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Position: Junior Camp Counselor/Sustainable Agriculture Intern
Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati, OH

Contact: Evan Brothers, Director of Education, camp@gormanfarm.org

Internship Description: Gorman Heritage Farm is seeking four (4) paid Junior Camp Counselors/Interns to join our creative, experienced, and dedicated staff for 11 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Junior counselors will gain valuable experience in farm-based education.

The Junior Counselor’s primary responsibility is to assist Senior Counselors in leading ten week-long sessions of farm camp. Junior Counselors will gain experience with campers from a variety of backgrounds and ages (4-15 years). Camps focus on daily farm chores, hands-on nature exploration, and camp favorites like songs, games, and crafts.
Junior Counselors will gain experience working in a cooperative, supportive, and educational working environment.
They will have the opportunity to lead activities and assist in planning camp activities.
Junior Counselors will learn about and participate in farm operations and animal care. They will also have the opportunity to assist with public special events on the farm.
There will be opportunities to share one’s own skills and experiences with campers, volunteers, staff, and interns from other local organizations.
Junior Counselors receive one week of paid training. There will also be a paid team building activity/trip during the week of July 4th.
Junior Counselors will have the opportunity to participate in workshops/classes pertaining to different environmental issues.
Junior Counselors will have the opportunity to plan and implement small projects relating to sustainability on the Farm.

Description of Site:

Gorman Heritage Farm is an educational working farm in the Village of Evendale, just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. This 122 acre non-profit farm provides the opportunity to explore and learn the history, methods, and values of a working family farm in a natural setting.

Gorman Heritage Farm promotes:

Hands-on education for people of all ages (particularly local students) about agriculture, local habitats, and the value of manual labor
The preservation of a distinct regional identity and local traditions, specifically the history of

Gorman Heritage Farm and the values of the Gorman family that helped it flourish

An understanding of modern food systems and how sustainable agriculture, the consumption of locally grown food, and responsible land use can support a healthy society
The entrepreneurial spirit that seeks new avenues for self-sustaining business opportunities
Community building that highlights the essential connections between people, land, and meaningful labor

General and Specific Responsibilities:

Assist Senior Counselors in leading a group of 6-11 campers around the farm, assist in leading small and large group activities, and help supervise campers’ participation in structured activities
Responsible for knowing the location of all of your campers during camp hours
Demonstrate sensitivity to and fulfill the needs of the campers to the best of your ability
Interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations
Appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques, including: enthusiasm, positive attitude, patience, a sense of humor, and self-control
Help with morning set-up and afternoon clean-up of camp areas
Required attendance at the scheduled training sessions and after-camp staff meetings
Responsible for being active in all aspects of camp preparation and implementation
Plan and lead activities for campers throughout the camp week

Desired Qualifications:

Previous experience working with children
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age by May 24th
A marked ability to assist in planning and implementing programs for campers
Ability to work as a member of a team and also independently
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated interest in the environment, sustainability, agriculture and education
Passion for the natural world and working with children
Flexibility and creativity
Special skills and experience such as cooking, singing/music, arts and crafts, building/construction is a plus but not required

Experience: Experience with children, camp, and animals preferred

Responsible to: Senior Farm Camp Counselors, Camp Coordinator, Director of Education

Location: 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH (just north of Cincinnati city limits)

Duration: May 24—August 5, 2017 (11 weeks)

Hours: 40 hours per week; 8:00am – 4:00pm M-F

Compensation: $1,300 stipend for the summer

Training:

June 3rd is a mandatory training day from 8:00am – 5:00pm at Gorman Heritage Farm.
Camp Training Week is May 29th through June 2nd. If you are available please come after school until 4:00pm each day for training.

Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter and resume. There is not a separate application. Please email these materials to our Camp Coordinator at camp@gormanfarm.org with subject line [FULL NAME] – Junior Counselor Application 2017.