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Careers at Gould Farm are diverse and rewarding. We are a close community of staff and guests focused on healing and hope. Our location in the Berkshires on a 700-acre working farm provides a rich landscape for candidates who enjoy the outdoors.

 

Employment

 

Positions are filled by individuals with expertise in a variety of disciplines including social work, culinary and baking/pastry arts, farming, gardening, finance and administration, marketing and maintenance. On-the-job and in-service training and supervision are part of Gould Farm’s pledge to provide a meaningful work experience for its employees. Staff and their families are expected to make a long-term commitment to the work and lifestyle of the Farm.

The Farm provides housing on the campus as well as food and other benefits including health and dental insurance, paid time off, 401K and more. Gould Farm is an equal opportunity employer.

Full-time, Volunteer positions are available in Monterey and Medford, MA including room & board, health insurance and volunteer stipend.

About Volunteering

Current employment opportunities listed below.

 

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Current employment opportunities

  • Residential Advisor - Boston Area

    We are looking for a dynamic practitioner with a passion for recovery and an unwavering belief in people’s ability to heal to join our dedicated team at Gould Farm’s Boston Area Program.  As part of Gould Farm’s full continuum of services, we support adult guests (our descriptor for residents) with mental health challenges like depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia transition from our supportive psychiatric rehabilitation community made up of residents, staff and their families, located on a working farm in the Berkshire woods, to begin to rebuild and regain their lives at our Fellside House in Medford.

    Fellside’s transitional residential program serves as a launchpad for guests as we assist them in setting up their next chapter post-Farm, including attaining meaningful work, clinical services and recreational and wellness centered activities. As part of a tiered-support approach, Fellside’s Extended Community program provides ongoing clinical case management to guests throughout their transition.

    Supervised by the Clinical/Program Director, and working as part of a collaborative team, the Residential Advisor (RA) works to support residents with life skills that foster confidence as they transition towards community reintegration. The RA works to build on the strengths of program participants and build community through cooking, arts and crafts, music, fitness and wellness and recreation activities. The RA promotes the values and spirit of Gould Farm, actively participates as a member of the community at meals and other gatherings; maintains open and honest communications with staff members; and promotes the safety and well-being of all community members.

     

    Responsibilities include:

    Life in the House:

    • Organize/lead activities such as potlucks, game night, art activities, mindfulness exercises, outings, etc.
    • Assist program participants with menu planning, meal preparation and cleanup;
    • Attend to general appearance of Fellside by tending to indoor and outdoor house cleaning and grounds and partnering with program participants and staff in maintaining a clean, orderly, and safe environment;
    • Participate and contribute to the community in ways that bring out individual talents and strengths;
    • Ensure program participants receive optimal quality of care and respect;

    Individual Support for Program Participants:

    • Support program participants in using their coping skills to tend to their wellness in person and by phone;
    • Support any extended community members on respite stays at Fellside;
    • Assist program participants in navigating public transportation systems or in obtaining driving directions; provide transportation in emergency situation or in circumstances authorized by on-call staff;
    • Provide support and encouragement to program participants with obtaining information from the internet and other resources to support their progress with achieving their goals;
    • Provide medication check-ins with program participants as occasionally needed; assist program participants in obtaining information for medication questions or concerns;
    • Assist program participants looking for volunteer and paid work;
    • Support visiting Farm Guests with getting to know the area and exploring possible resources in the area;

    Administrative and Other Activities:

    • Provide administrative support through updating electronic health record documentation;
    • Read and maintain professional documentation of daily interactions with program participants in log;
    • Overseeing the program’s monthly “Front Porch” newsletter;
    • Be prepared to pitch in to help cover the responsibilities of staff when they are absent and respond to emergencies including use of on-call support; follow through with crisis plans with on-call staff;
    • Uphold policies and guidelines set by Gould Farm and the Boston Area Programs;
    • Participate in staff, clinical, residential, and community meetings and trainings;

     

    Qualifications:  We are looking for someone with an interest in the mental health field, preferably with a BA in psychology or any of the human services related fields.  Maturity, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must and current driver’s license required. Patience, flexibility and a sense of humor needed! Valuable skill building opportunity for future career in mental health field! Non-smoker strongly preferred.

    This is a full-time live-in position, in employer provided substance-free housing on site. Competitive compensation and generous benefits package, including PTO, medical, dental and 401K.

    Gould Farm is an equal opportunity employer; the organization offers employment, advancement opportunities and benefits without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, religion, marital status, parental status, physical or mental ability, mental health, age, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, genetics, political beliefs, and any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal, or local laws. Candidates who can contribute to Gould Farm’s commitment to diversity are encouraged to apply.

     

    If interested, please contact the Human Resources Director at (413) 528-1804 or send a cover letter & resume to hr@gouldfarm.org or sbranca@gouldfarm.org.

