Summer Posted February 23, 2024

Summer Specialist (Work-Trade Residency)

Camp Urban Adamah


Come join us at Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA and experience a summer of living communally on an urban farm and working with children at summer camp. This internship offers young adults ages 18 – 22 the opportunity to build skills in a particular speciality (art, cooking, music, or farming), teach children in a spirit of mindfulness and joy, and live in community with other college-aged students.


About Farm Camp

Every summer, Urban Adamah offers an outdoor summer camp for kids ages 3 – 14 . Summer Camp features hands-on projects and activities exploring themes that integrate nature-connection, crafts, farming, community-building, and Jewish values. Camp Urban Adamah is designed to create a space for children to thrive and express their natural curiosity and passion, all within a vibrant, loving, and inclusive Jewish community. Our counselors ensure that children of different ages can have joyful experiences within a small group of peers.

Daily activities at Summer Camp include gardening, feeding chickens and collecting eggs, music and stories, farm-to-fork food preparation with our bicycle powered blender and solar oven and in our industrial kitchen, arts and crafts, nature connection activities, and more. We do everything through the lens of Jewish tradition and storytelling, whether it be through our shomrei adamah farm activities, nature-based art projects, or eco-mitzvot songs. We open and close every day as a whole camp community with circle time, songs, storytelling, and acts of love and kindness.


About the Program

The Summer Specialist Program is intended for young adults ages 19 – 22. Each specialist will work 25 hours a week at camp and on the farm in exchange for room and board and an end-of-summer stipend. Summer specialists live on the farm itself in a modern building with a large, well-stocked kitchen and plenty of living space. Specialists will share a room with one other person.

In return for room and board in the Bay Area, summer specialists lead daily activity blocks in their area of specialization. Each block is an hour long and specialists work a maximum of two blocks in a day. Specialists help with children during all-camp activities, including the daily morning circle and end-of-week Shabbat service. Some specialists may be expected to help counselors in small group activities as well. There is also ample time to brainstorm, develop and plan new activities, and collaborate with peers.

Summer Specialists will get regular, consistent supervision and feedback from the Camp Manager and Ed Director, as well as the Farm Director and other members of the Urban Adamah staff. They will receive extensive training before camp starts as well as learning opportunities in Jewish values, farm techniques, mindfulness, DEI, nonviolent communication, and other topics.




Time Requirements

Farm Camp runs from June 10 – August 9 of 2024. Summer Specialists will be expected to be in Berkeley on June 3 for training and settling into the farm. The summer specialist program runs through August 15th for a week of debriefing, celebration, enjoying the farm and community created throughout the program, and packing up. Summer Specialists are expected to be present for the entire experience. (Specialists will have July 4th off from work).

While specialists are critical to camp life and expected to work the required hours on the farm and at camp, you may also work off site if you would like to pick up a part time job. There may also be additional work opportunities on the farm, including helping to run after-care, etc. Any additional work will be paid at $21/hour. The availability of additional work is not guaranteed.


About You

You enjoy working with children and being outside during the summer. You are passionate about Urban Adamah’s mission and are excited to bring your skills and enthusiasm to creating a memorable experience for our campers.

You want to live on a farm in an urban setting and are excited about deepening your experience with farm life and children. You are receptive to feedback and taking direction, and are eager to improve your own abilities in your specialty while also being open to learning new skills.

While we expect that you will have had some experience working with children and in the specific specialty for which you are applying, you do not need to have prior experience in Jewish learning and practice or in community living to apply for the program. An openness to exploring and sharing Jewish environmental wisdom and spirituality is a plus.

We appreciate an overall spirit of flexibility and enthusiasm!

How to Apply

Learn more & apply here: https://urbanadamah.pages.ontraport.net/jobs/4DSA7Q2/description

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