Job Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities & Internships
POSITIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
WORK AND PLAY AT ISABELLA FREEDMAN
Join Isabella Freedman’s staff community for the short or long term. At Isabella Freedman, we approach our work as avodah, which means “service,” and we encourage staff members to bring joyfulness, self-examination and a desire for personal growth to the work environment.
We have made it a priority to create an environment that enables our staff members to discover and develop their own talents in the context of their work. Our emphasis on empowering every individual, in every position, to be efficient, proactive and professional, and to approach their work from a place of compassion and love, is a vital part of Isabella Freedman’s larger vision of tikkun olam, repairing the world.
Equal Opportunity Statement
Isabella Freedman is strongly committed to equal employment opportunities for all individuals.
Isabella Freedman will make all employment decisions for staff and applicants without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, alienage, citizenship or any other basis protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, compensation, training and development, benefits, promotion, demotion transfer, discipline or termination. All Isabella Freedman staff, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and live up to the true meaning of nondiscrimination.
In contrast to the Adamah Fellowship, which is a three-month educational program, Adamah apprenticeships are 9-12 month, professional, paid positions that achieve greater educational depth in a particular area of the farm or program and require significant commitment and responsibility. Apprentices lead work sessions and markets with Adamah fellows and thus need to be able to teach basic tasks while fostering an environment that is safe, conducive to learning, and fun. Apprentices should be good problem solvers, excellent leaders, have a generally positive attitude, care about revolutionizing our food system, have a sense of humor, and feel moved by the sight of rotting food waste mixed with manure and hay. Frequent communication between Adamah staff, apprentices, and fellows about meeting goals and expectations is key to how we operate. Apprentices will meet with their supervisor on goals throughout the season to reflect and to make intentional readjustments where necessary. Apprentices receive full room and board, including their own bedroom in a shared house with a kitchen. If an apprentice prefers not to share a house, there is also a cabin option available but it does not have a kitchen. They will have access to three meals a day in the Isabella Freedman dining hall when it is open, groceries when it is closed and all the fresh organic vegetables from the field that they can eat. Apprentices are invited to join in on many Isabella Freedman retreats and Hazon programs. Stipend is $800-$1,000/month depending on experience.
Adamah Field Apprentice
We are seeking a full-time, seasonal Field Apprentice to assist in all operations of the Adamah Farm, including seeding, planting, weeding, irrigating, harvesting, washing, organizing deliveries, pest/disease management, truck driving, composting and other farm tasks with Adamah fellows and occasionally with volunteers. During peak season (May-August) the apprentice will work approximately 45 hours per week; during calmer months the apprentice will work 30-40 hours per week with seven vacation days and some days off for holidays.
Apprenticeship dates: April 1 - December 6, 2014. Click here to learn more about Adamah.
Qualifications: At least one season of experience in production agriculture is required. The field apprentice must be able to lift fifty pounds, be in good physical shape and enjoy long hours in the field.
Download a complete job description here (pdf).
Applicants will undergo an in-person or telephone interview and must submit three professional references. If interested in starting the process, please email a resume and cover letter (and any questions) to Janna Berger, Adamah Field Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adamah Food Education Apprentice
The Food Education Apprentice will be trained and mentored by the Adamah Associate Director Sarah Chandler and benefit from the expertise of all Adamah staff. A structured learning and reflection process will be followed and there will be time set-aside for educational experiences on food, farm and Judaism. Responsibilities include:
- Program Administration: Assist the Adamah Director and Associate Director in tasks to prepare for and run the Adamah Fellowship: applications, evaluations, planning classes, scheduling, logistics, fellow care, etc.
- Education: 1) Cultivate Adamah Food/Farm presence in Dining Hall. This includes creating farm to table educational materials as well as live presentations during retreats. 2) Helping to plan and run educational events and retreats, urban sustainability trips, weekend programs. 3) Leading morning services, 'Avodat Lev,' and perhaps classes for Adamah fellows and leading tours for retreat guests.
- Off-site Sales: Manage all aspects of pickle clubs and off-site markets. Scheduling, staffing (with staff and apprenti and fellows), market pack and inventory, vehicles, and clean-up (with fellows). Coordinate with local wholesale accounts and bulk orders with CSAs throughout the northeast.
- On-site Sales: Staff the bookstore 2-5 hours per week, occasionally more during peak season, in order to support Adamah product sales. Occasionally set up onsite markets and orders for retreat guests. Work with Hazon marketing department to set up displays and communication systems toward increasing onsite sales.
