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 program 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. Participants learn leadership styles, communication skills and group building, as well as more detailed environmental education and ethics.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Role model healthy living, positive energy, diversity, and clear communication; engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation and meal times.
4. Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times; facilitate group conflicts and strive to encourage problem solving and decision making; live-in and supervise cabin/tent group
5. Drive 8-12 passenger vans (sometimes with canoe trailer) to program sites with participants and other staff.
6. 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.
7. Actively participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required.
♦ 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.
♦ Substantial camping/backpacking/canoeing experience.
♦ Wilderness First Aid & CPR and lifeguard certification (able to train)
♦ 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.
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