Trips and Leadership Program Instructor

The UMaine 4-H Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for 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 leadership program instructor, you will serve as a mentor and coach as teens learn different leadership styles through wilderness adventures over multiple-week sessions. Programs will focus on leadership styles, communication skills, group building, and environmental education and ethics. To be effective, instructors must have a genuine interest in building their capacity as a positive role model through teaching applicable hard skills needed to find success in the back-country while applying best leadership practices.

Trip aspects of the leadership programs feature: canoeing/backpacking through the Ducktrap Watershed, canoeing/backpacking the St. George watershed from Montville to Port Clyde (about 70 miles), hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail through the 100-mile wilderness climaxing with a summit of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, and ocean kayaking/sailing/canoeing to islands in Tenants Harbor.


  • three girls canoe while an instructor looks onCo-lead one to three-week outdoor leadership programs for teenagers (co-ed, max. 10/session). Each program session includes a 5-13 day backpacking and/or canoeing trip. NOTE: includes weekend work.
  • Plan lessons and schedules and implement a leadership curriculum that covers a variety of skills including listening, communication, team-building, low-impact camping, conflict resolution, canoe safety and canoeing skills, backpacking, map and compass, general ecology, personal health and safety, and knot tying.
  • Prepare food for trips and coordinate logistical support, food/equipment deliveries, emergency support, etc.
  • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times; mediate group conflicts and strive to encourage problem-solving and decision-making; live in and supervise cabin of up to 6 program participants of same gender.
  • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and good stewardship for the environment.
  • Actively engage with campers during lessons, recreation and meal times.
  • Drive 12 passenger vans (sometimes with canoe trailer) to program sites with participants and other staff.
  • Evaluate program regularly with Director.


  • Related experience working with teenagers and teaching in the outdoors
  • Substantial camping/backpacking/canoeing experience
  • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain with 35+lbs. packs for extended days and ability to assist in carrying canoes (85 lb.) with others
  • Ability to demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR and lifeguard certification (or ability to obtain)
  • Preferred: Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Preferred: Wilderness First Responder, Small Craft Water Safety Certification

Dates and Compensation:

  • June 7-August 22, 2020
  • $300/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Benefits include: housing, meals, and internet access

Apply online at For more information please contact for Tanglewood or for Blueberry Cove.

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