Environmental Educator

class of children standing together in the snowThe 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused outdoor education programs 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. Our Tanglewood site in Lincolnville, Maine has 900+ acres of forest, extensive hiking trails and a pristine river with native Atlantic Salmon. Our Blueberry Cove site is located on the ocean in Tenants Harbor, Maine and provides a myriad of outdoor opportunities including sailing and kayaking.

As an Environmental Educator you’ll provide a hands-on ecology immersion for students as part of our Open Air Classroom in the Spring and Fall, as well as during Summer Camp. All school programming is customized and showcases our Earth Connections curriculum as well as BEETLES teaching methodology. During Summer Camp, staff work in teams to plan and lead morning mastery programs (creative arts, STEM, archery, general ecology, gardening & cooking, marine ecology, hands-on survival skills, 4-H Hunter Safety, conservation education, and drama are examples). As an Educator, you will be developing and implementing program curriculum, schedules, and new projects.

Open Air Classroom Responsibilities

  • Teach hands-on, outdoor ecology lessons to grades K- 12 for day and overnight programs based on educational standards set by each school teacher.
  • Contribute ideas for continual development of programs, interpretive trails, and educational displays.
  • Work independently and with staff to develop and maintain teaching resources.
  • Participate actively in staff training, ongoing professional development, and daily staff meetings to plan and evaluate programs.
  • Take part in routine tasks of cleaning and kitchen duties, gardening, general camp chores, and upkeep of program spaces to support the staff community.
  • Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor programming.
  • Foster interpersonal relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Work full time Monday morning through Friday afternoon with rotating evening and weekend program responsibilities.

Summer Camp Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, implement, and evaluate a hands-on curriculum for youth in a week-long program using the learning objectives set forth by UMaine 4-H Camps.
  • 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.
  • Participate in staff meetings, community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp.
  • If needed, 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).


  • Experiential education experience with youth, preferably in an outdoor setting
  • Knowledge of ecological concepts and natural history
  • Ability to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to safely lead groups over various terrain (uneven ground, roots, uphill hiking), while carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies
  • Ability to be flexible, creative, self-motivated, and a team player, and have an appreciation for the natural world
  • Professional appearance and attitude
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR certification, Wilderness First Aid and/or Lifeguard certification preferred (or ability to get before employment)


$375/week (pre-tax) with increases based on experience and certifications

Benefits include shared rustic housing (optional), meals during overnight programs, laundry, and internet access


Spring 2020 staff training begins Monday, April 6th.  The fall season typically ends the last week of October.


TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, and names & contact information of 3 references to: Jessica Decke, Director, One Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849, FAX: (207) 789-5220, Phone: (207) 789-5868, Email: jessica.decke@maine.edu

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