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.

 


Games Teacher & Athletic Director Position – School Year 2019-20

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic, energetic, experienced, spatial dynamics trained games teacher, who is also interested in fulfilling the role of HVS’s Athletic Director, starting next school year 2019-20.

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 $340.00 in recognition of each year of service as a Waldorf School teacher.

Qualified applicants will have completed at least an undergraduate degree, the Spacial Dynamics training, and have relevant teaching experience, preferably in a Waldorf School. 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 P.E./Games program. 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

Click here to visit the school’s website.


EARTH Internships

The EARTH Program at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking two interns.

  • One will be for April, May and June of this school year,
  • and a second for the 2019-2020 school year.

The right person might be a good fit for both needs. The EARTH Program (Education and Renewal Through the Hands) is for all school children whose educational needs are better met outside the classroom. This includes children with learning differences, behavioral differences, and an interest in outdoor-based practical education. It combines academics with crafts, movement, cooking, farming, and the rhythms of the farm and the natural world. An intern should be interested in Waldorf education, curative education, and education grounded in nature and agriculture. Interns carry significant responsibilities with the children and for supporting lessons. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to be in the role of a teaching assistant, while also exploring alternatives in education. Our experienced faculty can guide you on the path of Waldorf Education, nature and gardening education.

Responsibilities can include preparing, assisting, and leading classes, attending faculty meetings, helping with planning, and occasional weekend events. Compensation is $2000/month. Resumes or inquiries can be sent to Alison Bradley.  For more information about our program go to https://school.hawthornevalley.org or http://www.earthhva.org.


Lower School Student Teacher/Intern Position – starting school year 2019 – 2020

Hawthorne Valley School, a nursery-12th grade Waldorf school located in the beautiful Hudson Valley area in Ghent, NY, is seeking an intern for our lower school for the start of 2019-20. The position is a training opportunity for someone interested in becoming a class teacher. The position will include assisting the first-grade teacher, lead teaching in grades 2 and 3 for approximately 3 periods per week, and leading the first-grade playgroup. There are many opportunities for learning throughout the grade school, including substitute teaching and observation of other classes.

This is a full time, stipend-paid position with a health benefit.

The school is an initiative of Hawthorne Valley Association, which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including a 900-acre Biodynamic farm, the Alkion Waldorf teacher education program, Adonis Press, a Place-Based Learning Center, and an organic full-line grocery store, fermentation enterprise, creamery, and bakery.

Qualified applicants will have an undergraduate degree, a Waldorf teacher training either completed or in process, and unflagging devotion to children. Applicants must be dedicated to excellence in teaching and be committed to developing strong working relationships with parents and colleagues. Please email a letter of interest along with a resume to:

Michael Frosch, School Director


High School Math and Science Teacher Position for 2019-20

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic, energetic, experienced high school teacher with specialist knowledge in math and science (ideally in physics, physical sciences and/or environmental science) for the 2019-20 school year. 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, with a starting base rate of $42,000 per annum plus an increment of $340.00 in recognition of each year of service as a Waldorf School teacher.

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 children, strong commitment to Waldorf Education continuous professional development, 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

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.


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:

Bakery Production Manager 

Branch/Department: Hawthorne Valley Farm Bakery

Status/Classification: Full Time with Benefits

 

ABOUT HAWTHORNE VALLEY

Hawthorne Valley is an integrated learning campus on a 900-acre Demeter-certified Biodynamic® farm in Ghent, NY, in the Hudson Valley’s scenic Columbia County. Organized since 1972 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our initiatives include: an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store; a Biodynamic creamery, organic bakery, and fermentation kitchen; a 300-plus member Biodynamic CSA; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher education programs; arts initiatives; and more.

 

JOB SUMMARY

Hawthorne Valley Farm Bakery is a core component of Hawthorne Valley, and sits within the Farm Branch alongside of the Farm, Store, Creamery, and Green Markets. The Bakery utilizes organic ingredients, mills in house, and sources ingredients from its own farm where possible. The Bakery Production Manager is responsible for the overall management of Hawthorne Valley Farm Bakery including all business management, strategic direction, production, and operational aspects of the commercial Bakery facility.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Should be knowledgeable in all aspects of high-volume artisan bread and pastries production and the day-to-day management of commercial bakery operations. In addition to overseeing daily bakery operations, the Manager will be responsible for the strategic management and expansion of the commercial bakery operations, as well as ongoing business analysis. This person will be involved in all business planning aspects of such an expansion and oversee its implementation, as well as involvement within the leadership of the overall HVF Farm Branch as part of the Farm Management Group.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge and Experience

  • Management of high-volume production including sales, production scheduling, order fulfillment, supplies management, product quality control, product costing, packaging, labeling, and new product development.
  • Operating and capital budgeting experience, facilities maintenance oversight, organic certification, food safety, and sanitation compliance experience.
  • Supervisory experience including staff development, training, and evaluation.

 

Skills & Abilities

  • Experience in managing commercial bakery operations and producing artisan breads highly preferred.
  • Formal culinary education with a concentration in Bakery and Pastry Arts.
  • A passion and commitment to wholesome, organic food production.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational abilities and knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge of organic bread production and certification a plus.

 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Dana Wagner.


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

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