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.

  • help out at a concert or 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
  • join the mailing list (scroll down) to get more involved

Email us to set something up. We’d love to hear from you!

Berry Picking Crew

15 hrs/week July 1-August 20 

This part-time, six-week role is an essential part of our operation and perfect for someone looking to get involved on a farm but leaving time for other things. Our Berry Crew is vital to the success of our berry season, picking berries for our busy farm stand as well as many wholesale accounts and restaurants.  Optional add-ons include taking shifts in the farm store or doing a sheep rotation. 

Farm Assistant

30-40 hrs/week May 15-Sept 1

Our farm field crew is vital to the success of our season. We have a busy pick-your-own blueberry orchard and farm stand and we also pick our organic berries for many wholesale accounts and restaurants. In addition to working in the orchard and picking berries, you will help with grazing and handling our flock of 80 Icelandic sheep, animal health checks, fixing fence lines, mowing and weeding, working in the vegetable gardens and hosting the many guests and visitors to the farm. 

Position Filled

Assistant Land Steward

30 hrs/week June 1-August 29, 2024

Hourly position: $15/hr

The  assistant land steward plays a vital role at Knoll Farm: helping us to keep our land healthy and our buildings beautiful, safe and inviting. Knoll Farm seeks a self-motivated, reliable individual with a strong work ethic to join our team. You’ll be spending the beautiful Vermont summer outside and playing an important role in a vital organization.  If you are open to learning new skills as part of a small team with a meaningful mission, we have an open position for you!  You will be doing a variety of tasks for our historic farm and forest: 

  • Landscaping, brush-hogging, mulching, and mowing
  • Fixing fence lines
  • Tackling assigned simple carpentry tasks as part of general building maintenance
  • Splitting wood
  • Trail building and trail clearing
  • Painting, staining

Position Filled

Land Steward/ Renovation Project Manager

Full time, year-round

Starting on April 15, 2024

In 2024, Knoll Farm will be hiring the year-round, full-time position of Land Steward and Renovation Project Manager to be a central member of our team helping to care for our land in Vermont and Maine and serving as the owner’s representative on a barn renovation project at Knoll Farm. This is an exciting, rewarding position for a skilled person who loves to care for unique places, enjoys working outside, and is capable of taking care of buildings, tools, machines, boats and healthy, beautiful landscapes.

Position Filled

Development Lead

FT / Hybrid-Remote position based in Maine

+/-40 hrs/week

Summary 

The development lead is responsible for fundraising and philanthropy for First Light. Responsibilities will include all aspects of seeking out, creating, and following up on grants and individual large donations, as well as the attendant record-keeping and communication necessary for overall smooth operations.  All core team members are employees of New Learning Journey, the 501c3 fiscal agent of First Light and other partnerships. Existing core team members are Ellie Oldach, Peter Forbes, and Brett Ciccotelli who focus on the First Light’s themes of relearning, recentering and returning.

Position Filled

Program Assistant

in development, communications, publications and database management

FT/Year-Round

+/-40 hrs/week

We seek a thoughtful, creative individual to assist our leaders in Vermont and Maine with the critical work of program management in our long-established social justice venture. This person will work closely with those leaders on the logistics of our most important events, programs, and trainings. We seek a highly motivated, energetic individual at a point in their own career where they have skills to offer as well as the strong desire to learn, be mentored, and work alongside others with deep experience in this field. This position offers someone with openness and skills the chance to learn a great deal, to have significant responsibilities and accomplishment, and to work alongside senior individuals doing significant social justice work.

Position Filled

Retreat Manager

May 1- October 15 2025

+/- 40 hrs/week

The Retreat Manager is the person most responsible for the overall experience of retreat participants including client relations before arrival. This position ensures that the client experience and quality of care provided are in line with our philosophy of radical hospitality, and are also expected to assist with the management and coordination of staff. More here

Retreat Cooks

June 15 – September 5

Do you enjoy designing menus, creating meals with locally sourced ingredients and sharing your passion for food with others? Each week that we have resident guests at the farm we prepare and serve three meals a day for around 20 people. The cook interacts closely with the farm as well, and has nearly unlimited creative opportunities to bring food to our community, including using the outdoor pizza oven and baking for the farm stand.

Position Filled

Expedition Chef

May 8-19 and September 11-25

Knoll Farm is looking for a Chef with love for adventure and outdoor cooking for two off-site retreats. Our dates for these 2023 retreats are: May 8-19 and September 11-25. The Chef will play a key role at this beautiful, remote location. The expedition chef plays the critical role of providing nutritious, culturally appropriate meals throughout the programming for between 6 and 15 people per day.  If you love to camp, don’t mind working in the weather, have a sense of humor, and you enjoy being a member of a team, we would like to hear from you!

Position Filled

Retreat Staff

Hours per week: avg. 35 (varying week to week based on bookings)

May 1 – October 15

Our retreat staff 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. No facilitation skills or prior retreat experience necessary. 

Position Filled

Business Manager

FT/Year-Round

Our business manager is the principal contact with our business clients, manages the
accounting for both operations, supports the hiring process for our summer staff and is the
day-to-day liaison between the social profit business of Knoll Farm and the nonprofit
foundation, New Learning Journey. Both Knoll Farm and New Learning Journey have staff
working independently of each other toward related goals. The business manager is their
resource manager. The business manager also works hand-in-hand with the farm’s owners,
Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow, and other principal stakeholders and staff of the foundation.

Position Filled.

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