North Country School and Camp Treetops (NCS and CTT) is a non-profit organization located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. We are a boarding school for students in grades 4 through 9 and a seven-week residential summer camp for children 8 to 14 years old.. North Country School has approximately 80 students and Camp Treetops about 185 campers. Additionally, we maintain a working farm with a variety of animals raised for protein, a recreational horseback riding program, and approximately four acres of organic gardens with greenhouses.
The farm plays a critical role in the growth and development of both adults and children at NCS and CTT. Our animal program currently includes pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys. We maintain up to 16 horses for our riding program.
This internship connects the care and management of these animals, with educational experiences for children. The work within our organization is demanding but highly rewarding and filled with opportunities for growth and learning. Interns have daily interactions with students and campers, depending on the time of year, but are also expected to develop skills related to farm production systems, which sometimes necessitates working independently. In addition to the livestock and the barn, NCS and CTT maintain gardens that produce about four acres of vegetables and flowers for consumption and education. We also manage a maple syrup operation, tapping approximately 600 maple trees.
Farm Interns will report to both the Barn and Garden Managers, and will experience training in both areas of the farm. Interns receive room and board, health insurance, and a stipend of $1,200 per month. The internship starts immediately and ends on May 31, 2021.
Assist with the care and management of all species of farm animals, including evening checks and specialized feedings on a rotating schedule.
Lead barn chores with crews of students along with approximately two other adults.
Assist in animal related record keeping and basic medication administration (training provided).
Assist with rotational grazing and pasture management systems.
During the NCS program, lead outdoor education activities during the week, as well as a week-long, half-day program in February, and rotating Saturday activity trips for students throughout the remainder of the school year.
Assist with farm-related research and outreach programming
Attend various School and Camp related meetings, trainings, and events throughout the year.
Have an interest in raising animals for protein and learning about different management techniques.
Ability to work well both independently and with others.
Desire to work with industry professionals, including vets and farriers.
Desire to work with and provide direction and guidance to children of different ages and skill levels.
Desire to work with and learn about the care and management of horses. No riding experience or teaching experience required, but previous horse exposure preferred.
Willingness to learn to operate a variety of hand tools, power tools, and farm machinery.
Ability to perform physical work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
Desire to set learning goals, receive feedback, communicate effectively with supervisors and take on a variety of responsibilities.
Desire to live and work in a small, close-knit, education-centered community in the Adirondacks.
Previous animal related and/or educational experience is preferred.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds, work on your feet all day, and be able to work outside in a variety of weather.
Interns must be 21 years of age, have a college degree or equivalent experience, a clean driver’s license, and be able to pass a background check. It is preferred that interns have their own method of transportation.
For more information please contact Garden Manager Tess Faller at or Barn Manager Erica Burns at .
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Tess Faller at and Erica Burns at .
North Country School is committed to providing a working and living environment that fosters mutual respect and relationships free of discrimination based on a protected characteristic, and to complying with the spirit and letter of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to equal employment opportunity. For purposes of subsection A and B below, protected characteristics at North Country School are an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition to the guidance set forth below, a full explanation of equal employment opportunity and harassment prevention requirements, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available in the business office of North Country School.
North Country School is committed to:
Administering all personnel actions, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, work assignments, classification, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training, education, tuition assistance and social and recreational programs, without regard to any protected characteristic;
Administering all human resources policies, processes, and/or procedures without regard to any protected characteristic; and
Making required reasonable accommodation for the physical and/or mental disabilities of qualified employees and job applicants.
North Country School is committed to providing a harassment-free work environment, which includes time an employee spends interacting with co-workers in work-related settings such as during business-related travel, as well as meetings, conferences, training sessions and social events sponsored by North Country School.
Impermissible harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Making an individual’s terms or conditions of the provision of their services to North Country School contingent on rendering sexual favors,
Insinuating or conducting oneself in a manner that suggests that the submission to or rejection of sexual favors by any individual covered by this policy will in any way influence decisions concerning the employment or contractual relationship between North Country School and the individual; or
A comment, material, gesture or any other communication or conduct, which is unwelcome and offensive, demeaning, or derogatory towards any person or group of persons, based on a protected characteristic.