New York – The Center for Discovery hiring Cheese Maker

Sullivan County, New York

An introduction to The Center for Discovery

We are The Center for Discovery, a world renowned agency providing educational and vocational services for children and adults with varying levels of disabilities such as autism and medical frailties.  We offer a broad range of programs inclusive of education, residential and day habilitation activities staffed by a workforce of just over 1500 employees. The Center is committed to meeting the educational needs of each and every child in its care. This is achieved by thoughtful and individually tailored programs, the involvement of families, and the integration of The Center’s state-of-the-art medical services.

The pediatric program serves both active and multiply disabled young people 5 – 21 years old, including over one hundred day students and school-aged children from outside The Center for whom there is no comparable program.

The education program has one track for ambulatory and autistic young people; another for those with significant physical disabilities. Parents remain actively involved in the design of their child’s program as it evolves along with the child. A team made up of a certified special educator and two and a half para-professionals leads each class, and a class size of six or fewer children ensures that each child receives the individual attention they need.

The Center’s growing reputation and an emphasis on staff development and training has enabled it to attract talented individuals from all over the United States and beyond. Affiliations with centers of excellence such as Columbia University’s Department of Special Education help make working at the Center a constantly enriching experience.

Our Center operates three (3) large, certified organic (Demeter certified biodynamic), farm sites.   Livestock and vegetables are the primary products.  We have recently acquired a flock of young goats from which we hope to, futuristically, produce cheese.  Therein lays the purpose of this letter.  We are in need of a Cheese Maker.

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for advanced training, continuing education, scholarships and tuition assistance allow staff to grow in their careers at The Center. Comprehensive benefits, staff wellness programs, day care and some housing opportunities support a high quality of life.

Cheesemaker Wanted for New Goat Dairy

A fantastic full time, year round opportunity for an experienced cheesemaker to join our team at Thanksgiving Farm at The Center for Discovery in Sullivan County, New York. We are a certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic farm in the foothills of the Catskills. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of cheese making and be responsible for our entire goat dairy program. Looking for someone with great energy and enthusiasm for making high quality products. We provide all of the infrastructure – you just make fabulous cheese! Housing will be provided. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401K, onsite gym, and many more. We are located in scenic Sullivan County, New York; 1.5 hours north of New York City in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

Full-time. Salary: up to $60,000.00 per year DOE.  Job Location: Monticello, NY. Required education: High school or equivalent. Required experience: Cheese making at least 3-5 years. Proven track record of managing 30 goats.

To apply please email swallcarty@tcfd.org

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New Jersey – Valley Shepherd Creamery hiring Farm Manger, Dairy

Long Valley, New Jersey

LOCATION: Valley Shepherd creamery, located in Long valley , NJ . milking hundreds of sheep and goats and making over 30 types of artisan, cave aged cheeses.

Located on 120 acres in northwwest NJ, the farm markets mostly through farmer markets but also via wholesale to chefs and via its own retail locations.

For details see www.valleyshepherd.com  and www.meltkraft.com

 Job Title:  Farm Manager, dairy.

Status: Full-Time. April start.

Work Schedule: Varies seasonally.  April – November: 55 hrs +/-. 6 days per week; Nov-March: 30-40 hours week with more flexible schedule and negotiated coverage to care for livestock daily.

Compensation: Annual salary with housing allowance; commensurate with experience.

Duties: The Farm Manager reports directly to the Farm owner and is responsible for all aspects of supporting farm enterprises. Farm manager is responsible for entire operation including onsite employees.

Hours can be irregular to accommodate agricultural needs.

Current farm operations include:

  • Milking 400-500 dairy sheep and 150 dairy goats. Breeding, vaccinating and normal year round animal mgmt.
  • Lamb/kid birthing, vaccinating and management.
  • Tour guiding during shearing and milking season.
  • Managing three onsite full time farm workers
  • All farm equipment/repairs. No cheese making involvement needed.

