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Summer Job Openings: 2019 Camps

Come join the Place Based Learning Center as a part of our Summer Camp Staff! Experience our diversified Biodynamic® farm, while guiding children through hands-on farm based activities. The rhythms of nature and farm life take children beyond the classroom. Awakening to the environment, children rediscover the joys of learning, working, and playing together while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

We are located in Upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, 2 ½ hours from Manhattan. Our programs are Waldorf inspired, based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. We offer both Day and Residential programs for children ages 8 to 16. Our campers leave all their electronic devices at home which allows them the opportunity to be immersed in all the wonders the farm has to offer. There are three, 10-day camp sessions from Monday through Friday. Our Residential camps have 1-4 week sessions available. A portion of our campers are from New York City and its boroughs, and they have visited the farm before during our school year program and attend Waldorf or private schools. We also have campers from as far away as California, and many from surrounding states. The Day campers usually reside in the local Columbia County area. Our programs combine traditional camp activities with hands-on farm activities.

We have many positions available for all of our camp programs. Start Date: June 17 (Field Camp and Camp Cooks) to August 10, 2019

House Camp Counselors: Work with Camp Managers and children ages 8 to 12, live in Main House (the original farm house)

Field Camp Educational Counselors: Work with Camp Manager and campers ages 12 to 16, live in platform tents in wooded glen behind the farm

Kids Can Cook: A Farm-to-Table Day Camp Counselors: Work with Camp Manager and children ages 8 to 13, Monday-Friday

Kids Can Cook: A Farm-to-Table Day Camp Kitchen Manager: Work with Camp Manager, counselors and children 8 to 13, Monday-Friday

Summer Camp Registered Nurse: Works with Camp Director and Camp Managers serving all campers and staff and lives in private room in Main House

Summer Camp Cooks: Work with Dining Hall Manager and all campers and staff

For complete job descriptions and information on how to apply, click the dropdown bars below.

House Camp Counselors

Counselors and full-time Camp Managers lead hands-on learning activities such as cleaning the barn, gardening, riding horses, animal care, preparing meals, exploring our woods, archery, swimming, arts and crafts, visiting waterfalls, and many other activities. All staff members are responsible for nurturing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of each child. Counselors share the Main House, the original farm house, which has 4 dorm rooms for the children and living space for our staff. All of our delicious mostly-vegetarian meals are served family style in our dining hall with the children. The maximum number of campers is 30 per camp session. The House Camp is divided into two, 1 week sessions and two, 2 week sessions.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with groups of up to 10 campers, ages 8 to 12.
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to campers, farm staff, guests and other camp staff members.
  • Help to ensure the smooth operations of the daily needs of the camp by being flexible and attentive to details.
  • Support Camp Managers and Nurse with upholding all camp protocols
  • Support fellow counselors in creating a strong group dynamic and sustainable schedule for all
  • Support Campers with any emotional, behavioral, health, or learning issues

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in an outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible, work as a team member with all age groups.
  • Strong time management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate the attributes of a positive role model for our campers.
  • Ability to live on campus in shared living quarters for the 7-week camp season.
  • Practical knowledge of working at a camp, farming, animal care, gardening, and interest in Waldorf education is a plus
  • A personal passion, energy and drive to enthusiastically work with children
  • Lifeguard Certification ($250 bonus); First Aid/CPR certificate is a plus
  • Any skill sets that can be shared with the children, such as singing, playing instruments, movement exercises for morning gatherings, woodworking, nature based arts and craft, story-telling are a plus
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Age of 21 or older

 

There is a mandatory training week for camp. The start date of the training is June 24, 2019. The dates of the camp are June 30 to August 10, 2019. The salary for House Camp Counselor is $2,500 for the 7-week season which includes room and all organic meals. Please note: Our available housing is small and cannot accommodate partners, children or pets.

 

To apply, please complete this Application Form, send a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for three work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to tschmidt@hawthornevalley.org. Or, mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075, ATTN: Tessa Schmidt. For more information please call Tessa Schmidt at (518) 672-4465, ext. 203. Interview process is starting NOW!

