Farm Camp Educator/Counselor

Full-time and Part-time Positions Available

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

About the Appleton Farm Camp Program:

Appleton Farm Camp is a children’s day camp located at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA. The 1,000 acre farm is the oldest continuously operating farm in the country. The working dairy, cheese making facility, barnyard animals, beautiful trails, engaging education programs, and deep history make this a special place to visit and work. At camp, we have an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning, in the fields and forests, the Learning Garden, the barnyard, and the kitchen! Our unique camp will connect children to the land, and the natural systems that support us all, while spending time outdoors, exploring, making friends, and having fun.

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Position Summary:

The Farm Camp Educator position at Appleton Farms is a seasonal role with a pay rate of $10-$12 per hour, commensurate with experience. The typical schedule for the full time Farm Camp Educator is a 35-40 hour work week, Monday through Friday for the season. The part time Farm Camp Educator is Monday through Friday with an anticipated 20 – 23 hour work week. The camp season runs from July 11 – August 19 with a week of mandatory training (approximately 25 hours) which will take place June 27 – July 1. The Farm Camp Educator is primarily responsible for the planning and daily execution of camp programs and activities and direct supervision of campers, 5-13 years old.

Essential Functions:

  • Daily supervision and safe keeping of campers
  • Design and implement camp curriculum and activities based on farming, food, sustainability, and the natural world with support from staff and farm resources
  • Plan daily age appropriate activities and farm projectsLead daily plant and animal farm chores with designated age group (5-6, 7-9, 10-13)
  • Communicate with camper parents regarding camp questions and basic camper information
  • Perform daily camp staff chores to organize and prepare for each day
  • Meet periodically with Camp Director to evaluate experience and performance
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation

  • A Bachelor’s degree in environmental or agricultural education, the sciences, education, or other relevant course of study is preferred, but not required
  • Experience working as a camp counselor, classroom teacher, or informal educator with children ages 5-13
  • Must be outgoing, enthusiastic, and have a willingness to learn
  • Must have experience with and enjoy working with children in an outdoor setting
  • Knowledge of or interest in farm-based education, food, and sustainability
  • A desire to share your passion for the natural world with children
  • A familiarity with Appleton Farms and The Trustees of Reservations is helpful

Other Requirements:

  • A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI).
  • Community CPR and Basic First Aid certifications required by June 1st, 2016
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Lead Educators must be at least 20 years old, Assistant Educators must be 18 years old
How To Apply:
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The Trustees offers competitive compensation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever. When applying, please be sure to mention if you are applying for a lead educator or assistant educator position, as well as if you are able to work full-time, part-time, or both.Please upload a resume summarizing your education and work history, a short biography (150 words or less) telling us a little about yourself, and a statement of purpose describing your philosophy of education and your interest in working at Appleton Farms.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

No phone calls please.

Apply by:
May 19, 2016