Work at Fearrington Village

We are an equal opportunity employer.

We’re hiring! And we’re always looking for people 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 Village. 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, bookshop 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


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.


  • 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


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.

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. Emphasis on 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.

If you’re passionate about wine, a self-starter, and are eager to learn – with a great attitude to boot? We’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 with the subject line of Fearrington House Restaurant Employment.

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


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

Back Wait, Food Runner, Host

The Fearrington House, at Fearrington Village, is recruiting back waits and food runners. Qualified candidates must be able to work the days we are open (weekends especially) and on holidays. Seeking someone who has some experience and is friendly. Preference will be given to those with fine dining experience.

Hours are generally Thursday – Sunday, 3pm – 11pm.
We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Committed to quality service
  • Available, ESPECIALLY weekends and holidays
  • Interested in fine dining service
  • HAS A 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: from $15 per hour


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 Paul Gagne.

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


  • 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.


Fearrington Village is seeking housekeepers for the inn and restaurants, and the shops.

To maintain a clean, sanitary, comfortable and tidy environment for guests.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • sweep, scrub, mop and polish floors
  • vacuum clean carpets, rugs and draperies
  • shampoo carpets, rugs and upholstery
  • dust and polish furniture and fittings
  • clean metal fixtures and fittings
  • empty and clean trash containers
  • clean wash basins, mirrors, tubs and showers
  • wipe down glass surfaces
  • make up beds and change linens as required
  • wash windows as scheduled
  • sort, wash, load and unload laundry
  • iron and press clothing and linen
  • sort, fold and put away clean laundry
  • operate mechanized cleaning equipment
  • maintain all cleaning equipment and materials in a safe and sanitary working condition

In addition to general housekeeping tasks the housekeeper duties include:

  • clean corridors, lobbies, stairways, and lounges as well as guest rooms
  • organize work schedule from the room status list, arrivals and departures
  • distribute linen, towels and room supplies using wheeled carts or by hand
  • restock room supplies such as drinking glasses, soaps, shampoos, writing supplies


Fearrington’s gardeners are part of a team that have been delighting guests for over 40 years. Gardeners help keep Fearrington’s roughly 20 acre village center looking exceptional year round. They maintain over 50 ornamental garden beds, a culinary garden, herb garden, heated greenhouse, indoor plants, water features and more. Supporting the gardeners is a crew maintenance which handles tasks involving mechanized equipment like mowing and lawn maintenance, irrigation, hedge trimming, tree removal, etc., freeing gardeners to focus more on hand crafted, artistic designs.

This person will:
• Perform general horticultural duties such as the design, installation and care of garden displays and maintain site cleanliness within his or her assigned area, including mulching, weeding, watering, etc.
• Ensure walkways and patios are kept free from plant debris.
• Perform as needed a department support role, i.e. materials sourcing and group tour scheduling.
• Operate gardening tools including golf carts, blowers, push carts, and hand tools. Ensure that all applicable safety standards are followed.
• Help create and maintain displays for events like Halloween and the holidays.
• Interact daily with guests and visitors.
• Other tasks as needed.

They must be neat and clean in appearance and wear company-provided “Fearrington Gardens” t-shirts, sweat shirts and jackets. Jeans or other casual wear, and personal accessories, are permissible.

Education and Experience
• Associate or B.S. degree, preferably in horticulture or related field, with a minimum of 4 years of hands-on work experience in a public garden, plant nursery or private gardening setting.
• Strong knowledge of plant species that thrive in our area, and plant maintenance techniques.
• Must enjoy interacting and working in close proximity to general public, sharing information on subjects from plant identification to directions.
• Must be aware of inputs that can restrict gardening such as our various business hours, weather, presence of Inn guests, events on property, etc. and plan accordingly for safety and productivity.
• Ability to work outside, in various climate and weather conditions.
• Ability to perform heavy lifting up to 40 lbs.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.

This is a full-time, year-round, hourly position, with work to be performed Monday through Friday. Benefits include health care coverage (medical, dental, vision), company paid long term and short term disability, participation in the company’s 401(k) retirement plan, and employee discounts.

Line Cook

Join one of America’s top fine dining restaurants with a team of dedicated professionals. A line cook is responsible for the daily preparation of food items and will report to the Sous Chef or Executive Chef. Responsibilities include:

  • Setting up station according to restaurant guidelines
  • Preparing all food items in a sanitary and timely manner
  • Following recipes, portion control and presentation as set by the Restaurant
  • Restocking of all items as needed during the shift
  • Cleaning and maintaining the station practicing good safety, sanitation and organizing skills
  • Properly using all equipment in station
  • Assisting with the cleaning and organization of kitchen, walk-in coolers and all storage areas
  • Performing additional responsibilities as requested by the Chef, Sous Chef or Executive Chef as needed


Qualifications include:

  • Skilled professional cooking, knife handling, kitchen safety and sanitation practices and food handling
  • Previous experience
  • English language communications skills
  • Ability to take direction, work in a team environment and work calmly and effectively under pressure
  • Committed to quality service
  • Ability to stand during entire shift, occasional exposure to hot and cold, lift up to 50 pounds on occasion

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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