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Careers

Work at Fearrington Village

We are an equal opportunity employer.

We’re hiring! And we’re always looking for folks with a positive attitude and a desire to satisfy the customer. The name of the company is Fitch Creations, Inc., but most folks know us as Fearrington VillageTM. We started Fearrington in 1974 and we are its sole developer and builder. We own and manage almost all the businesses in our Village Center, including the shops, restaurants, inn, spa, bookstore and more. It’s all we do, and we’re based here too. These different businesses offer you paths for career growth.

Current Openings

Catering & Special Events Staff

Catering and Special Event staff are responsible for working special events on the property including weddings and corporate functions. These functions are located at one of Fearrington’s on-site venues, including The Fearrington Barn and The Garden Terrace. Recently, Forbes Travel Guide, America’s most trusted hospitality ranking system, listed The Fearrington House Inn as the nation’s “top luxury hotel for weddings.” It’s a great opportunity to become a part of a great team!

The Catering and Special Event team is responsible for site preparation, food service and upholding a high standard for customer service. Work is year round, but seasonal with spring and fall being the busiest times. They will report to the catering manager.

Long work days are common (approximately 12+/- hours, working inside and outside, and many events are nights and weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Responsibilities include:

  • Set up for events; including cleaning, stocking and set-up of regularly used items such as tablecloths and place settings, arranging table placement and putting up a buffet, carry trays to serve guests and cleaning up at the event’s conclusion.
  • A catering staff’s duties during the event can vary based on the situation, but, in general, they must be able to focus on the job while staying on their feet and moving about freely, which can include bending, climbing stairs and carrying items weighing 25-50 pounds.
  • Good communication is important, as is being able to follow directions efficiently and meeting the physical demands of the job. A positive attitude while on the job is also essential.
  • Catering staff must adhere to health and safety standards at all times, even when closing down at the end of the event, which will include breaking down the table set up and taking tablecloths and linens to the laundry.

Qualifications include:

  • Ability to arrive at work in a timely manner and with a pleasing disposition
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as banquet event orders
  • Ability to prioritize work tasks, multi-task, and maintain focus
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Previous customer service experience is preferred but not required

Breakfast Server

Join one of America’s top fine dining restaurants, The Fearrington House Restaurant located near Chapel Hill, NC, and work under the direction of Executive Chef Colin Bedford. Chef Bedford was recently awarded the international culinary world’s top accolade, Grand Chef.

A breakfast server is responsible for the daily preparation of the restaurant, food service and upholding a high standard for customer service. They will report to the head maître d’.

Responsibilities include:

  • Cleans and stocks regularly used items
  • Maintains working knowledge of menu items and specials
  • Operates cash register/customer payment, follows all front end and cash accountability procedures
  • Trains other staff as needed
  • Maintains back-stock areas according to department standards
  • Assists in other departments as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs

Qualifications include:

  • Ability to arrive at work in a timely manner and with a pleasing disposition
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as department manual
  • Ability to prioritize work tasks, multi-task, and maintain focus
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Experience or interest in natural foods and cooperatives
  • Previous barista and/or cooking experience
  • Required frequently: standing, bending, reaching, scooping

Pastry Cook

Join one of America’s top fine dining restaurants, The Fearrington House Restaurant located near Chapel Hill, NC, and work under the direction of Executive Chef Colin Bedford. Chef Bedford was recently awarded the international culinary world’s top accolade, Grand Chef.

Responsibilities

  • Prepares all pastry and bakery items
  • Works dessert buffet stations and banquet plate ups
  • Follows recipes, assists in the development of new recipes
  • Follows prep list.
  • Ensures all products are fresh before serving
  • Ensures that all coolers and storage areas are maintained neat, organized, and items rotated
  • Maintains highest sanitary conditions
  • Ensures that all work areas are safe and secure; reports any unsafe conditions to your supervisor
  • Your supervisor may assign other duties and activities from time to time

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of experience
  • Previous experience in a high volume quality kitchen
  • Team player, self motivator
  • Excellent communication and organization skills

Barista

Join the staff at the Belted Goat, our casual eatery and coffee shop in Fearrington Village.

A barista is responsible for responsible for providing excellent customer care as you consistently prepare coffee and tea beverages to the highest standard, at a high volume. In addition to these tasks, you would be expected to maintain daily operations (cleaning, stocking, organizing) while also running the register and taking orders; continually building upon your skills and knowledge, and contributing to a positive team atmosphere.

