A 900-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County, NY

Summer Camp Positions

Summer Camps Positions Available

For over 30 years Hawthorne Valley Farm has provided young campers ages 8 to 16 the opportunity to spend their summers in a no-tech, nature-based, Waldorf-inspired camp on our 400-acre working Biodynamic farm. The farm’s Place Based Learning Center strives to inspire, strengthen and transform the connection between people and the living land with the goal of providing children with farm-based, artistic experiences within the context of a production farm. Our campers and staff enjoy long summer days on the farm – swimming in the pond, working in our gardens, fields and with the livestock, hiking in our hills and enjoying organic home-cooked vegetarian meals made from produce freshly-harvested from the farms of the Hudson Valley.

Hawthorne Valley has employment opportunities at three Summer Camps: Kids Can Cook day camp, Farm Field Camp and Farm House Camp (both residential). All camps offer a variety of activities to children who are interested in working with our farm animals, growing vegetables in our gardens and fields, and enjoying a good old-fashioned summer in the country. Staffing opportunities are available for both day and residential camps for counselors, cooks, medical staff and management. Our Kids Can Cook program also has two Junior Counselor opportunities.

Successful candidates for all camps require:
  • A genuine love for working with children in an outdoor setting
  • Experience with and the capacity to lead activities such as crafts, cooking, farm chores, gardening and discovering the outdoors with children of varying ages and abilities.
  • The ability to safely oversee up to 10 enthusiastic campers, follow program guidelines, manage time well and be able to follow all NY State Department of Health camp protocols.
  • The ability to work full, long days in a farm setting and enjoy working outside in all weather conditions. All camps have a six (6) day work week.
  • The stamina and strength to stand and walk for several hours without a break, lift and carry up to 30 to 50 lbs. (as indicated in the individual job descriptions) and be comfortable working closely with coworkers in tight quarters.
  • Should have an understanding of sustainable agriculture, farm work, local food and place-based learning
  • Good communication skills, a can-do attitude, enthusiasm and endurance to work with children on a daily basis, the ability to set a good example for our campers and a love of the outdoors is mandatory
  • Residential staff must be able to live and work closely with their co-workers in small, rustic accommodations including participating in family-style meals with the campers in our Dining Hall
  • Highly desired skill-sets include: First Aid/CPR/AED, Lifeguard certification (waterfront a plus), musical ability (voice and instrument), leading games, woodworking, fine arts and handcrafts, cooking, wilderness skills, a background or interest in Waldorf education.
  • Applicants should be available for the full duration – training through camp – and be able to commit to their work schedule
  • At least 21 years of age (except Junior Counselors and Cooks)
  • All staff must pass a thorough background check, provide three (3) references – two of which must be professional, provide copies of all appropriate licenses and certifications, complete the camp medical forms and proof of their right to work in the United States. Kids Can Cook Day Camp requires one (1) full week of mandatory pre-camp training; Dining Hall staff, Field and House Camp Counselors require two (2) full weeks of mandatory training.

For full descriptions of specific positions, please click on the desired camp or department.

Kids Can Cook Day Camp (for campers aged 8 – 13)

Farm House Residential Camp (for campers aged 8 – 13)

Field Residential Camp (for campers aged 13 – 16)

Residential Dining Hall Staff

Camp Nurse

NEW! Spring to Summer Opportunities:

Spring Semester School Practicum and Field Camp Manager

Assistant Kitchen Manager and Camp Dining Hall Manager