Everyone in Camphill contributes to the sustaining of the community - coworkers and the folks with disabilities we support.
This may mean working together with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a craft studio producing a beautiful woven fabric, wooden toys, ceramic mugs, beeswax candles, etc.; working in the community store and cafe; producing bread, baked goods and preserved foods for community households, for the café, and for distribution at local shops and fairs; working on the biodynamic farm with the animals (cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, etc.), out in the pastures, orchards, vegetables, and herbs; and landscape gardening, maintaining and beautifying the property.
Back at home, members of each house community are responsible for the care, beauty, maintaining and running of the home. They support each other in the daily work and create a dynamic, interdependent community. Coworkers are responsible for the health and care needs of the people they live with. Together everyone builds a community, promoting each other’s skills and ambitions.
Our locations include:
- Copake, NY
- Hudson, NY
- Ghent, NY
- Glenmoore, PA
- Kimberton, PA
- Sauk Centre, MN
- Hardwick, VT
- Soquel, CA
- Greenfield, NH
- Duncan, BC
- Vancouver, BC
Positions are live-in and are typically one-year commitments, however there are many six-month and a handful of three-month opportunities.
The Camphill Association of North America is actively seeking enthusiastic, conscientious candidates who would like to live and work in one of our arts and agriculture-oriented schools and communities.
In Camphill, we live and work alongside children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (like autism and Down syndrome) in our beautiful communities and schools across North America.
A Camphill experience provides an opportunity for you to discover and grow your leadership potential as you:
Develop lifelong friendships with interesting people from many different countries, backgrounds, and abilities
Build new skills and creative capacities
Impact the lives of the people around you and experience incredible personal growth in return
During the day, you'll support activities like biodynamic agriculture and forestry; cooking and baking; artisan crafts (woodworking, weaving, bookbinding, ceramics, etc.); drama and music; classroom education; sports; and other activities. Through a mix of structured training and hands-on practice under the guidance of mentors, you’ll begin to master new skills; before you know it, you'll not only be comfortable with them, you'll be leading others in learning.
At home, you will quickly become part of a warm household community, sharing nourishing meals together and helping with the care, beauty, and running of the home. Coworkers help with the health and care needs of the people they live with, some of whom are very independent and others who require ongoing support.
Living in Camphill requires attentiveness, stamina, and an openness to learn. Community life offers profound joys and real challenges; for this reason, emotional maturity and health are essential.
We seek enthusiastic, friendly people with a good sense of humor and a warm heart. You will need to be ready to provide more support than you yourself require - emotional maturity and health are essential.
Previous experience working with individuals with disabilities is helpful but not required - we provide plenty of training. You'll soon learn that the folks we support will, in fact, be some of your best teachers and sources of inspiration.
Many of our communities are located in beautiful semi-rural areas, perfect for nature lovers. Hiking, swimming, and canoeing are common activities. Some regions also offer great winter sports. There are culture-rich small cities and towns quite nearby. And if sightseeing and other urban adventures are more your speed, each of the communities are within a 2 hour drive to a major city (New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal, etc).
Free room & board (private room in a community house and farm fresh food)
Access to community cars (gas and insurance included)
Professional development opportunities