Now Hiring at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove
Thank you for your interest in working with us!
The UMaine 4-H Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide opportunities for people to connect to the natural world and each other. Each year we hire a well-rounded team to carry out hands-on programming that builds skills, inspires creative problem-solving and helps young folks reach their full potential. All community members play a huge role in the success of our programs from each educator to every member of our kitchen crew.
Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove are both unmistakably beautiful places to work, nestled in the woods along the Ducktrap River and overlooking Tenants Harbor respectively. Our communities are friendly ones, for we recognize that every individual who works here plays an equally essential role in carrying out our mission.
Please read through the job descriptions and program pages thoroughly to determine which site and program position is the best fit for you. Application links are noted below. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023, apply using the:
Click on the links below to read the full job description. Positions for the summer of 2023 are filled at this time. We are currently recruiting and hiring for fall 2023 Open Air Classroom educators.
- Open Air Classroom Environmental Educator: Now hiring fall for 2023
- Facilities Worker: Now hiring for Blueberry Cove
- Trips and Leadership Program Instructor (filled for 2023)
- Food Service Supervisor (lead cook) (filled for 2023)
- Food Service Assistants (filled for 2023)
- Health Care Provider (filled for 2023)
- Summer Counselor (Day and Overnight Camps) (filled for 2023)
- Summer Educator (Day and Overnight Camps) (filled for 2023)
- Summer Program Leader (filled for 2023)
- AmeriCorps Mentor at Blueberry Cove (interviewing candidates)
- AmeriCorps Mentor at Tanglewood (filled for 2023)
We would be happy to work with successful applicants to create internships for any of our positions. If you are looking to earn internship credit for one of our advertised positions, please note this on your application for that position. If you have an idea for an internship that does not align with a listed position, please contact one of our Directors with your proposal.
“Tanglewood was the best camp experience of my life. My peers and mentors are some of the greatest people I have ever met, and I hope to offer a similar support system for everyone there, either camper or staff.”
— former summer counselor —
About Working at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove
Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove are centers for environmental education. That means not only do we teach children to respect the earth and their surroundings but that we also practice environmentally friendly methods of running our programs.
Being a leader at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove is not about blowing whistles and being “in charge.” It is about teaching and sharing and making sure kids learn that it is OK to be themselves because they are the innermost (and most important) part of their environment.
Choosing to participate as staff or a volunteer in any University of Maine 4-H Learning Center program involves a commitment to living together with trust, honesty, and integrity. The development of a healthy and vital community is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove programs.
While we do our best to make sure staff are comfortable while living at camp, our facilities are rustic and it’s not what everyone’s used to.
Everyone living in the camp gets their own living space in a shared cabin, which consists of your own bed, some shelves, and the surrounding area. It’s not much, but we encourage you to be creative and make it your own. The majority of our summer cabins are non-insulated, with screens rather than glass for windows, so at night it can sometimes be cold, but during the day the lack of windows can be very welcome! Cabins for spring and fall staff are insulated, with glass windows, and a wood stove. However, there’s also no electricity in the sleeping cabins, so flashlights are a must.
The cabins are arranged into living units, each with a simple bathhouse. There is also a modern bathroom facility with showers and a staff-only bathhouse with extra showers and cubbies for you to store toiletries!
The exact schedule of time off you receive will depend on your position in camp, although as a general rule, staff has about 2 hours off each day and about 4 hours every other evening. Trips staff, who are on duty for the duration of their trips, receive additional time off during their weeks in camp to compensate.
Some examples of what staff has done on nights off include:
- Watching movies
- Going for ice cream
- Playing games
Each week of camp is also split with a “weekend” of time off between Friday afternoon (approx. 5:30 PM) and Sunday morning at noon.
Other fun weekend outings:
- Hitting Popham Beach for some sun and sand
- Hike the trails in Acadia National Park
- Go on shopping trips to Freeport, Maine
- Cook special meals together
- Spend time at the homes of local staff for some “family time”
Most weeks follow a Monday-Friday schedule. Depending on the programming of the week, evenings may or may not be free as well — overnight school program days wrap up around 8:30 PM, though educators are not responsible for students after program time (chaperones and school teachers cover those).
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