Open Air Classroom Environmental Educator

Open Air Classroom Environmental Educator

The 4-H Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally-focused outdoor education programs for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. 

Environmental Educators provide hands-on ecology immersion for students as part of our Open Air Classroom. All school programming is customized and showcases our Earth Connections curriculum as well as BEETLES teaching methodology. Programs work with students across grades K-12. As an Educator, you will develop and implement the program curriculum, schedules, and new projects in support of our overall mission.

Fall/Winter/Spring Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach hands-on, ecology, STEM, group building, and outdoor skills-based lessons to grades K-12 for daily after-school and day programs
  • Deliver programs in schools and at multiple sites, including our learning centers in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor, ME (some travel is required)
  • Teach and facilitate 4-H agriSTEM programming virtually via Zoom and in-person
  • Contribute ideas for the 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
  • Transport students in University vans to program sites
  • Foster interpersonal relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect
  • Typical work week Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend program responsibilities

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 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
  • Safely lead groups over various terrain (uneven ground, roots, uphill hiking), while carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies
  • Basic First Aid/CPR certification
  • Hold a valid driver’s license with the ability to drive camp vehicles, tow canoe trailers at times
  • Preferred: Wilderness First Aid; lifeguard certification 

Dates and Compensation:

  • November 14, 2022, to March 31, 2023, with the option to expand into the spring season
  • $450-$500/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Rustic housing with kitchen facilities provided

Apply online at https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=79299. For more information please contact extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu

Please note:

  • Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found on our Together for Maine website.

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