Chewonki Wilderness Programs are managed from our 400-acre campus in Wiscasset, ME. This program facilitates over 60 wilderness canoeing, backpacking, whitewater kayaking, and sea kayaking trips within the 10-week summer season. The tripping program consists of trips for our Camp for Boys, Camp for Girls, and co-ed Wilderness Trips. These experiences range in length from 2-35 days.
The Trip Leader position is an integral part of the summer team at Chewonki. The Trip Leader is ultimately responsible for the safety of the participants which includes preparing and packing before each trip, ensuring the participants are prepared, 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.
- At Least 21 years old
- Pass Background Check
- 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
- Maine State Trip Leader Permit
- Small Craft Safety for Water Based Trip Leaders
- Attend Staff Training per Employment Agreement
- Attend necessary Driver Training
- Risk Management- We manage risk constantly in our everyday lives and even more so while out in the field. From deciding when to pull out at an intersection to evaluating the weather patterns and group energy levels while paddling a section of whitewater. Risk management means being able to evaluate not only physical risk, but also social and emotional risk in a way that keeps participants challenged and safe.
- Leadership-We are looking for trip leaders who have experience taking a leadership role of some kind, be it in education, another outdoor organization, or service. We look for people who have compassion, patience, enthusiasm, and vigor.
- Technical- We are looking for leaders who possess the required technical skills to feel comfortable in remote wilderness settings while caring for participants. Experience planning, preparing, and executing short to extended backpacking, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, or sea kayaking trips is recommended.
- Interpersonal- Being able to effectively communicate with peers, participants, and support staff is a critical skills. We are looking for leaders who can give and receive feedback, teach engaging and inspiring lessons, and work with people from different backgrounds.
Approximate 2019 Dates
Staff Training: 6/10-6/24
Session 1: 6/25-7/17
Session 2: 7/21-8/11
If you think you have the skills and temperament required to take on this responsibility we’d love to speak with you, answer questions and help you learn more about a summer at Chewonki. Please follow this link to apply for a trip leader position at Camp Chewonki.
|Job Category||Seasonal Positions, Wilderness Trips|