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 educational learning standards. Our mission is to teach and inspire people from Maine and beyond to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through affordable environmental education and fun nature-based experiences.  We strive to develop lifelong skills and a sense of place. Our vision is to create a place where people learn to live responsibly and in balance with the earth.

As an Open Air Classroom Field Teacher, you’ll provide a hands-on ecology immersion for students in the spring and fall seasons and work at one of our two camps during the summer. 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.


  • Teach hands-on, outdoor ecology lessons to grades K- 12 for day and overnight programs based on educational standards set by each school teacher. All programming is customized and showcase our Earth Connections curriculum as well as BEETLES teaching methodology.
  • 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.
  • Contribute ideas for continual development of programs, interpretive trails, and educational displays.
  • Take part in routine tasks of cleaning and kitchen duties, gardening, general camp chores, and upkeep of program spaces to support the staff community.
  • Overnight supervision in student/camper cabins (occasionally expected of Field Teachers in the spring and fall and dependent on specific camp position in the summer.)
  • Foster interpersonal relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills.
  • Full-time work, Monday-morning through Friday afternoon with rotating evening and weekend program responsibilities.


  • Motivation to work with children in a high energy, outdoor setting
  • Experiential education experience with youth, preferably in an outdoor setting
  • Knowledge of ecological concepts and natural history
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR, Wilderness First Aid preferred (or ability to get before employment). Wilderness First Responder and lifeguard needed for some summer trip leading positions.
  • Ability to be in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to 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


First season salary is $325/week for qualifying applicants. Director on Duty roles or lead educator roles are available to returning staff (more responsibility/increased salary). Benefits include shared, rustic housing (optional),  meals during overnight programs, laundry, internet access, and camping equipment usage. Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove positions qualify for internships in any program season.


Spring 2019 staff training begins Monday, April 8th with the on-site program season wrapping up October 25th.

There are opportunities to work part-time, year-round in educational roles directly with local schools.

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

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