Farm & Garden Director

Classification: 
Full-time
Company: 
YMCA Camp Mason,
23 Birch Ridge Road,
Hardwick,
New Jersey
7825
Contact Person: 
Laura Finkle
Contact E-mail Address: 
Laura@campmason.org
Contact Phone Number: 
(908) 3628217
Description/Responsibilities: 
Overview: 460- acres of ridges, valleys, ponds, streams and trails cover the property of YMCA Camp Mason. We are located in northwestern New Jersey just outside the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, one of the last true wilderness areas in the northeastern United States. This setting affords us almost limitless opportunities to engage in outdoor adventure and promote the values of environmental awareness. Camp Mason is seeking a passionate, enthusiastic and motivated Farm & Garden Director at our traditional YMCA summer camp. The Farm & Garden Director is a senior staff member whose primary role is leading staff in the delivery of an effective and engaging agricultural education program. Responsibilities: Train a group of counselors to become effective natural educators, specifically in the Farm & Garden Provide leadership to staff as necessary (includes instruction, evaluation and feedback of activities) Be a role model to campers and staff in both behavior and attitude, reflecting the culture of the Farm & Garden program throughout the remainder of camp’s activities Develop and execute engaging, hands-on activities Plan and teach classes to groups of children between 7 and 16 years of age Ensure that all campers experience progression and recognition in all farm and garden programs Be directly responsible for the maintenance and presentation of the garden and greenhouse Care for all farm animals and garden plants Ensure all equipment and systems are working/inventoried and consistently carried out Be able to make valuable contributions to the planning and execution of evening, weekend and theme activities Anything else that needs to be done to keep Camp Mason safe, fun, and on the leading edge of the camping industry. Compensation, Benefits & Housing: Shared housing and cafeteria style meals are provided. Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $2,250. Workman’s Compensation Insurance provided to all staff. Application Deadline: February 1, 2013 Dates of Employment: June 9, 2013- August 18, 2013 Must be able to commit to entire season.
Requirements/Qualifications: 
Qualifications: Required: Must have some knowledge of crop planning, greenhouse management, planting and garden maintenance, harvesting and post-harvesting needs, irrigation, and composting Must demonstrate a strong passion for the outdoors, sustainability, environmental awareness and simple living Strong leadership skills and a professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment Experience working at a camp or residential education center, leading related activities First aid and CPR, or willingness to get certified before camp starts The ability to complete the full term of the position Preferred: Wilderness First Aid, or willingness to get certified before camp starts Lifeguard certification a plus Belay experience or interest in learning a plus Valid driver’s license and clean record a plus
Application Instructions: 
To Apply: For more information, please contact Laura Finkle at (908) 362-8217 ext. 102, or Laura@CampMason.org. To apply, please send completed application with current contact information to Laura@CampMason.org. Additional cover letter and resume encouraged.