Open Air Classroom Field Teacher

The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused outdoor education programs for Maine schools 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 while meeting Maine Learning Results and Next Generation Science Standards.

As an Open Air Classroom Field Teacher, you’ll provide a hands-on ecology immersion for students at one or both sites. All programming is customized and showcases our Earth Connections curriculum as well as BEETLES teaching methodology. 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. Programs take place between the two sites and at local schools.

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, on-going 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.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • Experiential education experience with youth, preferably in an outdoor setting
  • Knowledge of ecological concepts and natural history
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR certification, Wilderness First Aid preferred (or ability to get before employment)
  • 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
  • Professional appearance and attitude

Compensation

First season salary is $325/week with step increases based on experience and certifications. Benefits include shared rustic housing (optional), meals during overnight programs, laundry, and internet access. Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove positions qualify for internships in any program season.

Dates

Spring 2019 staff training begins Monday, April 6th with the program season wrapping up June 5th.  Successful field teachers are encouraged to return for a Summer Camp position and/or for the Fall season.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, and names & contact information of 3 references to:

Jessica Decke, Director

UMaine 4-H Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove
One Tanglewood Road
Lincolnville, ME 04849

FAX:  (207) 789-5220
Phone:  (207) 789-5868
Email: jessica.decke@maine.edu

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