Field Camp Educational Counselors

Counselors and our full-time Camp Manager help the campers, ages 12 to 16, experience the farm as junior apprentices. The campers and counselors work together with our professional staff who grow, process and cook healthy food. The campers can experience and be part of the farm-to-table and farm-to-store process by working with various branches of the farm including the bakery, dairy and camp kitchen. Counselors and campers build friendships and respect for each other as the campers are challenged to do a job well done.

Staff leads activities including gardening, animal care, cooking, off campus hikes and cultural events, arts and crafts and many others. Campers and counselors enjoy swimming, learning archery skills, and exploring our many hills and streams. Our campers leave all their electronic devices at home which allows them the opportunity to be immersed in all the wonders the farm has to offer. All staff members are responsible for nurturing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of each child.

The campers live in rustic cabins and the counselors live in platform tents located in a wooded glen on the far side of the farm. There is an outhouse located at the site. Regular facilities are located on the main campus, a short hike from the Field Camp. All of our delicious mostly vegetarian meals are served in our dining hall patio with the children. The Field Camp is divided into 1-, 2- and 3-week sessions, with the option to combine the 1- and 3-week sessions to make a 4-week session. The maximum number of campers is 16 per camp session.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with campers, ages 12 to 16.
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to campers, farm staff, guests and other camp staff members.
  • Be a strong role model for the campers.
  • Foster friendships among the campers so that they will become aware of the needs of the other campers and the earth.
  • Help to ensure the smooth operations of the daily needs of the camp by being flexible and attentive to details.
  • Support Camp Manager and Nurse with upholding all camp protocols
  • Support fellow counselors in creating a strong group dynamic and sustainable schedule for all
  • Support Campers with any behavioral, health, emotional or learning issues

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children ages 12 to 16 in an outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible, work as a team member with all age groups and all branches of the HV Association.
  • Strong time management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate the attributes of a positive role model for our campers.
  • Ability to live on campus in a platform tent which may be shared with other counselors for the 8 week camp season.
  • Practical knowledge of working at a camp, farming, animal care, gardening
  • Interest in Waldorf education and Biodynamics is a plus
  • A personal passion, energy and drive to enthusiastically work with children
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Age of 21 with experience or older

 

There is a mandatory two week training for camp. The start date of the training is June 17. The dates of the camp are June 30 to August 10, 2019. The salary for Field Camp Educational Counselor is $2,750 for the 8-week season which includes tent and all organic meals. Please note: Our available housing is small and cannot accommodate partners, children or pets.

To apply, please complete this Application Formsend a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for three work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to bbrennan@hawthornevalley.org  Or, mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075,  ATTN: Betsy Brennan. For more information please call Betsy Brennan at (518) 672-7500, ext. 204. Interview process is starting NOW!

Kids Can Cook: A Farm-to-Table Day Camp Counselors

Counselors and the Camp Manager are responsible for guiding children ages 8 to 13 through daily farm, cooking, craft, swimming and gardening activities during each 10-day camp session. Cooking opens doors to healthier lifestyles – connecting children to the wonder and beauty of nature while learning about nutrition, food and farming. Counselors work diligently with small groups of campers and occasional CITs, rotating through various activities adhering to a time-sensitive schedule. The counselors usually work from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, but may be asked to do some longer hours to complete some additional tasks. The camp sessions are Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm; there are three 2-week sessions. The maximum number of campers is 24 per session.

One of the most special aspects of Kids Can Cook Farm-to-Table Camp is its great diversity; half of our campers attend on needs-based scholarships. If you enjoy working with people from many different backgrounds, this camp is for you!

