Education Intern (Residential Camp Counselor)

The University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers 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. We strive to develop lifelong skills and a sense of community spirit. 

As an intern, your role in our camp community is what you make it to be based on your academic needs. Whether in day camp, residential programs, or in teen leadership, you’ll build your professional skill base while planning and leading a mastery program for youth. Program track options may include: sustainability, garden to table, creative arts, marine science, watershed ecology, STEAM initiatives, trip leading, and adventure recreation. Support and guidance is available throughout the summer, and our staff training program provides lots of ideas, skills, and time to plan. 


  1. Design, deliver, and evaluate a hands-on curriculum for youth in a 5-day, 2.5-hour morning program for residential or day campers, or out on trips using the learning objectives set forth by UMaine 4-H Camps 
  2. Organize displays, projects, resource materials, and supplies, which will serve to stimulate campers, parents, and staff 
  3. Plan and lead approximately four one-hour afternoon “elective” activities per week 
  4. Help to plan and carry out other camp activities such as: special events, opening and closing ceremonies, evening programs, campfires, etc. 
  5. Role model good stewardship for the environment and support our efforts by participating in the garden, composting, and sustainable practices throughout all aspects of your role 
  6. Live in a cabin with campers and create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience (staff/camper ratio = 1:4) 


  • Motivation to work with children in a high energy, outdoor setting 
  • Ability to demonstrate responsible and safe decision making skills in all aspects of programming 
  • Flexible, creative, a team player, and have an appreciation for the natural world 
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to both lead and follow 
  • Completed 2nd year of college or with equivalent experience in teaching area 
  • Previous camp or related experience working with youth 
  • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (camp trails and facility), carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies 
  • First Aid and basic life support certification (CPR) (or the ability to get certification prior to start date)
  • Preferred: lifeguard certification  

Application Details

Dates and Compensation: 

  • Base rate starts at $270/week (pre-tax) with increases based on experience, background, and certifications
  • Benefits include: housing, food, and internet access
  • Credit for internship based on your school requirements
  • June 18-August 22, 2020; one to three weekends required 

To Apply:  Please mail/email cover letter, resume, and references to: Director, 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849 or  

Email: (Tanglewood) or (Blueberry Cove) or apply online at:  

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Past Interns

Trip Leader, UMaine, Presque Isle

Sustainable Arts Instructor, Sterling College

Garden Educator, Unity College

Creative Arts Coordinator, New Hampshire Institute of Art

Ecology Educator, The Ohio State University

Watershed Ecology Educator, University of Maine, Orono

STEM Educator, University of Maine, Machias

Sustainability Educator, Johnson College

Teen Leadership Instructor, Eckerd College

Art and Community Engagement Educator, Hampshire College