Farm in the Garden Camp is a day camp for children ages 5-10; it is held on the beautiful grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in historic Stockbridge, MA. Campers care for farm animals, harvest food they grow themselves, and participate in a wide range of activities: bottle-feeding lambs, making goat cheese, running a farmstand, making fiber crafts, baking treats with eggs collected from the chicken coop, and much more. The camp is small by design, with just 18 students attending each week-long session.
The Educator will be responsible for a group of children ages 5-7 or 8-10. Educators participate in morning circle, run animal, craft, and gardening activities, oversee snack and lunch time, communicate behavior or medical issues to the Camp Director, and generally act as the adult presence and leader of their group throughout the camp day. Outside of the camp's standard farm-based curriculum, there is an opportunity built into each camp day for the Educator to lead an activity that they design themselves. Past activities include ponding, cooking favorite recipes, creating a play, branch weaving, flower pressing, and many others.
Educators will be assisted by one Assistant Educator and one or two teenage Counselors in Training (CITs), as well as a handful of adult activity volunteers. The Educator will report to the Camp Director.
The Educator position runs for six weeks: one week of staff training and five weeks of camp. The work day is Monday-Friday, 8:30am until 3:30pm. The position begins on Monday, June 24th, 2013 and ends on Friday, August 2nd, 2013.
The salary is $12-14/hour (based on experience), 35 hours per week.
Requirements: Previous experience educating children in either formal or non-formal settings required; crafts, gardening, and/or farming experience preferred. The candidate must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day. A successful candidate will have an abundance of patience for working with children as well as a good sense of humor and strong work ethic. The candidate must acquire CPR/First Aid certification before the first day of camp (July 1st, 2013) and pass a background check.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jamie Samowitz, Youth Education Coordinator of the Berkshire Botanical Garden and Director of Farm in the Garden Camp: firstname.lastname@example.org ; (413) 298-3926 ext 16. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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Jamie Samowitz, Director of Farm in the Garden Camp
Berkshire Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 826
5 West Stockbridge Road
(413) 298-3926 ext 16