Camp Educator Appleton Farms - Ipswich

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Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00pm


Ipswich, MA
United States

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About the Appleton Farm Camp Program: Appleton Farm Camp is a children’s day camp located at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA. The 1,000 acre farm is the oldest continuously operating farm in the country. The working dairy, cheese making facility, barnyard animals, beautiful trails, engaging education programs, and deep history make this a special place to visit and work. At camp, we have an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning, in the fields and forests, the Learning Garden, the barnyard, and the kitchen. Our unique camp will connect children to the land, and the natural systems that support us all, while spending time outdoors, exploring, making friends, and having fun.  For more information about our program, please visit: Appleton Farm Camp. 
Position Summary: The Camp Educator position at Appleton Farms is a seasonal role with a pay rate of $12-$14 per hour, commensurate with experience. The typical schedule for the full-time Camp Educator is a 35-40 hour work week, Monday through Friday for the season. The part-time Camp Educator is Monday through Friday with an anticipated 20 – 23 hour work week. The camp season runs from July 1 – August 16 with a mandatory training week which will take place June 24 – June 28. The Farm Camp Educator is primarily responsible for the planning and daily execution of camp programs and activities and direct supervision of campers, 5-15 years old depending on the assigned age group. 

Essential Functions:

  • Daily supervision and safe keeping of campers
  • Design and implement camp curriculum and activities based on farming, food, sustainability, and the natural world with support from staff and farm resources
  • Plan daily age appropriate activities and farm projects with teaching team
  • Lead daily plant and animal farm chores with designated age group (5-15)
  • Communicate with camper parents regarding camp questions and basic camper information
  • Perform daily camp staff chores to organize and prepare for each day
  • Meet periodically with Camp Director to evaluate experience and performance
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation 


  • A Bachelor’s degree in environmental or agricultural education, the sciences, education, or other relevant course of study is preferred, but not required
  • Experience working as a camp counselor, classroom teacher, or informal educator with children ages 5-15
  • Must be outgoing, have a willingness to learn, and bring unbridled joy and enthusiasm to work every day
  • Must have experience with and enjoy working with children in an outdoor setting
  • Knowledge of or interest in farm-based education, food, and sustainability
  • A desire to share your passion for the natural world with children
  • A familiarity with Appleton Farms and The Trustees of Reservations helpful 

 Other Requirements:

  • Reliable transportation
  • Must be fully available for camp staff training week and all 7 weeks of camp
  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI).
  • Community CPR and Basic First Aid certifications required by June 1st, 2019
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Camp Educators must be at least 18 years old 

When applying, please be sure to mention if you are applying for full-time, part-time, or either.  
Please upload a resume summarizing your education and work history, and a cover letter telling us a little about yourself, describing your philosophy of education, and your interest in working at Appleton Farms. Applications will not be reviewed without these supporting documents. 

The Trustees offers competitive compensation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

About The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 117 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

Our seasonal staff play an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How to Apply:

Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here