Frequently Asked Questions about:
How do I learn about employment opportunities?
View our list of current openings.
How do I apply for a job?
All applications must be completed and submitted via our online job portal. We no longer accept paper applications.
What if I don’t have an email address?
An email address is required to submit an electronic application. If you do not have a current email address you should create one via the several different free email options available online such as yahoo, gmail, etc.
What if I don’t have a computer?
Green Chimneys does have computer terminals available for you to use if you do not have access to a private computer or cannot access a public computer at a library. If you need to use one of our computer terminals you must make an appointment. You may contact an HR Recruiter at 845-279-2995 x379 or x179. Walk-in requests to use our computer terminals cannot be granted.
How frequently are jobs updated and for how long are they advertised?
Job listings are updated on our online job portal the day that they become available for applicants to apply. In addition, jobs may be advertised in media publications, on other internet job sites and/or with specific professional associations. Jobs are generally advertised for as long as needed until a qualified candidate is hired. Green Chimneys give its current employees the opportunity to apply for open positions before they are offered publicly. To allow qualified current staff to apply, jobs may be posted internally for 10 business days before being advertised in the community.
Since I’m not sure what job I am interested in, can I just submit a resume and have you determine what job(s) I am best qualified for?
No. To apply for any position you must create an account using our online application system and apply for a specific job (or jobs) that is (are) available. All applications must be completed and submitted via our online job portal.
After I apply, when can I expect to hear back from Green Chimneys?
Immediately upon submitting a completed application through our online system you will receive an automatic electronic confirmation that the process has been completed and your application has been accepted. If your qualifications meet the minimum requirements for the job for which you applied you may be contacted by an HR Recruiter for a pre-screening interview or you may be contacted by the job’s direct hiring manager for an in person interview. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee that you will be contacted and cannot say how long the process might take.
I recently submitted my application. How will I know the status and who should I contact?
Once you submit an application online you will receive an automatic electronic response to confirm that we have been notified of your interest. Due to the high volume of applications we receive we do not personally contact everyone who completed an application and recommend that you wait to hear from either an HR Recruiter or the job specific hiring manager.
Should I also submit a copy of my resume by email, fax or mail?
No. Any resumes sent via email, fax and/or mail will not be accepted. All applicants must complete and submit an electronic application through our online job portal, which will also allow you to upload your resume.
Do you have an employment hotline?
No. All information about job opportunities can be found at our online job portal.
How will I know if my application has been received?
After completing your online application, you will receive an email notifying you that your application has been successfully submitted.
What happens after I submit my application?
Once your application is received it will be carefully reviewed by a Human Resources Recruiter. If you meet the minimum requirements for the position(s) for which you applied you may receive a phone call from the Recruiter for a short pre-screening phone interview. If we believe you would be a good fit for our organization your application will be forwarded to the appropriate department hiring manager for further review and consideration. If the hiring manager is interested they may call you for an in person interview.
How are applications evaluated?
Applications are reviewed and candidates are selected for interviews based on the documented experience, education and skills provided in the application and on the uploaded resume, if applicable. It is important to read the job announcements thoroughly so you can identify the required qualifications for the job to which you are applying and make it clear when completing your application that you meet those requirements. Please be detailed and thorough when completing your applications to help us best determine if you are qualified. Although it is not required for every job, we highly recommend that you upload or cut and paste your resume to your application. A Human Resources Recruiter carefully reviews all applications and may call you for a pre-screening phone interview. Those applicants who are most qualified and seem to be a good fit for our organization will be forwarded to the job specific hiring manager for further review and consideration. If the hiring manager agrees that you meet the job’s requirements they may call you for an in person interview.
How long does Green Chimneys hold employment applications?
Six months. However, once an applicant creates an online account through our application system, they can log back in at any time to apply to additional positions.
What characteristics do you look for in candidates?
The following characteristics are highly valued by our organization: pride in one’s work, integrity, reliability, a proactive nature and positive attitude, the ability to get along with others and the desire to learn and improve. People who are caring, compassionate, friendly, dedicated, supportive and flexible are most successful working at our organization.
What kind of background checks are performed prior to employment?
Green Chimneys does an extensive background check on all employees who are hired, including, but not necessarily limited to, criminal history, State Central Registry on Child Abuse, Sexual Offenders Registry, education and professional references.
If hired, what are my opportunities for career advancements/transfers?
