Lead Cheesemaker

Come join the cheese team at Shelburne Farms! We are currently seeking a motivated, dependable, hard-working, quality-focused cheesemaker to help produce our award-winning farmstead cheddar cheese. The proposed start date is mid-April.

Primary duties include:

  • Cheese production throughout every step of the process from the arrival of milk to final press
  • Participation in cleaning, sanitation, record keeping, and food safety
  • Cheese processing, including cutting, waxing, packaging, and labeling for retail sale
  • Assisting in performing order fulfillment and shipping, especially during the holiday season
  • Sales and marketing assistance at farmers markets, demos, food shows, and farm programs

Organization Overview

Shelburne Farms is an education nonprofit on a mission to inspire and cultivate a sustainable future. We offer transformative learning experiences to help educators and students create a better world.  Our home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm located on the traditional, unceded homelands—Ndakinna—of the Winooskik band of the Abenaki.  

Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion   

We believe a sustainable and peaceful future will be grounded in respect and appreciation for the interconnections between natural ecosystems and the human communities in all of their diversity and cultural richness. The Farm is strongly committed to demonstrating this belief in its governance, management and programs. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is an ongoing area for capacity building, learning and practice across the whole organization.

Diversity is a core value at Shelburne Farms. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all program participants, guests, and staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

Local Food System Work

In our food systems work at Shelburne Farms, we believe that soil, plant, animal, environmental and human health are interconnected and that agriculture is the base of a healthy culture and civilization. Our goal is to be a diversified, organic farm that supports a healthy local food system and creates an inspiring learning environment. We are dedicated to growing and serving wholesome food, and purchasing from producers we know and trust. Our customers enjoy delicious meals that feature fresh, seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, as well as cheese, pasture raised meat and other products from the Farm and from our region’s farming community.

Qualifications & Requirements: 
  • Cheesemaking or milk and cheese chemistry experience is preferred but not required
  • Experience with Good Manufacturing Practices, cleaning and sanitation, and food safety is preferred
  • Significant physical strength and endurance, including the ability to lift 50+ lbs repetitively. Includes long days on your feet working in hot and cold environments such as makerooms and coolers. 
  • Team player that is flexible, hardworking and wants to learn more about the art and science of cheesemaking


Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. Based on Abenaki land along the shores of Lake Champlain, our campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.  We’ve been producing raw milk cheddar at the farm for over 30 years. The farm is located on the shores of Lake Champlain and just a short drive from Burlington. For more information about the farm visit shelburnefarms.org

Benefits:  Hourly, year round, full-time position with health care, 401(k), and other benefits.
Term:  Year Round
Time:  Full Time
How To Apply: 

Please email or mail resume and cover letter to:

Morgan Rainville
Interim Creamery Manager
Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
or [email protected]

Shelburne Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a culturally aware learning community that is open to multiple perspectives.