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
- become a WWOOFer for a week or more
- join the mailing list (scroll down) to get more involved
Email us to set something up. We’d love to hear from you!
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.
Making Refuge Fellowship
Hours: 40 hrs/week
April 1 – October 30
The Making Refuge Fellowship is open to two people who will be a close team for
seven months: living, learning, and practicing what it is to make refuge alongside Peter Forbes
and the Knoll Farm community. Fellows will have the opportunity to test themselves in a variety
of leadership roles and will receive training and mentorship throughout the duration of the
fellowship on the big-picture issues that Knoll Farm is involved in. Fellows will seek to
understand and contribute to the work, and witness the deep impacts our approach to place-
making and service provides for others.
May 1 – October 15
30 hrs/week (FT possibilities available)
New Learning Journey is a national nonprofit whose mission is centered in land justice work around the country. Based out of the office at Knoll Farm, New Learning Journey is facing an exciting moment of expansion, and is seeking a detail-oriented, creative and experienced Program Assistant to help actualize new opportunities. This role will provide support for funding, communication, curriculum development and all other aspects of Land Justice work on and off the farm.
Hours: 40 hrs/week
April 1 – October 15
Our Land Steward is a highly skilled Jack or Jill-of-all-trades who keeps the retreat center beautiful and running well. Responsibilities include maintaining foot paths, small building repairs and maintenance, groundskeeping and harvesting firewood. Some help on the farm is also part of this job. Must be able to work and problem solve alone, as well as work with a team.
Farm Field Crew
40 hrs/week May 1 – September 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, and working in the vegetable gardens.
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. Or it can be combined with our Refuge Crew as well. 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.
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.
May 15 – October 15
Full-time during retreat season with time off in between sessions. Exact calendar determined in early spring.
Knoll Farm’s Cook 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 cook interacts closely with the farm as well, and has nearly unlimited creative opportunities to bring food to our community.
Assistant Farm Manager
40 hours per week
April – September
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.