Rippleffect offers day and overnight camp programs, wilderness treks, and youth leadership programs. Additionally, we offer spring and fall orientation programs for school and community groups as well as adult programs and events. Applicants’ summer schedules will primarily be made up of our Classic Cow Overnight Camps, Trek programs, and may include our Aucocisco Day Camp programs. Program assignments are based on previous experience, performance in Rippleffect training, and the make-up of Rippleffect program offerings. Applicants should expect a wide variety of work offerings that will include full weekdays, 5-11 day overnight programs, and the occasional weekend work.

Compensation — Guide pay range is $140 to $160 per day. We also provide workers’ compensation insurance, equipment discounts and high quality staff training. Possible additional compensation for Single Pitch Instructors, or equivalent.

Duration —Per Diem work mid-June through late August at minimum. Motivated and interested candidates may have the opportunity to work with our community partners May – June and then August – early November. Scheduled hours are directly correlated to our enrollment and community contracts.

Tagged as: Camp Counselors


• We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are committed to and have a passion for working with youth. These individuals must also have a passion for living and working outdoors.
• Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications are required upon start date.
• Experience leading youth in an outdoor setting. Strong preference given to those who have led multi-night wilderness expeditions.
• All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Required Skills:

• Ability to constantly work in an outdoor setting, including but not limited to: rain, winds, heat, humidity, and cold temperatures.
• Ability to care for a group of youth for an extended period of time in the outdoors (5-11 days).
•Ability to carry weights up to 60 pounds and participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, including but not limited to: camping, sea kayaking, backpacking, climbing, ropes course.
• Ability to move across varied terrain for the full duration of the work period.

Preferred Skills:

• Comfort in and around a marine environment.
• Experience or ability to learn and lead Rippleffect specific programs and offerings.
• Ability to work with a diverse group of participants while managing group conflict resolution and behavioral management.
• Applicants must be open minded, flexible, and possess a growth-mindset. Understand that this job is as demanding as it is gratifying and may require personal lifestyle adjustments. Overnight and weekend availability is required.

About Rippleffect

Rippleffect is an outdoor education program based in Portland, Maine and on our Casco Bay Cow Island base camp. A non-profit, Rippleffect serves over 5,000 youth through four seasons of outdoor adventures in an array of programming. Through partnerships with local schools, our after-school program, summer camps, kayaking and back packing expeditions, rock and ice climbing, and alpine mountaineering, we serve as an access point for youth in our community.

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