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Residential Science Teacher Posted Feb 25
Chewonki Foundation , Wiscasset, ME
Seeking innovative Science educator to join the faculty of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

History of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

Now in its 30th year, Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki serves academically ambitious high school juniors from across the United States and around the world. What draws this diverse student body to Maine’s Midcoast is an insatiable curiosity about the natural world; a commitment to environmental stewardship; and the desire to be part of a uniquely progressive learning community.

Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki has a “once-in-a-career” science teaching opportunity to join the faculty at one of the premier semester schools in the United States. Building on a scientific legacy that began with Roger Tory Peterson, the next teacher has the opportunity to integrate the very best of Chewonki’s natural history-based approach to studying the ecosystems of the Maine Coast with unique local resources and dynamic pedagogy available today.

Chewonki Mission

Chewonki is a multi-division school and camp, founded in 1915, that also partners with educational institutions to extend its mission:

Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.

To meet the promise of our mission, Chewonki strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Our legacy of thoughtful self-reflection and purposeful change guides our efforts to create a place where all participants and staff can flourish. We seek to hire, develop and retain talented people from all backgrounds. Individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate has:

A high level of interest in teaching exceptionally motivated high school juniors in a semester school that values both intellectual pursuits, as well as building strong relationships with students and colleagues in order to foster a thriving sustainable community.

Is an excellent communicator who is comfortable using a variety of instructional strategies and enjoys working creatively and collaboratively to develop place-based curricula that includes field work and promotes interdisciplinary thinking.

A proven record of engaging students in place-based learning, fostering critical reading and writing skills, and inspiring a love of learning.

Responsibilities include designing place-based curriculum and teaching Maine Coast Semester’s honors natural history course that takes full advantage of our unique setting on the midcoast of Maine; advising a small group of students, serving as a member of the residential faculty and acting as a cabin parent (see below for a more detailed description of responsibilities).

Preferred qualifications include:

- Ability to develop close working relationships with all constituencies including students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Ability to allow for ambiguity; and to analytically and strategically solve complex educational problems; to work on teams and to participate effectively with colleagues from all parts of the Chewonki Foundation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt your message to students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Willingness to embrace the lifestyle of working and living in a dynamic semester school by being a team-player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence in job performance.
- Commitment to active collaboration while also possessing the internal, self-starter motivation to learn independently.


Maine Coast Semester co-disciplinary science teachers collaboratively teach three sections of a place-based honors natural history course that intersects with the program’s environmental science and mathematics courses. Science is required for all students and is central to the program. The science teacher spends approximately five hours twice a week in the field, complementing the work in the classroom by visiting rocky intertidal zones, sandy shores, salt marshes, ponds, streams, bogs, and forests. Science teachers also support students to develop an appreciation for the beauty, complexity, and interconnectedness of natural surroundings.

Position Title: Science Teacher

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

Reports to: Head of Semester School

Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes


- Teach 3 sections of honor level natural history course, that includes weekly field labs
- Design and lead place-based, interdisciplinary—natural history, environmental sciences, mathematics—deeper learning expeditions
- Offer academic support for science students outside of class
- Serve as an advisor for 3-4 students and as a mentor for a cabin of 6-8 students
- Work with students three days a week on morning chores
- Assume rotating evening and weekend duty assignments
- Take on other semester school responsibilities based on skills and interests


- Live full-time on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community.
- Help to plan and lead field trips, weekend activities; and participate in one wilderness trip in the fall or spring semester, etc.
- Contribute to the Chewonki community through participation in chores, committees, and events.


- Must hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of science; advanced degree preferred
- Must have 3-5 years of teaching experience
- Must Pass Background Criminal Check and complete fingerprinting requirements of the Maine Department of Education
- Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier to drive participants


- Attend classroom driver’s training prior to driving participants
- Attend annual trainings conducted by the Chewonki health center
- A minimum of CPR and First Aid certification


Salary is in-line with that of other small northern New England boarding schools, and will be based largely on experience. Room and board is included as part of living on campus. This is a full-time residential position on an August to mid-June schedule (~10 weeks vacation/year). Benefits include housing, meals, health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, long term disability, 403B retirement plan (currently matching up to 4.5% after one year of service) and access to professional development funds.


Please see the Residential Science Teacher position posting on the Chewonki Foundation employment website at this link and for more information about Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. The Residential Science Teacher position is open until filled.

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