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 focus of Watercraft instruction at Camp Chewonki is to teach campers the basic skills needed to venture out on canoe, sea kayak, and whitewater kayak trips with their cabins. The Watercraft activity will teach boat anatomy, basic safety and rescue techniques, and paddle strokes. The Watercraft Activity Head will primarily instruct canoeing as this is our most common trip discipline. Kayaking blocks will be supported by the cabin trip leaders for each trip. In addition to providing direct instruction, the Activity Head is responsible for training other staff to teach lessons and manage the logistics and supervision of multiple groups of boaters at the Waterfront.

The Watercraft Activity Head will also fill the role of Waterfront Coordinator with responsibilities for overseeing activity staff, lifeguards, and all activities at the Waterfront. 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 – Watercraft
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: Camp Staff, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


American Canoe Association Instructor, preferred
Experience with waterfront or pool management, preferred
Current Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
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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