Summer Jobs - Lifelong Skills

Farm & Wilderness is seeking people who are passionate about social and environmental justice, love working with kids and teens, and interested in living simply!  If this sounds like you and you’re interested in working for Farm & Wilderness……….THANK YOU!

  • Summer Staff employment dates are June 9th – August 16th, 2018
  • Some staff will come as early as June 1st for Wilderness First Responder and/or Lifeguard Training

We have eight different summer camp programs, for campers age 4-17 years old, and we hire about 250 summer staff each year……. so we understand that it can be confusing figuring out what job/camp is the best for you.  Please follow the steps below for more information about summer positions at Farm & Wilderness.

If you have any questions while you navigate through the information, please contact Julie Sanderson at [email protected].

A note about gender:  This information uses gender binary terms.  However, we welcome applications from people of any gender, including trans, and gender nonconforming, and strongly encourage you to apply.

STEP ONE Which Camp is Right for Me?

Each camp has different camper age/genders and while all our camps are rooted in the values of Quaker philosophy, each has its own unique niche.  Some of the camps have staff age/gender restrictions.

Offers day programming for our youngest campers, which includes swim lessons, arts and crafts, nature and trip skills, building projects and many other great adventures!  Creativity, silliness, and fun drive the programming at the BDC.

Campers: Mixed gender ages 4-10

Staff: Mixed gender age 16+

Note about Staff Schedule:

  • Staff have the option to live onsite or off;
  • Staff 17 years and younger must live off site
  • Day Camp runs Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30

At our most remote camp, programming focuses on community and earth based living skills.  Flying Cloud is completely off the grid; pumping their water, cooking over a friction fire, and living by candlelight.

Staff: Male age 18+

Campers: Boys age 11-14

One of our larger camps, IB focuses on simple living, culture of shared work, and social justice in a noncompetitive environment.

All campers go on one overnight camping trip, and campers choose the activity areas they want to sign up for.  Songs, silliness, and creativity abound.

Staff: Female age 18+

Campers: Girls age 9-14

Our newest program, Red Spruce Grove, is a small wilderness living camp in VT where girls, gender queer and non-binary kids ages 11-14, learn to live in a small group setting in deep connection with nature, each other and themselves.  Campers and staff live in a small community practicing earth based living skills including cooking their meals over a fire.

Staff: Female Age 18+ (21+ preferred)

Campers: Girls age 11-14

A camp focused on backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and service trips.  It is also known for its music and drama (performance skits) which delight the community before our annual Fair celebration, and hosts 2 Contra dances during the summer.

Staff: Mixed gender age 21+

Campers: Mixed gender age 11-14

A program for teens eager for extended wilderness trips that foster leadership, community, and personal growth.  There are 2 Questers programs: 1. Hike the 272-mile-Long Trail or 2. Classic Questers embark on 18 days for a canoe, rock climbing, and backpacking trip.

Staff: Mixed gender age 21+

Campers: Mixed gender age 15-17

Staff mentor teens as they take on leadership in community living, as well as learning about social justice issues and participate in apprenticeships focused on carpentry, organic farming, and counselor training.

Staff: Mixed gender age 22+

Campers: Mixed gender age 15-17

One of our larger camps, TL programs focus on simple living, culture of shared work, and social justice in a noncompetitive environment.  All campers go on one overnight camping trip, and campers choose the activity areas they want to sign up for.  Songs, silliness, and creativity abound.

Staff: Male age 18+, female age 21+

Campers: Boys age 9-11

All Camp Staff are the positions that work with and support all our camp programs.

Staff:  Mixed gender 21+

Campers:  Mixed gender age 4-17

STEP TWO What Are the Program/Activity Areas

STEP THREE What Positions are Available?

Click on the camp you wish to apply to see what positions are available.

No positions available.

Food Coordinator (formally Head Cook), Medical Staff

Nurse & Nurse’s Assistant

No positions available.

Counselor/Wilderness Trip Leader, Wilderness Trip Logistics Coordinator

Long Trail Backpacking Leader

Counselors, Cook

1st Half Nurse,  2nd Half Nurse Assistant

Driver, Rock Climbing Instructor (top rope)

STEP FOUR What are the Living Conditions?

All staff live in RUSTIC conditions which includes 3 sided cabins that do not have electricity.  Farm & Wilderness also uses Composting toilets (what we affectionately call KYBOS) throughout the camps.  Farm & Wilderness strives to provide the best food we can in our kitchens which includes meat and produce from our Organic Farms.  We cater to all dietary restrictions and preferences.

What is the Application Process?

The first step is to fill out an online application. Your application will be sent to the Hiring Director of your selected camp. We hire on a rolling basis with interviews beginning the middle of January.


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