Garden Staff and Interns

Garden Counselor

We are now accepting applications for 2018!

The Camp Celo farm is an integral part of our camp program. In addition to providing a beautiful setting for the camp and producing much of our food, the farm provides campers with an opportunity to participate in a working farm. It includes 16 acres made up of woods, pasture and a large organic vegetable and flower garden. We also keep goats, cows, rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens. Our garden produces blueberries, raspberries, sweet corn, salad greens, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, squash, potatoes, beans, peas and more.

The garden is also host to numerous activities with campers and contributes centrally to the life of camp. Such activities may include group harvesting, threshing and grinding wheat, drawing or writing poetry, braiding onions, hanging garlic, observing and counting pollinators, among others.

The garden counselor is a junior camp position that has a special focus on the garden program. This counselor will serve as a program counselor with the junior camp staff, sharing responsibility with the rest of the counselors for the junior camp program. The special focus of this job will be planning and leading activities in the garden and helping to maintain the garden crops under the guidance of the garden manager. The garden counselor is involved as a junior camp counselor in all aspects of the daily camp schedule (wake-up, meals, morning meeting, evening games, etc.). Morning project time and afternoon activity periods will be dedicated to the garden, leading camper activities and performing garden work alone or alongside other staff. The garden counselor is a representative of the garden to the rest of the camp staff and should strive to incorporate the garden in other aspects of camp life, such as at morning meeting or mealtime.

It is important that the garden counselor possess the strong leadership skills of a counselor, be an independent and hard worker, and have a profound interest in gardening. Previous gardening experience is preferred but not required. The position begins and ends on the same dates as a standard counselor position and comes with a salary in line with that of a standard counselor. (See counselor job description.)

Pre-Season Interns

We are looking for one to two interns to help between the months of MARCH and MAY. Interns are asked to contribute 30 hours per week, working mostly in the garden although with a possibility to help with animal and milking chores. Interns will help with preparing the soil, direct seeding, transplanting, and weeding. The work is difficult but rewarding, as interns are encouraged to participate in not just the labor but also the decision-making and basic design of the space. It is important that interns are self-motivated, interested in learning about organic vegetable production, and able to enjoy the peace and solitude of our rural setting. Basic lodging is provided in a small cabin or tent with cook stove, as well as a small stipend for purchasing food.

For more information about both positions, contact Drew Perrin or Gib Barrus at or (828) 675-4323 or write us at

Camp Celo
775 Hannah Branch Rd.
Burnsville, NC 28714

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