Camp Chewonki Trip Leaders are kind, empathetic, thoughtful, and fun adults who are responsible for caring for the health and well-being of a group of campers for the duration of each trip. The Trip Leader position is an integral part of the Camp Chewonki culture. Trip Leaders are ultimately responsible for the safety of the participants and execution of all trip details. This includes preparing itinerary, evacuation, and resupply information; packing group gear and well balanced meals; ensuring the participants are prepared with correct gear and knowledge of trip; facilitating a positive learning environment; and teaching age appropriate technical, interpersonal, and natural history skills. The Trip Leader must also be prepared to be an exemplary role model, establish group expectations and values, and have a commitment to working through all conditions with their participants, both environmentally and emotionally.

Position Title: Trip Leader
Employment Category: Category H/Seasonal
Permanent/Temporary: Seasonal
Reports to: Camp Director
Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No


Uphold the Chewonki Foundation’s mission and values. Learn and uphold Chewonki Protocols as stated in Camp Chewonki Staff Handbook
Learn and uphold Field Protocols as set forth by Chewonki
Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional well-being of participants; this includes:
Develop healthy and appropriate relationships with participants
Manage risk and maintaining the safety of participants
Provide direct supervision of participants as assigned
Plan and prepare for assigned trips; this includes:
Finalize itinerary, potential resupply dates, and all other logistics
Pack food and gear appropriate for discipline and duration of trip
Familiarize self with potential evacuation locations and scenarios
Connect with participants prior to departure
Be an active member of the Chewonki community; e.g. participate in camp set up and take down
Practice professional presentation and communication with participants and their families, co-workers, and the public
Complete all necessary paperwork, i.e. incident reports, camper reports, trip reports, etc
Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp, both on campus and on trip

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Full Time


At Least 21 years old
Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (preferred certifying bodies are Wilderness Medical Associates and Wilderness Medical Institute)
Valid Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier
Pass Background Check
Ability to lift up to 50 lb
Current Lifeguard Certification preferred


Maine State Trip Leader Permit
Attend Staff Training per Employment Agreement
Attend Driver’s Training, as necessary

Preferred Skills:

DESIRED SKILLS: The blend of these skills helps to determine the positions you are best suited for.

Risk Management: Successful Trip Leader candidates will be able to demonstrate effective risk-benefit analysis in a remote setting. Decision-making should balance safety, learning, and fun with an emphasis on conservative judgment when evaluating the intersection of environmental and human risk factors.
Interpersonal: Successful Trip Leader candidates will demonstrate clear and concise communication with ca

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 more information and to apply, please visit https://chewonki.org/about/employment-opportunities/

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