Overview: Arcadia is starting a summer camp! We’re looking for Team Leaders for our pilot season in July 2012. Team Leaders will supervise a group of counselors and campers during two one-week sessions at our working farm on the grounds of Woodlawn, a National Trust Historic Site, in Alexandria, VA.
At Arcadia Farm Camp, we seek to connect children to where their food comes from through hands-on farming, cooking, and eating experiences. Campers will develop an understanding of food origins, seasonality, sustainable agriculture, historic preservation, land conservation, and culinary arts.
Reports to: Farm Education Coordinator. Team Leaders will also work closely with the D.C. Farm to School Network Manager, Arcadia Farm Director, other Team Leader, camp counselors and counselors in training.
Hours: The pilot season of Arcadia Farm Camp runs from July 16 to July 27 (Monday-Friday from 7:00am – 5:30pm). Team Leaders will also participate in three days of training on July 13, 14 and 15.
Compensation: A $1500 stipend is available for the duration of the program.
Location: Arcadia Farm Camp will take place at Arcadia Farm at Woodlawn, a National Historic Trust Site, at 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Supervise two counselors leading an age-specific group of students for week-long programs. Campers range in age from 6 to 10 years old.
- Serve as a role model for campers
- Serve as a mentor for counselors, taking a lead on activities and operations.
- Implement food and farming curriculum and activities based on hands-on exploration of Arcadia Farm, which will include farm chores and culinary activities, games.
- Help with set-up and clean-up of camp area.
- Share supervision of mealtime and recreation time.
- Attend mandatory training sessions and staff meetings.
- Serve as primary contact for parents, managing relationships, needs and requests
- Participate in program evaluation.
- Other responsibilities as designated by the Farm Education Coordinator.
- Extensive experience working with children ages 6-10 in an educational/teaching/leadership situation;
- Experience in environmental education, sustainable agriculture, and/or culinary arts preferred;
- Excellent communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to maintain professionalism with parents, other staff, and camp partners ;
- Ability to relate to and supervise others;
- Ability to work independently and carry out lesson plans;
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
- An enthusiasm for sustainable agriculture and the environment;
- A willingness to get dirty, work with animals and in the garden;
- Strong leadership skills;Dependable, mature, and an excellent role model to children;
- Basic First Aid/CPR Certification (Adult/Children/Infant) or ability to obtain certification;
- Must undergo background check;
- Must be at least 21 years old; and
- Must be available July 13-27.
To apply: Send a resume, cover letter and two references to Farm Education Coordinator Liz Whitehurst (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 16.
Arcadia is committed to diversity in the workplace. People of color, LGBTQ and multilingual people are encouraged to apply.
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture is dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable food system and culture in the Washington, DC area and a collaborative space for the many local efforts and initiatives around better food. Our mission is to improve the health of our community, the viability of local farmers, and preserve our environment for future generations by combining education about healthy food and its sources with better logistical connections between local farmers and the urban and suburban core of the region.