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Employment

 

School Counselor — North Country School

Description
North Country School (NCS) believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that employees will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors and will have the wellbeing of the school as a whole in mind at all times.                        

Position Summary
The School Counselor is responsible for overseeing mental health services for NCS students. The counselor will act as case manager, staff coordinator, and family liaison for all students with mental health concerns. The counselor will also respond to acute mental health crises during regular office hours and be available for phone consultation during off-hours. This professional mental health position will be an integral part of a team that is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating school health services that:

  • Meet the emotional and physical needs of a diverse student and parent body

  • Maximize the quantity and quality of school time by reducing the incidence of health problems which impair or prevent learning

  • Achieves the highest degree of independent functioning possible

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide individual and group counseling services

  • Coordinate and support mental health clinicians who work with students

  • Act as primary liaison between families and clinicians

  • Work closely with the Director of School, School Nurses, Dean of Students, and Dean of Faculty to plan for and support a holistic approach to student care

  • Provide/teach/facilitate Life Skills programming

  • Oversee and manage the Advisory Program 

Additionally, the school counselor is responsible for:

  • Identifying the health care needs of middle school students

  • Planning and implementing services to meet those health care needs

  • Assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of the services provided

  • Maintaining accurate documentation of all ongoing aspects of care

  • Collaborating effectively with school personnel

  • Serving as a Health Resource for students, families, and employees

Specific Job Skills
The complex role of the boarding school health care provider demands, but is not limited to, an understanding of:

  • Boarding school life

  • Counseling and crisis intervention

  • Case management and advocacy

  • Networking and collaboration

  • Ethnic and cultural sensitivity and competence

  • Contemporary health and psychosocial issues that influence children and adolescents

  • Development, management, and evaluation of school health programs

  • Addressing and coordinating faculty and staff training that relates to students’ overall health and development

Skills crucial to this role include the following: 

  • Make independent and timely mental health care decisions

  • Triage crisis situations

  • Communicate effectively

  • Work well independently and within a team structure

  • Manage work tasks within an adolescent-centered environment

Education and/or Experience

  • Master’s level mental health clinician, experience working with children and/or adolescent populations

  • Supervisory or management experience desired

Working Conditions
This is a full-time, academic year position with significant holidays and vacations. Weekend duties include 15 Sundays of regular program per year with a schedule of 7:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. and approximately five weekend days related to special events and student travel days at the beginning and end of each term. The School Counselor will have responsibilities while students are on campus during the academic year and during a short period in late summer before students arrive in order to prepare for the school year. 

If interested in being considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Dave Steckler, Interim Director of School, at: employment@northcountryschool.org.

 

North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.


 

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS

North Country School offers 2-3, one-year academic internships. The goal of the internship is to introduce aspiring teachers to North Country School’s unique teaching pedagogy and for individuals to develop the craft of teaching in a wide variety of areas in a supportive atmosphere.

Academic interns are actively involved in all parts of the North Country School program. Within the classroom, internships may be designed to support individual grade levels or various courses within a department. An academic intern will also have the opportunity to serve in the role of a chore supervisor, table head, outtime facilitator, tutor and weekend trip leader. Interns will also work towards teaching an elective class, supporting in the teaching of an edible schoolyard class and will assist in house-parenting.

An intern should expect to:

  • Plan and deliver lessons
  • Develop curriculum
  • Reflect on teaching and learning
  • Develop classroom management techniques
  • Develop skills to support differentiated instruction
  • Refine outdoor leadership skills
  • Meet weekly with the Dean of Faculty
  • Develop a teaching portfolio

Internships at North Country School include a monthly stipend, health benefits, housing and meals. Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis. If interested in being considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Dave Steckler, Interim Director of School, at: employment@northcountryschool.org.

North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.


 

Summer Farm and Garden Internship at Camp Treetops

Located in the Adirondacks in Lake Placid, NY, Camp Treetops (CTT) is a residential summer camp for children ages 8-14. Our 220-acre campus (also home to North Country School) features a working farm, organic gardens, and alpine wilderness that provide hands-on opportunities for learning, work, and growth. Summer Farm and Garden Interns participate in daily farm and garden work, learning the basics of organic vegetable and flower growing, as well as animal husbandry.

