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 Livestock Assistant


The Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Livestock Assistant 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 August 15th, 2015 (negotiable).

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

To create availability and functionality for our academics, the Assistant takes primary responsibility for day to day management of the livestock, pasture, and associated infrastructure, works directly with the Farm Manager  to provide food for the Sterling Kitchen, coordinates with classes that use the farm , and interfaces with the community through an educational lens.

All of the duties listed below, the Assistant performs with direct mentoring from the Farm Manager.

  • The Assistant works with a team of up to twelve student employees.  She or he is responsible for creating an educationally stimulating work setting, to facilitate completion of all livestock management tasks.
  • The Assistant coordinates with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, kitchen, farm, and students are well supported throughout the seasons.  The Educator interacts with and participates as a teacher in farm-based classes and helps supervise students involved in independent studies at the farm.
  • Within this context, the Assistant is responsible for basic farm management, including: acquiring and breeding livestock, teaching appropriate feed regimens; promoting preventative health management; diagnosing and treating minor ailments or injuries; construction and maintenance of necessary housing; conducting on-farm processing; managing intensive pasture rotations; installing water and fencing systems; managing a campus wide composting operation for  kitchen and livestock wastes; keeping accurate and appropriate records and planning documents; and, coordinating animal production that meets the needs of the curriculum and kitchen.
  • The Assistant acts as the voice of the Livestock operation, through community announcements and awarenesses, developing periodic on-farm events, and presentation of the Livestock operation to prospective students, community members and other visitors to the College.  This requires public speaking, informal presentations, farm tours, and attendance at agricultural events, both on- and off-campus.

About Sterling:

Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship.  Sterling maintains a produce and livestock operation on 150 acres of mixed pasture, gardens, and woodlot.  These educational operations also provide a significant portion of Sterling College meals, and nearly all of the farm’s lumber needs.  Students are integrated into the farm through courses, the Work College program, and generally being a part of the sustainable Sterling College community. Students complete daily chores, conduct research, perform experiments, and receive hands-on experience growing crops, managing livestock, working with draft animals, and stewarding the College’s woodlot.

“The Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture program provides students with the tools to become stewards of the land while managing a productive place-based agroecosystem.  Students utilize systems thinking as a guiding principle coupled with the application of ecologically sound practices.”


Applicants should have experience teaching, preferable 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.  Basic farm construction/carpentry skills, and familiarity with safe operation of farm equipment, are highly desirable.

The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Farm Assistant is a 12-month renewable position that includes a $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 Apprenticeship begins in mid-August 2015.

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three references, by July 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.

Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner

The Nurse / Nurse Practitioner works closely with the office of the Dean of Community to support the overall health and wellness of the Sterling College community. The Nurse / Nurse Practitioner supports Wellness and Social Justice as primary community values, and is an active, engaged presence on campus.

The Nurse:

  • Supports a culture of wellness, safety and respect
  • Makes self available as primary health resource for community
  • Attends to the medical needs of the community; makes referrals as necessary and appropriate
  • Advocates for students when accessing community resources (with providers, insurance, pharmacies, etc.)
  • Coordinates with Dean of Community’s office to identify and address community wellness needs
  • Provides or arranges for wellness-related trainings to the community as needed, including yearly CPR / 1st Aid certifications and Blood Borne Pathogens trainings
  • Coordinates and supports wellness programming for Veterans
  • Coordinates with Community Advisors and student leaders to host or bring wellness events to community:

Equity, social justice, sexuality, gender, alternative healing, herbalism, nutrition, stress, sexual health, mental health, etc.

Position is 20-30 hrs/week, 12 months/yr.

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three references, by July 3rd, 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.


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.