Residential Camp Educator and Counselor

camp staff shows campers how to make bracelets

The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine 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 a Residential Camp Counselor, you’ll spend your weeks working with youth aged 8-14 in an outdoor setting. Staff work in teams to plan and lead morning mastery programs and afternoon electives (creative arts, STEM, archery, general ecology, gardening & cooking, marine ecology, primitive skills, 4-H Hunter Safety, conservation education, and drama are examples of potential themes). Regardless of your role, all staff are mentors first and foremost to our future leaders! Some camp counselors also serve in the capacity of Educator, with additional responsibilities in developing and designing program curriculum, schedules, and new projects.

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).
  • Co-coordinate, implement and evaluate a hands-on curriculum for youth in a week-long, morning program using the learning objectives set forth by UMaine 4-H Camps.  Educators are also responsible for developing this curriculum.
  • Help to plan and carry out other camp activities such as elective programming, special events, opening and closing ceremonies, evening programs, campfires, etc.
  • Actively engage with campers during all program activities, cabin times, and meal times.
  • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and good stewardship for the environment.
  • Organize displays, projects, resource materials, and supplies, which will serve to stimulate campers, parents, and staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings, community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp.

Qualifications:

  • Counselor: High School Diploma or equivalent; Educator: minimum 2 years of college or equivalent (degree preferred)
  • Ability to demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming
  • Flexible, creative, a team player, and have an appreciation for the natural world
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to both lead and follow
  • Previous camp or related experience working with youth
  • Ability 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 (CPR) or ability to get certification before start date
  • Preferred: lifeguard certification

Dates and Compensation:

  • June 18-August 22, 2020
  • Counselor: $230/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Educator: $270/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Benefits include: housing, meals, and internet access

Apply online at umaine.edu/tanglewood/employment/apply. For more information please contact jessica.decke@maine.edu for Tanglewood or ryan.leshane@maine.edu for Blueberry Cove.

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