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Hawthorne Valley Farm Camp Seeks Assistant Director - Ghent, NY

Field Camp Assistant Director is responsible for organizing and running all the operations of the field camp along with the Field Camp Director.  This position creates daily and weekly schedule of activities and off-site outings/events for camp. The Assistant Director is responsible for the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of 15 campers and 4 other counselors. Strong leadership, supervising and communication skills are required. Qualifications include, experience working with teenagers in an outdoor setting (camp and farm), working as a team player, while being an effective supervisor, and being able to address and resolve difficult issues (behavioral/sleeping habits/illness) of campers and staff. Often, the Assistant Director will need to talk with parents of the campers in order to resolve some issues. Camping and hiking skills are also required for this position. Lifeguard certification is a plus. This position can start as early as mid-April 2011. 

Field Camp Counselors work under the leadership of the Field Camp Assistant Director. They are responsible for guiding the campers through the various departments of the farm and traditional camp activities such as swimming, art & crafts, hikes, off-site camping trips, attending cultural events, campfires, etc. The Counselors are responsible for helping the campers form a tight-knit community where every one learns to meet the challenges and reap the reward of living and working together. Previous experience working with teenagers, camping and communication skills are all required for this position. Lifeguard certification is a plus.

Hawthorne Valley Farm is a 400 acre Biodynamic-organic farm situated in the Berkshire Taconic foothills, just east of the Hudson River Valley in Upstate New York.  Summer at Hawthorne Valley Farm Camp helps children build a reverence for life and community awareness through living, playing and working together on an active farm. Through these experiences, children stretch boundaries and realize new capacities within themselves.

We offer two residential programs during the season, a House Camp experience for ages 8 through 11 and a Field Camp experience for ages 12 to 15.   The House Campers live in the main farmhouse. The Field Campers live in cabins in the woodland section of the farm.  While the camp strives to complement the educational approach of Waldorf schools, campers are accepted from all backgrounds.

The Field Camp is an intimate camp of 15 campers geared to ages 12 to 15. The campers work for part of the day on the farm alongside professional staff in the farm, retail store, bakery, dairy plant and camp kitchen. In the afternoon there is plenty of time for traditional camp activities. There is also an off-campus overnight trip and culture excursions.  The campers and counselors live in cabins or platform tents in a wooded area on the farm.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR SUMMER POSITIONS: Applicants with experience working with children, an interest in gardening/farming/camping, the ability to work well with others, enthusiasm and a love for children, the outdoors and animals should apply. Camping, hiking, music, orienteering, lifeguarding experience, or storytelling skills are a plus.

WORK DATES: Field Camp Counselors: June 19 – August 14. The Field Camp Assistant Director position can start as early as mid-April.

LOCATION: We are located in the Berkshire/Taconic foothills in upstate rural New York, 2 ½ hours north of New York City, along the Hudson River.

HOW TO APPLY:  Send your resume with a cover letter describing your interest in our program and the names and phone numbers of three working references, preferably employers who have seen you working with children.  We are in the process of reviewing applications now.

COMPENSATION: Field Camp Counselors receive $1,850 per season (plus room and board). Salary for the Field Camp Assistant Director is $2650 during the camp season, plus room and board. Field Camp Assistant  Director will receive additional compensation during the time prior to camp at the rate of $450 per month.

Visit www.vspcamp.com for more information and feel free to call us at (518) 672-4790.

Send Resume to: Matt Davis, Program Director, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 Route 21C,  Ghent, NY,  12075   Fax:  (518) 672-7608, e-mailvsp@taconic.net