The Outdoor Educator position is a 3-season position spanning the beginning of May through the end of October. During the spring and fall, educators work with residential school programs leading groups of students on base-camping trips, saltwater canoe trips, and day programs to teach outdoor living skills, team building, farm and food curricula, and ecology through facilitating a variety of place-based teaching methods and styles. During overnight programs educators live with their students and a school chaperone in small camping groups at shore-side campsites on Chewonki Neck, sleeping in tents, and cooking over open fires are a part of the core curriculum to facilitate positive learning experiences in nature. The team of 15 Outdoor Educators facilitate approximately 140 groups over the course of the spring and fall Outdoor Classroom seasons.
During the summer season, Outdoor Educators take on responsibilities within Camp Chewonki, in many cases as trip leaders.
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.
At least 21 years old
High school diploma or equivalent
Current Wilderness First Responder Certification
Pass background check
Ability to lift up to 50 lb and work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions
Ability to live and work in a small community
The Chewonki Foundation requires that 100% of staff are vaccinated against COVID-19, as allowed for by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Valid Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier
Experience in the outdoor or experiential education field
Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in related field
About Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki is a school, camp and environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.