4-H Trip Leader/Teen Leadership Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 12:15pm


Lincolnville, ME
United States

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Job Description:


  1. Co-lead a two-week or three-week, outdoor leadership program for teenagers (co-ed, max. 10/session) including one or three 4 to 12-day overnight backpacking and canoeing trips each session, NOTE: includes weekend work.
  2. Plan lessons/schedules and implement leadership curriculum; teach a variety of skills: listening, communication, team-building, low-impact camping, conflict resolution, canoeing, backpacking, map and compass, general ecology, basic first aid, and knot tying; work with camp cook to order food for trips; prepare food for trips; coordinate logistical support; food/equipment deliveries, emergency support, etc.
  3. Role model healthy living, positive energy, diversity, and clear communication; engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation and meal times. 
  4. Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times; facilitate group conflicts and strive to encourage problem solving and decision making; live-in and supervise cabin of up to 6 program participants of same gender.
  5. Drive 8-12 passenger vans (sometimes with canoe trailer) to program sites with participants and other staff
  6. Role model good stewardship for the environment, and support our efforts by participating in the garden, composting, and sustainable practices throughout all aspects of your role.
  7. Actively participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required


  • Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
  • Related experience working with teenagers and teaching in the outdoors.
  • Substantial camping/backpacking/canoeing experience.
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR and lifeguard certification (able to train)
  • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain with a 30+lbs. pack for 8-10 miles/day and ability to assist in carrying canoes (85 lb.) with others.
  • Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Preferred:  Wilderness First Responder, Small Craft Water Safety Certification.

Leadership One: River Explorers is for youth aged 14-16, it is a 2-week program, running 3-4 times during the summer

Leadership Two: Mountains to Sea is for youth aged 15-17, it is a 3-week program, running 2 times during the summer, requires strong canoeing skills

Dates and Compensation:

$275/week (pre-tax); 2.5 weeks of paid training included; room and board provided
June 8-August 19, 2017


Position Start Date:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Job Duration:


How to Apply:

Please mail/fax/email cover letter, resume, and references to: Jessica Decke, Tanglewood Director, 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849. Fax: 207-789-5220.  Email: jessica.decke@maine.edu or apply online at: extension.umaine.edu/Tanglewood/employment/

Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Compensation:


Compensation Information:

$235/week (pre-tax); 10-week appointment; room and board provided; 2 weeks paid staff training included. June 12-August 20, 2016.