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.

Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture

Sterling College and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems (RFC) invite applications for a full-time faculty position in Sustainable Agriculture, beginning in August 2016.

Candidates are expected to have a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Teaching assignments will include several of the following classes in the Sustainable Agriculture major:  Animal Science, Livestock Systems Management, Grazing Management, Agroecology and Whole Farm Planning and /or other courses consistent with the applicant’s expertise and the needs of the program. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach Ecology in the core curriculum.

The Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems is the instructional laboratory for an experiential and place-based education that integrates the kitchen, garden, farm, and forest. The Center aspires to model site-specific agroecosystems that are size scaleable and regionally adaptable. These agroecosystems are grounded in ecological principles that enhance nutrient cycling and support the biodiversity of species and genetics, while increasing the socioeconomic viability of communities, and build the practical skills and critical thinking capacities of our students. 

A successful applicant’s pedagogy engages students in experiential learning and analytical thinking, and integrates the RFC vision into the curriculum. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate as an active member of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Instructional Team and demonstrate the ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. The student to faculty ratio is 8 to 1 at Sterling College and great emphasis is placed on personalized education, strong advising, and interdisciplinary approaches to undergraduate studies. All full-time faculty serve as advisors to students, independent study instructors, senior project advisors, Work Program supervisors, and as active members of the Sterling community.

In addition, a successful candidate must hold an advanced degree in an agricultural science or a closely related field, with a terminal degree preferred by the date of employment.  Other important skills include significant  practical experience, and a strong background in teaching.  The application deadline is February 8, 2016. While the position is open until filled, priority will be given to candidates that meet the application deadline.  

Applicants should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one page statement of your personal teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Later in the process, applicants will be asked to provide proof of terminal degree.

Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Charlotte Rosendahl, Search Committee Chair, and sent to Ms. Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President at klavin@sterlingcollege.edu.

Second Cook

Sterling College and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems invite applications for a full-time staff position as Second Cook in the Kitchen to begin immediately.

The Second Cook will work closely with Sous Chefs and the Executive Chef.  Some aspects of the job include:

  • Prepare, cook and serve meals for 50 – 150 Sterling students, faculty, staff and families.
  • Improvise and be creative
  • Be willing to develop leadership qualities
  • Work with Sterling Farm and local products
  • Operate a clean, efficient, orderly, safe, and happy kitchen
  • Assist in cooking and organizing for campus wide special events and occasional off site catering events
  • Participate in teaching and supervising Sterling students in the kitchen

The second cook plays a quiet but crucial role to providing amazing food to the Sterling community by fulfilling the Sterling Kitchen Vision to support the mission of environmental stewardship education by functioning effectively and safely, constantly innovating and evolving, creatively utilizing ingredients available to us on campus and in the local community, and educating others wishing to adopt an enclosed food system.

The kitchen at Sterling College operates the #1 collegiate kitchen in the country for food that’s local, fair, and healthy, creating contemporary comfort cuisine with ingredients sourced mostly from on-campus and local purveyors.  We provide competitive salaries to those with the right experience and the right energy.

Qualifications and Skills Include:

  • Culinary degree preferred but not required.
  • Strong time management and cooking skills that they are excited to teach others
  • Willingness to learn from constructive feedback
  • Evenings and one weekend day required.
  • Must be an inspired self starter.
  • Shouldn’t be afraid to occasionally wash dishes.

Please send cover letter and résumé to Simeon Bittman, Executive Chef at sbittman@sterlingcollege.edu by November 25th.

Faculty Position in Outdoor Education

Sterling College invites applications from experienced college level educators for a full-time faculty position in Outdoor Education. We seek motivated and energetic candidates who have demonstrated ability to teach a range of technical skills, such as rock and ice-climbing, backcountry skiing, and canoeing, as well as experience in developing and instructing field programs of two to ten weeks in duration.  The successful candidate will be able to teach additional courses such as small group dynamics, challenge course facilitation, and upper level Outdoor Education courses in program administration and risk management.  This new position will include collaborative program leadership, as the College engages in a capital campaign to build new facilities and to launch the new Jed and Perry Williamson Center for Outdoor Education.  

Successful candidates will have the skills to work closely with colleagues to refine and develop the curriculum and program consistent with Sterling’s mission of environmental stewardship education. Important skills will include administrative and communication abilities, experience networking with outdoor education professionals, a strong academic background in experiential teaching methodology, excellent group facilitation skills, and enthusiasm for a range of outdoor pursuits in Northern New England and other regions.

The student to faculty ratio at Sterling is 8:1 and great emphasis is placed on personalized education, strong advising, and interdisciplinary approaches to undergraduate study. Responsibilities also include; working with students to develop and conduct independent studies, senior projects, and self-designed major proposals; supervising a student work crew position in support of the Outing Club, and collaborating with Sterling’s athletic program.   

A terminal degree in Outdoor Education or a related field is preferred, but candidates with a master’s degree and related teaching experience will also be considered. The Search Committee encourages applications from candidates with broad experience, but requires Wilderness First Responder certification, with American Mountain Guides Association certification a plus.

The College seeks to fill this position by July 1, 2016. To apply, please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references by November 24, 2015 to Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, klavin@sterlingcollege.edu. Phone: (802) 586-7711 x 111.

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.