Summer Camp Educator

Supervisor: Director of Farm Based Youth Programs

Employee Status:  Seasonal; Full Time

Location: in-person at Shelburne Farms

Start & End Date: June 10 - August 21, 2024 (summer camp season dates)     

Pay Range:  $16 - $19/hour


Who We’re Looking for

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization and a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark in Shelburne, VT. We are seeking seasonal Summer Camp Educators (Waterfront Lifeguard Certified is a bonus) to teach 9-10 weeks of onsite day camps for ages 5 – 17. Shelburne Farms’ summer camp provides children with opportunities to use their senses, collaborate with their peers, and explore natural communities that support human health. To learn more about our camp programs, visit Each week you will have a small group of campers that you will lead on day-long adventures around the Farm. Comfort and ability to work with children, outside in all weather, for up to 7 hours a day is a key component of this position

What You’ll Do

  • Teach and help coordinate up to 10 weeks of onsite outdoor day camps in collaboration with a team of camp staff. Meet often with the Camp Supervisor in developing and maintaining quality program and activities
  • Assist in maintaining a positive atmosphere for all children, families, and staff
  •  Lead age and developmentally appropriate activities and lessons on our Farm campus while engaging in play-based learning with the focus in education for sustainability
  • Facilitate camp activities and lessons, and participate directly with campers in hiking, garden chores, animal husbandry, outdoor cooking, natural history, swimming, ecology, development of community, agriculture and farm games
  • Attend and participate in camp staff meetings and daily set-up and debriefs with teaching team
  • Mentor teen-aged stewards in training, and other volunteers through positive role-modeling, observation and feedback of their facilitation, behavior management, and instructional skills
  • Share before and after care responsibilities, and assist with check-in and pick-up of campers
  • Support  a continuous effort to build and sustain a diverse and welcoming working and learning environment for all program participants, guests, and staff.

Core Qualifications 

  • Stamina and enthusiasm to teach daylong programs outdoors in varying temperature and terrain
  • Teaching, coaching, or mentoring experience with children outside. Ideal candidates have experience in summer camps, classroom teaching, gardening, agriculture education, animal production or  natural ecosystems
  • Strong group management skills and ability to communicate effectively with learners with different physical, mental, and emotional needs
  • Completing a background check is a condition of employment
  • Valid First Aid and CPR Certification required for all staff (we offer paid CPR training for anyone who does not have this or needs a renewal certificate)
  • Valid Lifeguard certification required for all lifeguards, waterfront lifeguard certification preferred
  •  Positive attitude and a willingness to be a contributing member of a team, while remaining flexible to changing schedules or program needs
  •  Willingness to receive feedback, grow personally and professionally, and develop new skills

Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Indoor and outdoor work environments.
  • Varied weather conditions.
  • Ability to move over uneven terrain.
  • Comfort working with and around farm animals.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • We offer a 30% discount on all farm products.
  • Six (6) days (total of 48 hours) of paid Sick Time for all seasonal employees, regardless of average hours worked/week and length of seasonal time working on the farm.

To Apply

If our vision and mission excite you, we hope you will share with us your experience and skill set that you feel would qualify you to make a contribution to the Farm.

You are invited to submit an application online, in person, or by mail to: 

  • with “Summer Camp Educator” in the subject line, or
  • Shelburne Farms attn: Human Resources, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482
  • Need additional support? Call our Human Resource Director at 802-985-0370.

In your response, please address:

  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • How do your experiences, values, and/or efforts demonstrate your commitment to the values of diversity, justice, and equity? 
  • How did you hear about the position?


At Shelburne Farms, we value equitable access to employment opportunities and career growth as central to our vision for a sustainable future.  We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and strongly stand against discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to shifting our resources towards amplifying and uplifting historically marginalized communities to provide a fair and just opportunity for employment.  Candidates with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.  

$16 - $19/hour
Full Time
Date Posted: March 4