Qualifications:

  • Experience raising and caring for all manner of livestock
  • Basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience.
  • Strength to lift 50+ pounds and handle large animals
  • Excellent communicator and enjoys interacting with public
  • Basic computer technology skills

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and a resume to Eran:    ew@quil.com

 

New Jersey – Cherry Grove Farm hiring Cheesemaking Intern

Cheesemaking Internship

Company Description Cherry Grove Farm is a grass-based dairy, rotational grazing on 240 certified organic acres in Central New Jersey, just outside of Princeton. A sustainable approach is taken to managing pastures and all animal husbandry. With the milk of our small herd, we work hard to turn it all into the tastiest cheese possible 4 -5 times a week, and this is where we need your help. We are seeking a cheesemaking apprentice for a year commitment ideally, starting as early as May.

Job Description You will be exposed to the world of farmstead cheesemaking from the ground up. Learn cheese processes – pasteurizing, safety protocols and HACCP familiarity, handling the curd, basic milk/cheese chemistry, plus the crucial work of affinage. While some work will be side by side with our Cheesemakers, it’s expected you will be given many tasks to be done independently once you’ve been trained and will work one short day a week on your own.

We sell products through our on-site farm store, and wholesale our award-winning cheese to a variety of gourmet stores & restaurants in the New York/Philadelphia area. We also attend several regional farmers markets.

There will be hard hours on your feet and menial tasks. It can be repetitive and mundane. Sanitation is key. No prior experience is required, but experience with food prep, cheese work or familiarity with farm life is encouraged.

But it’s not all scrubbing and flipping – you will learn not only cheesemaking, but also skills in the direct-marketing and how-to of wholesale dairy. Attending a regional farmers’ market will be part of your week. You will also spend time learning the essentials of wholesale work, cutting and packaging orders for delivery week-to-week. You will also be expected to attend and help prep for events occasionally. All of these are fun ways to meet the people who eat and appreciate your work, as well as being a good way to make connections within the local farming and sustainability community.

Housing available: We have a private bedroom available in our on-farm cottage on the 2nd floor. There are offices below, a conference room and shared kitchen downstairs. This first floor of this building is public, so cleanliness and neatness are expected. Space includes use of a good kitchen garden if you like. You would live with one other employee and share the downstairs space with two farm office personnel during the day.

You should have your own car and a valid drivers license.

Stipend: We provide a $700/month stipend plus housing and a 30% staff discount on all products sold in our farmstore. Milk and cheese will be available to you too, of course.

Learn more at http://www.cherrygrovefarm.com/jobs/

 

New Jersey – Cherry Grove Farm hiring Farm Production Intern

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Passionate about farming? Interested in grass-based, sustainable farming?

Take an internship at Cherry Grove Farm and see a grass-based sustainable creamery and farm up close. We have an opening for a farm production intern beginning in Spring 2017 .

Learn a variety of skills:

We are a farmstead creamery, but as a diversified farm, we raise a small number of beef, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and bees, in additional to our dairy herd. Farm work varies with the seasons, allowing an intern to develop a wide range of skills related to animal care, production, and the business of a sustainable farm and creamery. You will learn milking, herd care, pasture management, herd record keeping, food safety, tractor & equipment maintenance and operation, and be exposed to cattle herd management, our breeding philosophy, grassfed dairy production and milk quality issues, grazing rotation planning, as well as overall herd health management.  Interns should expect to milk some mornings and some evenings every week.

Special “behind-the-scenes” learning:

Interns will get some exposure to the business aspects of running a farm including sustainability and community connection, and planning and management. We’ll also dip into our holistic approach to animal and crop production planning, and cheese production. Interns will also gain experience in product marketing, promotion, and customer relationship management, helping out at a weekly farm market and making periodic deliveries for the wholesale team.

Build community:

Farm work is team work, so an intern must have good people skills and enjoy interacting with the public. Intern will take part in our monthly farm pot lucks that bring farm staff, local farmers and vendors together to talk and share the fruits of our labors. Intern also takes part in some community events that help educate the public about the farm and what we do, including the Annual Cow Parade.

Stipend and Housing:

This internship is an 8-12 month position emphasizing on-the-job training with a $200/week stipend for living expenses plus, on-farm housing, and $25 a week store credit for products we produce on the farm.

The right candidate: We are looking for an enthusiastic person with a passion for farming, not afraid of hard work, and interested in learning about sustainable diversified farming. The ideal candidate is down-to-earth, positive, and non-smoking, with some prior exposure to farm work. Valid DL required. Experience with large or small animals is a plus. Like any experience, you get out of it what you put into it. Your “off time” would be your own and we would encourage you to explore the area. We can tap our network to set up visits to other farms/producers to round out your experience. This position reports to the farm manager.

