Work At Camp

Farm Staff and Nutritionists

Farm staff maintain and teach on a demonstration farm that introduces campers to basic animal care and organic gardening. The Farm also has a Nutrition Center that is dedicated to teaching farm-to-table nutrition and healthy eating by using farm produce. The Fresh Air Fund hires farmers, nutritionists and a Farm Director to work at the Model Farm each summer.

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Farmer

Position Description:

  • Responsible for planning and implementing the Farm and/or Nutrition programs.
  • Teach six class session each day which includes basic animal care, farm food chain, composting and organize gardening.
  • Staff will teach an evening program or participate in the compost program after classes.
  • Other duties include: morning and evening chores (feeding, cleaning, milking), garden upkeep (weeding, planting, harvesting), daily compost pick-ups from dining halls, morning breakfast program and general cleaning of the farm facilities.
  • Maintain the daily well-being of domestic livestock and the routine upkeep of the gardens.
  • Educate camps about compost program, encourage their participation and help manage compost pile/
  • Ensure the safety of campers while in your program area.
  • Work as part of a team utilizing the skills and talents of others to enhance the program.
  • Assume responsibility for equipment and supplies (including are cleanliness).
  • Participate fully in all assigned camp activities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.
  • Follow other rules and regulations that are deemed important by the Farm Director.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of the campers.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions, and rules of camp.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities, and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.


Summer salary:

Salaries start at $2,200 and include room and board.


Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the start of camp.
  • At least one year of college or equivalent with coursework in biology or related environmental topics is preferred.
  • A minimum of one-year experience working with children is required.
  • Prior teaching experience and basic knowledge of agriculture and/or nutrition preferred.
  • Should feel comfortable working with farm animals.
  • Driver’s license is highly preferred.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.

Nutritionist

Position Description:

  • Create and conduct one-hour classes in which they emphasize and make connections to in-season foods with the importance of diet and good health as well as connecting the food campers eat and where it originated from.
  • Oversee daily morning breakfast programs and occasional dinner programs that utilize farm products from the farm garden and/or local farms.
  • Maintain the daily sanitation and food safety measures of the nutrition center. Oversee other farm staff to ensure they are in compliance with safety measures of the program area including basic sanitation, equipment operations, proper food handling and other operational hazards.
  • Oversee food ordering and inventory.
  • Assume responsibility for equipment and supplies (including area cleanliness).
  • Ensure the safety of the campers while in the program area. This includes enforcing counselors are present with their groups at all times.
  • Participate in caring for the animals and maintaining the garden at the farm.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.
  • Participate fully in all assigned camp activities.
  • Follow other rules and regulations that are deemed important by the Farm Director.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of the campers.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions, and rules of camp.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities, and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.


Summer salary:

Salaries start at $2,200 and include room and board.


Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the start of camp.
  • At least one year of college or equivalent with coursework in nutrition preferred.
  • A minimum of one-year experience working with children is required.
  • Prior teaching experience and basic knowledge of agriculture and/or nutrition preferred.
  • Must have prior experience with cooking, planning, and ordering food.
  • Must have teaching experience in this area. Should also have basic knowledge of nutrition and benefits of healthy eating with some knowledge of food justice issues.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.

Farm Director

Program Description:

  • Responsible for the overall implementation of the Model Farm program including overseeing the agricultural education curriculum, basic animal care of all livestock, general upkeep of the garden and coordination of the Nutrition Center.
  • Coordinate with Camp Directors and/or Program Directors to implement the Farm and Nutrition program schedules.
  • Supervise, support and evaluate Farm Staff throughout the summer.
  • Orient the general camp staff to the philosophy of the farm and enforce safety procedures with all Fresh Air Fund campers and staff.
  • Ensure the safety of the campers while in program area. This includes ensuring counselors are present with their groups at all times.
  • Oversee the daily well-being of domestic livestock and the routine upkeep of the gardens.
  • Responsible for the ordering and control of general camp equipment and supplies.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions, and rules of camp.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities, and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.


Summer salary:

Salaries are commensurate with experience and include room and board.


Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the start of camp.
  • At least two years of college or equivalent with a concentration in environmental or agricultural classes is preferred.A minimum of one-year experience working with children is required.
  • Must have prior experience supervising staff and teaching in a farm setting.
  • Must have a current driver’s license.
  • Must have or obtain during orientation a current Responding to Emergencies and Professional CPR certification.
  • Passionate about working with children.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.