summer education apprenticeship



nature_trail_sidebarSummer education apprentices receive hands-on educational experience on our working education farm. Apprentices work with children ages 4-12 at our farm-based summer camp, where they lead small groups in fun and creative activities developed to demonstrate and celebrate the cycles of nature that produce our food. Additional duties include maintaining education vegetable gardens, caring for the farm animals, running educational birthday parties, leading farm tours for visiting children and families, and assisting at other public events and fundraisers.

Education program activities include: planting, harvesting, cooking, creating a child-run farmer’s market, composting, arts and crafts, farm history, caring for the farm animals, nature trail hikes, cooperative games, music and storytelling. Apprentices are also responsible for assisting with the set-up and clean-up of all programs. While there is an established education curriculum in place, there are opportunities to develop new activities based on the apprentices interests and skills.

Summer education apprentices must be prepared to work long active days outdoors with children. Apprentices typically work 40-45 hours a week. The average schedule is 8:00AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday, which some evening and weekend hours. Apprentices are part of a rotating animal chore schedule which requires some night and weekend responsibilities.

Dates of Internship:
June 20th – August 19th

Desired Qualifications:
– Creative, hard-working, responsible, self-motivated, conscientious
– Musical and artistic skills a big plus
– Experience working with children
– Passion for nature and sustainable agriculture
– Comfortable cooking and eating a wide range of farm fresh vegetables
– Positive attitude and cooperative work ethics
– Willingness to work outdoors in all weather (hot cold, humid, rainy)
– Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
– Reliable transportation to the farm required

Compensation: Summer Education Apprentices receive on-site housing, a weekly stipend of $200, and produce from the farm.

Additional Educational Benefits Phillies Bridge Farm Project participates in the Mid Hudson Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program, through which apprentices have the opportunity to attend weekly meetings at various local farms. Each meeting includes a farm tour and a lesson around a specific topic (i.e. irrigation, season extension, compost, no-till farming)

To Apply:
We are now accepting applications for the 2016 season.

Send resume, including three professional references and cover letter, to Jasmine Wood, Education Director, at Write Apprentice Application in the subject line.