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

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:

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


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.


  • 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


  • 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


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.


  • 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

New York – NOFA/NY hiring Community Engagement Coordinator

Farmington, New York

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is the oldest and largest organization in New York devoted to organic and sustainable farming and gardening. Our mission: NOFA-NY is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers creating a sustainable regional food system, which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA-NY brings consumer and farmer closer together to make high quality food available to all people.

NOFA-NY is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator to provide direct support of our outreach programs to our members, donors and supporters.  Responsibilities for outreach include facilitation of regional efforts across NYS and continued support of our CSA cost-share program.  Understanding of member and donor relations by providing superb customer service and accurate data input into a customized CRM system is required to assist in the execution of successful annual fundraising plans and membership campaigns by the Community Engagement Coordinator.  As a member of the in-office team in Farmington NY, this position supports all NOFA-NY programs and events by responding to requests from the general public and answering customer questions as needed.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Outreach: Identifies opportunities for regional engagement of community at large; identifies, tracks, and attends (as appropriate) external community events; and, contributes to the development of materials for tabling and outreach.
  • Program Management: Coordinates access to CSA programs for low-income participants and evaluates program success.
  • Fundraising: Assists with development and execution of major donor and fundraising campaigns; oversees quarterly lapsed member communications; and, creates a recognition plan to thank members, volunteers, and presenters.
  • Donor Data Management: Enters data and runs reports through Salesforce Database; reviews and updates member benefits; and, identifies creative ideas for generating and retaining more members.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills, attention to detail and computer skills.
  • Familiarity with event management/fundraising/registration databases or CRM systems.
  • Previous background in a membership-based organization or fundraising campaign preferred.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of organic and sustainable farming.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.
  • Non-profit or fundraising experience helpful.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

How to Apply

  • Direct cover letter and resume to
  • Applications will be accepted until June 16, 2017

80% FTE, $25,000 annually plus comprehensive benefit package

New York – Twin Star Orchards hiring Farm Manager

New Paltz, New York

Orchard Manager

Twin Star Orchards in New Paltz, NY is seeking a farm manager to oversee the day-to-day management of all orchard operations. Twin Star Orchards is the home orchard for Brooklyn Cider House, an award-winning craft hard cider company. Twin Star features a mix of dessert and heirloom cider apples. The farm’s underlying philosophy is that “ugly apples taste better.” This philosophy translates into low-impact farming practices that produce “ugly” yet delicious fruit for our hard cider and for our pick-your-own business in the fall. With a small but dedicated team, the farm manager is responsible for carrying out the mission of ugly apples on the 200-acre property.


  • Manage crew of 4-5 orchard workers
  • Coordinate pest management, pruning, thinning, trellising, harvesting with the support of a consultant and crew leader
  • Maintain detailed records
  • Ensure equipment and grounds are well maintained
  • Develop market for apples
  • Capital planning
  • General administration including payroll, bookkeeping, etc.


  • 2+ years of farm management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture of a related field is preferred but not required
  • Extensive knowledge of apples, fruit, or stonefruit
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (Spanish language ability is a plus)
  • Passion for sustainable agriculture and quality food (appreciation for hard cider is a plus)
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with other members of the team
  • Pesticide applicator license or desire to secure licensing

Work Schedule and Compensation

This is a permanent, salaried position averaging 50 hrs/wk, but can range from less than 40/wk to 60/wk, depending on season, Monday throughFriday or Monday through Saturdays during harvest. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. No benefits are available at this time.


155 N Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

 To Apply

Send résumé, cover letter, and 3 references to The position will remain opened until filled, with a target start date of May 15, 2017.

New York – Black Pheasant Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Dover Plains, New York

Full-time or part-time farm workers sought for employment at Black Pheasant Farm LLC, a certified organic farm in Dover Plains, New York.

Job openings for various experience, skill and pay levels.  Weekend jobs available. Farm experience, mechanical skill and landscaping knowledge helpful.  Jobs require physical work.  Will train and educated in organic farming.

Farm located less than 2 hours from NYC.  Applicants must be reliable, hard-working and have required work clothes, boots, gloves etc.

Interested candidates can email a brief “experience summary” to

New York – Shekomeko Farms hiring Farm Crew Members

Shekomeko, New York


Shekomeko Farms is a new and expanding small-scale diversified organic farm in the hamlet of Shekomeko, NY, between Millbrook and Millerton. We produce a diverse array of certified-organic vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, edible flowers, micro-greens, berries, fruit and honey. The primary goal of Shekomeko Farms is to provide delicious and thoughtfully curated produce and flowers directly to consumers both locally and in New York City. This season we will sell to restaurants locally and in New York City, and through an online store. We are also experimenting with advanced value-added processing and food preservation techniques in our on-site facility.


Shekomeko Farms is looking for individuals to join our farm crew for the season. We are looking for self-motivated individuals to join our farm team who are passionate about growing food and want to quickly take on management responsibilities. Given the start up nature of our operation, farmers will need to be able to efficiently perform a variety of job functions with high energy and a good sense of humor in all weather conditions alone or in a small group. Areas of work and responsibility will primarily be in production and may include:

  • propagation

  • planting

  • direct seeding

  • field prep

  • tractor work

  • equipment maintenance

  • cultivation

  • irrigation

  • trellising and

  • harvest

In addition, motivated crew members will have the opportunity to expand into sales through delivery, both locally and to New York City.

We are seeking individuals who

  • possess strong organizational skills

  • are detail oriented

  • able to streamline workflow

  • able to follow all operational procedures to ensure we maintain quality and consistent production.

  • able to lift and carry 50 lbs

  • have experience in a fast paced work environment such as a farm or restaurant

  • availability to occasionally work weekends for markets and farm chores

  • experience with tractors, equipment maintenance, construction and/or fruit production are all pluses.

Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from the farm and have appropriate workwear for all weather conditions and seasons. Work is seasonal, full time from April to early November, with longer work hours in the high season. There may be opportunities for year-round employment.


Pay scale starts at $13-15/hour for less experienced crew member positions. Higher pay scale available for more experienced individuals. Part time applicants may be considered. Housing is not included.


Please send a letter of interest and resume to If you are contacted for an interview, please have three professional references available.