Hills of Milk and Honey - An Educational Farm

Summer 2018 Camp Counselor

Job Posting

Hills of Milk and Honey, LLC is a family farm located in Dripping Springs that offers camps, classes and tours, in addition to producing pastured eggs, an upcoming small vegetable CSA, and upcoming goat milk beauty products. The farm focuses on regenerative agriculture practices and sustainability while inviting the community to take part in various events throughout the year. Summers on the farm are filled with children as the Hills of Milk and Honey team grows farmers through our summer camp program!

We are offering the community the following opportunities for their children this summer. When participants attend camp on the farm, they take part in age-appropriate learning activities related to farming, gardening, team building, art and crafts, outdoor survival, water play, recreation, and more. Not only will participants be guaranteed to go home dirty each day, but so will you!

Farmer for a Week - Preschool (age 3-4)

Farmer for a Week - Elementary (age 5-11)

Farmer for a Week - Middle School (age 12-14)

Farmer for a Week - Children with Autism (age 6-14)

Farmer for a Week - Teens and Young Adults with Autism (age 15-23)

Some of the camps above are half day and some are full day. The full day camps also offer before and after camp care options to extend the day for working families. In addition to the camps that Hills of Milk and Honey provides directly, we also host field trips here on the farm where other camps in the area have secured tours at Hills of Milk and Honey as part of their own camp offerings. Also, families schedule birthday parties and private group tours of the farm too. This means we are able to offer full-time and part-time positions during the summer months.  

If you love caring for children and facilitating their learning, and you want to spend your summer impacting the lives of children in our community in a positive way, please read the job posting below and submit your resume and cover letter for a CAMP COUNSELOR position at Hills of Milk and Honey for Summer 2018. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Primary Purpose

Responsible for assisting farm management in assigned tasks related to caring for children, teens, and adults, as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a farm camp environment.

Qualifications

Education/Certification: High School diploma or GED

Special Knowledge/Skills: Ability to work as a member of a team, ability to interact with children, farm staff, and parents, and general knowledge of child development

Age: 18 years of age by May 15, 2018 and pass a criminal background check

First Aid/CPR: Must hold a current Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid certification by May 15, 2018.

Summer Availability: Must be available to work up to 20 hours per week for a part-time position and up to 40 hours per week for a full-time position with some shifts beginning as early as 7:00 AM and some shifts ending as late as 6:00 PM (i.e. one shift may be 7 AM - 3:30 PM, one shift may be 9:30 - 6:00 PM, one shift may be 10 AM - 3 PM). Must be able to work shifts during the following weeks, although shifts will be scheduled based on enrollment received.

June 11 - 15, 2018

June 18 - 22, 2018

June 25 - 29, 2018

July 23 - 27, 2018

You may also indicate on your cover letter whether you would like to pick up shifts when additional field trips, tours, birthday parties, etc. get scheduled during the summer in addition to the summer camp dates above.

Experience: Must have previous experience working with children. This can be in a volunteer position such as at a church, or as a babysitter or nanny, or working at a child-care facility, or the like. Must truly enjoy spending time with children while providing a safe, positive learning atmosphere. Must not mind getting wet or dirty, as this is a farm after all. It is NOT required to have farming or gardening experience, but a willingness to learn new skills modeled by Hills of Milk and Honey presenters and sharing those new skills with those in your care is an important component of the camp experience. Must model leadership qualities at all times as those in your care will see camp counselors as their mentors in many ways.

Major Responsibilities and Duties

Child Care:

1. Supervise children and their learning in the barn classroom, in the kitchen, and outdoors at all times, ensuring their health and safety.

2. Lead, or assist lead teacher, in more formal lesson plan groups.

3. Maintain a developmentally appropriate environment for the participants.

4. Ensure that each child receives individual attention; provide positive guidance to help children develop the ability to be self-disciplined. Correct children's behavior as appropriate, in a positive manner, and according to the training received by Hills of Milk and Honey.

5. Assist in food preparation for the children.

6. Develop friendly relations and open communication with each child and his/her parents.

Safety and Sanitation:

1. Follow established procedures to meet high standards of cleanliness, health, and safety.

2. Keep garbage collection containers and areas neat and sanitary.

3. Correct unsafe conditions in work area and report any conditions that are not correctable to farm owner immediately.

4. Maintain personal appearance and hygiene.

5. Perform emergency evacuation procedures as required by drills or actual event.

Other:

1. Assist in preparation of lessons and gathering of materials for camp activities.

2. Assist in animal care and garden work under the supervision and guidance of the farm owner.

3. Maintain time management and organizational skills at all times.

EQUIPMENT USED: Large and small garden tools (i.e. shovels, trowels, wheelbarrows), kitchen and cooking utensils and knives.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

Continual standing, walking, pushing, and pulling; frequent stooping, bending, kneeling, and climbing, lifting and carrying. Must be able to carry a child up to 40 pounds. Must be able to tolerate typical noise level of child care environment and operate in a multitask environment. Must be willing to get wet and get dirty. Must refrain from smoking any substance, vaping, or drinking alcohol while on the farm property.

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.