Responsibilities:

  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with campers, ages 8 to 13.
  • Provide a nurturing, safe and responsive environment to campers, parents, CITs, guests and other staff members.
  • Help to ensure the smooth operations of the daily needs of the camp by being flexible and attentive to details.
  • Support Camp Manager and Nurse with upholding all camp protocols
  • Support fellow counselors in creating a strong group dynamic and sustainable schedule for all
  • Support Campers with any behavioral, health, emotional or learning issues

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children ages 8 to 13 in an outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible and work as a team member with all age groups.
  • Strong time management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate the attributes of a positive role model for our campers.
  • Ability to respect and celebrate the differences in people from many different backgrounds
  • Practical knowledge of working at a camp, farming, animal care, cooking, gardening, and interest in Waldorf education is a plus
  • A personal passion, energy and drive to enthusiastically work with children
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Age 21 and older

 

There is a mandatory one week training for camp. The start date of the training is June 24, 2019. The dates of the camp are July 1 to August 9, 2019. After camp ends there are additional hours required for clean-up. This timing will be discussed during the interview process. The salary range for KCC counselors are $1,500 to $2,000 dependent on experience. There is limited housing available for the right candidate. All meals while working will be provided.

To apply, please complete this Application Formsend a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for three work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Indigo@hawthornevalleyfarm.org   Or, mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075,  ATTN: Indigo Ocean. For more information please call Indigo Ocean at (518) 672-4465, ext. 234. Interview process is starting NOW!

Kids Can Cook: A Farm-to-Table Day Camp Kitchen Manager

Our day camp, for children aged 8-13, seeks to help participants make a living connection to the land and where our food comes from, with activities covering all aspects of the process: working with the farm’s many animals, tending the garden, and cooking in the kitchen.

What makes our camp even more unique is the tremendous socio-economic and cultural diversity of the campers. Half our campers come for free on needs-based scholarships, with all meals and materials included. We collaborate with many local agencies and organizations in matching those in need with our camp.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Working directly with the camp manager to organize and manage all kitchen operations for the duration of the summer camp season.
  • Working directly with all camp participants (counselors, campers, CITs and occasional guests) to create daily snacks and lunches for approximately 30-35 people
  • Maintaining an organized and clean kitchen
  • Working with our Dining Hall Manager to procure ingredients and stay on budget

 

Qualified applicants for this position must:

  • Be able to work with children in a kitchen setting and have excellent people skills; have experience working with participants from all different backgrounds
  • Understand the laws and requirements for safe food handling and kitchen management
  • Be well versed on healthy cooking (mostly vegetarian), food allergies and dietary restrictions
  • Possess the ability to work well with others in tight quarters, in a fast-paced environment, with deadlines
  • Be able to read and follow schedules and recipes
  • Have strong communication skills with all groups, including children.
  • Have an excellent work ethic and the ability to be flexible in scheduling
  • Possess the ability to stand for long hours and to lift and carry at least 30 lbs.
  • The ideal candidate would also have a minimum of two years of experience in a high volume food service operation

Specifics:

The assignment begins on June 19th, with 3 days preparation with camp manager, followed by one week of orientation with all counselors, then six weeks of camp (July 1-Aug 9). Hours are approximately 8-5, Mon-Fri, with a couple of Saturday mornings for camp resets and a day of post-camp clean up (Aug 12). The duration of this position is for the entire camp season, and includes housing for the right candidate. The compensation for the season is $3,500 (adjusted for housing if that is needed).

Summer Camp Registered Nurse

Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp program has an opportunity for a nurse who enjoys working with children ages 8 to 16!  Join us at our unique Farm Camps in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Ghent, NY! Come live, learn, and be a “summer mom/dad” to our campers while using your nursing skills. On your down time tour our gardens, hills, barns, kitchen and ponds; all located on a 900 acre Biodynamic Farm!  During our camps children experience a working farm and, through active participation, learn practical skills, develop social relationships, and gain a deeper sense of self and relationship to nature. A portion of our campers are from New York City and its boroughs and they have visited the farm before during our school year program and attend Waldorf or private schools. We also have campers from as far away as California and many from our surrounding states. The Day campers usually reside in the local Columbia County area. Our campers are usually very healthy from year to year. Medical needs in the past have been colds, sprains, homesickness, stomach flu, cramps, poison ivy, small cuts and bruises, etc.

