Work With Us

Want the experience of working on a diversified organic farm, or to be a vital part of a residential retreat center with diverse programming? We have varied opportunities each summer. Apply early; these are filled on a rolling basis.

2019 Work Opportunities

Retreat Chef

Hours per week: 20-40 depending on retreat schedule

May – October

Knoll Farm’s Retreat Chef is an key member of our team because the huge importance we put on serving delicious, wholesome and locally sourced food to our guests at the Refuge. This position comes with a lot of autonomy and creativity. It is perfect for someone who is not only an excellent cook and baker but also passionate about whole foods, sourcing from local farms and producers, being a gracious host, and talking about food and nutrition. We serve mostly vegetarian meals, mostly organic, and use lots of produce from our own farm. This job is seasonal and requires previous experience as a professional cook. Hospitality, ease with people, a positive attitude, punctuality, and ability to cook for groups and special diets are essential.

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Assistant Retreat Chef

Hours per week: 20-40 depending on retreat schedule

May – October

Knoll Farm’s Assistant Retreat Chef does not require the experience of our head chef, but is for someone who is passionate about whole foods cooking, has a strong work ethic, and is willing to learn. This person will assist the retreat chef with all the cooking at the farm when there are people in residence or special events during the May-October season.The assistant chef will help with creating menus, ordering food, and cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Hospitality, ease with people, a positive attitude, punctuality, and flexibility essential.

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Assistant Retreat Managers

Hours per week: avg. 30 (varying week to week based on bookings)

May to October

Knoll Farm Refuge has diverse groups in residence from mid May through mid October; this may be leaders from around the country doing independent work through our Better Selves Fellowship, a yoga group, an intensive program for professional musicians, or a weekend family celebration or wedding. It is vital to us that we provide the most respectful, thorough and authentic hospitality for everyone who comes. Each season we hire 2-3 assistant managers who play a vital role in keeping groups happy on the land, in our handmade buildings, and in any weather. Tasks include making fires, cleaning and tidying communal spaces, assisting our chef, preparing dining hall for meals, setting up for special events, welcoming and hosting groups, and being a responsible and welcoming presence to everyone who comes.

Ideal assistant managers believe strongly in service to others, love being outdoors, have a strong work ethic as well as a strong sense of humor, and have a variety of competencies to draw upon to solve problems and to help others. We look for gregarious, mature, self-aware people who appreciate our mission of connecting people to the land.

There are two shifts for the assistant managers: 7 am-2 pm; or 2 pm to 9 pm. A full meal with an hour break is included per shift.

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Farm Field Crew

Hours: part-time hours, mornings, flexible days

May-August

Our farm field crew is vital to the success of our berry season: mulching and weeding in May, fertilizing in June, and harvesting 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. We need a commitment of 15 hours a week, consisting of 3 mornings from 7:30 am-12:30 pm.

Land Steward

Hours: 30/week

May – October

Land stewards will work building foot trails, putting up firewood, maintaining buildings, and general land stewardship at Knoll Farm. This is terrific job for someone with lots of practical skills, experience in landscaping, forestry or maintenance, who loves physical work and being outdoors. Land Stewards should have experience with: operating tools such as wood splitters, brush hogs, and weed-whackers; felling trees, splitting and stacking wood, using and sharpening hand tools like scythes and bow saws; operating a tractor and standard transmission, and trail building. Successful Land Stewards are self-motivated, independent, and reliable with a strong work ethic and standards, excellent communication skills, a sense of humor, and a deep appreciation for caring for the land.

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