Dates and Compensation
- Dates: February 3, 2014 (start date flexible) - December 31, 2014 (2015 subject to review in June and July 2014)
- Room and Board Single Health Benefits - 75% employer contribution
- Access to Isabella FreedmanÕs year round classes and programs
- Desire and ability to meld community building, spirituality, Judaism, food and farm education
- Patience and perseverance
- Works well with a wide range of personalities
- Ability to do lift up to 40 lbs
- Experience working independently on short term and long term projects
- Detail oriented - both for computer and sales skills
- Ability to lead activities for kids and tours for adults
Applicants will undergo an in-person or telephone interview and must submit three professional references. If interested in starting the process, please email a resume and cover letter (and any questions) to Sarah Chandler, Adamah Associate Director at email@example.com.
Mashgiach / Mashgichah (Kosher Supervisor)
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center seeks a full time residential mashgiach to begin March 2014. Candidate must be tolerant of all people and uphold our organization's values of respect for diversity and individuality, and environmental responsibility. Kashrut supervision and responsibilities include:
- Monitoring of proper distinction (cooking, storing, labeling) between meat, dairy, and pareve foods and implements
- Monitoring of proper usage of kitchen on Shabbat and Jewish (Yom Tov) holidays by Jews and non-Jews
- Re-koshering of items, when necessary and possible
Unlocking kitchen and dining hall doors in the morning and making sure they are locked in the evening
- Locking and unlocking appropriate meat and dairy cabinets when necessary
- Cleaning and checking greens and other produce for bugs
- Checking eggs for blood spots
- Toiveling utensils
- Providing kosher support to staff housing, as requested
- Koshering kitchen for Passover and for Chalov Yisroel retreat groups, as needed
- "Taking challah" from baked goods
- Documenting and updating kosher policies for Isabella Freedman, including correspondence with the HKC
- Checking and maintaining the campus eruv
Candidates must be halachically observant and have a working knowledge of hilchot kashrut, shabbat and eruvin.
Compensation: $475/week plus room and board and a full benefits package
For more information and to apply, please contact Jeffrey Greenberg, Finance Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center seeks a committed candidate to initiate and follow through on ecological improvements to the campus while simultaneously maintaining the grounds in their current state. During the spring and summer, this staff person would maintain Isabella Freedman's campus including approximately two and a half days/week of mowing. During the winter, s/he would manage a permaculture design process for the campus that focused on an educational, beautiful, and ecologically functional low-maintenance campus. This person must be able to work hard in the outdoors with lawn-care machinery and be familiar with ecological design and permaculture. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Lawn care and maintenance (mowing, weed whacking, clearing brush, trimming and pruning shrubbery
- Managing a campus permaculture design process that includes other key staff members in assessment, goal-setting, and mapping
- Supervising fellows, interns, and volunteers who are working on landscaping
- Emergency on-call nights and weekends
Annual salary includes room, board, full use of the facility, and full benefit package.
Download a PDF of the job description here.
For more information and to apply, please contact Rikki SaNogueira, Operations Director at email@example.com.
Work in a beautiful environment with a warm and caring staff. Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center seeks a skilled maintenance assistant for the summer season. Candidate must be tolerant of all people and uphold our organization's values of respect for diversity and individuality, and environmental responsibility. Responsibilities and tasks include:
- Routine Repairs (painting, drywall, minor plumbing, etc.)
- Lawn care
- Snow removal
- Equipment maintenance and minor repairs
- Lifting and moving heavy items
- Ladder use
- Regularly touch-base with the Guest Services Representative on duty about guest needs
- Prompt response to guest requests and needs as made through the Guest Services Representative
- Tolerance of all peoples
- Experience with routine small engine repair
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work most weekends throughout the year
- Ability to lift and move heavy loads
- Willingness to use non-violent communication
- Plumbing, electrical, and carpentry a plus
- Clean driving record
Compensation is $11 - $14/hr commensurate with experience
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rikki SaNogueira, Operations Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isabella Freedman Volunteer Opportunities
Would you like to spend a few months being part of the Isabella Freedman community? Learn about the many different paths of Jewish practice by supporting the pluralistic itinerary of programs hosted here, and through classes taught by renowned lecturers, rabbis, and leaders. This work includes setting up and breaking down program spaces, driving shuttles, shlepping compost, and more. Work towards creating meaningful, transformative experiences for all of the colors of the Jewish rainbow.
This could be you if you:
• are hard working
• have a positive "can-do" attitude
• love the outdoors
• love to learn new things
• love spending time at Isabella Freedman
Volunteers are expected to work 30-40 hours per week. They receive room, board, and retreat credits (good towards amazing programs like Shavuot and Sukkahfest), plus personal learning experiences with some of the thought leaders of our generation. Don't miss out on an amazing learning experience!
Spring (February - June) FULL FOR 2013
Be a part of building the Passover and Shavuot experiences.
Summer (June - October) FULL FOR 2013
Summer fun and Sukkahfest!
Fall/Winter (October - February) NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
Enjoy New England Foliage and the green peace of a Berkshire winter.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rikki SaNogueira, Operations Director at email@example.com.