The University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine 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. We strive to develop lifelong skills and a sense of community spirit.
As an intern, your role in our camp community is what you make it to be based on your academic needs. Whether in day camp, residential programs, or in teen leadership, you’ll build your professional skill base while planning and leading a mastery program for youth. Program tract options may include: sustainability, garden to table, creative arts, marine science, watershed ecology, STEAM initiatives, trip leading, and adventure recreation. Support and guidance is available throughout the summer and our staff-training program provides lots of ideas, skills, and time to plan.
Design, deliver, and evaluate a hands-on curriculum for youth in a 5-day, 2.5-hour morning program for residential or day campers, or out on trips using the learning objectives set forth by UMaine 4-H Camps.
Organize displays, projects, resource materials and supplies, which will serve to stimulate campers, parents, and staff
Plan and lead approximately four one-hour afternoon “elective” activities per week
Help to plan and carry out other camp activities such as: special events, opening and closing ceremonies, evening programs, campfires, etc.
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
Live in a cabin with campers and, create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience (staff/camper ratio = 1:4)
Motivation to work with children in a high energy, outdoor setting
Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision making skills in all aspects of programming.
Flexible, creative, team player, appreciate the natural world
Self-motivated, able to both lead and follow
Completed 2nd year of college or with equivalent experience in teaching area
Previous camp or related experience working with youth
Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (camp trails and facility), carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies
First Aid and basic life support certification (CPR) (or the ability to get certification prior to start date)
Preferred: lifeguard certification
Dates and Compensation:
Benefits include: housing, food, laundry, internet access, and backcountry equipment usage.
Credit for internship based on your school requirements
June 12-August 17, 2019; one to three weekends required
To Apply: Please mail/email cover letter, resume, and references to: Director, 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849 or
Email: email@example.com (Tanglewood) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Blueberry Cove) or apply online at: umaine.edu/Tanglewood
Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer