Hiring: Garden Specialist – Farm and Garden Camp

Farm and Garden Camp seeks to inspire and equip youth and young adults to enjoy growing, harvesting and working with food and fiber, as well as to contribute to robust, regenerative, and just food systems. Farm and Garden Camp is a program of The Farm Education Collaborative (TFEC) and is located at the Hampshire College Farm. Learn more at

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Teach gardening lessons on gardening and farm-to-table cooking for campers ages 5-11
  • Implement existing and develop new curriculum
  • Keep campers and staff safe and engaged while working in the garden
  • Assist with other camp activities or administrative duties as needed, including daily set-up and clean-up
  • Prepare, plant and tend the Children’s Garden starting in May
  • Meet monthly through the Winter and Spring with the camp leadership team (founding director, camp director, and Jr. CIT Coordinator/Animal Specialist) for big picture visioning and program development in accordance with camp’s Vision and Values
  • Work full-time for the duration of the program (1 week training + 7 weeks camp), including staff meetings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion and energy to work with children in a farm and garden setting
  • Experience working with children, preferably in a day camp setting
  • Experience and confidence gardening and growing food
  • Experience planning and leading hands-on children’s activities
  • Ability to work both as a team player and independently
  • Creativity, flexibility, and patience
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Up-to-date certification in standard first aid and CPR by the start of staff training (required)

Dates & Compensation:

  • Staff Training: July 1-5, 2019 (possibly July 7 instead of July 4)
  • Camp Sessions: July 8 – August 23, 2019
  • Seasonal salaried position approximately based on $14 per hour or depending on experience

To apply: Send a cover letter describing your interest in our program, your resume, and contact information (name, email, phone number) for three references to References should be employers or supervisors who have seen you working with children and/or worked with you in agricultural capacities. We begin reviewing applications for all positions in January and conduct interviews until all positions are filled.

The Farm Education Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We believe diversity across race, religion, ethnicity, nation of origin, gender, sexual orientation, and numerous other visible and invisible aspects of identity makes our camp community stronger.

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