply. Pay is commensurate with experience. Please inquire with Eric Bradway, Housekeeping Manager by email.

 


Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, an Early Childhood through 12th grade private, independent school located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley region in Ghent, NY, is seeking to fill the following positions.

Located in the historic Hudson River Valley, our school is ideally situated on a 900-acre Biodynamic® farm surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains. Both natural beauty and cultural riches surround us, providing wonderful opportunities for our students, families, and teachers. The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City. The local area abounds with additional initiatives, including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.

The school is an initiative of Hawthorne Valley Association, which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the farm, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, Adonis Press, a Place-Based Learning Center, and an organic store, and bakery.

Please note: To apply for any of the following positions at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, please complete this Application Form. It will be forwarded to the appropriate staff person for review.


First Grade Class Teacher Position – School Year 2020-21

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic, energetic, experienced, Waldorf trained class teacher for our first grade class for the start of 2020-21.

This is a full-time position, with health and other benefits, with a starting base rate of $42,000 per annum plus an increment of $340 in recognition of each year of service as a Waldorf School teacher.

Located in the historic Hudson River Valley, our school is ideally situated on a 900-acre Biodynamic farm surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  Both natural beauty and cultural riches surround us, providing wonderful opportunities for our students, families, and teachers. The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.

The school is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association, which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the farm, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, Adonis Press, a Place-Based Learning Center, a full service organic/natural foods & grocery store, lacto-fermentation enterprise, and organic creamery and bakery. The local area abounds with additional initiatives including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.

Qualified applicants will have completed at least an undergraduate degree and a Waldorf class teacher training, and have previous experience as a Waldorf class teacher. Applicants will also have an active interest in integrating the array of local resources that Hawthorne Valley Association and the local area offer into the class’s learning experiences. They will also have an unflagging devotion to children, strong commitment to Waldorf Education, continuous professional development, and dedication to excellence in teaching, and a commitment to developing strong, collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community.

Please email a letter of interest along with a resume to: Michael Frosch, School Director


Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

We are a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store that will meet all of your household shopping needs. We strive to offer as many locally grown or produced fruits, vegetables, grocery products, and household items as possible and are committed to supporting our local farmers and artisans.

The Farm Store carries the full line of Hawthorne Valley “Made on our Farm” products including pasture-raised beef, pork, and chicken; cheese, yogurt and raw milk from our creamery; bread, rolls, croissants, cakes, cookies and more from our bakery; and wild-fermented kraut, kim chi, and hot sauce from our fermentation enterprise. The store is open 7 days/week, from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.


We are currently hiring full- and part-time staff.

Posted March 2019: If you are interested in joining our team, please complete this online application, and contact the store Operations Manager, Chandra Strompf.


Full-time DELI STAFF

Do you love cooking with organic foods?

Happy to taste new things and talk to the public?

If you like working with, tasting and preparing soul food, healthy food, vegetarian food, comfort food, ethnic food, farm to table food, your grandma’s spaghetti and meatball kind of food, then we have your next job right here!!

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is looking for deli staff members to join our team! Part-time and full-time positions are available. Deli staff members work in conjunction with the Head Chef and our store staff team. We’re a vibrant, fun place to work in the heart of the Hudson Valley region positioned on a beautiful, 900-acre Biodynamic farm. If you’re an individual with strong communication skills, experience cooking, an enthusiastic, efficient work ethic, and a love for good food, then we want you to be a part of our kitchen team!

