Program Director
Farm and Wilderness Foundation

Joyful Play. Purposeful Work. Rugged Outdoor Living.

Green, lush, beautiful Vermont

Plymouth, Vermont
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Jun 01, 2022)

Position Summary

The Program Director has the responsibility of effectively managing a summer camp program for approximately 16 campers and about 6 staff. This program serves campers and staff who identify as girls and gender nonbinary. Red Spruce Grove is a nature based outdoor living skills camp with a focus on living simply without modern “technology”.  During camp the program director is responsible with support from the IB Co-Directors for the good health and happiness of the campers, staff management, camper/parent relations, program management, camp risk management, budget oversight, and adherence to the F&W mission. 

Essential Functions:


  • Train and prepare staff for camp responsibilities
  • Ensure that staff are effectively supervised and evaluated
  • Follow F&W personnel policies and practices

Camper and Parent Communication/Recruitment

  • Send weekly email updates to parents while camp is in session and maintain camp blog in off-season.
  • Respond in a timely manner to all parent phone calls or emails during the camp season (in 24 hours or less)
  • Ensure that the camper letters are produced and mailed no later two weeks after the end of camp.

Camp Program Management

  • With support from the IB Co-Directors, ensure that RSG implements anti-racism education and programming for both staff and campers
  • Maintain a program that fosters the positive physical, emotional, and spiritual health of all campers and staff.
  • Maintain all of the American Camp Association (ACA) standards. 
  • Effectively manage the opening and closing of camp by working with Resource and Operations staff.
  • With support from the CFO effectively manage the summer budget
  • Submit RSG Program Director’s report at the end of the summer

Risk Management

  • Ensure staff is effectively trained in the Emergency Action Plan, emergency response systems for the camp, and trip evacuations.
  • Act in conjunction with emergency response team in the event of a life-threatening emergency or crisis.
  • Ensure that all safety protocols and procedures are implemented by camp staff.
  • Ensure all qualified staff are approved to drive and have received the necessary training
  • Keep IB Co-Directors and/or Executive Director informed of any incidents or potential risk situations
  • Maintain excellent communication with nursing staff during the camp season, and stay aware of any incidents, health concerns, and health care system changes (e.g., medical driver, nurse coordinator).

Physical Plant Management

  • Ensure the care and cleanliness of the physical plant while camp is in session.
  • Work with Resource staff to prioritize maintenance projects, identify potential hazards and the needs of the camp physical plant.

Work Conditions

  • Work shifts consist of 6 days on, 1 day off  
  • Live in a canvas tent that is RUSTIC and does not have electricity.  
  • Toilets are composting outhouses 
  • Food and beverages are provided through our camp kitchens 
  • Alcohol and drugs are prohibited on camp property    

Vaccine Requirement:  All of our employees and campers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19.

Compensation & Benefits 

  • Summer Salary paid biweekly 
  • Room and Board
  • Reimbursement for Certifications (contact HR for more information) 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experienced educator in an experiential, academic, or outdoor setting, with a passion for outdoor education
  • Demonstrated experience in managing youth development programs
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and training staff for an educational program
  • Demonstrated experience in leading conversations around identity, power & privilege, social justice, and intersectionality
  • Alignment with Farm & Wilderness’ values

How to Apply

To get you into our system, please fill out this quick online application (name, email) and upload your Resume or CV. 



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