We hire seasonal and year-round farm interns at Camp Treetops and North Country School. Our farm interns are essential to the success of our farm and garden program and are involved in almost all aspects of an educational farm. Here are a few things farm interns experience:

  • witness the first push of the seedlings out of soil blocks in the greenhouse
  • teach children how to groom a horse
  • assist with first aid and routine medical care for all animals
  • tap trees, collect sap, and boil it into delicious maple syrup
  • lead farm-based educational activities for students and campers
  • rotationally graze the sheep, pig, and chickens on pasture
  • plan and partake in special farm activities like garden harvest meals and Farm Festival.

Qualifications

Farm interns must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years old
  • have completed at least one year of college or a gap year
  • want to work at an educational institution with animal and plant production systems
  • be able to work well with others and independently
  • be able to provide instruction and supervise groups of children
  • be able to operate a variety of hand tool, power tools, and farm machinery
  • be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions
  • be able to communicate effectively with a diverse staff.

Responsibilities

Throughout the summer and school year, farm interns will:

  • assist with all aspects of greenhouse and field plant production systems, animals, and maple syrup production
  • seeding, transplant, weed, and harvest
  • help with soil building (mulching and composting)
  • lead morning and afternoon work crews
  • assist with community work projects
  • develop and coordinate farm and garden program activities
  • administer and apply organic pesticides
  • prepare special meals from garden produce
  • provide produce to kitchen and help produce storage prep
  • help with plant/animal record keeping
  • conduct research related to plant/animal/forest systems
  • supervise daily barn chores and garden chores
  • assist with general carpentry (building and fence maintenance)
  • assist with maple syrup production
  • help with firewood preparation, sugarbush management, and forest management (primarily year-round interns)
  • assist with the teaching of courses related to horticulture or animal science (primarily year-round interns)
  • supervise children (occasionally) during meal time or evening supervision
  • have some weekend on-duty time
  • participate with horseback riding training (dependent on experience and capability).

Apply

To apply, or for more information about the hiring process, please contact Farm Manager Joshua Faller at 518-837-5447 or jfaller@camptreetops.org.