Green Chimneys Farm Animal Education Internship- Sam & Myra Ross Institute

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Green Chimneys
400 Doansburg Rd.
Brewster, NY
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Full-time, Paid (College Credit Required)
Timeframe: 01/12/15 — 09/07/15 (Flexible)

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Green Chimneys maintains over 200 domesticated animals traditionally associated with farms and small pet species. As a member of the Farm Based Education Association (FBEA) and holding an exhibitor license (C) for animals with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Green Chimneys’ farm-based education program provides experiential, interdisciplinary education that connects people to the environment, their community, and the role of agriculture in our lives. The team consists of a certified teacher with a background in agricultural sciences and staff who have practical experience in livestock management.

The Institute Internship is a three- to five-month commitment. Interns work 5 days a week, and also participate in occasional weekend activities and events. Institute Interns develop comprehensive skills in nature-based education and activities and practical knowledge for employing those skills in working with children with special needs.


*Animal Care, Handling and Management- learn how to provide humane and species-appropriate care for farm animals, horses, wildlife and a variety of small and large species in the context of a nature-based therapeutic intervention program. Animal handling, selection, feeding, medical care and training are taught by experienced staff specialists.
*Introduction to Program Administration- learn how to create, implement, and document activities around animals and nature. The internship experience provides an important introduction to program development for those who seek to replicate and administer nature-based programs in other settings.
*Farm Class Teaching Support- learn to skillfully apply animal-assisted interventions and horticulture education to groups of students as teaching assistants in farm, riding and garden classes.
*Intern Project- Institute Interns, either as a group or individuals, will participate in an additional project to enhance the Green Chimneys Farm, or another area of the organization and its programs.


The Institute Internship is for highly committed and flexible individuals who are able to dedicate a set period of time to Green Chimneys and acquiring skills in the principles of nature-based education and therapy.

There is no academic pre-requisite but the Institute Internship can be used as a supplementary practicum in training for a career in social work, psychology,education, veterinary science, animal care and program administration.

Individuals who hold academic degrees or are licensed in professions such as Psychology, Teaching or Social Work may apply for an internship but will not be able to practice under their license. The Institute Internship is a learning experience and all interns, regardless of previous degree or certification earned, function as support staff under the supervision of the Green Chimneys staff.

Applicants must be able to commit to the full length of the internship. All applicants will be subject to a criminal background check, fingerprinting and a medical screening that includes a test for tuberculosis. All applicants must be 21 years of age to apply. Please note we are are only able to accomodate international applicants during the summer months.

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