A 700-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County, NY

Children’s Program Internships

Visiting Students Program Education Internships

The Place Based Learning Center at Hawthorne Valley Farm offers a multitude of opportunities for adults and children to experience Hawthorne Valley’s modern 700+-acre, full-scale, diversified biodynamic dairy farm. Our education departments include The Visiting Students Program and Summer Camps, The Institute for Mindful Agriculture and the Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings Program(s). We are located 2 ½ hours north of New York City in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

The Visiting Students Program offers a week-long residential Waldorf-based immersion experience to class grades 3 through 10 as well as non-residential day programming and off-site outreach opportunities to local schools. During the school year classes visit from both Waldorf and non-Waldorf based schools to stay on the farm for one week. Interns and full-time Education Program Managers host the classes and lead farm-based learning activities. Over the course of their five-day stay students learn interdependence through activities such as baking bread, cleaning the barn, gardening, riding horses, animal care, preparing meals, exploring our woods, making handcrafts, learning map and orienteering skills and many other activities, depending upon grade level.

Education Interns will gain experience leading place-based hands-on educational activities with the students as well as working in the dining hall helping to prepare meals with students. Interns, together with the full-time staff, are responsible for nurturing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of each child during their stay at the farm. Interns share the Main House living space with the visiting classes, eat meals with the children in our organic vegetarian Dining Hall.  During your internship, you will be introduced to biodynamic agriculture and the view of childhood from a Waldorf perspective.

The Visiting Students Program Internship is a meaningful way to gain knowledge and insight into place-based and farm-based teaching, as well as to learn about Waldorf pedagogy and build on a variety of work experience in residential education. There are opportunities to explore Hawthorne Valley’s other departments varied program offerings through scheduled intern enrichment activities. Compensation includes room and board (organic vegetarian meals) plus a $750 per month stipend. If you are at least 21 years of age, enjoy working with children, have a love of the outdoors, animals and farm life, consider joining us!


  • Lead place-based residential farm and nature activities on a daily basis with groups of 6 to 9 children
  • Provide a nurturing and responsive environment to students and guests of program
  • Share daily and weekend animal care and periodic weekend programming.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in an outdoor setting and leading hands-on activities
  • A good work ethic with an ability to maintain an atmosphere of teamwork using strong communications and organizational skills
  • Ability to live on campus in shared living quarters
  • Some practical knowledge of farming, animal care, gardening, making crafts and an interest in Waldorf education is a plus
  • A personal passion, energy and drive to enthusiastically work with children
  • The ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Age of 21 or older

The Spring Internship begins January 15, 2017 and ends June 3, 2017. There are three to four positions available per semester and the opportunity for our Spring Interns to stay on for Summer Camp positions.

Please forward a completed Hawthorne Valley Application for Employment and include a letter of interest, your current resume and contact information for three work references (preferably employers who have seen you working with children) to Indigo Ocean. Your full name and Children’s Program Intern should be in your email subject line.  Or please mail your application to: Hawthorne Valley Farm, Main House, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 ATTN: Indigo Ocean, or fax to: 518-672-7608.  For more information please call Indigo Ocean at 518-672-4465 x 234.