Seasonal Farm Camp Educator - Ipswich, MA
Job Details
Appleton Farms - Ipswich, MA
High School

The Opportunity.

The Camp Educator position at Appleton Farms is a seasonal role. The typical schedule for the full-time Camp Educator is a 35-40 hour work week, Monday through Friday for the season. The camp season runs from June 21 – August 27, with the possibility of working only June 21-August 20 or June 28-August 20. A week of mandatory training will take place June 14 – June 18. The Farm Educator is primarily responsible for the planning and daily execution of camp programs and activities and direct supervision of campers, 4-13 years old, depending on the assigned age group.


In This Role You Will:

  • 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 (4-13)

  • Communicate with camper parents regarding camp questions and basic camper information

  • Perform daily camp staff chores to organize and prepare for each day

  • Ensure safety of campers and staff by closely following all COVID-19 protocols  

  • Meet periodically with Camp Director to evaluate experience and performance

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation

Other Information


  • Pursuit of 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 4-13

  • 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 9 weeks of camp  

  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI)

  • Community CPR and Basic First Aid certifications required by June 1st, 2021

  • Able and willing to work outdoors in variable weather conditions

  • Able and willing to wear a mask and conform to all best COVID-19 best practices.

  • Educators must be at least 18 years old.


Please upload a resume summarizing your education and work history, a cover letter telling us a little about yourself, and a statement of purpose describing your philosophy of education and your interest in working at Appleton Farms. Applications will not be reviewed without these supporting documents.


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, vibrant learning garden, 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 connects children to the land, and the natural systems that support us all, while spending time outdoors, exploring, making friends, and having fun. 


About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households. 


The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years. 


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


The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family. 


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