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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.


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.


Current employment opportunities

Monterey, ma location

  • Kitchen Work Team Leader

    Reporting to the Kitchen Manager, this position is responsible to assist in the successful operation of the Gould Farm kitchens including the main kitchen which serves approximately 60-100 people three times each day, and the Roadside Café, a breakfast and lunch establishment that serves the public.  Taking direction from the Kitchen Manager and the Assistant Manager, this position is responsible for assisting with the general operations of the kitchens including maintenance of a clean, safety conscious and efficient work environment, leadership of the guest work program, and assisting in meal planning, production, and service. Responsible to promote the values and spirit of Gould Farm, to actively participate as a member of the community and to continuously seek ways to improve, both self and function.


    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 circle of support and feedback regarding guest participation in work program as part of the overall Gould Farm therapeutic milieu.
    • Support other food service work teams, especially in a seasonal downswing.



    • Meet weekly with Manager for ongoing supervision to support professional growth and competency.
    • Serve in leadership role, 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.

    Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume via email to Human Resources:

To apply for employment, please send cover letter and resume to

Michael J. Covell

Human Resources Director

Gould Farm
PO Box 157
Monterey, MA 01245-0157

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

Volunteer full-time in residence at the farm or in boston

Gould Farm offers an opportunity for volunteers from around the world to participate in the life of this special community through a full-time, extended term of service in residence at the Farm or Fellside, our Boston area program.

The energy, vitality, and commitment of our volunteers provide a valuable contribution to our mission. Volunteers are immersed in the Gould Farm community working on one of our work teams, or providing evening and overnight support in one of the residences. Mature and caring individuals interested in living in a therapeutic community are encouraged to apply. Because Gould Farm values the strength of its community, we ask that volunteers commit to a year’s service. We provide our year long volunteers with room and board, health insurance, and a monthly living stipend. A few short-term internships are available throughout the year on a limited basis.

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I came to Gould Farm because I wanted to get social work experience before graduate school. Now in my second year as a volunteer on the residential team, I am grateful to have found much more. Ultimately, at Gould Farm I have found both a place to call home and the chance to feel a part of something much larger than myself.

– Kijai, Residential Volunteer

I loved my experience volunteering at Gould Farm so much that I decided to stay for a 2nd year!
I connected on a deep level with the mission of the Farm, the guests, and with my team. During my service, I felt tremendous personal and professional growth. A big heartfelt thanks to Gould Farm!

– Sherene, Residential Volunteer

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