Trip Leader (qualifies for up to $500 Camp Chewonki 2021 Employment Sign-on Incentive)

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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 the 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 valuesLearn 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 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
  • 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

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 campers and co-workers. Working with children requires creating safe and inclusive spaces where their identities and experiences are seen and affirmed. We are looking for leaders who can deliver, receive, and integrate feedback. We are also looking for people who are ready to have a lot of fun and infuse camp with a sense of joy for life.
  • Technical: Successful Trip Leader candidates will demonstrate the required technical skills to feel comfortable in remote settings while caring for participants. Experience planning, preparing, and executing short to extended backpacking, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, or sea kayaking trips is recommended.
  • Educational and Leadership: Successful Trip Leader candidates will have experience in one of the fields of education, childcare, outdoor recreation, or other child-focused industry. Most importantly, successful candidates are dedicated to lifelong learning and are willing and able to take ownership for their development as an outdoor education professional.


  • 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


Position Start Date: June 12, 2021
Position End Date: August 16, 2021

Starting Salary (Trip Leader): $3800, increases based on prior leadership experience and relevant certifications ( Registered Maine Guide, American Canoe Association Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue, etc)

Incentives: $200 Lifeguard Certification

If you have the skills and temperament required to take on this responsibility, we’d love to speak with you, answer your questions, and help you learn more about a summer at Chewonki.

Please follow the appropriate link below to apply for a trip leader position at Camp Chewonki.

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Camp Chewonki, Seasonal Positions

Please complete an online application for this trip leader position.

Returning staff, please log into your CampInTouch account to complete an application for this trip leader position.