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Looking for the ultimate summer job? Being a staff member at Pretty Lake is a unique and rewarding opportunity for many reasons, and you’ll have a chance to spend your time in the great outdoors with other talented, fun, and creative people.

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Adventure Centre Jobs

The Adventure Centre challenges individuals, teams, and organizations to expand their self-confidence, trust, and leadership skills through a variety of outdoor adventure learning activities. As southwest Michigan’s leader in facilitated low ropes courses, high ropes courses, climbing towers, and team building experiences, joining our team will allow you to combine industry-leading programming in an inspiring environment. Please click here to learn more about the Adventure Centre.

• Adventure Centre 2017 Seasonal Facilitator

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • This position typically is available between April and October
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, psychology, recreation management, or similar program.
  • Basic understanding of concepts relating to human and group development.
  • Ability to work with all Pretty Lake staff and customers of diverse ages and backgrounds, providing information an services in a friendly, respectful and courteous manner.
  • Leadership experience and the ability to communicate in a clear and understandable fashion to participants and other staff members is required
  • Able to effectively communicate in appropriate manner in the programming environment with or with out accommodation.
  • Ability to stay calm and perform work under high stress situations.
  • Performs work in a logical, orderly, timely and skillful manner.
  • Well organized, self-motivated with the ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding organizational, personnel, client, and customer information is required.
  • Current CPR and Standard First-Aid certification is preferred.
  • Knowledge and past experience working with farm animals preferred.

The Adventure Centre Seasonal Facilitator is responsible for working with the staff of the Adventure Centre (AC) to implement safe and effective experiential education programs. These responsibilities are conducted according to the organization’s policies, procedures, and all local/state/federal regulations and laws.

The Adventure Centre Seasonal Facilitator thoroughly prepares for all programs while ensuring site and equipment readiness prior to and after each program. He/she is responsible to facilitate experiential activities while maintaining the physical and emotional safety of the clients. In addition to programming, he/she is also responsible to maintain the general upkeep of the site (including activity sites, ropes courses, & campsites). The Seasonal Facilitator must be prepared to work a varied schedule including weekends, nights, overnights, and extended weeks.

 

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• Adventure Centre Part-Time Facilitator

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Part-Time hours are available year-round (with seasonal availability)
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, psychology, recreation management, or similar program.
  • Basic understanding of concepts relating to human and group development.
  • Ability to work with all Pretty Lake staff and customers of diverse ages and backgrounds, providing information an services in a friendly, respectful and courteous manner.
  • Leadership experience and the ability to communicate in a clear and understandable fashion to participants and other staff members is required
  • Able to effectively communicate in appropriate manner in the programming environment with or with out accommodation.
  • Ability to stay calm and perform work under high stress situations.
  • Performs work in a logical, orderly, timely and skillful manner.
  • Well organized, self-motivated with the ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding organizational, personnel, client, and customer information is required.
  • Current CPR and Standard First-Aid certification is preferred.
  • Knowledge and past experience working with farm animals preferred.

The Adventure Centre Part-Time Facilitator is responsible for working with the staff of the Adventure Centre (AC) to implement safe and effective experiential education programs. These responsibilities are conducted according to the organization’s policies, procedures, and all local/state/federal regulations and laws.

The Adventure Centre Part-Time Facilitator thoroughly prepares for all programs while ensuring site and equipment readiness prior to and after each program. He/she is responsible to facilitate experiential activities while maintaining the physical and emotional safety of the clients. In addition to programming, he/she is also responsible to maintain the general upkeep of the site (including activity sites, ropes courses, & campsites). The Seasonal Facilitator must be prepared to work a varied schedule including weekends, nights, overnights, and extended weeks.

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2017 Summer Camp Jobs

All summer staff members must be flexible and child-focused. Over the course of the summer, the majority of summer staff will fulfill many duties and perform many camp functions in addition to their designated jobs. The saying may be old but it is true: “many hands make light work”.

By the end of summer those “many hands” will have given over 800 children a summer to remember, and given you a community that will last a lifetime.  All applicants must review and meet the essential job requirements for all camp positions.

