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Residential Camp Farm Director (Seasonal)

companyThe Fresh Air Fund
locationBeacon, NY 12508, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description


Since its founding in 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit youth development organization, has provided free life- changing summer experiences in the outdoors to more than 1.8 million children from New York City’s underserved communities. Young people also participate in year- round leadership. Career exploration and educational programs. For more information, visit

Position Summary:

The Farm Director works directly to supervise and facilitate educational programming at our model farm this summer for all camps located on Sharpe Reservation. The role requires day to day scheduling, time off scheduling, educating camps about Fresh Air Farm composting program, conducting compost pickups at each campsite and take responsibility for the overall implementation and supervision of the farm and nutrition programming, while upholding Fresh Air Fund camps policies and protocols.

This is a residential seasonal position based at Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY. The role will be in-person will report to the Farm Coordinator.


  1. Responsible for the overall implementation and supervision of the Farm and Nutrition Program with Farm staff.
  2. Oversee daily morning breakfast programs and occasional dinner programs that utilize farm products from the farm garden and/or local farms.
  3. Maintain the daily well-being of domestic livestock and the routine upkeep of the garden.
  4. Educate camps about compost programs, encourage their participation by scheduling compost runs, and help manage compost pile.
  5. Oversee farm staff to ensure they comply with safety measures of the program areas including animal handling/care, basic sanitation, equipment operating, proper food handling and other operational hazards.
  6. Oversee animal feed, food ordering and farm supply inventory.
  7. Encouraging counselors to participate during programming, ensuring their presence with groups
  8. Active role in caring for the animals and maintaining the garden at the farm.
  9. Understand that campers come first, and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  10. Address stressful situations appropriately in a fast-paced, interactive environment.
  11. Strive to work cooperatively with fellow farm staff to achieve the program's goals.
  12. Explain and enforce the policies, traditions, and rules of camp.
  13. Scheduling and confirming groups for daily programming.
  14. Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities, and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  15. Staff reviews and evaluations with Farm Coordinator
  16. Take ownership of the use and care of Camp/Farm equipment and facilities.
  17. Be familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.
  18. Explain and enforce the policies, traditions, and rules of camp.
  19. Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned.


  1. Must be at least 21 years of age by the start of camp.
  2. Must have a current driver’s license.
  3. At least one-year of college or equivalent experience with a concentration in environmental or agricultural classes preferred.
  4. ServSafe Food Handler's certification preferred
  5. Passionate about working with children.
  6. A minimum of one year's experience working with children is required.
  7. Must have teaching experience in this area.
  8. Basic knowledge of animal care and nutrition.
  9. Able to clean stalls with farmers.
  10. Knowledge of using Farm tools such as shovel and wheel barrel
  11. Interested in working and living outdoors for the summer.
  12. Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player.
  13. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.
  14. Flexible, willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  15. Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  16. Must be able to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop or kneel, talk, or hear.
  17. Able to regularly lift and/or move equipment and supplies weighing 20+ pounds.
  18. Comfortable with being exposed to wet, humid, and hot conditions.
  19. Available for the summer program.

Experience and Skills gained by the end of summer:

  1. Managing a small team of farmers.
  2. Overseeing breakfast and Dinner production.
  3. Scheduling, Ordering and Administrative Duties.
  4. Collaborative Planning for Special projects with other camp administrators.
  5. Lifelong memories and working with youth at camp.
  6. CPR/AED training.
  7. Gain Knowledge about working with livestock.
  8. Better understanding of the Native Flora and Fauna.
  9. Gardening; Planting, Tending, Harvesting and Processing of crops.
  10. Knowledge about Agricultural sustainable practices.
  11. Broader understanding of nutrition and farm to table cooking.
  12. Being a team player and part of an Environmental passionate team.

The Fresh Air Fund requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to apply for reasonable accommodation.

Employment period: June 9, 2024 through August 17, 2024

Compensation: $3,300

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a Farm Director Application. We are hiring on a rolling basis and encourage interested applicants to apply as early as possible. No calls or recruiters, please.

The Fresh Air Fund is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.

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