Open Position: Contract Peace Camp Director for Summer 2024

Position Description/Application Instructions: Heartland Farm Camp Director REVISED

Heartland Farm, located in rural Rush County, KS, is looking for a contract position Camp Director for our Peace Camp for 8-11-year-olds and Teen Camps for 12-15-year-olds – one for girls and one for boys. This position is to direct all three camps. We are interested in those who have knowledge and experience in in natural sciences, education, or recreation.

Heartland Farm is a non-profit ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, a pontifical congregation of vowed women religious who minister in 17 states and Nigeria. At Heartland Farm, we believe that Oneness with Earth Heals. Our mission is to practice and promote stewardship of Earth and healthy living through ecologically-sound agricultural and environmental practices. We open our doors to the community through educational opportunities and by offering retreat facilities that open a space for the renewal of mind, body, and spirit.

The 80-acre farm includes a residence for the Sisters, a guest house, a volunteer house, a 100+ year-old barn, a chicken house, an office, a strawbale arts studio, and a strawbale hermitage, along with various farm buildings within the perimeter of the farmstead.

Leaving the structure of the Farm, a visitor can visit woodlands, a prairie habitat, the Dry Walnut Creek, ponds, nature trails, and a pollinator meadow with numerous pollinators including birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and more. We welcome residents of our area counties to visit these wild spaces for hands-on learning and connections to the natural beauty of our land.

The Farm offers monthly programs to our neighbors in rural Kansas on topics such as canning and food preservation, gardening, fiber arts, and other practices that increase sustainability.

In addition, our annual Peace Camp and Teen Camps welcomes kids 8-15 for outdoor learning, games, cooperative skills, and summer fun.

Heartland Farm’s guest house is available for overnight stays as part of organized retreats and events, for individuals in need of respite, or for family and group gatherings.

One Heartland Farm’s most popular attractions is a herd of 17 alpacas. Jubilee, Q-Tip, Goldylocks and the rest of our herd welcome neighbors from surrounding counties as well as visitors from further afield as they learn about and enjoy these amazing fiber animals. The alpaca herd is a hit with school groups and 4-H groups, as well as with educators, Farm Bureau organizations, and the many people who visit for events and workshops, like our free Open Farm Day(s). The alpacas are also ambassadors for the Farm when we take them offsite for events.

As a not-for-profit organization, we have a very small staff. Our volunteers and contract employees are essential to the success of the farm and its operations.

Position Description/Application Instructions: Heartland Farm Camp Director REVISED