• Inpost Director (ID)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Valid State of Michigan Driver’s License (with clean record) required.
  • Past Camp Leadership experience required
  • Pretty Lake Camp experience preferred
  • College graduate and/or equivalent experience in child-care preferred
  • Experience with conflict resolution required
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Experience working with elementary youth preferred
  • Well organized, self-motivated with the ability to work independently or in group settings

The Inpost Director is part of the leadership staff. He/She is directly responsible for the daily operations of the Inpost program, including, but not limited to, staff scheduling, acquiring supplies for programs, working within provided budget, and required administrative details. Supervises the Inpost Camper Services Director, Program Director, Inpost Counselors, & Program Coordinators. The Inpost Director must have effective communication skills, experience in conflict resolution, must be able to work alone or in groups and must be self-directed.

The Inpost Director’s day often includes attending staff meetings, being a support for counselors or campers, addressing conflicts and concerns from staff and/or campers, helping to set-up/run an activity and lead counselor debriefing meetings.

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• Inpost Camper Services Director (ICSD)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Camp experience required
  • Pretty Lake Camp experience preferred
  • College graduate and/or equivalent experience in child-care preferred
  • Experience with conflict resolution required
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Experience working with elementary youth preferred
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings

The Camper Services Director is part of the leadership staff. He/She is directly responsible for maintaining quality relationships with their designated counselors and campers. CSD’s must have effective communication skills, experience in conflict resolution, must be able to work alone or in groups and must be self-directed.

The Camper Services Director’s day often includes attending staff meetings, being a support for counselors or campers, addressing conflicts and concerns from staff and/or campers, helping to set-up/run an activity and lead counselor debriefing meetings.

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• Outpost Director (OP D)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Pretty Lake Camp experience preferred
  • Rustic camping experience required
  • Lifeguard Certification preferred
  • Experience with conflict resolution required
  • Group facilitation and leadership experience required
  • Strong communication, organizational and management skills required
  • Experience working with middle – high school youth preferred
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings

The Outpost Director is part of the leadership staff. He/she is directly responsible for monitoring the Outpost camp functioning and supervising all staff and all aspects of camper safety. The OP D must have quality leadership skills, experience in the outdoors, be able to work in a group setting or alone, and must have exceptional organizational skills.

The Outpost Director’s day often includes attending staff meetings, handling staff and/or camper conflicts, coordinating schedules, leading counselor debriefing meetings, life guarding (preferred) and completing administrative duties.

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• Inpost Program Director (PD)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Pretty Lake Camp experience preferred
  • Experience with camp activities and programs
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Must be enthusiastic and outgoing
  • Experience working with elementary youth preferred
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings

The Program Director is part of the leadership staff. He/she is directly responsible for helping to create and oversee the implementation of quality daily programming. The PD assists counselors and program coordinators in acquisition of materials for various programs. The PD is responsible for running daily “Flagpole” time which includes engaging campers and staff in songs and games.

The Program Director’s day includes attending staff meetings, coordinating programs for cabin groups, working collaboratively with program coordinators, helping to maintain camp moral and completing administrative duties.

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• Pretty Lake Ambassador Coordinator (PLAC)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Experience working with middle – high school youth preferred
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Experience with conflict resolution required

The CIT Coordinator works collaboratively with the Camp Director and Outpost Director to provide a safe and enriching program for CITs. They must have effective communication skills, experience in conflict resolution, must be able to work alone or in groups and must be self-directed.

The CIT Coordinator’s day includes being a support for Outpost and building the program including planning an offsite day trip for CITs before CITs attend camp. While CITs are at camp, the CIT Coordinator will hold training sessions. The CIT Coordinator is responsible for supporting the CIT counselors and CIT campers; addressing conflicts and concerns from staff and/or campers.

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• Outpost Trip Coordinator (OP TC)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • First Aid / CPR or above certificaton required (WFR preferred).
  • Previous Pretty Lake Camp Outpost experience preferred
  • Lifeguard Certification preferred
  • Experience with camp activities and programs
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Must be enthusiastic and outgoing
  • Experience working with middle – high school youth preferred
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Driver’s License and clean driving record required.

