Camp Chewonki’s activity program is designed to deliver the Chewonki Foundation’s mission through skill building, team development, self-reflection, and healthy risk taking. The Activity Heads are responsible for preparing and facilitating lessons, coordinating a team of discipline-specific instructors, and keeping activity equipment and areas safe and well-maintained. Each activity has discipline-specific skills and related requirements for the activity. While Activity Leader’s primary responsibility is instruction in their area of expertise, camp provides a dynamic workplace environment that requires creativity, flexibility, and a team player approach. Activity Leaders are expected to role model this approach to many hands make light work.

The Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) program at Camp Chewonki is based off of the Junior Maine Guide curriculum and focuses on preparing campers for life and travel in the backcountry by teaching them skills like fire building, knot and hitch tying, map & compass, and Leave No Trace. The Activity Head is responsible for learning, adapting, and implementing the OLS curriculum safely and effectively to prepare campers for their cabin trips into the backcountry. In addition to our standard lessons, the Activity Head will have the opportunity to supplement the program with activities they are passionate about teaching to campers in the outdoors. The Activity Head also trains activity staff and manages the logistics of supervising multiple activity groups at once.

The Activity Head also collaborates with the Activity Coordinator to plan and facilitate special camp events. As a member of the support staff, the Activity Head provides additional camper coverage as assigned.

Position Title: Activity Head – Outdoor Living Skills
Employment Category: Category H/Seasonal
Permanent/Temporary: Seasonal
Reports to: Camp Director & Activity Coordinator
Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No


Position Start Date: June 12, 2021
Position End Date: August 16, 2021

Starting Salary: $2575 (salary increases with increased experience)

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Full Time


Experience with Junior Maine Guide and Leave No Trace is a plus
Experience working in educational spaces, preferred
Current Wilderness First Responder Certification
Current Lifeguard Certification, preferred
Valid driver’s license and driving record approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier
Must Pass Background Criminal Check

About Chewonki Foundation

Founded in 1915 and based on 400 acres of coastal property in Wiscasset, Maine, Chewonki is a school and camp that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. We offer summer camp and wilderness trip programs, a semester boarding school for high school juniors, a nature-based elementary and middle school, outdoor education school programs for students in Maine and New England, a youth mentorship program, and a traveling natural history program.

Application Instructions

For a complete description and to apply, please visit: https://chewonki.org/about/employment-opportunities/

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