Guided by the Quaker belief that the Light of the Spirit is present in every person and the belief that people working together can create a more just and humane society, the Farm & Wilderness Foundation sponsors year-round experiences for children and adults that emphasize the building of community through the values of cooperation, simplicity, responsibility, empathy, spirituality, and service.

Spend your summer at one of F&W’s simple-living camps, where you’ll focus on community, home grown fun and living closely with the natural world!

Farm and Wilderness (F&W) is a non-profit organization running seven Quaker-based summer camps and educational programs on a beautiful 500-acre lakeside campus. Programs are rich in adventure, community, history, and spirit and foster an individual relationship with the natural world. While each camp provides unique activities based on age and interests, all are shaped by Quaker principles and the common belief that individuals and communities are strengthened by justice, honesty, self-reliance, diversity and respect for all persons.

Timberlake and Indian Brook are F&W’s largest camps, offering a wide range of programs: barns and gardens, creative arts, outdoor living skills, carpentry and work projects, wilderness trips, and so much more. Flying Cloud focuses on simple wood craft and primitive living skills and Saltash Mountain provides travel and wilderness challenge. Tamarack Farm emphasizes service, farm and work projects and Questers offers a longer wilderness challenge and dynamic small group program. And for their youngest campers, the Barn Day Camp offers day programming that includes swim lessons, arts and crafts, nature and trip skills, building projects and many other great adventures!

Work at Farm and Wilderness can seem like play in the camps because a cooperative group spirit enriches all the experiences of swimming and hiking, building and farming, dancing and music, crafts and cooking, and sharing feelings and ideas.

Summer Staff Job Opportunities

Summer staff getting pumped up to welcome their campers.

The Farm & Wilderness Foundation has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont! F&W is among 18 smaller nonprofits and businesses in the Green Mountain State to gain this distinction for the past ten years.Each year F&W hires more than 230 summer staff members, with positions that include cabin counselors, cooks and kitchen staff, camp program and support staff (lodge heads, program & assistant directors, trip leaders), activity heads (waterfront, barns & gardens, outdoor living skills, work projects), hiking, canoeing and rock climbing trips staff, lifeguards, drivers, nurses and more! Working side-by-side, staff guide campers through fun-filled, adventurous, and educational programs that change people’s lives—campers and staff alike! The 2018 summer season runs from mid-June to mid-August.

F&W Summer Camp Staff Opportunities

Welcome F&W Campers! Cabin Counselors have one of the most eclectic job descriptions—everything involved with getting campers through the day-to-day routine of camp. In any given day you could be a song leader, a bedtime story teller, a shoulder to cry on, a mediator, or a lawn game player. TL and IB counselors live in a three-sided cabin, creating a sense of community with a small group of campers. They also work in a specific activity area, planning (with help from the Activity Area Head) and leading adventurous, experiential and often silly activities. Most counselors also are able to go out on a wilderness or service trip during the summer. SAM camp’s schedule is entirely based on trips and counselors spend most of their summer out on wilderness adventures. BDC’s counselors spend their days working at the BDC and live as “villagers” in one of the larger camps. Applicants need to be responsible, able to balance being a friend and an adult, be a good listener and love the idea of spending a summer in the woods hanging out with kids.

Activity Area Heads are the lead on a specific activity (such as creative arts, barns and gardens, work projects, outdoor living skills, and waterfront head) and assist counselors with activity planning and coordinate the materials needed for the activities. It is preferable that applicants have 3-5 years of experience in their respective activity as well as significant experience working with children or teens. Must be 21 years or older and some supervision experience is helpful.

You must love the idea of spending a summer in the woods hanging out with kids! TL & IB Lodge Heads are the main support for counselors and the liaison between parents and campers. They problem solve with counselors and deal with issues that arise with individual campers. In addition, they are responsible for some activity planning and helping in the general running of camp. Applicants need 3-5 years desired experience with children, good communications and conflict resolution skills, and some supervision experience preferred.

Wilderness Trips Coordinators and Trips Staff will lead canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, and farm service adventures and will assist with teaching skills to the rest of the community. The Trips Coordinator has additional responsibilities of coordinating and delegating tasks to trips staff. Applicants must be 21 years or older and have significant backpacking and trip experience.

