Short Term Positions
Camphill communities are made possible by the many volunteers who serve in various capacities to support each other and build a strong and ethical community.
People with diverse backgrounds, skills and personal goals join our community for a few months or longer, volunteering their time and energy; they live, work, learn and grow with us.
There are many opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the life of the village. Please contact the Admissions Office prior to filling out an application, to be sure there are available positions.
Each September, 20 volunteers from around the world join us for a year of service to support the work we do with adults who have developmental disabilities.
They join the circle of people coming together to create a healthy and nourishing home life and work life. The service they provide, and the new energy they bring into our community play a vital role in the life of the village. Whether you are looking for a volunteer experience during a “break” following training or college, or if it is time to reexamine your life’s direction, a year of service in Kimberton Hills will offer new inspirations as well as be a time to reflect and consider future life goals.
Definition: A service volunteer is a volunteer who commits to one year of volunteer service, usually with an option to extend his/her service at the end of a year.
Responsibilities: Service volunteers are expected to be capable of being in a supervisory role if/when requested by their householder/workshop leader. Service volunteers are the primary support for long term coworkers. Most one year volunteers work half a day in a household, and the other half day in one of our workshops (dairy, garden, estate, bakery, weavery, fiber arts ect.) They participate in planning festival celebrations and cultural offerings. To get a glimpse of other volunteers’ experiences click here.Service Volunteer Application: PDF Service Volunteer Application: Word
Kimberton Hills is proud to be a part of the new North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program. We offer the opportunity for aspiring agrarians to gain experience in biodynamic, organic, and sustainable methods of agriculture and land stewardship in a social therapeutic setting together with adults with developmental disabilities.
At Kimberton Hills we believe that the health of land and people are deeply interdependent. In that spirit, we practice biodynamic agriculture, which begins with the best organic practices and incorporates a view of the land as a living organism. Garden and Dairy Apprentices receive strong “hands on” training by working alongside experienced mentor farmers. In addition they receive a solid theoretical foundation in biodynamic and organic agriculture through weekly tutorials and planning meetings from November to March, and ongoing agrarian and anthroposophical study groups throughout the year. In their second year, apprentices attend the monthly Biodynamic Training Course offered through the Pfeiffer Center in NY. For more information and available openings please contact our admissions office.
Definition: An apprentice is a volunteer who commits to approximately two years of volunteer service, but with a primary focus on one particular aspect of community life (i.e. Biodynamic gardening).
Responsibilities: Apprentices are expected to be able to be in a supervisory role as soon as deemed capable by their householder/workshop leader.
More information about the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program: https://www.biodynamics.com/nabdapApprentice Application: PDF Apprentice Application: Word
There are a few opportunities for interns who are interested in coming to the community to learn about intentional community, developmental disabilities, crafts, or biodynamic agriculture. Internships opportunities are limited but do contact the Admissions Office for openings.
Definition: An intern is a volunteer who stays from one to three months. Unlike a practicant whose work here fulfills the requirements of his/her own program, an intern is usually here to fulfill the needs of Kimberton Hills.
Responsibilities: Interns are invited to participate fully in village life.Intern Application: PDF Intern Application: Word
There are various opportunities for practicants who are interested to learn about intentional community, developmental disabilities, crafts, or biodynamic agriculture. Opportunities are limited and are usually sponsored by a school or university.
Definition: A practicant is someone who comes to Kimberton Hills in order to fulfill a requirement for a social service practicum or other program (high school/college). A practicant’s visit can last anywhere from one to four weeks. They do not have to be 19 years of age or older, but must possess a strong degree of maturity.
Responsibilities: Practicants are invited to participate in community life.
Additional Details: Practicants cannot be alone with villagers, nor can they hold a supervisory role or lead a crew. An administrative fee of $50 and transportation fee (if help with transportation is requested) must be paid prior to the practicant’s arrival.
Admissions Requirements: A practicant application needs to be completed, and a general information sheet and all village policy sheets need to be signed before the practicant’s arrival. A reference letter from the school is required, as is a release form for any practicant who is 18 years of age or younger. An administrative fee of $50 and transportation fee (if help with transportation is requested) must be paid prior to the practicant’s arrival.Practicant Application: PDF Practicant Application: Word