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Summer Farm and Garden Internship at Camp Treetops
Located in the Adirondacks in Lake Placid, NY, Camp Treetops (CTT) is a residential summer camp for children ages 8-14. Our 220-acre campus (also home to North Country School) features a working farm, organic gardens, and alpine wilderness that provide hands-on opportunities for learning, work, and growth. Summer Farm and Garden Interns participate in daily farm and garden work, learning the basics of organic vegetable and flower growing, as well as animal husbandry.
Interns also work with CTT counselors to offer campers farm-related activities ranging from vegetable harvests and animal care to cooking and garden-inspired games. Combining learning and work with opportunities for creativity and leadership, the Summer Farm and Garden Internship is a great fit for someone who is passionate about farming and education, enjoys physical work and spending time with children, and is looking for a deeply rewarding summer experience.
Summer Farm and Gardens must:
- be available June through August
- 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
- be able to work well with others and independently
- be able to provide instruction and supervise groups of children
- be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions
- be able to communicate effectively with a diverse staff
Throughout the summer, Summer Farm and Garden Interns will:
- assist with all aspects of greenhouse and field plant production systems
- seed, transplant, weed, and irrigate crop
- 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
- prepare special meals from garden produce
- harvest and deliver produce to the kitchen
- help with plant/animal record keeping
- supervise daily barn chores and garden chores
Summer Farm and Garden Interns receive a weekly stipend of $160, plus room and board.
For more information please contact Garden Manager Tess Faller at email@example.com.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Tess Faller at firstname.lastname@example.org
12-Month Farm and Garden Internship
Located in the Adirondacks in Lake Placid, NY, we are a co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 4-9, as well as a residential summer camp for children ages 8-14. Our 220-acre campus features a working farm, organic gardens, and alpine wilderness that provide hands-on opportunities for learning, work, and growth.
Farming and organic gardening play central roles in the lives of children and adults at North Country School and Camp Treetops. Our animal program consists of the care and management of horses, sheep, goats, chickens, and pigs, including animals for meat production. Our gardens produce about five acres of vegetables and flowers for consumption and education. In addition, during the spring we run a maple syrup operation in which we tap approximately 600 maple trees. The work here is demanding but highly rewarding and filled with opportunities for learning. Interns have daily interactions with our students and campers, but are also expected to develop skills related to garden and farm production systems, which sometimes necessitates working independently. 12-Month Farm and Garden Interns will learn hands-on about small-scale sustainable farming and farm education, gaining skills that will enable them to work successfully as future farmers and/or educators.
12-Month Farm and Garden Interns will report to the Garden Manager, focusing in garden and maple production, with seasonal cross training and assistance in animal care. Interns receive room and board, health insurance, and a stipend of $1,200 per month. The dates of the internship are June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.
- Assist with all aspects of greenhouse and garden production systems, including seeding, transplanting, cultivation, harvest, and post-harvest processing
- Assist in maple syrup production from tapping to sap collection and boiling
- Lead seasonal harvest and work crews of students and campers
- Assist in animal care, including daily barn chores and other barn activities
- Assist in compost chores, as well as compost data collection and research
- Keep up to date records and assist in crop planning, seed ordering, and seeding schedules
- Work with Edible Schoolyard Program teachers, assisting in classes and instructing farm-based education activities and curriculum
- Lead three afternoon Out Time activities a week, a week-long Intersession program, and rotating Saturday activity trips for students throughout the school year
- Lead weekly farm-based activities for campers during the Camp Treetops season
- Assist with farm-related research, outreach programming, and conference presentations
- Attend various school and camp meetings, trainings, and special events throughout the year
- Desire to live and work in an educational institution with plant and animal production systems
- Ability to work independently and with others
- Ability to provide instruction to children, and coordinate groups of children
- Willingness to learn to operate a variety of hand tools, power tools, and farm machinery
- Ability to perform physical work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
- Desire to set learning goals, receive feedback, communicate effectively with supervisors and colleagues, and take on responsibilities
- Desire to live and work for the year in a small, close-knit community in the Adirondacks
- Previous farming, gardening, and/or educational experience is preferred.
12-Month Farm and Garden Interns must be a minimum of 21 years old, have a college degree or equivalent experience, and be able to pass a background check.