EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT2023-01-25T17:56:11+00:00

North Country School is located in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, of which two million acres are forest preserve. Our 220-acre campus includes extensive vegetable and flower gardens, a working farm, a maple sugaring operation, a six-trail ski hill, a thirty-six-route rock climbing crag, two riding rings, and over 3 miles of recreational trails. North Country School has long practiced a progressive, hands-on, and place-based education, taking full advantage of its campus, the High Peaks region, and the cultural and recreational opportunities offered in nearby Lake Placid.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references as indicated on each job posting. Interviews, including demonstration lessons, will take place until the position is filled.

Mental Health Professional

North Country School and Camp Treetops is seeking an experienced and collaborative Mental Health
Professional. This position is full-time, year-round, and would work with both the School and Camp.
The Mental Health Professional would be responsible for overseeing the general health and wellbeing of
the students and campers. The successful candidate must be comfortable working to support the mental
health and well-being of children and adults in the community. Responsibilities would include:
● Educating children and adults on social-emotional wellbeing
● Developing and establishing mental health protocols and procedures
● Facilitating connections with at-home mental health providers
● Work towards reducing the number of acute and sub-acute mental health crises
● Reduce stigma around behavioral/mental health challenges & services
● One-on-one sessions with children and adults, as needed

Requirements and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:
● License Preferred- MSW, LCSW, LMHC, NCC
● Passion for interacting with children ages 8-14 and supporting adults in the community
● The desire for a highly collaborative work environment that values innovation and creativity
● Sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
● Satisfactorily completed a nationwide criminal background check
Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to
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About North Country School / Camp Treetops
Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for students in
grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they develop the
resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years North Country School has achieved
this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as
our commitment to the environment and the importance of working as a community.
www.northcountryschool.org

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures an
inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-centered education,
the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with nature, and preserving a child’s
world through a summer unplugged.

EOE Statement: WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are
considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation,
marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province, or Local status unrelated to the
performance of the work involved.

Year-round Farm Interns 2023-24

Come farm with us! We’re seeking two year-round farm interns for the 2023-2024 season from June-June. 

Job Description

Year-round farm interns will participate in all aspects of the farm, both in the gardens and at the barn.

In the gardens, you will be a part of everything from seeding to transplanting, tractor work, harvest, and working with our farm-to-table kitchen. During the internship, you and our garden manager will help manage our rotating drum compost facility. You will spend a lot of time preparing fields and planting and working to tend tomatoes in our 100 ft greenhouse. During the months of May-October, the focus will be on the production gardens and perennial gardens. In the winter and spring, we will create a crop plan, take classes to further our farming knowledge, and prepare for and lead the community in maple sugaring in our 11-acre sugar bush. We typically grow over 30 varieties of annual flowers and more than 25 annual vegetables and herbs.

You will also work year-round at our barn, caring for and learning about chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, and horses. We harvest our birds on-site with the help of a caring community of adults and children. You will help campers and students with daily barn chores to care for the well-being of our animals year-round. You will be responsible for all animal chores twice daily on weekends during the school year.

During the camp season from June through August, you will help lead twice daily chores at the barn, in the pasture, compost, and gardens on a weekly rotation – experiencing each area of the farm with campers and counselors. Each week, you will offer 1–2-hour activities with campers in the camp you are working in (Junior 8-11 or Senior 12-14). These activities are focused on farming and the natural environment here in the Adirondacks. These activities are whimsical and based on your personal interests and connecting the farm to our campers’ experience. You will participate in, and help lead weekly community mornings during the summer in each camp, where a large amount of the farm-related job takes place. You will also help cook Sunday lunch for the campers on the garden harvest that week. Again, the creativity is up to you!

Each week during the school year, from September through May, you will support an Edible Schoolyard (ESY) class. Here, you can share connections from our farm to the classroom. There are often times to incorporate the farm into other core classes throughout the year. You will offer (2) “out times” per week each week. These are outside and active activities at the end of the school day that brings students to the farm and the outdoors. The farm works together to head tables at breakfast and lunch. The school year is a balance between working on the farm and supporting the school program. Your day will be a mix of both farm work and working within the school community. Weekend programming is a space to be creative with a group of students. These could include working at the barn part of the day and cooking lunch, seeing a play, or going for a cross-country ski. The possibilities are endless and up to your interests and the students’ interests. Being a part of the school community includes going to town meetings, faculty meetings, home nights, and all school events where we can come together and share our work.

We take pride in being well organized and maintaining beauty in the fields and the quality of what we produce and grow.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • A strong work ethic and timeliness with an eye for detail and efficiency.
  • Upbeat, able to find joy in simple moments, willing to laugh and have fun. We work closely together, and camaraderie is part of the joy of farm work. Communication is vital for understanding instructions and maintaining a comfortable work environment.
  • Proactive and forward-thinking, both in daily farm tasks and your education. Even if no explicit instruction is happening, there are always opportunities to learn.
  • Able to perform physical labor. There are often long days spent doing physical work in various weather conditions. Must be willing to work long days, sometimes long nights, to provide direct care for our farm.
  • Year-round farm interns must be able to lift 50 lbs., kneel for long periods, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks.
  • Night and weekend work
  • Willingness to learn how to operate farm equipment
  • A driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Must be 21 years old or older to operate equipment
  • Prior farming experience is a plus but not necessary. You will learn as you go, as our campers and students do in our hands-on experiential learning model.

Compensation

Year-round interns receive a monthly stipend, housing, all regular meals, and paid time off. Additionally, year-round interns can elect to sign up for health insurance.

Ultimately, this year-round farm internship can be your stepping stone. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about growing food for your community and farm education. We want to be your guides on that journey!

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to

  1. a) Tell us about yourself, your interests, your longer-term plans, and why you want to work on an educational farm
  2. b) What do you hope to learn?
  3. e) Do you have any previous related work experiences on a farm or in a school?
  4. g) What is your learning style?
  5. i) Please include a resume.
  6. j) Please provide three references from previous work experience.

Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years, North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the importance of working as a community.

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures an inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-centered education, the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with nature, and preserving a child’s world through a summer unplugged.

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.

A. Non-Discrimination

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.

B. Harassment

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.

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