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.


Development Associate

Hawthorne Valley is seeking a talented individual to join our Development Office and help take an already strong development program to the next level. The Development Associate provides support in the planning, organizing, and implementation of Hawthorne Valley Association’s fundraising activities, including annual giving, special events, and communications.
The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial professional who enjoys creating donor communications, events management, research, writing, and some relationship-building with constituents. The candidate must be able to articulate the case to support the goals of Hawthorne Valley for the purpose of securing donations. The person who fills this position will be responsible for helping monitor specific annual revenue goals throughout the year and contributing to the overall achievement of the Association’s goals.

Specific tasks include:

  • Support for all annual giving programs, including mailings, emails, and other fundraising initiatives, such as targeted fundraising drives and special events.
  • Proposal writing, gift recognition, donor research, and reporting requirements.
  • Regular communication with key volunteers including the Board Development Committee.
  • Administer and manage the Raiser’s Edge fundraising database system.
  • Maintain regular communications with all HVA initiatives to keep a comprehensive calendar of solicitations, events, and outreach.
  • Serve as lead coordinator on select major events.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal skills, budgeting experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. We require proficiency in Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office, and email marketing platforms such as MailChimp and Constant Contact. Familiarity with WordPress a plus. We prefer that our candidates have at least three years’ experience in fundraising or related fields.

If this opportunity excites you, please send your resume and cover letter by email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Deadline for Applications is July 13, 2018.


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 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 re-cycling 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, hard- working, 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.

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.


School Director – beginning July 2019

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School seeks a School Director to lead the school as it continues to develop and expand its distinctive farm-based integrative curriculum. The appointment will begin during the summer of 2019. Please click here for a full description of the school, the position, and guidelines for applying.


High School Math and Science Teacher Position for 2018-19

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic, energetic, experienced math and science high school teacher for the start of 2018-19. Previous Waldorf Training is preferred, however, applicants with a keen interest in Waldorf Education and a serious willingness to undertake a Waldorf high school teacher training and engage in mentoring are encouraged to apply.

This is a full-time position, with health and other benefits.

Qualified applicants will have completed at least a science and/or math undergraduate degree (master’s level qualification preferred). They will either have relevant Waldorf teacher training and/or have previous experience as a Waldorf high school teacher and/or demonstrate an openness to and interest in Waldorf Education and be willing to undertake an appropriate training. They will also have an unflagging devotion to young people, a 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 Simon Frishkoff, High School Chair.


Part-time High School Math Teacher Position for 2018-19

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic, energetic, experienced high school math teacher for the start of 2018-19. Previous Waldorf Training is preferred, however, applicants with an openness to and interest in Waldorf Education are encouraged to apply.

This is a part-time position.

Qualified applicants will have completed at least a math and/or science undergraduate degree (master’s level qualification preferred). They will either have relevant Waldorf teaching experience or demonstrate an openness to and interest in Waldorf Education and be willing to participate in appropriate training/mentoring. In addition, applicants will have an unflagging devotion to young people, a 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 Simon Frishkoff, High School Chair.


Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

Now Hiring: Full-Time Stocker/Receiver 

Candidates must have the ability to do manual work, be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for an 8-hour shift. Must work weekends. Please visit Hawthorne Valley Farm’s website to learn more about our farm. This is a full-time position; with benefits. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11am-7pm. Position is available immediately, EOE, send applications to Chandra, Store Operations Manager. Please no phone calls.

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

Each staff member is asked to help create an environment which encourages respect, honesty and trust amongst all co-workers and also offers the highest degree of service to each customer; each staff member is asked to help maintain the store image as an ethical and positive place to work and to shop. In addition, the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is committed to being an educational resource to the community on ecological, environmental and food related issues.

PURPOSE:
To organize receiving systems and process designated deliveries of refrigerated, frozen, grocery and non foods to ensure accountability for receiving paperwork, pricing and security of inventory

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. RECEIVING AND STOCKING
  2. Receive and stock products on a timely and consistent basis.
  3. Prepare storage areas for incoming deliveries.
  4. Check deliveries to verify piece count, and check for obvious damage.  Notify buyer of discrepancies.
  5. Manage the unloading of trucks in an efficient manner.
  6. Sign for deliveries with appropriate adjustments noted on invoice.
  7. Allocate invoices into department categories and route to department buyers.
  8. Coordinate returns, ensuring that returned items get back to appropriate suppliers in a timely manner.
  9. Call suppliers for credit on designated orders.
  10. Set aside special orders, match product with special order form and call customers.
  11. Expedite stocking of incoming o/s items.
  12. Rotate overstock into storage.  Maintain approximate floor plan in storage area, using location signs as needed.
  13. Attend meetings with buyers and stockers as requested by direct Supervisor
  14. Perform other tasks assigned by direct Supervisor.
II. MERCHANDISING
  1. Assist Buyer with maintaining attractive, fully stocked, rotated and faced department.
II. DEPARTMENT MAINTENANCE
  1. Ensure that unsellable items are returned or otherwise properly disposed of, following established procedures.  Keep accurate shrinkage records.
  2. Ensure that department areas (aisles, shelves, display cases, and walk-in cooler areas) are in clean, orderly condition, meeting health department standards.
  3. Participate in inventory cycle counts and bi-annually physical inventory.
  4. Maintain department equipment in working order.  Monitor cooler and freezer temperatures and follow established procedures for handling breakdowns.  Advise Store Manager of equipment problems or needs.
  5. Ensure accurate, up-to-date price labeling , shelf tags and signs for department items.
IV. CUSTOMER SERVICE
  1. Assists customers with product questions, in prompt, friendly manger.
  2. Offer samples and suggestions for purchase and use of products, as appropriate.
  3. Help customers place special orders, set aside special orders, match product with special order form and call customers.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Organized, accurate with details

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. continuously
  • Ability to operate fork lift
  • Familiarity with natural foods
  • Ability to give clear instructions
  • Regular, predictable attendance

Willingness and ability to learn to meet the changing requirements of the job.


