Teen Leadership Instructor/Trip Leader
Posted Mar 08
4-H Camp Leadership Instructor
The University of Maine 4-H Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps and residential school programs for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize ecology education, community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world. Our mission is to teach and inspire youth from Maine and beyond to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through ecology education and fun, nature based experiences. We strive to develop lifelong skills and a sense of community spirit.
As a leadership instructor, you will have the opportunity to work with teens in multi-week sessions. These programs are designed for teenagers and involve wilderness trip leading and in-camp leadership instruction. Someone who has experience and enjoys working with teenagers is ideal to lead these programs. Participants learn leadership styles, communication skills and group building, as well as more detailed environmental education and ethics.
Co-lead one to three-week, outdoor leadership programs for teenagers (co-ed, max. 10/session) including one or three 4 to 12-day overnight backpacking and canoeing trips each session, NOTE: includes weekend work.
Plan lessons/schedules and implement leadership curriculum; teach a variety of skills: listening, communication, team-building, low-impact camping, conflict resolution, canoeing, backpacking, map and compass, general ecology, basic first aid, and knot tying; work with camp cook to order food for trips; prepare food for trips; coordinate logistical support; food/equipment deliveries, emergency support, etc.
Role model healthy living, positive energy, diversity, and clear communication; engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation and meal times.
Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
Related experience working with teenagers and teaching in the outdoors.
Wilderness First Aid & CPR and lifeguard certification (or willingness to be trained).
Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain with 30+lbs. packs for 8-10 miles/day and ability to assist in carrying canoes (85 lb.) with others.
Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record.
Preferred: Wilderness First Responder, Small Craft Water Safety Certification.
Dates and Compensation:
$235-$275/week (pre-tax); room and board provided
June 8-August 19, 2017
The University of Maine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.