Come join the Place Based Learning Center at Hawthorne Valley Farm as an Educational Intern! Experience our diversified bio-dynamic dairy farm, while guiding children through hands-on farm based activities. The rhythms of nature and farm life take children beyond the classroom. Awakening to the environment, children rediscover the joys of learning and working together.
We are located in Upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, 2 ½ hours from Manhattan. Our program offers week-long residential Waldorf-based immersion experience to class grades 3 through 10 for both Waldorf and private schools.
Interns and full-time Program Managers lead farm-based learning activities such as baking bread, cleaning the barn, gardening, riding horses, animal care, preparing meals, exploring our woods, and many other activities. All staff members are responsible for nurturing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of each child. Interns share the Main House living space with the visiting classes and eat meals with the children.
This internship is a meaningful way to gain knowledge and insight about Waldorf education, bio-dynamic agriculture and residential education. Compensation includes room and board (organic mostly vegetarian meals) plus a $750 per month stipend. Housing is small and cannot accommodate partners, children or pets of this candidate. If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, have a love of the outdoors, animals and farm life, consider joining us! The dates of the Spring Internship are 1/16/18 to 6/2/18. Start date is flexible and can be as late as the end of February for the right candidate. The dates of the Fall Internship are 8/27/18 to 11/17/18.
-Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with groups of 6 to 9 children.
-Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to students, guests and other staff members.
-Share daily and weekend animal care and periodic weekend programming.
-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
- A personal passion, energy and drive to enthusiastically work with children
-Age of 21 or older
Please send a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for 3 work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Indigo Ocean, at Indigo@hawthornevalleyfarm.org. Or please mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main house 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 ATTN: Indigo Ocean, or fax to (518) 672-7608. For more information please call Indigo Ocean at (518) 672-4465, ext. 234. Interview process is starting NOW and will continue until 4 candidates are selected.