Chewonki Elementary and Middle School is growing for next year and we are looking for a motivated and experienced educator to join our strong team in a teacher support role. The learning specialist/teaching assistant works directly with the lead teachers, especially in grades 1-4 to assist and facilitate integrated, place-based lessons in all core subject areas, experiential outdoor activities, and flow of the school day.
Music has a long tradition at Chewonki as a vital part of building community and for providing creative pathways of learning. We seek a joyful, student-centered music educator excited to work in a small school with an integrated, place-based curriculum. The music teacher creates and delivers music curriculum for students in grades 1-8 and directs instrument and vocal ensembles for our older students. This teacher works in collaboration with the teaching team to provide music instruction and integration throughout the school curriculum and activities.
The English teacher collaboratively develops curriculum and planning for Maine Coast Semester’s hallmark English course, Literature and the Land, with fellow English teachers. In keeping with the semester school’s focus on place-based experiential education, teachers in this position can connect our region (Maine/New England) to the study of diverse American literary traditions, as well as make connections between the themes of the texts studied with students’ experiences in the natural world.
It is the primary responsibility of the Traveling Natural History Program Science Educator to work as part of a collaborative and dynamic staff team, deliver educational lessons to a variety of audiences, support the science curriculum at Chewonki, and provide high quality care to our resident animals. The Science Educator should be enthusiastic about carrying out Chewonki’s mission through fun, engaging, and impactful educational experiences for people of all ages; particularly children.
The Assistant Manager of Traveling Natural History will support the overall operations of the Traveling Natural History Programs at Chewonki, help to oversee Science Educators and volunteers, develop, maintain and improve science and natural history curriculum, deliver educational lessons to a variety of audiences, and coordinate care of animal ambassadors.
The Outdoor Educator position is a 3-season position spanning early April 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 trips, saltwater canoe trips, and day programs to teach outdoor living skills, team building, farm and food curricula, and ecology through facilitating a variety of place-based teaching methods and styles.
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.
The Maine Coast Semester Teaching Fellow program provides an introduction to working at the intersection of place-based and experiential education in an independent residential school setting. Fellows work across the school’s programming, which includes rigorous academic classes, outdoor skill development, and residential life.
Camp Chewonki's Natural History Activity Head collaborates with our Traveling Natural History Program (TNHP) staff and our Camp Naturalist to introduce campers to the natural world including a variety of ecosystems on Chewonki Neck and the animal ambassadors in our Wildlife Center. The Activity Head also collaborates with the Activity Coordinator to plan and facilitate special camp events. As a member of the support staff, they will also provide additional camper coverage as assigned.