2019 Summer Camp Opportunity –

Sustainable Ag/ Environmental Camp Counselor

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Camp Season

Description: Hart-to-Hart Farm Day Camp is seeking  qualified individuals to design & teach sustainable agriculture & environmental lessons utilizing our gardens, farm, fields, forest and ponds. Counselors works with  campers’ ages 5 – 16 (depending on session) in an outdoor organic farm setting. Campers participate in farm chores, gardening, cooking as well as a wide range of environmental and agricultural activities.  Highlight: each campers adopts and train their own special fam animal. Goal: have fun while making a difference in the lives of young people through inquiry based learning.

Campers participate in farm chores, gardening, cooking as well as a wide range of environmental and agricultural activities. Highlight: each camper adopting special farm animal. Goal: have fun while making a difference in the lives of young people through inquiry based learning.

Site Description: The camp is located on a 285-acre sustainable organic dairy farm in Albion, Maine. Site includes historic barn, out buildings for chickens, goats, sheep, horses, rabbits and a free stall barn which is home to 130 dairy cows. Scenic pastures, organic gardens and orchard, ponds, wetlands, forest, and farm provide an idea camp setting to explore..

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of camp life: classroom preparation, participating in morning circle; running animal, craft, and gardening activities; overseeing snack and lunch time. Day starts at 7:00 am with set up. Ends around 5:00 pm or when prep work finished for the next day. One overnight outing with campers attending Farm Extravaganza and Farm Explorer.
  • Plan and co-lead daily “hands-on”, inquiry based programs. Topics include but not limited to animal care and feeding, gardening, sustainability, cheese making, insects, birds, soil science, freshwater ecology, wetland ecology, forest ecology, art, cooking. Topics taught through exploration, games, art, songs and stories. Attend staff trainings and meetings.
  • Assist in designing and leading daily “hands-on”, inquiry based programs. Topics include but not limited to animal care and feeding, gardening, sustainability, insects, birds, soil science, freshwater ecology, wetland ecology, forest ecology, art, cooking. Topics taught through exploration, games, art, songs and stories. Attend staff trainings and meetings.
  • Participate in 1 family program & school field trips
  • Communicating behavior or medical issues to the Camp Director
  • Educators supported by Camp Director and Counselors-in-Training. Educators will report to director

Qualifications:

  • Creative, enthusiastic, team player, flexible, excellent communication skills, a good sense of humor, self-motivated and strong work ethic.
  • A willingness to get dirty, hike, work with farm animals and dig in the garden
  • Knowledge in sustainable farming / gardening and/or environment education (strengths can be in one or the other – animal husbandry a bonus)
  • Previous camp or related experience working with youth ages 5-16 in an outdoor setting
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Completed 1st year of college or alternative program / experience

Date: June 2 – August 18th (11 weeks, includes 1 1/2 wk staff training & school field trips)

Compensation:  Includes room & board (additional pay based on education and experience) Experience  can be used as an internship. -contact FMI

Deadline: 3/31/2019

To Apply:  Send cover letter, current resume and application for employment form (download form)  to Linda Hartkopf, Director, Hart-to-Hart Farm & Education Center, 16 Duck Pond Land, Albion, ME 04910 or email to hhart@uninets.net.