Requirements

  • Food and beverage experience, preferably barista experience
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive, vibrant attitude with a smile
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivated, yet also team oriented
  • A positive attitude with excellent communications skills
  • Punctual
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as department manual
  • Ability to prioritize work tasks, multi-task, and maintain focus
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers
  • Required frequently: walking, standing, bending, reaching, scooping
  • Required occasionally: kneeling, squatting, lifting up to 35 lbs

Sommelier

The Fearrington House is seeking a sommelier. Recently awarded The Best Hotel Wine List in the World for 2020 by the World of Fine Wines Magazine and a Best of Award of Excellence distinction with Wine Spectator since 2004, we are looking for a sommelier with a passion for wine, beer and spirits.

Note from the Wine Director:
This position is NOT for a high-level candidate, but there is certainly room to grow. Being part of the FHR is great training wheels for Level 1 or 2 sommeliers starting in their careers. We combine fine-dining service with southern hospitality, devoid of ostentation and pretense. I’d like to emphasize the “southern” part of the statement– we are not located in a bustling city; we revel in the slower, relaxing pace in this part of the world. We cultivate and nurture our people slowly and carefully. I tell my team that they have a 2-year expiration date – after that time, they should have learned everything they need to learn to move on and get a job in a more fast-paced environment.
Pins and where you’ve worked isn’t that important to me. If you’re passionate about wine, a self-starter, and are eager to learn – with a great attitude to boot? I’d love to talk to you. This company cares about its people, not just professionally but personally, and if this is important to you, then please send in your cover letter and resume to paula@fearrington.com with the subject line of Fearrington House Restaurant Employment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Required skills:

  • Basic Floor Service
  • Classic Wine Service Knowledge
  • Food & Wine Pairings
  • Glassware Knowledge
  • Inventory
  • Wine Knowledge
  • Microsoft Office
  • Ability To Lift 40+ Lbs
  • Cellar Organization
  • Classic Wine Service Expertise
  • Spirits/Cocktails Knowledge
  • Staff Education

Compensation: Hourly (based on experience) plus tips

Server

The Fearrington House, at Fearrington Village, is recruiting for experienced Servers; 5+ years’ experience is ideal.
Thursday – Sunday, generally 3pm – 11pm.
This position is responsible for daily preparation of the restaurant, food service and upholding a high standard for customer service.
All interested candidates must

  • Be committed to quality service
  • Have previous experience
  • Be available, ESPECIALLY weekends and holidays
  • Ensure service is superior and take action to correct any challenges
  • POSITIVE ATTITUDE – GREAT WORK ETHICWe are an equal opportunity employer, participate in E-Verify, and offers are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.
    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
    Pay: $2.65 per hour plus tips

Dishwasher

Join one of America’s top fine dining restaurants, The Fearrington House Restaurant located near Chapel Hill, NC, and work under the direction of Executive Chef Colin Bedford. Chef Bedford was recently awarded the international culinary world’s top accolade, Grand Chef.

The Dishwasher is responsible for making sure all dishes are cleaned, sanitized and ready to be used when needed. Dishwasher duties are important and must be given the proper attention in order for the establishment to function properly.

General Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the dishes and cookware are scrubbed clean, washed and sanitized properly following all rules and regulations of the establishment and the state
  • Operate cleaning appliances correctly
  • Sweeping, mopping and maintaining restroom cleanliness
  • Take out the trash and recycle items as required
  • Stock the shelves and help to keep things organized
  • Cleaning windows, doors and sanitizing storage and freezer areas
  • May also be asked to clean and sweep the parking lot and empty the trash containers outside
  • Performs additional responsibilities as requested by the Chef, Sous Chef or Kitchen Manager at any time

Experience:

  • Some kitchen experience helpful, but not required
  • Ability to take direction.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure.
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Interested in a position? Follow the steps below.

Step One

Print and fill out our employment application.

Step Two

Once completed, scan & email the application to us or fax to (919) 542-4020.

Step Three

Have a resume? Include it in your email. Need help applying? Email us with questions.

International Applicants

We hire local and international staff. Fearrington assists with the processing of J-1 Visas for those individuals from abroad with appropriate educational and work experience who seek to advance their professional career by training at Fearrington for 18 months.

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