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

New York – The Center for Discovery hiring Multiple Positions

Multiple Locations, New York

The Center for Discovery is a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities, nestled in the foothills of the Catskills. Life at TCFD is centered around our Thanksgiving Farm and our Food is Medicine philosophy. For more information about what we do, please visit: www.thecenterfordiscovery.org

Vegetable Farmer

A Full-time, year-round vegetable farmer position growing certified organic/biodynamic vegetables in the southern Catskills of New York. Thanksgiving Farm is owned and operated by the Center for Discovery, a large non-profit organization, which is also the farm’s principal customer. We also run a 300 member CSA. Field production on 18 acres, 8 high tunnels for season extension and three heated greenhouses for winter greens production. Competitive salary and benefits. Eligibility for on-farm housing. 3-5 years’ experience in managing diversified, mechanized field vegetable production preferred. Conversational Spanish a plus. This is a long-term career opportunity for the right person.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Harris, NY 12742

Required experience:

  • farming: 3 years

Required language:

  • Spanish

To apply please email your resume with “Vegetable Farmer” in the subject line to swallcarty@tcfd.org

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Cheesemaker Wanted for New Goat Dairy

Ready to make amazing cheese? 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.

Qualifications

  • Cheese making experience
  • Knowledge of equipment, safety and handling procedures, as well as finishing including ageing.
  • Experience with animal husbandry especially with goats
  • Works well autonomously as well as within a team environment.
  • Experience with product development a plus
  • Flexibility
  • Great attitude

Responsibilities

  • Goat management in conjunction with our livestock team
  • Handling and milking of livestock
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all equipment.
  • Proper holding and storage of milk for cheese.
  • Help create and follow all cheese recipes.
  • Product safety and following HACCP style food safety program.
  • Production quality from beginning through packaging and delivery.
  • Follow state and federal cheese making regulations.
  • Light office work.
  • Some teaching and interaction with individuals with special needs (experience not required).

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Harris, NY

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required experience:

  • Cheese Making: 1 year

To apply please email your resume with “Cheesemaker” in the subject line to swallcarty@tcfd.org

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Registered Dietician

A fantastic opportunity for a Registered Dietitian who is interested in working within our “Food is Medicine” model. Located on a certified organic and biodynamic farm, The Center for Discovery is home to a food program that focuses on providing optimal nutrition to individuals with developmental disabilities. Work with chefs, farmers, and other clinicians to maximize the therapeutic use of whole foods.

Requirements:

  • Must be a registered dietitian with at least 2 years clinical experience.
  • Knowledge/expertise in autism a plus
  • Research background/interest also helpful

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Monticello, NY 12701

Required experience:

  • Registered Dietitian: 2 years

To apply please email your resume with “Dietitian” in the subject line to swallcarty@tcfd.org

Connecticut – Deep River Farms hiring Livestock Farm Hand

Deep River, Connecticut

Livestock Farm-Hand

Deep River Farms is a diversified, non-certified organic farm in Deep River, CT.

We are seeking a part time livestock farm hand to help care for our organic and naturally raised laying hens and Nigerian Dwarf goats. We are looking for a self-motivated individual to join our team. The candidate must have passion for working with animals and attention to detail.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Independent self-starter.
  • Experience with animals a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of farm systems and the unique expectations of farm work.
  • Must be comfortable using and maintaining tools and mechanized equipment.
  • Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds and work in all weather. Weekend work required.

Responsibilities:

  • Day to-day care of the animals (clearing stalls, providing food, moving animals and their mobile coops etc).
  • Maintenance, construction and repair assistance as directed
  • Grinding, mixing and tracking grain for all of the animals.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Instructions to apply: Please send 3 job related references, resume, and cover-letter, describing your qualifications for this freelance, consultant position to: farmer@ deepriverfarms.com

COMPENSATION: TBD