The Outpost Trip Coordinator reports to the Outpost Director and is responsible for all aspects of Outpost’s off-site trips.  Maintains all camping and tripping equipment to PLVC standards.  Trains campers and staff in proper use of equipment and skills needed for successful trips. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail is required. Must be a strong leader and able to take control while following proper procedures in the event of an off-site emergency.

The Outpost Trip Coordinator’s day includes attending the daily staff meeting, coordinating programs for cabin groups, working collaboratively with program coordinators, helping to maintain camp moral and completing administrative duties.

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• Outpost Camper Services Director (OP CSD)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Previous Pretty Lake Camp Outpost experience preferred
  • Lifeguard Certification preferred
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Experience working with middle – high school youth preferred
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Experience with conflict resolution required

The Outpost Camper Services Director works collaboratively with all Outpost staff to provide a safe and cohesive camp culture. They must have effective communication skills, experience in conflict resolution, must be able to work alone or in groups and must be self-directed.

The Outpost Camper Services Director’s day includes being a support for counselors or campers, addressing conflicts and concerns from staff and/or campers, helping to set-up/run an activity and lead counselor debriefing meetings.

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• Waterfront Director (WD)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Current Lifeguard Certification Required (WSI cert preferred) – including current CPR/First Aid
  • At least two years of waterfront experience preferred
  • Boater’s License or motor-boating experience preferred
  • Strong organizational and communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings

The Waterfront Director is a part of the leadership staff. They are directly responsible for the supervision of all Inpost and Outpost waterfront activities, equipment and staff. The WD orients all staff to waterfront procedures, schedules lifeguards and swim instructors’ daily lessons, tests and records all campers daily swimming levels, and enforces all Pretty Lake Camp waterfront policies and protocols.

The WD must be familiar with, and follow, all state waterfront regulations and guidelines. The WD’s day includes a daily staff meeting, overseeing swimming and boating lessons, ensuring the maintenance of the waterfront area and all equipment, assisting with daily swim testing and coordinating the weekly rainbow swim.

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• Health Officer (HO)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Must have minimum certification of one of the following: Current licensed physician, RN, LPN, EMT, MFR, or WFR.
  • Previous experience working with children in a healthcare setting preferred
  • Experience with delegating and dispersing of medications required
  • Strong attention to detail, as well as organizational and communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings

The Health Officers (2) are part of the leadership staff. They are directly responsible for the health and safety needs of all staff and campers. The HO works collaboratively with Pretty Lake Camp’s off-site, Medical Director to maintain supplies and equipment of the infirmary, maintain accurate records and logs of medication dispersal, health treatment and emergencies. They must be comfortable with all the Pretty Lake Camp Standing Orders and state regulations.

The HO must act decisively and competently in medical emergencies and make appropriate determinations for treatment. The HOs’ day includes attending staff meetings, dispersing and recording all camper and staff prescriptions and OTC medications, handling any medical emergencies, maintaining a clean, comfortable infirmary, keeping inventory of supplies and notifying the Camp Director of any needs.

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• Summer Office Manager (OM)

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • College coursework preferred
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational, and communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Skilled in a variety of camp activities
  • Must have experience working with the public, such as with corresponding via phone or email

The Summer Office Manager is part of the leadership staff. He/she works with the staff, including the year-round staff, and is directly responsible for maintaining and securing accurate records of all Pretty Lake Camp campers and summer programs. They are responsible for providing assistance during camper registration, completing camper/program data entry, managing the incoming/outgoing mail and other summer camp correspondence (including making and taking telephone calls) and running errands for camp.

In addition, they are responsible for sorting and maintaining order in the library and keeping inventory. The OM’s day includes attending staff meetings, entering programming data, delivering camper and staff mail, processing outgoing mail, tracking program expenditures and supporting any cabins or program areas as needed.