 

Responsibilities:

  • This position is responsible for the medical needs of 72 campers ages 8 to 16, and 20 staff per session of camp. This includes our day and residential camps.
  • Ensures compliance with the Columbia County Department of Health camp health regulations.
  • Dispensing medicines, performing first aid, daily sick calls
  • Maintaining all medical records and documentation on campers and staff
  • Screening of incoming campers for any health issues
  • Liaison to camper parents
  • Accompanying campers/staff to doctors when needed
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to campers, guests and other staff members.
  • Help to ensure the smooth operations of the daily needs of the camp by being flexible and attentive to details.
  • Support Camp Director, Camp Managers and counselors with upholding all camp medical protocols
  • Support Campers with any behavioral, health, emotional or learning issues

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse with current license in New York State with current CPR/AED certification
  • Experience working with children ages 8 to 16 is a plus
  • Nurturing personality able to work with all age groups and needs including home sickness.
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible, work as a team member with all age groups.
  • Strong time management, communication, organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Strong assessment skills and some knowledge of homeopathic medicines a plus
  • Ability to live on campus in private room for the 8 week camp season.
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Age of 21 or older  (new nurse graduates are encouraged to apply)

 

There is a mandatory two week training for camp. The start date of the training is June 18. (This start date is a little flexible for the right candidate.) The dates of the camp are June 30 to August 10, 2019. The salary for the Summer Camp Nurse is $8,000 for the 8 week season which includes a private room and all organic meals. Please note: Our available housing is small and cannot accommodate partners, children or pets.  If you have child, ages 8 to 12, please let us know to determine if there would be availability in one of our camp sessions. Your child would only be able to stay on campus during the duration of the session (1 to 2 weeks, depending on the age of the child).

To apply, please complete this Application Formsend a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for three work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Helen@hawthornevalleyfarm.org Or, mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075  ATTN: Helen Enright. For more information please call Indigo Ocean at (518) 672-4465, ext. 201. Interview process is starting NOW!

Summer Camp Cooks

Our menus include all organic fresh veggies and are kid friendly.  If you enjoy cooking for a large group of people and being on a farm, come join our team for the summer!

Responsibilities:

  • Working in a very hectic kitchen environment preparing meals for up to 70 campers and staff.
  • Ensures compliance with the Columbia County Department of Health camp regulations.
  • Prep, cleaning, plating and preparing meals from a pre-approved kid-friendly recipe
  • Learning all the food allergies/sensitivities of campers and adhering to specific menu changes due to allergies
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to campers, guests and other staff members.
  • Help to ensure the smooth operations of the daily needs of the Kitchen by being flexible and attentive to details.
  • Support Dining Hall Manager and Camp Director with upholding all camp food related protocols

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in cooking primarily vegetarian meals for large groups in a commercial kitchen environment
  • Knowledge of various food allergies and sensitivities
  • Safe Serv certification
  • Ability to follow a recipe
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible, work as a team member with all age groups including campers.
  • Strong time management, communication, organizational
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Age of 19 with experience or older

 

There is two week training for camp. The start date of the training is June 17, 2019. The dates of the camp are June 30 to August 10, 2018. The salary range for Summer Camp Cook is $2,000 to $3,000 based on experience level. Housing is provided if needed.  Please note: Our available housing is small and cannot accommodate partners, children or pets. All meals are also provided.

To apply, please complete this Application Formsend a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for three work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Michele@hawthornevalleyfarm.org  Or, mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075,  ATTN: Michele Kowalski. For more information please call Michele at (518) 672-4465, ext. 207. Interview process is starting NOW!

 


Part-Time Evening Supper Server- HIRING NOW!

Come join our team as we host students from various schools for a week-long immersion into the farm.  The supper server is responsible for preparing and serving the evening meal for the children.  Duties: heating pre-made soup, chopping salad greens, serving desserts, and cleaning the kitchen area.

Qualifications:  Experience working in a busy kitchen environment, ability to maintain an organized and clean kitchen while practicing safe food handling.  Good communication skills with all age groups including children ages 8 through 12 is required.

Specifics:  Monday through Thursday, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Compensation is $12.50 per hour. Need to be available to work at least three evenings per week.  Please send resume and cover letter to Helen@hawthornevalleyfarm.org  or mail to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075, or call (518) 672-4465, ext. 201 or fax information to (518) 672-7608.  Employment dates:  January 28 to May 30, 2019.  Start date can be flexible for the right person.