To Apply: Please send email to kathys.cgf@gmail.com with resume, references, dates available, and cover letter including what intrigues you the about the internship.

About the farm: Cherry Grove Farm is a diversified, sustainable dairy farm and creamery situated on 480 acres of woodland, wetland and pasture in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, making award-winning farmstead cheeses from our grass-fed raw cows’ milk. Our cheeses are made in small batches and aged on the farm, with attention paid to the craft of artisanal cheesemaking. Each piece reflects the distinct flavors, aromas and seasonal variations of our unique terroir.

As part of our sustainable ecosystem, we also raise a small number of heritage breed pigs, lambs, chickens and beef cattle, producing grass- and whey-fed meats, raised without hormones, antibiotics or steroids. By raising a variety of animals and using our resources efficiently, we create a farm that is sustainable not only in production, but also as a business. With this ethos comes a commitment to the long term health of our land. We believe in building from the soil up, working to ensure that our organically certified pastures are nourished and thriving. Good soil = Healthy Forage = Healthy Cows = Quality Milk = Quality Cheese.

Our commitment as a farm is to be transparent, to educate and engage with our community, reconnecting our neighbors to the land and the source of their food. We offer a series of cheesemaking and homesteading classes on the farm, as well as farm tours for schools, private groups, and the public. Our cheeses are sold wholesale and retail to a variety of distributors, markets, and restaurants in the New York/Philadelphia area, and through regional farmers markets and events. Pasture-raised meats are sold through our retail channels.

Learn more at www.cherrygrovefarm.com, visit us on Facebook and Instagram @cherrygrovefarm

Applications will be taken through April 30, 2017

New Hampshire – Brookford Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Canterbury, New Hampshire

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Brookford Farm is a large, diversified operation nestled along the banks of the Merrimack River in central New Hampshire, a short drive north of Concord. On 300 acres of river bottom soil we grow about 30 acres of certified organic vegetables, raise pastured layers, broilers, and hogs, and rotationally graze our dairy and beef animals. Our milk, meats and vegetables are all sold in their raw forms or turned into various cultured products right here on the farm, and moved through our 300 member year-round CSA, farmers markets, and local groceries and restaurants.

Assistant Field Manager-Organic Vegetables

JOB DESCRIPTION
Brookford Farm’s vegetable crew is seeking an Assistant Field/Maintenance Manager.

We manage ~35 acres of organic vegetables for distribution to a 270+ member CSA, wholesale markets and restaurants, and farmers markets. We are one department on a ‘full diet’ 650 acre diverse organic farm, and with a myriad of native tongues among our staff including French, Swahili, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, German, and Californian, our farm proudly reflects the strength of cultural and agricultural diversity.

A successful applicant will have experience and skills in the operation and maintenance of machinery, as the Assistant Field/Maintenance Manager is responsible for the majority of mechanical weed cultivation, lots of advanced larger tractor work in support of the Field Manager, and the majority of the maintenance and repair of the vegetable crew’s machinery, including tractors, implements, etc. The position doesn’t necessarily require a background in agriculture, but a strong proven interest in sustainable food production would be vital for sustained motivation and interest–this work will burn you out very quickly if you’re only here for the paycheck.

While much of the position’s responsibilities involve machinery, the Assistant Field/Maintenance manager will may be called on to lead crews. Accordingly, successful candidates will be self-motivated, working capably and efficiently both independently and in groups, with the ability to lead small groups.

Our work requires passion, precision, speed, and great stamina. Much of our crew will log 55+ rigorous hours in 5 days and then head off to hike, ride bikes, or build houses in their time off. Successful candidates will have a proven work history in physically demanding positions. Special consideration will be given to those with pertinent advanced education and/or a career mindset.

Brookford Farm is located on an incredible piece of land along the Merrimack River. The ambitious ‘full diet’ scope of our production, the great people that work here, and the ethics and motives that drive us make our farm truly special. We thank you for your interest in joining our team, and look forward to hearing from you.

COMPENSATION   this position is PAID: hourly, varies DOE, $10.00 – $13.00

HOW TO APPLY
Email brookfordfarm@gmail.com

Please include a resume (.pdf is ideal), cover letter, and several professional references.

