4-H Summer Program Leader

4-H Summer Program Leader Position

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 Program Leader, you will work closely with the Director and Program Coordinator to carry out a successful summer program for both counselors and campers. Each week will vary in duties and intensity depending on which programs are in camp and where support is needed.  Finding a balance between more stressful periods and those with more relaxed schedules will be essential. Time management and the ability to work independently at times are necessary. 

Responsibilities: 

  1. Assist with setting up and cleaning up camp program areas 
  2. Attend staff training and assist with facilitation.  Help to educate staff regarding daily community responsibilities and program area specifics: day camp, overnight camp, trips and leadership, waterfront supervision, or supervision of staff under 18 years of age; participate/lead where needed. 
  3. Live in the cabin unit and provide guidance for staff to create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience. Know and model camp policies. Provide night coverage as scheduled. 
  4. Serve as a support person for cabin staff and a liaison between staff and camp administration. In this role, be prepared to facilitate the resolution of group conflicts among staff or campers, and strive to develop a cooperative setting that encourages problem-solving and decision making. 
  5. Support counselor volunteers to learn and understand their roles and responsibilities in camp, ensure positive community spirit 
  6. Engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation, and meal times 
  7. Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times 
  8. Check-in weekly with each staff member in your living unit 
  9. Regularly monitor the conditions of the living unit to ensure health, safety, and harmony for campers and staff 
  10. Meet with camp administration regularly (weekly) to discuss areas of camp needing support (SST meetings) 
  11. Assist in facilitation of “half staff” meetings and activities. Assist with regular night-time camp-wide “rounds” and after-midnight curfew check 
  12. Substitute into cabins for weeks when extra counselors are needed 
  13. Evaluate the program with campers at end of each session 
  14. Evaluate the program with camp administration at least twice during summer. Assist camp administration in one-on-one staff check-ins twice during summer. 
  15. Provide assistance and/or support in other areas of camp as needed 
  16. Be able and prepared to drive the camp van when needed 
  17. Role model good stewardship for the environment, and support our efforts by participating in the garden, composting, and adopting sustainable practices throughout all aspects of your role 
  18. Participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required.
  19. Return all equipment and leave facilities in good condition upon completion of the program. Complete end-of-season inventory.

Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.)
  • At least 3 years related experience working in a camp setting
  • Role model healthy living, positive energy, and clear communication 
  • Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming 
  • Commitment to working with children in a high-energy overnight setting 
  • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (facility and camp trails) while carrying a small backpack with teaching materials and first aid kit 
  • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification 
  • Hold a valid driver’s license with the ability to drive camp vehicles, towing canoe trailers at times 
  • Preferred:
    • Wilderness First Aid
    • Lifeguard certification 
    • Ability to obtain a trip leader permit

Dates and Compensation:

  • June 8-August 31, 2022 (12 weeks)
  • $450/week (pre-tax salary estimate: $5,400) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Rustic housing and food is provided when programs are in session; staff are responsible for assisting with some meal preparation and clean up

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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