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 Director

Hawthorne Valley is seeking a talented individual to join our senior administration and help take an already strong development program to the next level. The Director of Development is responsible for the planning, organizing, and implementation of Hawthorne Valley Association’s fundraising, including annual giving, special events, corporate and foundation sponsorships, communications, capital campaigns, and major donor cultivation. The Association currently raises more than $1 million each year through a variety of measures, and our recently completed strategic plan points us toward a growth program that will deepen our programming while expanding our activities. We want more people to have access to healthy food, more land to be reclaimed for organic and biodynamic farming, more children and adults to benefit from holistic education, and for the kind of vibrancy in life that we enjoy here to be shared with communities everywhere.

We seek candidates who embrace our mission and values and possess the energy, enthusiasm, and personal and professional capacities that will allow them to be a strong team player. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial professional who enjoys front-line relationship building, soliciting, developing, and driving strategies with senior leadership, and demonstrating creativity and savvy to make connections and secure in-person appointments. The candidate must be able to articulate the case to support the goals of Hawthorne Valley for the purpose of securing major gifts and pledges. The position requires significant local travel and occasional long-distance travel with emphasis on numerous face-to-face donor meetings. The person who fills this position will be responsible for meeting specific annual revenue goals and contributing to the overall achievement of the Association’s goals.

Specific tasks include:

  • Implement programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.
  • Oversee movement of donor/prospect visits, solicitation, and gift closure for other staff members, volunteers, Association leadership, and board members.
  • Execute events and other fundraising activities that advance the Association’s relationship with donors/prospects.
  • Prepare written documents in support of solicitation, cultivation, and development events, including correspondence, strategic plans, invitations, and reports. Develop highly-tailored proposals.
  • Lead targeted development activities for initiative areas within the Association (ex., the Waldorf School) and maintain regular meetings with staff heads and key volunteers.
  • Represent Hawthorne Valley at conferences and events throughout the country.

Our ideal candidate will possess strong written and verbal skills, budgeting experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. The candidate must demonstrate success in closing major gifts and be proficient in event planning and campaign management. We also require proficiency in Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office, as well as knowledge of the tax laws that impact charitable giving. The Director should be just as comfortable touring visitors through our dairy barns as they would be welcoming guests to a donor reception at a major donor’s Central Park South home. We prefer that our candidates have a bachelor’s degree with 7 years’ minimum experience in professional fundraising.

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 August 15, 2018.


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.


Early Childhood Program Assistant – starting school year 2018 – 2019

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a morning assistant for a mixed age Kindergarten during next school year 2018-19.

This position is ideal for someone who wishes to engage in early childhood arts and to gain practical experience working with a master lead teacher. Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is fortunate to have an educational campus of forest, farm, and streams where the rich potential of learning can be realized during daily explorations in nature with the children.

Applicants should have experience working with small children, as well as familiarity with Waldorf Early Childhood Education. The ability to be a compassionate presence, ensure each child’s safety and well-being, and work respectfully with colleagues and parents is essential for this role. This is a part-time hourly paid position for 5 mornings a week 7:45am – 12:45pm, with additional time added for faculty meetings that support our culture of healthy collaboration.

Please forward a letter of interest along with your resume to Janene Ping, Morning Star Lead Teacher and Early Childhood Program Co-Chair, by email.


Middle and High School Eurythmy Teacher Position
– starting school year 2018 – 2019

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic, energetic, experienced Eurythmy Teacher for the start of 2018-19.

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

Qualified applicants will have completed a full Eurythmy training and will have completed a relevant Waldorf teacher training and/or have strong experience teaching Eurythmy in a Waldorf School with grades 6 – 12.  Applicants will also have an active interest in integrating their work with students into the festival and cultural life of the school.  They will also have an unflagging devotion to young people, strong commitment to Waldorf Education, dedication to excellence in teaching, and 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.


Part-time Nursery After Care Lead Role for 2018-19

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a Nursery After Care Lead role for the next school year 2018-19. The position includes planning and leading the after care afternoon program for a group of nursery children, including nap time, outdoor play, free play, seasonal projects, classroom cleaning and tidying, and caring for the children in a warm and loving way.

This is a part-time hourly paid position for 4 afternoons a week from 12:15pm to 3:15pm.

Applicants should have experience working with small children, as well as familiarity with Waldorf Early Childhood Education. The abilities to multi-task, ensure each child’s safety and well-being, create a fun and warm environment, work collaboratively with colleagues, and establish positive trusting relationships with parents are essential qualities for this this role.

Please note that this role and the currently vacant part-time Nursery Assistant role could be filled by one suitably experienced person.

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to Michael Frosch, School Director.


Part-time Nursery Assistant for 2018-19

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a morning assistant in the Peach Blossom Nursery during next school year 2018-19. The position includes assisting the lead teacher in outdoor play, circle time, free play, seasonal projects, classroom cleaning and tidying, snack preparation, and caring for the children in a warm and loving way.

This is a part-time, hourly paid position for 5 mornings a week from 7:45am to 12:30pm.

Applicants should have experience working with small children, as well as familiarity with Waldorf Early Childhood Education. The abilities to multi-task, ensure each child’s safety and well-being, create a fun and warm environment, work collaboratively with colleagues, and establish positive trusting relationships with parents are essential qualities for this this role.

Please note that this role and the currently vacant part-time Nursery After Care Lead role could be filled by one suitably experienced person.

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to Michael Frosch, School Director.


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


There are no full time openings 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

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.

The Spring Internship starts mid-January and ends the first week of June. The Fall Internship begins in late August and ends in early December. There are three to four positions available per semester.

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.