Job Openings

Farm and Nature Program/ Camp Manager – HIRING NOW!

The Hawthorne Valley Farm Place Based Learning Center seeks a full-time Farm and Nature Program/ Camp Manager to join our team.  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 and working together.

Our program offers week-long residential Waldorf-based immersion experiences to grades 3 through 10 for both Waldorf and private schools. During the summer, our farm becomes the home for campers ages 8 to 16 who live, work and play together for one- to four-week sessions.

During the school year, a Program Manager is responsible for the day-to-day activities and scheduling of our residential weekly school program for ages 8 to 15 with the assistance of other staff members and seasonal employees. During the summer months, the role of the Program Manager changes into that of a Camp Manager who ensures the smooth operations of our very dynamic 8-week summer camp programs with the assistance of our director, other camp managers, and counselors.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree, with a minimum of 2 years of full-time educator experience in the field of camp management and/or residential education and/or outdoor education.
  • Experience working in camp environment in a managerial role.
  • Experience leading hands-on activities in an outdoor setting with children ages 8 to 16.
  • Experience in supervising staff/campers/students and training staff to lead program activities.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills with all age groups.
  • A personal passion, energy, and drive to enthusiastically work with children on a daily basis.
  • Experience in farming, animal care, gardening, creating nature based craft projects is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Waldorf education and Biodynamic farming is a plus.

 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee daily operations of all hands-on programming needs including an 8-week summer House Camp program for campers ages 8 to 12.
  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities according to a pre-set schedule.
  • Create weekly schedules of activities and staff work assignments per school visit or camp session.
  • Hire/train; supervise, mentor and coach seasonal staff members.
  • Communicate with teachers, camper parents, nurse and all other staff members about program needs/issues.
  • Ensure smooth running of programs, including oversight of animal care, facilities and supplies.
  • Help in efforts to create, promote, develop, and execute existing and new programs.
  • Be available to fulfill staffing requirements as needed which may include weekends (all weekends are required during the 8 week summer camp programs).
  • Other tasks as may be required for the successful operation of the programs.
  • Provide a nurturing, responsive environment to campers, visiting school children and their teachers and chaperones.

 

Salary/Benefits:

  • Twelve month, full-time, salaried position with benefits, pension and paid time off.
  • The position is full-time and year round requiring a workweek of 40 – 45 hours during the regular season and up to 50 hours within a 6-day work week during the 8 weeks of summer camp.

 

Please complete this on line 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 Helen Enright. Or please mail your information to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075  ATTN: Helen Enright, or fax to (518) 672-7608. For more information please call Helen at (518) 672-4465, ext. 201. Interview process is starting NOW!  The start date can be flexible for the right candidate.


Educational Garden Intern – HIRING NOW

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: HIRING NOW!

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.


Summer Job Openings: FULL FOR 2018

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 18 to August 11

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 Cabin Tents in a woodland area of the farm

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

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, 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 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 8 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 two week training for camp. The start date of the training is June 18. The dates of the camp are July 1 to August 11, 2018. The salary for House Camp Counselor is $2,500 for the 8-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 cwiley@hawthornevalleyfarm.org. Or, mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075, ATTN: Chris Wiley. For more information please call Chris Wiley at (518) 672-4465, ext. 202. 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 three, 2-week sessions. We also offer a 4 week opportunity for campers to attend by combining the last 2 week sessions. The maximum number of campers is 17 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, guests and other 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 18. The dates of the camp are July 1 to August 11, 2018. 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 Matt@hawthornevalleyfarm.org  Or, mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY  12075,  ATTN: Matt Davis. For more information please call Matt Davis at (518) 672-4465, ext. 202. Interview process is starting NOW!

Kids Can Cook Day 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 a 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 rotating through various activities adhering to a time sensitive schedule. The counselors 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.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with campers, ages 8 to 13.
  • 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 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, 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.
  • 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 18 with experience or older.

 

There is a mandatory one week training for camp. The start date of the training is June 18. The dates of the camp are June 25 to August 3, 2018. 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!

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 July 1 to August 11, 2018. 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 18. The dates of the camp are July 1 to August 11, 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!

 

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