Assistant Cheesemaker–Grass Fed Dairy–Canterbury, NH
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
Brookford Farmstead Creamery is looking for a new team member with a passion for dairy! We process over 5,000 gallons of milk annually into a variety of products ranging from raw milk, yogurt, fresh cheeses and aged hard cheeses.This job requires working independently as well as leading small teams. Applicant should have a good understanding of food safety and sanitation. This job requires attention to detail and the ability to lift 50 lbs. Special consideration will be given to applicants with prior cheesemaking experience. Interest and ability to sell at farmers markets also a plus.

This is a year-round full-time position.

COMPENSATION   this position is PAID: hourly, varies DOE, $9.00 – $12.00

HOW TO APPLY
Email brookfordfarm@gmail.com

Please send resume including reference contacts.

Wisconsin – Springside Cheese hiring Cheese Maker

Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

Springside Cheese is seeking an experienced artisan Cheese Maker to join our expanding family-owned and operated business located in beautiful Northeastern Wisconsin. This valued team member will continue the over 100-year tradition of producing our hand-made and award winning classic product line, in addition to assisting in the product development for our new and growing signature line. Ideal candidates will possess a passion for tradition production methods, raw and grass-based milk cheeses, and continuous professional growth through hands-on experience. A complete job description is available at www.springsidecheese.com/careeropportunities.html

Massachusetts – Cricket Creek hiring Head Cheese Maker

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Applications accepting on a rolling basis.  Start date: ASAP

We are looking for a head cheese maker at Cricket Creek Farm to work with the creamery manager and apprentices to make our several award winning cheeses.  

Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based dairy in Western Massachusetts. We make several award-winning cheeses from the milk of our herd of Brown Swiss and Jersey cows (currently milking about 25 cows). In addition to the cheese, we sell raw milk from our farm store. We also raise pigs and beef, and have an on-farm bakery. We make all our own hay for our cows that we feed out during the winter.

The head cheese maker must have experience making a variety of hard and soft cheeses, and experience in sanitation and maintenance of a creamery.  Work includes involvement in all aspects of running our farmstead creamery.

Job Description

  1. Overseeing the production of all the cheeses in our current repertoire (8 cheeses).
  2. Taking the lead on enforcing the maintenance and sanitation protocols.  This includes all equipment maintenance in the creamery.
  3. Teaching apprentices all facets of cheese making, both informally (during the work day) and also during “cheese school” on occasional afternoons.
  4. Troubleshoot recipes/inconsistencies with the products as needed and help apprentices refine their practices and work out problems with the cheeses as appropriate.
  5. Maintaining all required records, inventories, recipes, and data collected.
  6. Enforcing schedules, bringing an upbeat and positive attitude, being a leader on the farm.  We expect the person in this position to always be on time, always stick to a tight schedule, keep other people on track, and bring positive energy and enthusiasm to work every day.

We are located in Williamstown, MA – a small college town in the northern Berkshires. Williamstown has a great independent movie theater, the Clark Art museum, a wonderful theater festival in the summertime and several great restaurants. We are surrounded by preserved land with many hiking trails. Nearby is Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, and many lovely small towns. Williamstown is 3 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC.

Compensation: We provide a modest salary, some food, and possibly housing (to be determined).

Communication: Communication is of paramount importance here. We strive to create a work environment that is comfortable, open, clear, and honest for everyone. Every week we have a staff meeting, during which everyone sits down together to review the week and any upcoming news. During this meeting everyone shares personal highlights and difficulties of the previous week. It is also an opportunity to openly discuss any farm happenings.

Length of commitment: We are looking for at least a 2-year commitment, but ideally seeking a candidate that is interested in a long-term position.

Application process and timeline: We are hiring on a rolling basis. We highly encourage a visit from any serious applicant. We do have space available to house an applicant overnight, and a 2 to 3-day visit is ideal. Working and spending some time together will help let us determine whether you will be a good fit for the farm, and will help give you a better sense of us.

The first step is to answer the questions below and send us the responses along with a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references.  Reference letters are not required, but are helpful.  Based on the responses, we will contact you to set up a phone interview and potentially a visit.  Please send all application materials to info@cricketcreekfarm.com or call (413) 458-5888 if you have questions. Continue reading