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
- Uphold the Chewonki Foundation’s mission and values
- Learn and uphold Chewonki Protocols as stated in Staff Handbook
- Learn and uphold Field Protocols as set forth by Chewonki
- Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing 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
- Administer first aid and medications
- Support students through common challenges such as homesickness and self-care
- Develop rapport and collaborate in a warm and professional manner with students, chaperones, and co-workers
- Complete all necessary paperwork, i.e. incident reports, camper reports, trip reports, etc
- Maintain a high level of professionalism.
- Outdoor Classroom Season (Fall and Spring)
- Lead four to six day base camping and saltwater canoe trips for schools
- Develop and maintain a teaching mastery of the core components of the Outdoor Classroom while maintaining a positive and fun learning environment:
- Outdoor living skills
- Team building facilitation
- Ecology curriculum
- Farm and food systems.
- Support Outdoor Classroom programs when not in the field, evening “on-call support,” campus maintenance, cleaning and upkeep etc.
- Camp Chewonki Season (Summer)
- 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
- Plan and prepare for assigned trips; this includes:
- Demonstrate a strong leadership role in the greater Chewonki community while contributing and working to engage with other programs through special projects and other community events .
- Role model professionalism in the workplace and in the greater community
- Understand and describe all Chewonki Programs and interdepartmental connectedness.
- At Least 21 years old
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field, e.g. environmental education, recreation, ecology
- 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
- Attend Staff Training per Employment Agreement
- Attend Driver’s Training, as necessary
- Maine State Trip Leader Permit
- 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.
- Candidates must pass a background check and have their driving record approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The starting salaries for Outdoor Educators are differentiated by season below.
Summer: Salary for the Camp Chewonki season starts at a base rate of $3,800.00 for the approximately 9 week season.
Fall and Spring: Salary for the Outdoor Classroom season is $355.00 per week plus room and board.
Winter: Outdoor Educators have the Winter season off with an option to return the following Spring. This time is generally used as an opportunity to travel, work in a winter seasonal position e.g. retail, ski patrol, etc., or recharge before returning for the next season leading trips.
* Due to COVID-19, we have reallocated indoor spaces to support potential quarantine and isolation needs. We expect this position to be staying in tents during summer 2021, then moving to private bedrooms in Fall 2021 and beyond.
Pay rate increases based on relevant certifications (Lifeguard, Registered Maine Guide, American Canoe Association Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue, etc)
The two salaries are combined and spread evenly over the employment period. Educators earn one half Paid Time Off day each pay period. PTO is taken with supervisor approval in consideration of program schedule. Health insurance is available in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.
APPROXIMATE 2021 DATES
Position Start Date: May 1, 2021 – we have some June options, too!
Position End Date: October 29, 2021- November 5, 2021
- Please see the Outdoor Classroom website to learn more about this program.
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- Upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the position
- Upload your resume
- Complete THIS online application
Applications due: Rolling until positions filled