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Farm Camp Assistant Director Wolfe's Neck Center +5 more

  • Date Posted January 04, 2019
  • Location Freeport, ME
  • Category Education
  • Job Type Summer Job
Company Description Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment is on a mission to transform our relationship with farming and food for a healthier planet. We are a nonprofit education and research center situated on 626 acres of farmland, forest, and coast in Freeport, Maine. Our campus consists of an organic dairy program, livestock barns, diversified fruit and vegetable production, an oceanfront campground, and miles of wooded hiking trails. As a working farm located within a unique mix of ecosystems, we offer a remarkable and inspiring place for visitors of all ages to learn and play. Our year-round programs include farmer training, field trips, workshops, weekend events, and more. Job Description Farm Camp
Our beloved Farm Camp is a summer day camp program for children ages 4-15. Campers engage in hands-on learning about sustainable agriculture and the environment while taking care of livestock, tending our gardens, and exploring nearby ecosystems. Each year, we host hundreds of campers from the local community and out of state.

The Farm Camp season runs from June 10 - August 23, 2019. This includes one week of staff training (June 10 - 14) and ten weeks of camp (June 17 - August 23). As this is a day camp program, each week runs Monday through Friday.

Role & Responsibilities
The Assistant Camp Director (ACD) position provides leadership and guidance to our Farm Camp program. This position will report directly to the Education Programs Manager, who serves as Camp Director. The ACD position will work closely with the Education Programs Manager to fulfill the following duties:

Staff Coaching & Support
  • Provide feedback, coaching, and guidance to all camp staff (including curricular support, behavior management techniques, strategies to improve group dynamics, etc.)
  • Cultivate a positive workplace culture by planning opportunities for staff appreciation and community-building
  • Model respect, professionalism, and effective communication in all interactions
Program Operations & Logistics
  • Lead camp-wide activities and announcements
  • Support curriculum development, lesson planning and implementation
  • Purchase program materials in accordance with camp budget
  • Support camp record keeping, office operations, and other administrative tasks as needed
  • Assume leadership when the Camp Director is off-site or occupied with other directorial duties
Oversight of Health & Safety
  • Work to prevent and proactively address health and safety concerns; Identify potential hazards and ensure that campers and staff follow safety procedures in all program areas
  • Implement Risk Management Plan including periodic safety drills and emergency response procedures
  • Administer minor first aid treatment and respond to medical, emotional, and behavioral situations that arise
Qualifications
This is a dynamic and collaborative leadership position. Our ideal candidate brings a unique blend of enthusiasm, compassion, responsibility, and a keen eye towards safety on our working farm. The Assistant Camp Director must be diligently mindful of farm operations, including working around electric fences, farm equipment, and large livestock. Specifically, we’re looking for someone who has the following skills and qualifications:
  • Experience working with children or youth, especially in an experiential or outdoor setting
  • Experience working in an administrative capacity, especially supervising, coaching, or mentoring staff
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of sustainable agriculture, farming, gardening, livestock, or food systems
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of environments and weather (including heat, humidity, and rain)
  • Ability to manage risk and exercise judgment in a position of responsibility
  • Ability to prioritize and problem-solve in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to motivate and mentor youth and staff with professionalism, positivity, and enthusiasm
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Current First Aid & CPR certification required (or willingness to obtain before start date). Current WFA, WFR, and/or Lifeguard certification strongly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license. Must be 21 or older in order to operate farm vehicles, including tractor
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time, seasonal summer position. Typical working hours are Monday through Friday, from 8am – 4:30pm, though occasional weekend and evening hours may be required. Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States is required along with the completion of a successful background check. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Must be 21 or older in order to operate farm vehicles, including tractor.

Benefits
Hourly wage (paid biweekly); potential for on-site housing; free rentals for bikes, kayaks, and canoes; discounted oceanfront camping (based on availability); 25% discount on farm products (including meat, eggs, and seasonal produce); 25% discount in the Farm Café and Farm Store. Compensation this position is PAID: hourly, under $15/hr How to apply Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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