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Leir Global Nature Based Internship Program (January to August 2022)

Green Chimneys
Brewster, New York, US
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022

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Job Code: 2021-205
Location: Brewster Main Campus
Department: Farm Programs
Status: Regular Full Time (40 hrs/wk)

Job Description:Interns can choose to apply from our six internship concentrations. Come explore with us!

Room/Board (based on availability) and stipend Included

1) Farm Animal Education Internship- January to August 2022
InstituteInterns in this area develop comprehensive skills in nature-based education andactivities and practical knowledge for employing those skills in working withchildren with special needs with livestock and pocket pet species. Thisinternship is built on the foundation of Animal-assisted activities andeducation designed to create an opportunity for children to self-reflectthrough interactions and relationships with people, peers, animals and the barnenvironment. Interns participate in carefully guided interactions, helpingstudents to develop animal care taking and husbandry skills that enhancesocial, emotional, physical and academic growth beyond the teaching barn. This experiential learning can happen at anytime - in a stall, in a pasture, orwhen the child grooms a llama, leads a goat, or participates in feeding chores.Interns in this area work one-on-one with students, assist different farm classes,and are responsible for taking care of the daily needs of our farm animals.
2) Equine Education and Interaction-January to August 2022

In theEquine Program, children learn how to care for the 18 horses, donkeys andponies, and to manage their behavior and emotions to benefit their relationshipwith the animals. Interns have the opportunity to support children who havebeen unsuccessful socially or academically as they begin to experience successin the particularly supportive surroundings of the equine program. Internsparticipate in carefully guided interactions, helping students to developriding and stable management skills that enhance social, emotional, physicaland academic growth beyond the horse barn. Interns in this area assist indifferent farm classes, work one-on-one with students, and areresponsible for taking care of the daily needs of our equine herd.
3) Vocational Education at Boni-Bel Farm- January to August 2022

Interns guide therapeutic/recreational activities such as maintaining a flockof organic chickens and preparing fresh eggs for sale, making gift baskets,bee-keeping, harvesting vegetables, maple sugaring, and assisting in specialevents such as Saturday Farm Markets. Experiential 1:1 vocational sessionsguided by interns are designed to help individual students gain vocational andemployable skills following New York State Career Development and OccupationalStudies (CDOS) standards.
4) Horticulture Internship-January to August 2022

Interns have an opportunity to observe and participate in garden classes,facilitate1:1 activities with individual students in the garden and greenhouse,and may explore independent projects that can enhance the garden program.Interns in the horticulture area will be immersed in both educational andtherapeutic aspect of horticulture, and participate in activities guided by thegarden teacher. During the spring, summer, and fall months activities areheld in our garden, where planting, maintenance and harvesting of crops takeplace. In the winter, students are exposed to the scientific side ofhorticulture, such as plant anatomy and seed propagation in our greenhouse aswell as crafts and activities involving herbs and dried flowers.
5) Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship-January to August 2022

The Wildlife Center features a beautiful education center, animal triage carearea and has large display and flight cages, woodland paths and naturalistichabitats, being home to 50 permanently injured/non-releasable birds of prey,water fowls, and exotic species. State and federal licensed wildliferehabilitators, an environmental educator and animal caretaker comprise thestaff in this area, training and supervising interns who will care for the wildanimals in this area. Interns in this area will assist different farm classes,work one-on-one with students taking care of birds and small collection ofreptiles and amphibians, learn about wildlife rehabilitation, maintain thecenter and become primary caregivers for the animals.

6) Farm/Garden/Nature Education and Interaction - (Clearpool Campus) This internship option offersan exciting opportunity to participate in a growing integrated nature-basedsetting that brings together farm animals, gardening, wildlife, environmentalscience and education for the 40 students attending Green Chimneys School -Clearpool Campus. The campus is located on 350 acres of pristine woodlands,part of which is designated as a New York State Model Forest, and includes asmall farm animal area, birds of prey enclosure, and an organic garden. Thisinternship offers an integration of animal care and gardening with immersion inan innovative outdoor education environment. Interns support certifiedteachers, therapists and outdoor education staff in environmental,horticultural and animal care activities for the children. It is ideal for anenthusiastic, flexible and adaptable generalist who believes that all contactwith nature can be beneficial. The Clearpool Campus internship is based on aself-discovery model in which interns should have the ability to explore,identify learning opportunities and seek guidance. There is also a uniqueopportunity to create a service plan to execute an individual project at Clearpoolupon approval by the work supervisor. Clearpool Campus interns are trained,guided and supervised by Clearpool Animal Care Taker, with support fromBrewster staff. **********This internship is for someone who is local and can commute, and a small stipend is available. ************Job Qualifications: Applicants must be 21 years of age to qualify for housing. Room and board may be available, along with a small stipend.
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