Interns also work with CTT counselors to offer campers farm-related activities ranging from vegetable harvests and animal care to cooking and garden-inspired games. Combining learning and work with opportunities for creativity and leadership, the Summer Farm and Garden Internship is a great fit for someone who is passionate about farming and education, enjoys physical work and spending time with children, and is looking for a deeply rewarding summer experience.

Requirements
Summer Farm and Gardens must:

  • be available June through August
  • be a minimum of 18 years old
  • have completed at least one year of college or a gap year
  • want to work at an educational institution with animal and plant production
  • be able to work well with others and independently
  • be able to provide instruction and supervise groups of children
  • be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions
  • be able to communicate effectively with a diverse staff

Responsibilities
Throughout the summer, Summer Farm and Garden Interns will:

  • assist with all aspects of greenhouse and field plant production systems
  • seed, transplant, weed, and irrigate crop
  • help with soil building (mulching and composting)
  • lead morning and afternoon work crews 
  • assist with community work projects
  • develop and coordinate farm and garden program activities
  • prepare special meals from garden produce
  • harvest and deliver produce to the kitchen
  • help with plant/animal record keeping
  • supervise daily barn chores and garden chores

Compensation
Summer Farm and Garden Interns receive a weekly stipend of $160, plus room and board.

For more information please contact Garden Manager Tess Faller at tfaller@camptreetops.org.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Tess Faller at
tfaller@camptreetops.org


 

12-Month Farm and Garden Internship

Located in the Adirondacks in Lake Placid, NY, we are a co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 4-9, as well as a residential summer camp for children ages 8-14. Our 220-acre campus features a working farm, organic gardens, and alpine wilderness that provide hands-on opportunities for learning, work, and growth.

Farming and organic gardening play central roles in the lives of children and adults at North Country School and Camp Treetops. Our animal program consists of the care and management of horses, sheep, goats, chickens, and pigs, including animals for meat production. Our gardens produce about five acres of vegetables and flowers for consumption and education. In addition, during the spring we run a maple syrup operation in which we tap approximately 600 maple trees. The work here is demanding but highly rewarding and filled with opportunities for learning. Interns have daily interactions with our students and campers, but are also expected to develop skills related to garden and farm production systems, which sometimes necessitates working independently. 12-Month Farm and Garden Interns will learn hands-on about small-scale sustainable farming and farm education, gaining skills that will enable them to work successfully as future farmers and/or educators.

12-Month Farm and Garden Interns will report to the Garden Manager, focusing in garden and maple production, with seasonal cross training and assistance in animal care. Interns receive room and board, health insurance, and a stipend of $1,200 per month. The dates of the internship are June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

Main Responsibilities

  • Assist with all aspects of greenhouse and garden production systems, including seeding, transplanting, cultivation, harvest, and post-harvest processing
  • Assist in maple syrup production from tapping to sap collection and boiling
  • Lead seasonal harvest and work crews of students and campers
  • Assist in animal care, including daily barn chores and other barn activities
  • Assist in compost chores, as well as compost data collection and research
  • Keep up to date records and assist in crop planning, seed ordering, and seeding schedules
  • Work with Edible Schoolyard Program teachers, assisting in classes and instructing farm-based education activities and curriculum
  • Lead three afternoon Out Time activities a week, a week-long Intersession program, and rotating Saturday activity trips for students throughout the school year
  • Lead weekly farm-based activities for campers during the Camp Treetops season
  • Assist with farm-related research, outreach programming, and conference presentations
  • Attend various school and camp meetings, trainings, and special events throughout the year
     

Qualifications

  • Desire to live and work in an educational institution with plant and animal production systems
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Ability to provide instruction to children, and coordinate groups of children
  • Willingness to learn to operate a variety of hand tools, power tools, and farm machinery
  • Ability to perform physical work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Desire to set learning goals, receive feedback, communicate effectively with supervisors and colleagues, and take on responsibilities
  • Desire to live and work for the year in a small, close-knit community in the Adirondacks
  • Previous farming, gardening, and/or educational experience is preferred.

12-Month Farm and Garden Interns must be a minimum of 21 years old, have a college degree or equivalent experience, and be able to pass a background check.