Seasonal Culinary and Event Staff Member

ABOUT

 

Harlem Valley Homestead is a hospitality-focused, diversified vegetable, flower and livestock farm on 250 acres in Wingdale, NY. Our mission is to deepen our connections to place, to each other, and to ourselves, through hands-on learning and experience in rural and agrarian living. We maintain 50 acres in pasture, 1.5 acres of intensive crop production, and 3 acres in cover crop for future production. Current enterprises include beef cattle, layer chickens, feeder pigs, vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, mushrooms, and a modest apiary. While we are not certified, we adhere to organic practices. 

 

We are currently experiencing a dynamic stage of growth as we establish the foundation of our farm and work towards our future of hosting overnight guests. 

JOB SUMMARY 

 

We are looking for a full-time staff person to assist across multiple departments for the 2021 season. This role will primarily support our culinary branch but will also include responsibilities to support our events, retail sales and hospitality initiatives. 

 

The culinary branch is responsible for onsite and offsite events, including farm dinners and private parties. This branch also holds educational staff tasting events, creates content for the CSA newsletter and social media accounts and is creating a line of value-added products. Our events calendar is closely tied to culinary events but also provides support to farm programming. Responsibilities change based on each week’s priorities. The primary point of contact will be our Culinary Manager. 

 

Positive attitude, flexibility, self-motivation, a sense of humor and a collaborative spirit are a

must. Interest in regenerative agriculture, sustainable event management and fostering connection to land are important. 

 


RESPONSIBILITIES

Culinary

  • Hands-on prep and execution of culinary events 

  • Pre-event and post-event checklists

  • Store runs

  • Seating charts

Events

  • Day-of Arrival Contact 

  • Liability forms 

  • Email collection

  • Enforcing HVH COVID protocols

  • Light event photography

  • Overall field producer / timekeeper

Retail Sales

  • Labeling / collateral : printing, paper cutting, note -writing

  • Packing & Mailing

Marketing

  • Weekly Farm Manager harvest meeting photos

  • Content creation requests = 2 hrs per week

  • Data entry of guest contact and preferences 

Hospitality

  • Weekly farmhouse tidying: compost event flowers, wash vases

  • Laundry: move, fold, sort, put away, iron linens 

  • Pre-guest and post-guest checklist for Milk House

REQUIREMENTS + QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Must have 2-3 years of experience in a professional kitchen and be comfortable working independently

  • Immediate availability through Thanksgiving, possibly extended through the end of 2021

  • Advanced social skills & communication skills

  • Advanced task management

  • Moderate computer skills: Google suite

  • Moderate photography & social media skills

  • This is a full-time position. Willing to consider part-time applicants (minimum 4 days per week)

  • Availability and willingness to work on Saturdays and some evenings, based on event schedule

  • Respect for safety guidelines and willing to follow safety procedures (including COVID protocol)

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs safely and repeatedly

  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and cooperatively as a member of a small team

  • Punctuality and reliability are essential

COMPENSATION + BENEFITS

 

  • $18-$20 / hour 

  • PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Access to surplus produce when available and staff discount on most farm product

  • C.R.A.F.T. (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) membership with the opportunity to visit regional farms

  • Work with a dynamic team of educators, farmers, cooks, conservationists and naturalists

  • Participation in on-farm educational workshops and community events (COVID dependent)

  • Training will be provided for all tasks and equipment as needed

APPLY

 

Please note that this job description is not comprehensive. Activities, duties and/or

responsibilities may change at any time. If you think Harlem Valley Homestead might be a good

fit for you, we encourage you to apply by emailing the following information to

jobs@harlemvalleyhomestead.com

 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to set up a phone interview followed by a farm visit or video interview (depending on applicant distance and COVID feasibility).

 

Please answer the following questions:

  • Tell us a little about yourself! What is your background? Interests? What are your

long-term career goals?

  • Why do you think Harlem Valley Homestead is a good fit for you?

  • How would you describe your ideal working environment? What motivates you to

work quickly and efficiently? How do you best learn new concepts and skills?

  • Are you willing and able to work weekends and evenings, as needed?

 

Please provide a resume.

 

Please provide three references.

At Harlem Valley Homestead we believe it is the collective sum of our individual differences that make us stronger as a whole. Harlem Valley Homestead is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and connectedness to each other and to the land. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, culture & ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, and all other protected classes.

We publicly affirm our ongoing commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization and that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of our policies, programs and hiring practices as we continue to learn about bias and racism.