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• Farm Assistant/ Youth Program Coordinator

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Camp experience preferred
  • Farm and animal-care experience preferred
  • First Aid / CPR or above certification preferred
  • Experience working with elementary youth preferred

The Farm Assistant/ Youth Program Coordinator supports the Farm Manager by assisting with the coordination and facilitation of camper farm programs as well as completing daily farm chores.  Must be familiar with basic gardening/farming concepts and animal care.  Youth education experience preferred. Must be organized and enthusiastic about program area.  Must be able to perform physically demanding work, including heavy lifting, which takes place in variable weather conditions. Minimum of 18 years of age.

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• Nature Coordinator

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Program ideas/ knowledge of nature activities required
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Experience working with elementary school aged youth preferred

The Nature Coordinator is supervised by the Program Director. He/She creates and implements safe, fun, creative lessons to expose campers to new and exciting aspects of nature. The Nature Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the Nature Building to PLVC standards while keeping an inventory of supplies. He/She is also responsible for assisting the program director during Inpost camp-out nights. His or her day includes a session for planning new lessons, several hours of leading campers in nature activities, and supporting counselors.

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• Arts & Crafts Coordinator

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Creativity, and a realization that everyone expresses their creativity differently required
  • Leadership experience and strong communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings
  • Experience working with elementary school aged youth preferred

The Arts and Crafts Coordinator is supervised by the Program Director, and plans, organizes, teaches and assists campers and staff in arts and crafts activities. They provide fun and creative lessons to teach campers new techniques and medias of art. The Arts and Crafts Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the Arts and Crafts Room and keeping an inventory of supplies. Their day includes a session for planning new lessons, several hours of leading campers in arts and crafts activities and supporting counselors.

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• Boating Coordinator

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Experience in sailing, canoeing, kayaking required
  • Must be Lifeguard certified
  • Leadership experience preferred
  • Experience working with elementary school aged youth preferred

The Boating Coordinator works in conjunction with the Inpost Program Director, but is supervised by the Waterfront Director. They create safe and fun programming, teaching the proper techniques to handle a variety of boats. The Boating Coordinator is responsible for the safety of the campers, the maintenance and inventory of the boats and the Boat House and its beach, and is responsible for tracking the daily boat usage.

The Boating Coordinator’s day includes attending a waterfront meeting, teaching several hours of boating lessons, planning boating lessons, and supporting counselors.

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• Lifeguard

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 16 years of age
  • Lifeguard certification required (including First Aid and CPR)
  • Life guarding experience preferred
  • Experience working with elementary school aged youth preferred

Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of campers during the daily waterfront activities. They must be able to accept tasks as delegated, work independently and with their fellow lifeguards, be able to assertively address any and all safety concerns, and must follow all government and Pretty Lake Camp waterfront procedures and protocols.

The lifeguard’s day includes teaching three hours of swimming lessons, guarding three hours of free swim, assessing campers’ swimming abilities and supporting counselors as needed.

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• Counselor

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Previous experience with children preferred
  • Creative and energetic personalities required

Inpost Counselors are directly responsible for the safety and supervision of their cabin group at all times. All counselors must be caring, resilient, energetic role models for their campers. Counselors must maintain discipline and provide support to individual campers as well as the cabin group.

The counselor’s day includes leading campers in activities, having meals with campers, assisting with camper swim lessons, singing songs, playing games and maintaining a positive enthusiastic attitude.

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• Housekeeping

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds

Housekeeping staff are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of all restrooms, general-use areas, and other work areas. This can include, but is not limited to, using vacuum cleaners, mops, or powered scrubbing machines, washing windows and emptying wastebaskets.

The housekeeping staff is also responsible for all camper daily laundry; this includes, but is not limited to, retrieving camper laundry from cabins, loading washers and dryers and sorting and folding clean clothes and linens.

 

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Pretty Lake Farm Jobs

The Farm is an outdoor classroom; we focus on the creation of a system of food equity and environmental sustainability. Each spring we offer field study programming to area schools aligned with state science standards and geared toward environmental sciences related to the farm, forest, prairie, wetland, and lake ecosystems on site. The farm joins the Adventure programs offering experiences with a focus on team building and self and community awareness for client’s middle school through adult. Only through the help of the following positions, our campers, field study students, and volunteers, are we able to grow thousands of pounds of food every year. Primarily, the food goes directly to campers: it is cooked directly into campers’ meals, as well as distributed in our cost-free Food for Families Program, in which families of campers are able to take home fresh produce when picking up their campers. When the harvest allows our produce is donated to local food pantries. Lastly, it is sold at local Farmers’ markets as a means funding our programs and providing educational experiences. Every group that visits the farm learns a little of growth through hard work, the value of fresh food and stewardship of the land and local agriculture, and how the natural world is tied to our lives.

