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The Sam and Myrs Ross Institute Internship Program

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Company/Organization: Green Chimneys


Horticulture Internship
Interns have an opportunity to observe and participate in classes, facilitate 1:1 activities with individual students, and may explore independent projects that can enhance the garden program. Interns also guide therapeutic/recreational activities such as creating bees wax candles, mixing organic lotions, drying culinary herbs or preparing fresh chicken eggs for sale to the public. Interns in the horticulture area will be immersed in both educational and vocational aspect of horticulture, and participate in activities offered both on campus and at Boni-Bel organic garden.

Farm Animal Education Internship
The Institute Internship is a 12 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.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship
The Wildlife Center features a beautiful education center, animal triage care area and has large display and flight cages, woodland paths and naturalistic habitats. State licensed wildlife rehabilitators, an environmental educator and animal caretaker comprise the staff in this area. Interns in this area will assist wildlife classes, work one-on-one with students, learn about wildlife rehabilitation, maintain the center and become primary caregivers for the animals.

Equine Education and Interaction
In the Equine Program, children learn how to care for the 18 horses, donkeys and ponies, and to manage their behavior and emotions to benefit their relationship with the animals. Interns have the opportunity to support children who have been unsuccessful socially or academically as they begin to experience success in the particularly supportive surroundings of the equine program. Interns participate in carefully guided interactions, helping students to develop riding and stable management skills that enhance social, emotional, physical and academic growth beyond the horse barn. Interns in this area assist in riding classes, work one-on-one with students, and are responsible for taking care of the daily needs of our equine herd.

Dog Interaction Program
The purpose of the internship is to experience firsthand how a dog interaction program can be incorporated into a residential treatment center and therapeutic day school. Interns will observe ways in which dog interactions are built into daily schedules, learn how to train dogs, be a part of a team educating students and staff on best practices, and more. The internship focuses on student Learn and Earn placements during which the intern will help students individually to develop skills through caring for and interacting with dogs; assist the dog trainer in the group activities; and support dog and facility care. Additional support of other Dog Interaction Program team members may be required.

How to Apply:
To apply please visit our website www.greenchimneys.org and select the following links to download an application: Quick link, Internship Opportunities, Farm & Wildlife Nature Based Programs and View complete institute internship details and application packet. Upon completing the application please return by fax: 845-279-6726 or email: dcartledge@greenchimneys.org


All applicants must be at least 3 years post-high school, and 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.


40 Hours/week


12 Months

Start Date:

January 1, 2015

End Date:

, December 31, 2015

Farm    Horticulture    Animal  Assisted  Therapy    Special  Education    Dog  Therapy    Equine  Therapy    Wildlife  Rehabilitation 
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