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New Pond Farm is a non-profit environmental education center with an exceptional farm component that has been designated as one of the State’s Dairy Farms of Distinction. We are located in West Redding, Ct on 102-acres with rolling pastures, woodlands, and wetlands. The organization’s mission is to Connect people with the land that enriches and sustains us all. Our five primary areas of programming are environmental studies; farming and gardening (includes beekeeping); Native American lifeways; astronomy; and the arts (including Shakespeare programs, biannual art shows and photography shows, as well as music).

We are a vibrant, fiscally sound organization. We pride ourselves in being small and personal, sharing unique and excellent programming with our 12,000 annual students and visitors. We are a membership organization with 800 member families.

This year’s internship positions have been filled, we hope you will think of us again in the future.

New Pond Farm offers several internships for the summer. The internships are designed for people interested in a future in organic vegetable farming and would like the opportunity to gain experience and learn more about all aspects of growing.

We are looking for people interested in working 20-25 hours a week starting in May. For more details, please contact Ann Taylor, Executive Director ann@newpondfarm.org

There is always plenty of work to do at New Pond Farm and we are grateful for the wonderful volunteers who help us in so many ways.

Some of the many choices include:
  • Invasive Species Removal
  • Trail clearing and marking
  • Help with the Pancake Breakfast (March 4th 2017)
  • Help with the Easter Egg Hunt (April 8th 2017)
  • Help with the Redding Road Race: A Run For the Cows (May 7th 2017)
  • Help with the Harvest Festival (October 14th 2017)

If you are interested, please complete form below.

If you have questions, please email Ann Taylor or call the farm at (203) 938-2117.

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Camp Counselors 2017

    New Pond Farm offers a residential summer camp for inner-city youth from CT and day camp for local children. The camp works with children 8-12 years old, and consists of three 10-day sessions, totaling eight weeks of employment. Established in 1975, our small and personal summer camp has given hundreds of urban children a taste of life in the country and a chance to live, learn, work, and play on the farm for 10 days along side children from towns in the immediate area. Our camp is small and personal (8 inner-city youth and 8 area children per session), allowing our summer staff to have a positive impact on the campers.

    As a summer counselor you will be living and working on a beautiful farm. Facilities include a bunkhouse on the second floor of our Learning Center (with accommodations for both campers and counselors), a full kitchen, bathrooms with showers, laundry facilities, a classroom, and variety of outdoor teaching stations. Daily activities include science lessons, hiking, gardening, swimming, arts & crafts, games, and more!

The camp will be divided into three 10-day sessions, at the end of sessions 1 & session 2 there will be two days off for all counselors.

All counselor positions for 2017 have been filled, please think of us again in the future.

Important Dates:
Application deadline:
April 1st 2017
Arrive at camp: Saturday, July 1st
Camp Start: Friday, July 7th
Camp End: Sunday, August 13th
(All staff must depart by Wednesday, August 16th)

New Pond Farm is Alcohol, Drug, and Smoke free.

To apply for any of the following positions, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Tim Laughlin
Program Director
New Pond Farm Education Center
P.O. Box 116
West Redding, CT 06896

Or email: tim@newpondfarm.org

Camp Counselor Job Descriptions

This position has been filled

Position Description:
This position is responsible for: training and supervising fellow counselors (alongside our Program Director), providing assistance to the campers and staff, act as a first responder to all emergencies, provide weekly reports to our full time Program Director, assist with paperwork in compliance with CT state license, meeting with state and local inspectors during the season to review paperwork, oversee camper write-ups, create three (3) session newsletters, and overall programming.
This position will also double as On –Site Director and camp counselor

Qualifications:
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have at least sixteen (16) weeks of administrative or supervisory experience in an organized camp OR have already served at least one (1) summer as a Camp Director.

Successful applicants are experienced working with children of different backgrounds and age ranges, have a love of the outdoors, are patient, team oriented, and creative. Must be able teach programs created and agreed upon by the team of counselors, must exercise patience and understanding in behavioral management (some of our residential campers come from challenging backgrounds and for some it’s their first extended stay away from home), and partake in cleaning, cooking, and laundry tasks.
All candidates must pass a background check and meet the State of CT youth camp licensing requirements, found here.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Certifications in ARC Life guarding, CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration, valid drivers license.

This position has been filled

Position Description:
This position will assist the On-site Director with administrative and organizational tasks, including: weekly reports, camper write-ups, and writing a newsletter for each session. This position will also double as On-Site Alternate Director and a camp counselor, providing assistance to campers and staff and assisting (3) fellow counselors with creating and teaching all programming, daily activities, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and behavioral management.

Qualifications:
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have at least sixteen (16) weeks of administrative or supervisory experience in an organized camp OR have already served at least one (1) summer as a Camp Director.

Successful applicants are experienced working with children of different backgrounds and age ranges, have a love of the outdoors, are patient, team oriented, and creative. Must be able teach programs created and agreed upon by the team of counselors, must exercise patience and understanding in behavioral management (some of our residential campers come from challenging backgrounds and for some it’s their first extended stay away from home), and partake in cleaning, cooking, and laundry tasks.
All candidates must pass a background check and meet the State of CT youth camp licensing requirements, found here.

Additional Qualifications:
CT Certified Lifeguard, CT Certified Director of First Aid, Current CPR and First Aid Certifications, Certificate in Medication Administration, valid driver’s license.

This position has been filled

Position Description:
Responsible for: assisting with all medical situations and guiding fellow staff, making recommendations for safety improvements, organizing a weekly medical log book- signing each entry and having it signed by our pediatrician at end of each camp session. Will double as Director of First Aid and a camp counselor assisting (3) fellow counselors with creating and teaching all programming, daily activities, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and behavioral management.

Qualifications:
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Successful applicants are experienced working with children of different backgrounds and age ranges, have a love of the outdoors, are patient, team oriented, and creative. Must be able teach programs created and agreed upon by the team of counselors, must exercise patience and understanding in behavioral management (some of our residential campers come from challenging backgrounds and for some it’s their first extended stay away from home), and partake in cleaning, cooking, and laundry tasks.
All candidates must pass a background check and meet the State of CT youth camp licensing requirements, found here.

New Pond Farm is Alcohol, cigarette, and drug free.

Additional Qualifications:
CT Certified Lifeguard, CT Certified Director of First Aid, Current CPR and First Aid Certifications, Certificate in Medication Administration, valid driver’s license.

This position has been filled

Position Description:
This position is responsible for: supervision of all water activities, acting as the lifeguard when campers use swimming pool, making safety recommendations, keeping a water quality log at the pool. This position will also double as Director of Aquatics and a camp counselor, assisting (3) fellow counselors with creating and teaching all programming, daily activities, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and behavioral management.

Qualifications:
Applicants must be at least 20 years of age. Successful applicants are experienced working with children of different backgrounds and age ranges, have a love of the outdoors, are patient, team oriented, and creative. Must be able teach programs created and agreed upon by the team of counselors, must exercise patience and understanding in behavioral management (some of our residential campers come from challenging backgrounds and for some it’s their first extended stay away from home), and partake in cleaning, cooking, and laundry tasks.
All candidates must pass a background check and meet the State of CT youth camp licensing requirements, found here.

Additional Qualifications:
CT Certified Lifeguard, CT Certified Director of First Aid, Current CPR and First Aid Certifications, Certificate in Medication Administration, valid driver’s license.