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


Vegetable Enterprise Manager

Hawthorne Valley Farm is hiring a Vegetable Enterprise Manager to oversee our 14-acre vegetable operation. Hawthorne Valley is a non-profit organization committed to social renewal through agriculture, education and the arts. We are a highly diverse organization that strongly values both integration and collaboration in our work. The farm is an integral part of the overall mission of Hawthorne Valley and helps create the wider context for many of the Hawthorne Valley initiatives.

The Vegetable Enterprise Manager is a vital part of the farm management team and will be expected to work collaboratively with the livestock managers to help cultivate the whole farm organism. This position reports to the Farm Operations Manager. S/he will be in charge of managing a crew of salaried employees, apprentices and hourly labor.  Hawthorne Valley is a certified Biodynamic® farm and therefore an openness to biodynamic practices is a must.

Qualifications:

  • 3 to 5 years of vegetable production and management experience
  • Proficiency in equipment operation for tillage, cultivation, planting, etc.
  • Proficiency in crop planning including succession planning, crop rotation and cover cropping.
  • Experience and interest in working with apprentices
  • Openness to/experience with biodynamic practices

Responsibilities:
Oversee all aspects of vegetable production for the following customers:

  • CSA
  • Weekly farmers markets in NYC
  • On site farm store
  • Wholesale

The Vegetable Enterprise Manager will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing annual crop plan and planting schedules.
  • Maintaining crop records for certification.
  • Ordering necessary seeds and supplies.
  • Commitment to mentorship and skill-building with apprentices.
  • Overseeing winter growing and pea shoot enterprise.
  • Working in collaboration with the vegetable crew, delegating roles and responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Managing vegetable buy-in and fruit share schedule.
  • Various administrative tasks – invoicing, CSA promotion and member relations, budget development, sales tracking, etc.
  • Working in conjunction with farm management team to develop and adhere to the annual budget.
  • Collaborating with educational programs to accommodate student volunteers.

Compensation:
Salary is based on experience and includes housing and benefits (medical/dental, retirement plan and vacation time).

Salary is based on 55 hours per week with lighter hours during the winter.  A willingness to assist with livestock work as needed during the winter months is preferred.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and professional references to Spencer Fenniman, Farm Co-Director.


Part-time Positions


Market/Driver Position

Hawthorne Valley Farm is looking for a part-time farmer’s market staff member. Responsibilities include truck driving, market setup and sales, and packing and loading trucks. Attention to detail, truck driving experience in NYC, good communication skills, knowledgeable about farming and food, and ability to self-manage and self-start are all a plus, but we are willing to train if you have the right attitude and are a fast learner. The current days of work and driving are Tuesday (on-farm), Wednesday (on-farm), Thursday (truck driving), and will change to Tuesday (on-farm) and Sunday (truck driving) during the winter months. Reach out if you feel you are a good fit or you are eager to become involved with a great team. Competitive wages based on experience. No calls, please email Zach.


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

Now Hiring for Summer Camp season! 

Click here for summer camp position openings. (posted February 12th)


Children’s Program Internships

The Visiting Students Program offers a week-long residential Waldorf-based immersion experience to class grades 3 through 10 as well as non-residential day programming and off-site outreach opportunities to local schools. During the school year classes visit from both Waldorf and non-Waldorf based schools to stay on the farm for one week. Interns and full-time Education Program Managers host the classes and lead farm-based learning activities. Over the course of their five-day stay students learn interdependence through activities such as baking bread, cleaning the barn, gardening, riding horses, animal care, preparing meals, exploring our woods, making handcrafts, learning map and orienteering skills and many other activities, depending upon grade level.

The Visiting Students Program Internship is a meaningful way to gain knowledge and insight into place-based and farm-based teaching, as well as to learn about Waldorf pedagogy. There are opportunities to explore Hawthorne Valley’s other varied program offerings through scheduled intern enrichment activities. Compensation includes room and board (organic mostly vegetarian meals) plus a monthly stipend. If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, have a love of the outdoors, animals and farm life, consider joining us!

Responsibilities:

  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with groups of 6 to 9 children
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to students and guests of program
  • Share daily and weekend animal care and periodic weekend programming

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in an outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities;
  • A good work ethic with an ability to maintain an atmosphere of teamwork using strong communications and organizational skills;
  • Ability to live on campus in shared living quarters;
  • Some practical knowledge of farming, animal care, gardening, making crafts and an interest in Waldorf education is a plus;
  • A personal passion, energy and drive to enthusiastically work with children;
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 pounds;
  • Age of 21 or older.

 

Now hiring for the Spring 2019 Internship 

Compensation includes room and board (organic mostly vegetarian meals) plus a $800 per month stipend. Housing is small and cannot accommodate partners, children or pets of this candidate.  If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, have a love of the outdoors, animals and farm life, consider joining us!  The dates of the Spring Internship are 1/14/19 to 6/1/19.  The dates of the Fall internship runs from the last week of August through the week before Thanksgiving in November.

Please forward a completed Hawthorne Valley Application for Employment and include a letter of interest, your current resume and contact information for three work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Indigo Ocean. Your full name and Children’s Program Intern should be in your email subject line.  Or please mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 ATTN: Indigo Ocean, or fax to: 518-672-7608.  For more information please call Indigo Ocean at 518-672-4465 x 234.