Teaching Farm Manager; North Country School and Camp Treetops

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North Country School and Camp Treetops seek a full-time Teaching Farm Manager to oversee a year-round farm program intended for both food production and education of middle school aged children.

About North Country School and Camp Treetops: North Country School, an independent boarding and day school for grades 4-9, and Camp Treetops, a seven-week, overnight summer camp, share a spectacular 200-acre campus in the Adirondack High Peaks region of upstate New York. The farm operation includes five acres of mixed vegetables and flowers, 35 acres of pasture, two commercial-size greenhouses, 500-tap maple sugar operation, and a multi-barn complex that houses animals raised both for consumption and for teaching purposes. Our animals include pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, and horses. For more than 75 years, students and campers have benefited from active participation in the care of barnyard animals and the growing and harvesting of food. Nationwide, we are one of only seven Founding Programs of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project. In recent years, the farm has served as nexus for much of our sustainability education.

The Teaching Farm Manager position: The teaching farm manager is responsible for the care of all animals; vegetable and flower production; hiring and managing farm interns; and farm record keeping. He or she also works with School faculty and Camp counselors to integrate the farm and garden into academic curricula and daily activities, including preparing children for community-wide events like chicken and potato harvest. Applicants should have experience working in schools or other child-centric teaching environments, and should have demonstrable ability to manage a small staff and to delegate. A strong background in agriculture, knowledge of animal care, background in herd management, and competence with farm machinery are required. The qualified applicant will have experience with horse management and an ability to work closely with the NCS/CTT riding staff, who oversees a robust camp and school riding program. Supplemental farming skills, including basic carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical are a plus. Compensation and Benefits: Compensation and benefits include housing and meals; access to campus facilities including a lake, rock climbing crag, rope tow and ski hill, forest trails, wood shop and arts studios; group health insurance and retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

• A desire to work at an educational institution with animal and plant production systems

• A demonstrable ability to coordinate complex tasks in a rapidly changing environment

• A desire to work with teaching faculty and camp counselors to integrate farming systems into a middle school curriculum and camp programs

• A demonstrable ability to supervise and mentor interns

• A demonstrable ability to plan production systems through time

• A demonstrable ability to operate a variety of hand tools, power tools and farm machinery

• A desire to work outside in a variety of weather conditions

General Responsibilities:

• Depending upon the season, coordinating and accomplishing all aspects of greenhouse and field plant production systems and/or animal care at the barns and/or maple syrup production

  • seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, soil building
  • acquire and sell horses, acquire and coordinate the harvest of production animals
  • lead morning and afternoon work crews
  • work within a budget and provide accounting of all purchases within numerous budget lines
  • coordinate school or camp community work projects
  • develop and coordinate garden/barn program activities
  • application of organic pesticides
  • collaborate with our kitchen staffs to produce food for the community
  • daily mentorship and supervision farm/garden interns
  • provide multiple teaching and learning opportunities for interns
  • maintain written records pertaining to the farm
  • maintain a 500 bucket sugar maple stand and coordinate with our school program staff to work with students in the production of maple syrup
  • daily barn chores and other related barn activities such as animal maintenance, stall cleaning
  • general carpentry with respect to maintaining farm buildings and pasture fences

To apply, or for more information, send an email to: [email protected], or send a request via U.S. mail to: Attention: Farm Manager/Educator Search Committee, North Country School and Camp Treetops, 4382 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Visit North Country School's website to learn more about their programs.