Cooks work around an independent schedule from the larger camp community, prepare food for special needs groups and those with dietary restrictions, assist in planning menus, and are supervised and supported by the head cook. Kitchen experience is helpful and ServSafe training is provided. Applicants must have the desire to work with children or teens (as campers often help with meal prep), the ability to relate well within a camp setting and work well in a team.

ALL CAMP Summer Staff Opportunities
In addition to camp-specific staff, F&W also hires more experienced staff members to support all seven camps and the entire operation. These key roles include:

Staff enjoying time together. The Kitchen Coordinator is responsible for the effective coordination of all aspects of summer food operations, including trainings for cooks, ensuring health and safety regulations are followed in the kitchens, managing and coordinating food orders, assistance with menu planning, coordination with Barns and Gardens and the Food to Plate work, and coordination of events like Farm Day and Fair Weekend. Requirements: 5 years of experience cooking in and/or managing operations of industrial kitchens preferred.

The Event Coordinator is responsible for all camp events in the course of the 7-week summer (up to 3,000 people) and pre-camp staff training period; coordination of Wilderness First Aid trainings, skills week, Interdependence Day and Fair, as well as support the logistics of tripping equipment and support of the camps’ transition from summer to post-camp use. This position can reside locally and commute to campus as needed. Requirements: Experience organizing large, public events.

The Rocks, Ropes & Trips Logistics Coordinator will provide expert on-the-trail and in-camp assistance and risk management for rock climbing trips, climbing wall and adventure programming as well as assists all camps in trip preparation, management and clean up and is responsible for assisting with the management of F&W trips equipment. Requirements: Documented training or experience with institutional rock climbing and low ropes course/adventure education activities, and experience in the management of adventure/challenge activities. WFA required, WFR preferred.

Can you juggle a bunch of jobs? The Mental Health Coordinator is responsible for the comprehensive management of mental, social, and behavioral concerns and issues that may occur with campers and/or staff. Requirements: 5 years of experience working with individuals with mental health concerns, preferably very knowledgeable of young people’s concerns, issues, and challenges; social work, guidance, therapy, clinical psychology or other degree or certification preferred.

Camp Nurses and the Health & Wellness Coordinator are responsible for providing and coordinating high quality health care for the camp community, including frequent communication with campers and staff; ensuring parent notification and incident reporting policies are followed, tracking medical visits, medical supplies, first aid kits, camper medications and playing a role in emergency response. Requirements: Registered Nurses (RN) preferred as per American Camp Association (ACA) standards.

Nurses’ Assistants and Sensible Health Staff provide direct assistance to the camp nurses; their tasks include organizing and distributing camper medications, responding to camper/staff needs, assisting with camper self-help, working with nurses on paperwork, procedures and coordinating with camp staff (such as trips staff) who are providing primary health care support for campers. Requirements: Understanding of healthcare practices with experience in healthcare and with children preferred. WFA, WFR, and EMT certifications preferred.

Cruise around the campus in style! The Head Driver is responsible for coordinating all F&W passenger fleet vehicles throughout the entire summer, and is in charge of creating, managing and distributing schedule of vehicle use and destination/coordination of pick-up and drop-off. A Second Driver is also needed exclusively for driving and driving related tasks. Requirements: minimum of 5 years van driving experience (including experience with trailers), exceptional driving history.

A Medical Driver will provide close collaboration with health care staff and camp directors to respond to and provide transportation for all camps related to medical issues. Responsibilities include 1-3 trips a day to and from off-site medical facilities, retrieving medical supplies and medications, working with off-site providers such as nurses, doctors, pharmacists, administrators, and ensuring medical forms and instructions are relayed back to our camp nurses. Requirements: Exceptional driving history, understanding of basic health care terminology and experience with children preferred. It’s preferable to have someone who focuses on caring for and supporting the campers as they travel off campus.

The Inn Keeper is responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and welcoming atmosphere for the summer staff day-off house. Tasks include coordinating with camp kitchens to stock the day-off house kitchen, any small maintenance tasks, tracking and ordering cleaning supplies and other necessaries, working with summer staff to ensure that F&W rules are respected, and managing shared responsibilities which this shared resource requires. Bonus compensation includes a small stipend in addition to a summer salary for primary position; lodging includes a private bedroom in conventional home on campus. Requirements: Mature and responsible person, able to establish working relationship with young adults. Dorm parent or R.A. positions a plus!