  • Kitchen Work Team Leader

    Join a dynamic team dedicated to healing, recovery and reimagining mental health treatment. The Kitchen Work Team Leader works as a member of a multidisciplinary team that contributes to each guest’s treatment and recovery. Reporting to the Kitchen Manager, this position is responsible to assist in the successful operation of the Gould Farm kitchen facility, which feeds approximately 60 to 100 people per day, three meals per day. This position assists with the general operations of the kitchen, including meal preparation, maintenance of a clean, safety conscious and efficient work environment; and leadership of the guest work program.  This position is responsible for the promotion of the values of Gould Farm, reflected in the Mission Statement and participation as a contributing member of the community.

     

    Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    Kitchen Operations

    • Assist in overseeing the daily operation of the kitchen and maintaining the standards and expectations of excellence in work team performance and service.
    • Plan, prepare and deliver menu items in a manner that reflects attention to quality and service, and health and nutrition.
    • Maintain a clean, sanitary and safe work environment.
    • General housekeeping tasks and sanitation procedures, including sweeping, washing floors and windows, cleaning equipment and appliances, etc.

     

    Work Program

    • Create and support a work environment that is empowering for guests, volunteers and colleagues.
    • Teach and coach guests assigned to the area, by offering supportive, appropriate and challenging work assignments and recognizing accomplishments.
    • Collaborate with staff and guests to ensure an environment where all participant’s strengths, talents and voices are recognized.
    • Actively engage in a circle of support and feedback regarding guest participation in work therapy program as part of the overall Gould Farm therapeutic milieu.
    • Support other food service work teams, especially in a seasonal downswing.

     

    Administration

    • Meet weekly with the Manager for ongoing supervision to support professional growth and competency.
    • Serve in leadership roles, supporting volunteers and per diem staff.
    • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled staff and community meetings.
    • Participate in ongoing training to meet performance expectations.

    Qualifications: This position requires residency at the Farm as a condition of employment (living at Gould Farm in provided housing).  Should suitable housing not be available at the time of hire, agreement to moving to the Farm as soon as suitable housing is available is a contingency of employment.  This position requires food service experience, and the ability to work collaboratively as a team member.  Excellent communication and organization skills and the ability to assist with the integration of community feedback into a continuous improvement initiative are essential.

    Gould Farm is an equal opportunity employer; the organization offers employment, advancement opportunities and benefits without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, religion, marital status, parental status, physical or mental ability, mental health, age, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, genetics, political beliefs, and any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal, or local laws. Candidates who can contribute to Gould Farm’s commitment to diversity are encouraged to apply.

    Compensation: $15 per hour, with a great benefits package including all meals/food, low cost housing/utilities, medical/dental, life insurance, generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and 401K.

     

    INTERESTED CANDIDATES SHOULD SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTEREST AND RESUME VIA EMAIL TO HUMAN RESOURCES:  hr@gouldfarm.org.

  • Weekend Relief Staff - Boston Area

    Weekend Residential Staff, Boston Area Programs- Hourly Position

    Fellside, Medford, MA

    Reporting to the Clinical/Program Director, this position is responsible for providing leadership for a transitional and community-based program supporting adults with mental illness on their journey toward recovery and greater independence. The position provides the link to full-time staff regarding resident and Extended Community member concerns, crises, issues, etc. that come up over the weekend period.

    Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Ensure that all program participants receive optimal quality of care and support.
    • Be aware of resident schedules (comings and goings) and maintain an accurate account of who is in the building and their well-being.
    • Respond to emergencies during shift, including use of on-call clinical support.
    • Follow through with any crisis plans put in place by on-call clinical staff.
    • Do medication check-ins as scheduled and assist residents and extended community members in obtaining information for medication concerns.
    • Uphold all policies/guidelines set by Gould Farm and the Boston Area Programs.
    • Complete morning and evening log checklist sheets, including all relevant information during shifts; summarize in weekend log notes.
    • Complete household projects as requested and transition with staff at the beginning and end of shift.
    • Tend to the general appearance of the house and encourage residents to maintain a clean, orderly, and safe home. Assist residents with chores and menu planning.
    • Assist residents with transportation support; provide occasional transportation in Fellside vehicle in circumstances authorized by on-call staff.
    • Support Boston Area Program Extended Community members by phone; support any Extended Community members on respite at Fellside during the weekend, which may include implementing particular intervention plans; support an occasional Gould Farm guest visiting or arriving on a weekend.
    • Act as front line person for any maintenance concerns that arise on Fellside property. Contact on-call staff and follow appropriate plan as situation warrants.

    Qualifications: BA degree with 2-3 years in human services desired. Compassion, warm and clear communication skills and driver’s license required. Good organizational, computer and planning skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member. Patience, interest in learning and wellness, and a sense of humor required. Available to work Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays on a rotational basis. Willingness to restrict activities/home environment to low risk exposure to COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. Knowledge of Boston area, non-smokers and availability for additional weeknight substitute shifts preferred. Rate of pay: $18.50/hr

    Contact Info: If interested, send cover letter & resume to: sbranca@gouldfarm.org.

To apply for employment, please send cover letter and resume to hr@gouldfarm.org

 

 

Michael J. Covell

Human Resources Director

Gould Farm
PO Box 157
Monterey, MA 01245-0157

413-528-1804 x17
or
(fax) 413-645-1022

 

 

 

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