The position requires:

  • Experience cooking in a deli, restaurant, or catering setting
  • Working knowledge of natural, organic, vegetarian, and other specialty cuisines, with understanding of various dietary restrictions.
  • Experience providing excellent customer service
  • The ability to multitask and work with others
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Displaying, neatly plating and keeping clean and organized our deli island, salad bar, and grab & go cooler.
  • Tasting and learning how to prepare organic foods
  • Developing a good report with customers and colleagues while maintaining an efficient, timely flow of prepping, cooking, and washing dishes.
  • A really great work ethic and ability to communicate well with kitchen and floor staff (if that’s not you, you won’t last).
  • Organizing and keeping tidy our walk-in cooler for smooth, efficient operation
  • Helping customers find prepared foods that fit their needs when asked
  • Ability to do manual work, able to lift 50 pounds, and stand for an 8-hour shift
  • Daily stocking and cleaning of the deli island and salad bar

If interested, please contact Chandra via email and drop her a note explaining why you’d like to work with us. Please include your resume.


Part-time FLOOR STAFF

HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM STORE is looking for a part-time Floor Staff member to join its expanding operations. Floor Staff members work in conjunction with the Floor Manager and our team of stockers and buyers.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • experience in providing excellent customer service
  • the ability to multitask and work with others
  • strong communication and organizational skills

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store strives to provide the highest quality Biodynamic, organic, local, and regional food to the community at reasonable prices in a profitable manner; in so doing the Store will support the ongoing mission of Hawthorne Valley Farm.

Candidates must have the ability to do manual work, be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for an 8-hour shift and be able to work nights and weekends. Please visit Hawthorne Valley Farm’s website to learn more about our farm. This is a part-time position; hourly wage. Position is available immediately, EOE, send applications to Chandra, Store Operations Manager. Please no phone calls.

 


Part-time DELI STAFF

HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM STORE, Ghent NY is looking for a part-time deli staff member to join its expanding operations. Deli staff members work in conjunction with the Head Chef and our store staff team.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • experience cooking for deli, restaurant, or catering.
  • working knowledge of natural, organic, vegetarian and other specialty cuisines, with understanding of various dietary restrictions.
  • experience in providing excellent customer service
  • the ability to multitask and work with others
  • strong communication and organizational skills

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store strives to provide the highest quality biodynamic, organic, local, and regional food to the community at reasonable prices in a profitable manner; in so doing the Store will support the ongoing mission of Hawthorne Valley Farm.

Candidates must have the ability to do manual work, be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for an 8-hour shift and be able to work weekends. Please visit Hawthorne Valley Farm’s website to learn more about our farm. This is a part-time position; hourly wage. Position is available immediately, EOE, send applications to Chandra, Store Operations Manager. Please no phone calls.


Hawthorne Valley Farm

Full Time Positions: none available at this time

Part-time Positions: none available at this time


Internships

Internships refer to fixed-length opportunities.


Hawthorne Valley Farm Creamery Internship

Summary: This internship position is within Hawthorne Valley Farm’s dairy operation that makes a wide range of raw and pasteurized dairy products. The internship is 20 hours/week during the length of the summer camp.

Essential Internship Duties:
  • Focused time spent on affinage, the care of the cheese after it has been made.
  • Assist with numerous cheese makes and various processing responsibilities in the creation of creamery products, including but not limited to alpine, ricotta, quark, cheddar and Bianca cheese, yogurt, buttermilk and raw milk.
  • Learn and execute Good Manufacturing Practices around cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Direct and manage small groups of campers on specific tasks in the creamery.
  • Order fulfillment for all creamery products.
Qualifications:

This position requires strong attention to detail, preferably someone with a food background in either service or production. The work is physical and hours are early.

Knowledge and Experience:
  • Sanitation is of the highest importance
  • Basic knowledge of science/chemistry a big help
Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Time management skills and the ability to multi-task

To apply for this internship, please complete the Hawthorne Valley Application for Employment and return with cover letter and resume to Jeremy Shapiro, Creamery Manager by email.


Farm Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships refer to fixed-length opportunities in the realm of food production and food enterprise. This currently includes traditional vegetable and livestock apprenticeships. In the future, we will be offering structured learning opportunities in the bakery, creamery, and sauerkraut cellar. Current opportunities include:

 


Hawthorne Valley Place-Based Learning Center

For a complete list of our current openings, including Summer Camp Staff openings, visit our Place-Based Learning Center’s website.