Green Chimneys encourages employees to continue developing their skills in ways that benefit them and the agency. Promotions, transfer and special assignments are based on an employee’s performance, as well as on his or her interests, background, skills and potential. Green Chimneys encourages employees to take an active role in their professional development. We support those efforts through education assistance, training programs and employment postings.
Do you offer training for employees?
Green Chimneys encourages employees to strive for continual personal and professional development. We believe strongly in the value of training and the impact it can have on you and our agency. All employees are encouraged to continuously participate in a variety of dynamic personal and professional development courses offered on a regular basis.
What is it like to work at Green Chimneys?
The culture here encourages positive team working relationships, innovation, continuous improvement and focus on those we service. Green Chimneys provides a nurturing work environment. Dress is casual and you’ll have the chance to work and collaborate with talented people from all programs.
What are some specific reasons why employees feel proud to work for your Green Chimneys
The chance to make a difference in a child’s life. Providing opportunities for children to be successful. Each year the agency has an Alumni Day in which former residents visit. Many times their feedback to staff is that their time at Green Chimneys was the happiest time of their life.
What benefits are offered employees?
Green Chimneys offers a full array of benefits including medical, dental, disability, long-term care, voluntary insurance for cancer care, disability, and flexible spending. Employees receive a generous paid time off plan and free meals while on duty. We also offer on-site day care and a summer camp program, in which employees receive discounted rates. During the summer season, employees are able to purchase fresh produce from our organic garden.
What’s the differences between Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities?
Animal Assisted Activities provide opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational, and/or therapeutic benefits to enhance quality of life. AAA are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, and/or volunteers, in association with animals that meet specific criteria.”
Why does animal assisted therapy work?
Children can respond to animals in ways they often can’t to people. The human-animal contact helps bring out a nurturing instinct. Learning to care for animals seems to develop a sense of responsibility and caring among children who may not have known that themselves. Contacts range from children who play with a dog, cat or rabbit during a session with a trained adult, to the more comprehensive approach used by Green Chimneys where children experience an immersion with animals, including therapeutic horseback riding, horticulture therapy including greenhouse and garden work, nature, adventure activities and the training of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. We have found that many of our children come to us unable to trust others due to very difficult situations. They are often sad or angry. They are more apt to risk a friendship with an animal because the animal will not ask questions, will not judge them and will not tell their secrets to anyone. The animal then becomes a bridge to the caring adults who are trying to help the child become successful.
Are there clinical benefits to animal-assisted therapy and activities?
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What animals do you have at Green Chimneys?
There are about 200 farm animals, unreleasable wildlife, horses and a small number of service dogs in training at the farm. The main criteria for animals in the program are that they play a supportive role with the children. Domesticated animals, such as sheep, goats, chickens, dogs and other animals that are accustomed to living with people, make up the majority of animal residents. These are the animals that provide close contact with the children.
Non-domesticated species such as eagles, hawks and owls live in the rehabilitation center. The children do not handle the owls and eagles in the same way they work with the farm animals and dogs. The philosophy behind working with wildlife is to teach them that not all animals are there to be hugged. Some animals by their nature like to be away from people.
Some animals come to Green Chimneys with a history of abuse. This allows for productive metaphors with the children, who also are overcoming challenges in their own lives. Romeo the horse is an example of this. He was starved by his previous owner and was near death when he came to the farm. The children worked for months, helping to nurse him back to health.
How do you pair up a child and animal?
Most children arrive at the farm during their first days with their social worker, class or dorm staff. They soon “pick out” a favorite animal quite naturally. We arrange for the child to work with that animal and form a bond. But all the animals are shared by everyone and they all are to be taken care of by us. Each child must reach out and build a relationship with a human and with their peers at the farm. The desire to care for their animal dictates that they learn about that animal from others. The trust and friendships established because of the animal’s needs and the child’s desire to nurture the animal are often the basis for our therapeutic treatment. The animal acts as a bridge from the child to the staff and peers. No child is ever forced to interact and the interest must come from the child.
How are the animals treated?
Animal welfare is at the core of the Green Chimneys mission and great lengths are taken so each animal receives the utmost nutrition, housing and veterinary care. Animals are not objects to be used, but individual partners to interact with in a respectful manner. Behavioral enrichment is offered when needed and the staff is always vigilant that the animal benefit as much from their interactions with people as the children do. Experience has shown that the best way to prevent stress in therapy animals at the farm is to not ask too much of each animal in the first place. Prevention of stress is the key. Lots of breaks, rest periods, play time with other animals and frequent evaluation of the animals helps the staff and interns to make sure every goat or pig continues to flourish in the program
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