4-H Summer Educator

4-H Summer Educator: Overnight and Day Camp Positions

The UMaine 4-H Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world.

As an Overnight Camp Educator, you’ll spend your weeks working with youth aged 8-14 in an outdoor setting. Staff work in teams to plan and lead morning focus programs and afternoon electives. Topics have included creative arts, STEM, archery, general ecology, gardening & cooking, marine ecology, wilderness skills, 4-H Hunter Safety, conservation education, and drama. 

As a Day Camp Educator, you’ll spend your days working with youth ages 6-14 in an outdoor setting. First and foremost you will serve as a mentor to these future leaders. Day Camp Staff work in teams to plan and lead camp programming that aligns with the organization’s goals and values.

Regardless of your role, all staff are mentors first and foremost to our future leaders! 

Overnight Camp Educator Primary Responsibilities:

  • Live in a cabin with campers and, along with a co-counselor, create the necessary atmosphere for a safe and positive camp experience (staff/camper ratio = 1:4).
  • Design and co-coordinate, implement and evaluate a hands-on curriculum for youth in a week-long, morning program using the learning objectives, lessons, and teaching materials set forth by UMaine 4-H Camps (8-16 youth per group, 1:8 ratio max).  
  • Help to plan and carry out camp activities such as afternoon elective programming (teaching 1 lesson per day), special events, opening and closing ceremonies, evening programs, campfires, etc.
  • Actively engage with campers during all program activities, cabin times, and mealtimes.

Day Camp Educator Primary Responsibilities

  • Work in a team to develop, coordinate, and implement daily camp programs that offer hands-on environmental learning for campers ages 6-14. Activities will be offered in outdoor and indoor areas. Topics may include gardening, ecology, watersheds, art, drama, STEM, music, and cooperation. These can be taught through exploration, games, puppetry, art, songs, and stories.
  • Welcome parents and provide communication regarding schedules, individual campers, safety, etc.

Shared Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the camp team in all programming to create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience.
  • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times.
  • Help manage and maintain supplies and equipment in a way that ensures equitable, safe, and sanitary use in an organized and respectful manner.
  • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and good stewardship for the environment.
  • Participate in staff meetings, community chores, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp.
  • Strictly and responsibly follow all Covid-related protocols during working and non-working hours.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.)
  • Minimum 2 years previous camp or related experience working with youth; for day camp specifically in early childhood education 
  • Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming
  • Ability to work with children in a high-energy outdoor setting
  • Capability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (camp trails and facility), while carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies
  • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification or ability to get certification before the start date
  • Preferred:
    • Lifeguard certification
    • Wilderness First Aid certification
    • Ability to obtain a trip leader permit

Dates and Compensation:

  • June 12-August 20, 2022, 10 weeks
  • $400/week ($4,000 pre-tax salary estimate) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Benefits include: rustic, shared housing, meals, and internet access

Apply online at umaine.edu/tanglewood/employment/apply. For more information please contact extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu

Please note:

  • That while we are moving forward with camp planning, covid-related program changes are possible and may require us to cancel positions at any time.
  • The University of Maine System is considered a federal contractor and therefore required to comply with the directives of civil authorities regarding COVID vaccinations. As of January 4, 2022, new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for a religious or medical exemption on or prior to their start date. Further information can be found here.

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