A coed boarding and day school for grades 4-9
 

Where most classrooms end, ours begin.

Farm Internships

Interns

Interns are integral to the success of our farm and garden program. Here are a few things interns experience:

  • Witness the first push of the seedlings out of soil blocks in the greenhouse
  • Teach children how to groom a horse
  • Assist with first aid and routine medical care for all animals
  • Tap trees, collect sap, and boil it into delicious maple syrup
  • Lead farm-based educational activities for students and campers
  • Graze the sheep, pigs, and chickens on rotation
  • Plan and partake in special farm activities like garden harvest and farm festival

Farm life runs the gamut from mucking out horse stalls to scrubbing vegetables for use in the kitchen. Because of the strong integration between the farm and the children's program, farm interns take part in the daily lives of students and campers, often serving as teachers and mentors. Given the fast-paced and multi-faceted responsibilities, flexibility and adaptability are important characteristics of interns and volunteers.

Internships

Internships are either 3 to 4 or 12-month arrangements. Credit for school can be arranged, and we are happy to work with those who have a specific interest or project idea. A modest stipend and health insurance are supplied for yearlong internships. All interns receive free room and board. Please send a cover letter and resume to Farm Manager Joshua Faller at jfaller@northcountryschool.org.

Intern Job Description: Available by request from Garden Manager Tess Faller at tfaller@camptreetops.org.

Application for Internship: Available by request from Garden Manager Tess Faller at tfaller@camptreetops.org.

Volunteers

North Country School and Camp Treetops have a long history of volunteerism—many people have helped in many ways over the years. We are now starting to formalize volunteerism for the farm to help us match the right people to the right projects so that needs are met effectively. Volunteers can teach a specific class, offer capable hands during busy times, or even lend expertise by fixing a piece of equipment. Volunteers help NCS and CTT thrive! For more information, please email jfaller@northcountryschool.org.


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.

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