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Lakeside Classroom Field Teacher-Job Details

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center is seeking qualified, high-energy individuals to work in our Lakeside Classroom.  The mission of the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond is to educate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability and conservation through affordable, experiential learning. Our campus is nestled on the shores of Lake Christopher in Bryant Pond, Maine with 160 acres of forest and mountain trails leading to remote campsites, streams, ponds, wetlands, and a mountain summit.

Candidates will be considered for any combination of the three seasons; spring, summer or fall. In the spring and fall Field Teachers support the Lakeside Classroom residential school program.  This program focuses on teaching environmental education and teambuilding to students, kindergarten through adults. We reach over 3,000 school children in our year-round Lakeside Classroom programs.  We also work with over 900 youth in our open enrollment summer camp. A six-month Field Teaching position runs May-early November, with limited opportunity for winter extensions in afterschool and expeditionary roles.  Many local job opportunities also exist for the winter season in nearby Bethel.

The primary responsibility of Field Teachers is to provide students with high quality programming in ecology, teambuilding, challenge course, climbing wall, and outdoor skills.  Staff will also occasionally teach art classes, hunter and bow hunter safety, engineering, primitive skills, fire cooking and paddling. Group management and group building skills are an important part of this position, and make-up 70% of what we do.  In the fall season we look to hire people with backcountry trip leading experence and Wilderness First Responder Certifications to lead a 9-day adult canoe/backpack trip. 

The Field Teaching position at Bryant Pond 4-H is roughly based on a five-day workweek starting Monday morning and ending before 6:00 pm on Friday.  Field Teachers may be asked to work occasional weekends on a rotating basis for specialty programs and will be compensated for extra days.  On nights when participants are staying over, Field Teachers will take turns monitoring the bunkhouses until 9:30pm to assist with fires and group needs. The Director on Duty and Medic are on-call after evening meds each night.  Most weeks will consist of two or three overnight programs.

This job demands a great deal of energy, flexibility and commitment; Field Teachers often plan and prepare lessons outside of the regular workday until they become comfortable teaching the curriculum.  Staff have flexibility in how they teach and are encouraged to develop their own style when working with youth.

Room and board are provided to Lakeside Classroom Field Teachers. Staff live in rustic cabins heated with woodstoves and are fully “off the grid”.  Shower facilities, kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry service are available in the Lakeside Lodge, a short two-minute walk from staff housing.  Being prepared for sleeping in cool weather and battery-powered electronics are advised. 

Program staff at Bryant Pond 4-H Center work and live in a very close community and are expected to contribute to the community through sharing in chores, and maintaining a commitment to a positive and collegial work environment.  Those living on campus are expected to keep up with the chores associated with shared living spaces including the bathrooms and kitchen.  While programs are in session, all food will be prepared and provided by our kitchen staff (please inquire about food needs).  While off-duty, staff members are welcome to use the kitchen facilities to prepare personal food or eat leftovers out of the staff refrigerator. 

Although the main responsibility of a Field Teacher is to work directly with participants teaching lessons, work in other areas may be required.  Staff may be asked to help with facility upkeep and maintenance, office work, building projects, gardening, outreach, and lesson planning.

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center is dedicated to providing support and high quality training to its Field Teachers.  Staff training is a full week and happens three times within the six-month commitment.  In-depth training consists of teambuilding, low/high challenge course, and climbing wall facilitation skills, concepts of ecology (forest and water), engineering lessons, canoeing, hiking, shooting sports, geology, survival skills, policies, procedures, and more. Lifeguard, Maine State Trip Leader, Shooting Sports Instructor Training and Wilderness First Aid Trainings are available for staff starting in the spring season for free or at highly discounted rates.  On occasion staff should be willing to support UMaine Extension at the other Maine 4-H Camps when programming needs arise.  Tanglewood 4-H is located in Lincolnville and Blueberry Cove is located in Tenants Harbor.


  • Care for the health, safety and well being of all campers/students/chaperones
  • Manage risk associated with experiential learning opportunities
  • Teach and lead groups of 8-15 students independently once comfortable with lessons and the schedule. We host day and overnight groups.
  • Contribute ideas for continual development of programs and knowledge, strengthening our teaching team
  • Help in all aspects of the program including; teaching, program design/scheduling, general camp chores, cleaning and kitchen duties, supporting our campus community
  • Occasionally responsible for cabin duties and supervision on overnight programs (extra time will be honored)
  • Foster interpersonal relationships that reflect courtesy, civility and mutual respect
  • Full-time work, Monday morning through Friday afternoon with rotating night time and weekend responsibilities

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Degree in environmental science, education, adventure education, childcare, or related field
  • Age 21 or older
  • First Aid and CPR training, Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder is preferred
  • Commitment to working long days with participants in a hands-on and high-energy setting
  • Experience educating and managing children, kindergarden-12th grade in an outdoor setting as well as the confidence to lead adult groups
  • Experience facilitating teambuilding initiatives, as well as low and high challenge course elements
  • Understanding of basic ecological concepts
  • A commitment to sustainability
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions while managing the needs of all participants and keeping a positive attitude
  • Willingness to be flexible and adapt your energy to the needs of the program and participants
  • Commitment to working collectively as a part of a supportive and positive team
  • Experience with camp or outdoor program routines and schedules (including campfire)
  • Ability to hike 5-10 miles with a 50lb pack, teach canoeing skills, and comfortably lift 50+ lbs.
  • Demonstrate a professional appearance and attitude

Interest that include: Agriculture, Archery, Primitive and Survival Skills, Fishing, Hiking, Canoeing/Kayaking, Hunting, Expeditions, Initiative Games/Challenges, Indoor Climbing, Forestry, Gardening, Engineering, and Science in general.

* Successful candidates must complete a health screening and appropriate background checks.

Salary and Benefits:

Field Teachers are salaried employees and are paid on a monthly basis.  First season salary is $320/wk with Director on Duty roles available to returning staff (more responsibility/increased salary).  Benefits include housing, food, laundry, Internet access, and backcountry equipment usage.  Bryant Pond can be used as a college internship site in any season.  Unfortunately Field Staff are not permitted to have pets on the University of Maine Bryant Pond campus.

Fall Staff Training Start Date:

3:00 pm Sunday, August 21st, 2016.  Early start opportunities are available to assist with the end of our summer camp season by August 7th.  Inquire for more details.  

Job Location:

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center is located in Bryant Pond, Maine and is a short drive to the beautiful White Mountain National Forest and the Rangeley Lakes area. The local area provides many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts including rock climbing, backpacking, hunting and fishing, canoeing and a large winter ski and sport industry.  Portland, Maine’s largest city is only an hour and a half’s drive with live music, great food, and shopping.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status or gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University System. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, The University of Maine, Room 101, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5754, telephone (207) 581-1226 (voice and TDD)

Position Start Date:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and the contact information (phone/email) for three references to Lyndsey Smith, Lakeside Classroom Coordinator at

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Room and board included

Contact Name:

Lyndsey Smith

Contact Phone:

207 890 8625

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