 


Visiting Students Program/School Year Internships

Educational Garden Intern

Educational Garden Intern – FILLED for 2019

Come join the Place Based Learning Center at Hawthorne Valley Farm as an Educational Garden Intern! Experience guiding children through hands-on farm based activities. Awakening to nature, children rediscover the joys of learning and working together.  Our program offers day and week-long residential Waldorf-based immersion experience to class grades 3 through 10 for both Waldorf and private schools and a summer camp.

The Garden Intern and a Program Manager are responsible for all aspects of the children’s garden.  The length of this position provides the opportunity to experience the full cycle of our 1/4 acre garden. The dates of the Garden Internship are 1/14/19 to 11/22/2019. This intern’s main focus is to lead farm-based learning activities in the garden with children ages 8 to 16 and to perform daily maintenance of the garden.  This internship is a meaningful way to gain knowledge and insight about Waldorf education, Biodynamic agriculture, and residential education.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead garden activities on a daily basis with groups of 6 to 9 children.
  • Maintenance of the Children’s garden
  • On an as-needed basis lead various other program related hands-on activities
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to students, guests, and other staff members.
  • Share daily and weekend animal care and periodic weekend programming.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in a garden/outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities
  • Experience and knowledge of garden maintenance, preferably bio-dynamic principles
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible, work as a team member
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to live on campus in shared living quarters
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Practical knowledge of farming and interest in Waldorf education is a plus
  • A personal passion, energy, and drive to enthusiastically work with children
  • Age of 21 or older

 

Compensation includes room and board. Interns are assigned private or shared rooms in the Main House where the campers and seasonal staff also live.  All organic mostly vegetarian meals are provided.  The stipend is $850 per month.  This includes time off based on the schedule of the program.  If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, have a love of gardening, animals and farm life, consider joining us!

Please complete this online application and email a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for 3 work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Matt Davis.  Or please mail your information to:  Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main house 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075  ATTN:  Matt or fax to (518) 672-7608. For more information please call (518) 672-4465, ext. 202.  The interview process is starting NOW.

Spring Educational Intern

Spring Educational Intern: FILLED for 2019

Join the Place Based Learning Center at Hawthorne Valley Farm as an Educational Intern! Experience our diversified Biodynamic® dairy farm, while guiding children through hands-on, farm-based activities. The rhythms of nature and farm life take children beyond the classroom. Awakening to the environment, children rediscover the joys of learning and working together.

We are located in Upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, 2 ½ hours from Manhattan. Our program offers week-long residential Waldorf-based immersion experience to class grades 3 through 10 for both Waldorf and private schools.

Interns and full-time Program Managers lead farm-based learning activities such as baking bread, cleaning the barn, gardening, riding horses, animal care, preparing meals, exploring our woods, and many other activities. All staff members are responsible for nurturing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of each child.  Interns share the Main House living space with the visiting classes and eat meals with the children.

This internship is a meaningful way to gain knowledge and insight about Waldorf education, Biodynamic agriculture, and residential education. Compensation includes room and board (organic mostly vegetarian meals) plus an $800 per month stipend. Housing is small and cannot accommodate partners, children or pets of this candidate.  If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, have a love of the outdoors, animals and farm life, consider joining us!  The dates of the Spring Internship are 1/14/19 to 6/1/19.  The dates of the Fall internship runs from the last week of August through the week before Thanksgiving in November.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with groups of 6 to 9 children.
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to students, guests, and other staff members.
  • Share daily and weekend animal care and periodic weekend programming.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in an outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible, work as a team member
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to live on campus in shared living quarters
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Practical knowledge of farming, animal care, gardening, and interest in Waldorf education is a plus
  •  A personal passion, energy and drive to enthusiastically work with children
  • Age of 21 or older

 

Please complete this online application https://hawthornevalley.org/employment-application/  and email a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for 3 work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Indigo Ocean.  Or please mail your information to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main house 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075  ATTN:  Indigo Ocean, or fax to (518) 672-7608. For more information please call Indigo Ocean at (518) 672-4465, ext. 234.  Interview process is starting NOW and will continue until 3 candidates are selected.

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