Work With Us
Our team makes possible all of the exciting things that go on at Knoll Farm. Please join us. We work incredibly hard, and are always learning together. The place is always beautiful and every day is different, involving new people, new weather, new crops in season and an ever-changing experience of the land.
Knoll Farm has groups in residence every season; this may be diverse leaders from around the country doing independent work through our Better Selves Fellowship, environmental and social justice groups working on strategy, a yoga group, an intensive program for professional musicians, or a family celebration or wedding. It is vital to us that we provide the most respectful, thorough and authentic hospitality for everyone who comes.
We employ ten people on a seasonal basis from May to October. Some work mostly on the farm, others work mostly with guests at the Refuge. We all come together to tackle special projects and events. While we have individual roles, we try hard to create strong team integration.
We have a multi-day training and orientation every May, and we reward all returning team members who want to continue to grow into new roles with us.
We Love Volunteers!
There are lots of ways to be involved even if you only have a day, a few hours a week, or if you have a full week and want a working vacation in the beautiful Green Mountains.
- cook or serve at a Kebab Night or other food event
- help out customers in the farm stand on busy weekends
- pick berries for us and take some home for your freezer
- help us keep our hiking trails in good shape
- become a WWOOFer for a week or more
- join the mailing list (scroll down) to get more involved
Email us to set something up.
May – October
Full-time during retreat sessions with time off in between. Exact calendar determined in early spring
Knoll Farm’s Chef is the person most responsible for delivering our mission to guests around food. Of course, this includes sourcing and preparing fantastic local meals, but it’s also about interacting with clients and fellows on diet, cooking and health. The chef interacts closely with the farm as well, and has nearly unlimited creative opportunities to bring food to our community.
Assistant Retreat Managers (3)
Hours per week: avg. 30 (varying week to week based on bookings)
Our assistant managers play a vital role in keeping groups happy on the land, in our handmade buildings, and in any weather. Tasks include welcoming guests, helping with all aspects of meals, making fires, cleaning and tidying communal spaces, setting up for special events, welcoming and hosting groups, and being a responsible and welcoming presence to everyone who comes.
POSITIONS FILLED FOR 2020
Farm Field Crew (3)
Our farm field crew is vital to the success of our berry season in July and August. We have a busy pick-your-own orchard and farm stand and we also pick our organic blueberries and raspberries for many wholesale accounts and restaurants. The farm field crew harvests berries daily for our farm stand and wholesale orders. We need experienced pickers who are fast, efficient, able to work with our customers and the public.
POSITIONS FILLED FOR 2020
Land Stewards (2)
May – October
Our Land Stewards maintain buildings, build foot trails, put up firewood, and help with general land stewardship at Knoll Farm. Land Stewards have experience with: operating tools such as chainsaws, brush hogs, and weed-whackers; repairing small engines, felling trees, splitting and stacking wood, using and sharpening hand tools like scythes and bow saws; wilderness first responder, operating a tractor and standard transmission, and trail building.
Farm-Food Program Coordinator
30 hours per week
May – October
Knoll Farm’s Farm-Food Program Coordinator assists the Retreat Chef with all aspects of our food operation. In particular, the Coordinator sources fresh food from local farms as well as harvests from our own farm, helps plan menus in season and takes a turn preparing breakfasts and lunches.
Retreat Manager (2)
Our Retreat Manager is the primary contact for any client staying at Knoll Farm, assuring their quality of experience and coordination with staff. The retreat manager is the person most responsible for the over-all experience of retreat participants.
Assistant Farm Manager
40 hours per week
June – August
The Assistant Farm Manager is an experienced farm and field hand to help us manage all outdoor aspects of our high-season farming operation including our intensive grazing, orchard health, fruit harvest, and intersecting with the public. The farm grows each year and our Assistant Farm Manager helps us to advance our plans while working hard and learning together.
The Business Manager is the farm’s point person for all staff as well as our clients and guests. Working very closely with Helen and Peter, our business manager also oversees the Better Selves Fellowship, and provides logistical support to Knoll Farm’s programs that are run through the charitable foundation, New Learning Journey.
By joining our community, you become part of the story of this land.
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