A full summer residential commitment is required for most positions; typically from early June to mid-August.
Seasonal Interns

Grow incredible vegetables and flowers!

Seasonal Interns/Crew are needed to assist in the hard, but rewarding work that is required to maintain F&W facilities, care for the farms, and welcome guests. F&W offers seasonal Farm, Facilities and Retreat Internships and Crew positions for people 21 and older who are seeking a more intensive community living and work experience for a 3-4 month period throughout the year.

Build a massive bonfire. Farm Interns are hired from April to October to assist the Farm Managers in the care of livestock, barns and gardens, as well as help administer activities such as homesteading, crafting, and food preservation within the summer camps and other programs.

Buildings and Grounds Interns assist the Resource Department in grounds maintenance, building projects, equipment repair, and other activities that maintain and improve the camps.

Retreat Center Staff assist the Operations Director in off-season events to include preparing meals and set up for retreat groups, weddings, meetings, and other events held at Farm & Wilderness.

Benefits include $200/week, room and board, laundry, Internet access and professional development.

Crew Fun Fact
These work crews began in the early 1970′s simply to insure that the buildings, grounds, animals, and gardens for the F&W summer camps were well maintained, improved, and prepared for the following summer. Now the word Crew has evolved to have its own educational components and an emphasis on community building, leadership training and specific work apprenticeships.

Life at F&W

Great views!Nestled in a beautiful, verdant valley near the village of Plymouth in central Vermont, F&W is located next to Woodward Reservoir, a clear and cool lake that is perfect for swimming and boating. Taking advantage of the 4,000 secluded acres surrounding the camps and throughout New England, the Adirondacks and Canada, rock climbing adventures, wilderness travel by foot and canoe and community service trips are an integral part of the F&W experience.

Staff and campers will live together in simple, wooden open-air cabins and canvas structures tucked in the woods or on the lakeshore. There is no electricity or running water in the cabins; there are no movies, television, computers or recorded music at the camps. Staff and campers will create their own entertainment, grow part of their own food and even build their own outhouses. In choosing to live simply, F&W builds a participatory community that works, plays and sings together. The property also serves as a working organic farm with a state certified milk processing facility. Every summer, each camp has its own small, organic farm, tended by campers.

Perks & Rewards

Create scrumptious meals using organic ingredients from the farm!

Compensation includes a modest salary, room & board, Internet access in the staff house, and one day off per week. Working at F&W comes with countless benefits beyond monetary compensation. It means that you join a diverse group of people who take pride in learning, sharing ideas, and enjoy serving each other and the community.

Did you know?
All first-time F&W staffers attend several days of Skills training in the activity area in which they will teach campers. Activities may include kitchen work, outdoor living, work projects (building, construction & carpentry), barns and gardens, rock climbing, tripping, canoeing and certification in CPR/first aid, Red Cross lifeguarding and Wilderness First Aid if needed. Following Skills Week, all summer staff attend a Staff Week at their camp, receiving further training in their activity specialties, cultural competency, safety and boundaries, age-appropriate activities and preparing their cabins and lodge groups to welcome and support their particular campers.

The Essentials

Build stuff!

F&W is looking for individuals who have the aspiration to work at a summer camp, and are conscientious, responsible, mature, calm under pressure, willing to put in odd and long hours, well organized, good problem solvers, clear communicators, and passionate about working with children. Strong candidates are committed to community, willing to be a role model, and have technical skills to offer, such as arts, lifeguarding, wilderness tripping, leadership, teaching, gardening and animal husbandry.

The Farm & Wilderness staff is made up of doers. They have backpacked in the Sierras, run food drives for the homeless, worked to clean up the environment, promoted the concept of world peace, played in bands, built houses, operated farms, and climbed in the Himalayas. In any given year, more than half are returning for another season!

Your First Move & Connections

Your new backyard.

To join the Farm & Wilderness team, check out current job openings and fill out the online application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled with the best fit candidates.

Julie Sanderson
Human Resources Manager
Farm & Wilderness Foundation
263 Farm and Wilderness Rd.
Plymouth, VT 05056
(802) 422-3761 ext. 233
(802) 422-8660 fax

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