Sterling College is in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, with a supportive staff and dedicated students. Full-time employees are eligible to participate in Sterling College’s group health insurance plan and TIAA-CREF retirement plan.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Sustainable Agriculture Garden Apprentice

The Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Garden Apprentice position is an experiential, immersive learning and leadership opportunity for a passionate, inspired, and enthusiastic individual ready to help teach Sterling College students how to manage a diversified year-round farm and live in a small close-knit college community.  The position begins July 1st, 2015.

The Sterling farm is a working, multi-faceted, living classroom that serves the entire Sterling College community.  The Garden Assistant is the teacher and technician who engages in whole farm care to maximize educational opportunities.  The Assistant’s primary function at the College is to make this agricultural classroom available to the Sterling College curriculum and community.

To create availability and functionality for our academics, the Assistant will take responsibility for day to day management of five acres of Sterling Gardens and associated structures, work directly with the Sterling kitchen to provide food for meals, coordinate with faculty and staff to fulfill academic and other needs, and interface with the community through an educational lens.

All of these duties the Assistant performs with direct mentoring from the Sustainable Agriculture Faculty team and Farm Manager.

  • The Assistant works with a team of six to twelve student employees.  She or he is responsible for supervising work crews and creating an educationally stimulating work setting, to facilitate completion of all crop management tasks.
  • The Assistant coordinates with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, kitchen, and garden is well supported throughout the seasons.  The Assistant interacts with crop production classes, helps supervise land management by students involved in independent studies in the gardens, and ensures availability of garden/land resources for research and other academic uses.
  • The Assistant helps manage crop production, coordinate weekly harvest, manage hoophouses, maintain all gardens and related structures in an organized and aesthetically pleasing manner, and works directly with the Sterling kitchen to facilitate order placement and fulfillment.
  • The Assistant acts as the voice of the Sterling Gardens, through community announcements and awarenesses, developing periodic on-farm events, and presentation of the Gardens to prospective students, community members and other visitors to the College.  This requires public speaking, informal presentations, garden tours, and attendance at agricultural events, both on- and off-campus.
  • The Assistant’s specific responsibilities include tasks such as: teaching how to plant, cultivate, fertilize, harvest, clean and package a wide range of crops for kitchen use; installing irrigation systems; identifying and managing disease and pest problems; construction and maintenance of necessary fencing and season extension structures; management of perennial food crops; integration of herb, flower, vegetable and fruit crops into the food production system; preservation and processing of crops; food systems coordination for invoices, vegetable deliveries, and curriculum-kitchen connections; and record keeping and planning for production.  All of these tasks should be done with student involvement, and in concert with farm and academic goals.


Applicants should have experience teaching, preferably in a small-scale farm environment, have a demonstrated ability to work independently, and as a part of a team, have experience in managing a small diverse farm or a similar system and have completed a B.A. or B.S. program in an appropriate field by the start date of the hire.

The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Garden Assistant is a 24-month renewable position with review after 6 months, that includes an $1000 monthly stipend, housing, meals, one three credit equivalent course per semester, and eligibility to enroll in Sterling College full-time employee benefits.  This compensation package is valued at over $2800 per month.  The position begins in early July 2015.

For more information, contact:

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three references, by May 20th, to Katie Lavin, Sterling College, P.O. Box 72, Craftsbury Common VT 05827. Email: klavin@sterlingcollege.edu
Phone: (802) 586-7711 x101 Fax: (802) 586-2596

Electronic submission of application material is preferred.


Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations

“Nourish the Roots: The Campaign for Sterling”


Sterling College seeks an experienced and aspirational leader of fundraising and alumni relations to partner closely with its president to reimagine philanthropy for Sterling College. This is a rare opportunity for a highly motivated person to support a comprehensive campaign on behalf of the leading voice in environmental stewardship education, at a time of global focus on sustainability and the human relationship with the natural world.

Joining the College at a pivotal time of growth and renewal, the Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations will articulate the case for support to the college’s stakeholders and prospective donors for its upcoming campaign by designing and implementing comprehensive advancement programs including the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, planned gifts, endowment, and alumni and parent relations efforts.

The Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations reports to President Derr, is a member of the Administrative Council leadership team, and will share responsibility for furthering Sterling’s environmental stewardship mission and strategic plan. The College seeks a creative thinker, a persuasive communicator, and a collaborative leader. The Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations must be keen to work closely with and meaningfully engage trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, and friends of Sterling College.


A community organizer and educational leader, Matthew Derr was selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the 11th president of Sterling College in 2012. In 2011, he was awarded the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Chief Executive of the Year award for his work leading the alumni effort to revitalize and reopen Antioch College, an effort that raised more than $20 million. At Sterling, President Derr led the development and launch of an ambitious strategic plan and in his first three years has overseen a substantial increase in philanthropic support for the College. Under his leadership, Sterling divested its endowment from the fossil fuel sector, making Sterling only the third institution in the United States to do so. President Derr is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has studied at the George Heyman Center for Philanthropy at NYU.


Sterling College is a baccalaureate degree-granting, non-sectarian, co-educational, residential institution of higher learning accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation. Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems, and Outdoor Education.

For more information about Sterling and its mission, visit: www.sterlingcollege.edu.


Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from an accredited institution and have a passion for the College’s mission of environmental stewardship. Competitive candidates will have five or more years of successful fundraising experience or similar professional experience that applies to this senior role. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working in higher education. Outstanding communication, team mindset, and interpersonal skills are required.

To apply interested candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé to Ms. Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, at klavin@sterlingcollege.edu. The deadline for submitting materials is March 1, 2015.

Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. Sterling College prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran’s status.