Farm Based Education Intern
Hawthorne Valley

Seeking young farmers, artists, and educators to join our team of interns in the Hudson Valley!

Lodged between the Catskills and Adirondacks our valley is rich with art, agriculture, and adventure

Seasonal

Farm Based Education Intern

Hawthorne Valley
Location:
Ghent, New York
Experience:
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts in about 1 month. (Jan 16, 2023)

Join the Place Based Learning Center at Hawthorne Valley Farm as an Educational Intern! Experience our diversified Biodynamic® dairy farm, while guiding children through hands-on, farm-based activities.

The Place Based Learning Center has been providing on-farm learning experiences for children and teens since 1972. Our biodynamic farm, school and related initiatives all sit on a beautiful 900-acre campus; our mission includes the integration of education, agriculture and the arts, and our work with students is informed by a deep reverence for our environment, an awareness of the interdependence of our community, and a knowledge of the pedagogy of Waldorf education.

We are located in Upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, 2 ½ hours from Manhattan. The Place-Based Learning Center offers year-round children’s programming. During the school year, our Visiting Students Program hosts weeklong residential educational farm experiences for school classes (grades 3-10). In the summer, we welcome campers ages 8-16 to our overnight and day camps.

We are seeking Educational Interns for the spring semester of the Visiting Students Program at the Place-Based Learning Center. The Visiting Students program takes children beyond the classroom to experience the rhythms of nature and farm life.

The majority of our visitors are school classes (3rd grade and older) who arrive with their teachers and chaperones on a Monday and stay until Friday. The classes sleep in our sprawling 200+-year-old farmhouse, participate in lessons and activities related to the farm, food production, and nature-based crafts, and enjoy delicious and nutritious, organic farm-to-table meals. Interns are trained on how to lead activities with the students, such as baking bread, doing farm chores, gardening, hiking, nature crafts, and more.

This internship is a meaningful way to gain knowledge and insight about Waldorf education, Biodynamic regenerative agriculture, and experiential education. Compensation includes room and board (organic mostly vegetarian meals) and a $1,000 per month stipend. Interns will live in the farmhouse or a nearby cottage within a short walking distance from the farm for the semester. Please note that our housing cannot accommodate partners, children, or pets. 

Compensation also includes bi-weekly educational enrichment opportunities for Educational Interns, relating to art, agriculture, and education. Some examples include a natural dyeing workshop, a lecture on organic beekeeping, field trips to nearby farms and organizations.     

Our housing cannot accommodate partners, children, or pets of this candidate.  If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, and have a love of the outdoors, animals, and farm life, consider joining us!

The dates of the Spring 2023 Internship are January 16, 2023 – June 3rd, 2023. This includes two weeks of training and orientation.

*For those interested in a longer position, there is the possibility of staying on as a Farm Camp Counselor during our summer camp season which runs from June 25- August 5, 2023.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead activities related to the farm, food production, and nature-based crafts on a daily basis with groups of children.
  • Share meals with students and teachers in our Dining Hall while classes are visiting the farm.
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to students, teachers, guests, and other staff members.
  • Share daily and weekend animal care and periodic weekend programming.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in an outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities.
  • A good work ethic with an ability to be flexible, work as a team member.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to live on campus in shared living quarters.
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.
  • Practical knowledge of farming, animal care, gardening, and interest in Waldorf education is a plus.
  • Enthusiastic attitude when working with children.
  • Age of 21 or older. 

The interview process is starting NOW and will continue until all candidates are selected.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete our Application for Employment via the link below and email a letter of interest, resume, and contact info of three references (preferably who have seen you working with children) to Jae Vyskocil at jvyskocil@hawthornevalley.org.

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