Senior Camp Counselor/Sustainable Agriculture Intern

December 11, 2017 11:56 AM | Anonymous member

Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Rd. Evendale, OH 

Duration: May 28—August 10, 2018 

Hours: 40 hours per week; 8:00am – 4:00pm M-F. 

Compensation: $2,000 stipend 

Responsible to: Camp Coordinator, Education Coordinator & Director of Education Contact: Nicole Gunderman, Director of Education, 

Purpose: Serves as lead counselor for groups of campers age 4-15 during farm-based summer day camp, facilitating camp activities, safely managing groups of children in a farm setting, and demonstrating leadership to Junior Counselors and Counselors-in-Training. Provides staff support for educational Summer Farm Tours. Supports the GHF mission, promotes membership and acts as an advocate for GHF. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

● Guide a group of 6—11 campers safely around the farm, knowing the location of all of your campers during camp hours 

● Lead small and large group activities, supervising campers’ participation in activities, and being an active part of all activities (i.e. animal interactions, lunchtime games, egg collecting, produce harvesting) 

● Interact appropriately with and model professional behavior for campers and staff in a variety of situations using positive behavior-management techniques, including: enthusiasm, a positive attitude, patience, sensitivity, a sense of humor, and self-control 

● Supervise, guide and mentor Junior Counselors (16-18 years old) and Counselors-in-Training (13-15 years old) within your camp group 

● Work with other camp staff to complete morning set-up and afternoon clean-up of camp areas 

● Attend required, scheduled training and workshop sessions and camp staff meetings 

● Plan and execute at least one themed camp, in collaboration with camp staff 

● Work at least one day of an event weekend 

Internship Description: 

● Interns will gain valuable experience in farm-based environmental education as a leader and planner of summer camps for children from a variety of backgrounds and ages (4—15 years). Interns will also hone their public speaking skills while leading farm tours, and gain new skills while working with soil in our gardens and animals in our farmyard. 

● Interns will receive training and then guide campers through activities focused on daily farm and garden chores, farm animal care, hands-on nature exploration, cooking and food preparation, and camp favorites like songs, games, and crafts. 

● Interns will participate in workshops and projects with other counselors to gain a better understanding of life on a working farm, local/sustainable agriculture and environmental education. 

● Interns will gain experience working in a cooperative, supportive, and educational working environment. Interns will also practice mentorship, leadership and management skills working with Junior Counselors (ages 16—18) and Counselors-in-Training (ages 13—15). 

● Interns will have the opportunity to work with our gardeners, farmers and volunteers to grow, harvest, and market produce using organic methods, as well as produce eggs and meat using family-scale methods. 

● Interns receive one full week of paid training. Camp Training Week is May 28th through June 1st. There will also be one paid week of team building during the week of July 4th. 

Desired Qualifications and Experience: 

● Applicants must be at least 18 years of age (required) 

● Previous experience working with children or education, preferably in a day camp setting 

● Preferred applicants will have completed at least one year of college 

● An ability to plan programs, conduct activities, and accept feedback 

● An ability to work as a member of a team and also work independently, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, creativity, open-mindedness, and flexibility 

● Demonstrated interest or special skills in agriculture, sustainability, gardening, animal care, cooking, arts and crafts, construction/building, and/or education 

● Current certifications in standard first aid and community CPR are preferred 

Description of Site: Gorman Heritage Farm is a 122-acre not-for-profit, educational, historical working farm in the Village of Evendale, just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Gorman Heritage Farm promotes: 

● hands-on interactions with a variety of animals, gardens and crop fields both for production and education 

● engaging farm experiences celebrating the power of food and its connection to people, places, and the natural world 

● values such as self-reliance, stewardship, service, and meaningful labor. Online

Application: We will begin reviewing applications Monday, January 9, 2017. Hiring deadline is ongoing, until positions are filled.

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