The Outdoor Educator position is a 3-season position spanning beginning of May through the end of October with the possibility to extend the position over the winter months. During the spring and fall, educators work with residential school programs leading groups of students on base-camping, saltwater canoe trips, and day programs to teach outdoor living skills, team building, ecology, farm and food curricula through facilitating a variety of lesson topics. During overnight programs educators live with their students and school chaperones in small camping groups at shore-side campsites on Chewonki Neck, sleeping in tents, and cooking over open fires to facilitate positive learning experiences in nature.
During the summer season, Outdoor Educators take on responsibilities within Camp Chewonki, in many cases as trip leaders. Camp Chewonki is a nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children. Overnight campers are aged 8-15 and spend 10 days or 3 weeks at camp. The overnight camp program focuses on building cabin community, building skills and knowledge in a core curriculum, and learning about backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips. Participants in our Leadership Expeditions are aged 14-18 and spend 3 weeks or 5 weeks learning leadership skills, remote travel, and a robust sense of self. Trip Leaders facilitate over 60 remote canoeing, backpacking, whitewater kayaking, and sea kayaking trips for all three Camp Chewonki programs within the 10-week summer season.
In addition to their job responsibilities by season, educators are expected to take initiative and be part of the greater community, to support the Chewonki Mission of promoting personal growth, natural history, and community development.
Position Title: Outdoor Educator
Employment Category: Category C
Reports to: Director of Outdoor Programs
Schedule (hours and weeks): Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Please see the Outdoor Classroom website to learn more about this program – https://outdoorclassroom.chewonki.org/
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field e.g. environmental education, natural sciences, recreation, etc.
Current Lifeguard and ACCT Certifications are appreciated.
Passionate about working with students and other educators.
Experience in K-8th grade education or environmental education.
Experience in teaching ecology, natural history, sustainability, team building, challenge course facilitation and outdoor living skills
Adaptive, communicative, accountable, and solution focused.
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.