4-H Summer Counselor

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4-H Summer Counselor: Overnight and Day Camp 

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.

Overnight Camp Counselor Primary Responsibilities

  • Live in a cabin with campers and, along with a co-counselor, create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience (staff/camper ratio = 1: 4)
  • Engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation, and meal times; supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times
  • Assist in teaching 3-hour morning program focus
  • Plan, lead and teach four one-hour afternoon “elective” activities each week

Day Camp Counselor Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning and implementation of daily camp programs that offer hands-on environmental learning for campers ages 5-12. Topics such as the water cycle, insects, birds, marine, forest, and freshwater ecology are taught through exploration, games, puppetry, art, songs, and stories. Swimming is also a daily activity.
  • Assist with planning and delivery of natural history and outdoor skills lessons, games, and activities
  • Engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation, and meal times; supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times
  • Support the Day Camp Educators in welcoming parents, providing a safe atmosphere, and doing other duties as assigned

Shared Responsibilities

  • Participate fully in staff training and meetings contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp program
  • Role model healthy living, positive energy, and clear communication
  • Help to plan and carry out other camp activities: evening programs, special days, opening and closing ceremonies
  • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and stewardship for the environment.
  • Participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required
  • Strictly and responsibly follow all Covid-related protocols during working and non-working hours.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.)
  • Motivation to work with children in high energy, outdoor setting
  • Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
  • Previous camp or related experience working with youth
  • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain, carrying a small backpack with teaching supplies and first aid kit
  • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification or ability to get certification before the start date
  • Preferred:
    • Lifeguard certification
    • Wilderness First Aid certification

Dates and Compensation:

  • June 19-August 20, 2022
  • Educator: $350-375/week (pre-tax) 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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