• Farm School Educators

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of secondary/elementary education concepts
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Flexible and positive attitude towards work and youth
  • Working on or completed degree in education or related field
  • Self-motivation and independence
  • Strong communication skills
  • Gardening or farming experience or a committed willingness to learn
  • Willingness and patience to work with 10-20 kids at a time
  • Sensitivity to and capacity to work with a diverse community of clients and staff
  • High level of comfort with the outdoors and the unexpected conditions it brings
  • Knowledge of basic ecological principles and willingness to pursue answers to questions
  • Commitment to maintaining quality and appearance of programming areas and equipment
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to walk 3-5 miles in an 5 hour period
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Apply risk management procedures in various conditions
  • Complete a background check before work begins
  • Transportation

Desired skills:

  • Science-focused field of study will be helpful
  • Interest in social justice issues including food and community health
  • Quality writing skills
  • Familiar with lesson planning/able to implement a written lesson plan
  • Diversity training
  • Familiarity with or interest in learning “Challenge by Choice” theory and adventure education.

The Farm School Educator is a part-time, intermittent leadership position. Trained Farm School Educators will sign up for and lead classroom size groups for a committed number of programs they wish to work. Each program is a Science based field study primarily geared toward elementary age students from schools in the Kalamazoo area.  Field studies run from mid-April through late June, with a few dispersed opportunities throughout the summer.  Each program is 4 – 5 hours in length.  Educators must commit to a minimum of 5 programs for the season.  Pretty Lake Farm School will have 5 to 7 paid Farm School educator positions available.

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• Volunteer Field Study Assistants

Qualifications:

  • Self-motivation and independence
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness and patience to work with 10-20 kids at a time
  • Sensitivity to and capacity to work with a diverse community of clients and staff
  • Recognition of critical importance of being a positive role model for youth
  • Commitment to maintaining quality and appearance of programming areas and equipment
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to walk 3-5 miles in an 5 hour period
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Commitment to apply risk management procedures in various conditions
  • High level of comfort with the outdoors and the unexpected conditions it brings
  • Knowledge of basic ecological principles and willingness to pursue answers to questions
  • Complete a background check before work begins
  • Transportation

Desired skills:

  • Knowledge of secondary/elementary education concepts
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Flexible and positive attitude towards work and youth
  • Working on degree in education or related field
  • Science-focused field of study helpful
  • Familiar with lesson planning/able to implement a written lesson plan
  • Diversity training
  • Interest in learning “Challenge by Choice” theory

Volunteer interns will be responsible for assisting with field studies by taking on small groups to help complete guided activities. Volunteers and interns will be extra hands for each program’s duration, assisting with additional needs during a group’s stay at the farm.  Each program is a Science based field study primarily geared toward elementary age students from schools in the Kalamazoo County area.  Field studies run from mid-April through late June, with a few dispersed opportunities throughout the summer.  Each program is 4 – 5 hours in length. Volunteer Field Study program commitments are very flexible.

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• Farm Volunteer

Qualifications:

  • High level of comfort with the outdoors and the unexpected conditions it brings
  • Commitment to maintaining quality and appearance of programming areas and equipment
  • Ability to maintain positive attitude under stressful, hot, and sometimes difficult and uncomfortable working conditions (example: weeding and cleaning stalls, harvesting, washing and boxing produce)
  • Flexible
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to walk 3-5 miles in an 5 hour period
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Commitment to apply risk management procedures in various conditions
  • Responsible for transportation to and from the job site

Farm Volunteer positions are open to individuals who wish to help during the extended season.  If you are interested in the ins and outs of an educational/working farm this is the spot for you.  We have work to be done every day from March to November and will take help from motivated individuals whenever they are available.  Training and support is available for Farm Volunteers.

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