Internships & Apprenticeships
Eden Village Camp, in partnership with the Jewish Farm School, offers several internships and apprenticeships for aspiring environmental educators. Our programs offer opportunities for you to engage deeply with the land, Judaism, and leadership while participating in an ongoing developmental curriculum with our senior educators.
Anafim Summer Internship
The Anafim Summer internship is a special 9-week staff development program for rising high school seniors, bridging the transition from camper to staff member at Eden Village. Anafim means “branches”; our Anafim interns will branch out as they learn principles of Jewish environmental education, challenge themselves as community leaders, practice ancient Jewish agriculture and wilderness skills, and cut their teeth in our pioneering organic kitchen.
Program participants are staff members trained during staff training to take on daily responsibilities in our organic farm program, innovative kitchen, administration, operations, and across the spectrum of our specialty areas including wilderness, herbalism, arts, and pulse. Anafim interns receive daily guidance and training from their program mentor throughout the summer and spend evenings participating in leadership development programs, skill-building seminars, recreational activities, and thought-provoking study with their mentor and our senior program specialists. Anafim interns will usually integrate with the camp program for Camp Shmooze (structured free time), waterfront time, and large all-camp programs.
Our Anafim interns live simply with the earth as they farm, practice wilderness skills, learn organic cooking, and camp all summer in their own outdoor space. They cook many of their meals in their outdoor kitchen. Interns have access to bathrooms, showers, and their own indoor lounge throughout the summer. The Anafim program will include extended wilderness immersions and a multi-day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail.
Anafim interns are considered staff members, and supervised and guided by their Anafim Program Mentor. Interns who commit to the entire 9-week program receive room and board compensation for the summer. A limited number of fee-based, partial-summer internships are also available.
Interested candidates should apply using our online application.
- Applications on rolling basis until June 1st.
- Staff Training: Sunday, June 17 – June 25
- Summer Camp: June 27 – August 19
- 24-hour day off every Saturday night starting after Havdallah
To apply, please fill out our online staff application.
Anafim Spring Internship with the Jewish Farm School
Enrollment is now closed. Check back next Winter for dates for Spring 2013
The Anafim Spring internship offers high school seniors meaningful challenges and opportunities: to develop outdoor-living and leadership skills; to farm, prepare and cook as part of a vibrant farm-to-table lifestyle; to explore the wisdom of Jewish agricultural and social texts; to live in a vibrant, pluralistic Jewish community with the Jewish Farm School at Eden Village Camp.
Our interns spend most weekdays in May living on site, working on the farm, learning about Jewish connections with the environment, and training to serve as the next generation of leaders in the Jewish community.
The cost of the internship is $675 and includes all lodging, food and education while at Eden Village Camp.
Farm Education Apprenticeship
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONs FOR THE 2013 SEASON!
The Farm Education Apprentices are involved in a multidisciplinary program where they are both farm staff and farm educators. They will work directly with our farm manager and farm educators to participate in all aspects of the 2 acre farm: seeding, greenhouse production, soil preparation and amending, composting, cultivating, harvesting, weeding, animal care, fruit and orchard management, and tractor work.
Since our farm is only in its third season, apprentices will also have the opportunity to create and develop new facets of the farm, such as helping us start beekeeping, build grape arbors and orchards, expand flower production, research and implement alternative composting methods, or other ideas.
Click here for more information about the farm.
During summer camp, apprentices will lead a variety of farm-based activities and educational programs for campers of all ages, while also assisting in maintaining the daily operations of the farm, and various agricultural projects around camp.
When camp is not in session, Jewish Farm School and Eden Village run a variety of educational programs on the site and the farm, including Sunday farm volunteer days, a fall harvest festival coinciding with Sukkot, and other skills workshops. Apprentices will be the lead farm educators for all of these programs.
Apprentice Learning Opportunities:
- Weekly seminars in organic, small scale agriculture.
- Trainings in Jewish environmental education, including the Teva Seminar.
- Participation in the Hudson Valley C.R.A.F.T. Program, a network for young organic farmers.
- Participation in various on-site workshops, such as natural building and herbal medicine.
- Field trips to various organic and educational farms in the area.
Ideal candidates will:
- Be hard working
- Be able to complete tasks in a timely manner regardless of the weather
- Be flexible, positive members of a team and community
- Show timeliness and attention to detail
- Work creatively to solve problems
- Be able to develop new educational programs and farm infrastructure
- Be familiar with the sustainable agriculture and food justice movements
Experimental curiosity is encouraged! Extensive experience is not necessary, just an eagerness to learn about small-scale, sustainable farming and Jewish agricultural education! Farming is a continuous learning process through which we meet new challenges each day, learn from our experiences, and create new and exciting methods and programs!
Note: We will begin accepting applications for the 2013 season on December 7th. We will begin interviews after January 16th. The apprenticeship runs from April 16, 2013 to October 15, 2013. Please only apply if you are available for the entire season.
Compensation: $2,000 stipend plus room and board