Chewonki Foundation - Outdoor Program Instructor

Job Title: Outdoor Program Instructor
Company: Chewonki Foundation
Category: Education
Description:

Position: Outdoor Program Instructor
Position Available: August 14 – October 10, 2014
Posted: June 13, 2014
Applications due: Accepted until all positions are filled
Chewonki Foundation is a year-round, nonprofit environmental education center based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. We offer semester school for high school juniors, summer camps for boys and girls, co-ed wilderness expeditions for teens and adults, programs for independent and public school groups, and travelling natural history programs. Visit our web site at www.chewonki.org

Outdoor Classroom for Schools
Chewonki's Outdoor Classroom program is a unique model where instructors work with residential school programs leading groups of students on base-camping trips and facilitating lessons in ecology, natural history, sustainability, organic farming, team building and outdoor living. During these programs instructors live with their students and school chaperone in small groups camping at shore-side campsites on Chewonki Neck, sleeping in tents, cooking over open fires, and teaching other hard skills. Personal growth, appreciation for the natural world and building community are the three core values that support Chewonki’s mission. Each Outdoor Classroom program strives to achieve each of these core values. The majority of programming takes place on Chewonki's 400-acre peninsula, which is surrounded by tidal estuaries. The land is mostly wooded, and also contains fields, two fresh water ponds, a working organic farm, an extensive salt marsh, a hiking trail system and ten established shore side campsites with tent platforms. In addition to the base camping programs, the OC program also offers wilderness trips and day programs for schools. The Outdoor Program Instructor position spans two seasons, late March through early June and late August through late October. Outdoor Program Instructors may choose to apply for work with Chewonki summer programs.

Mission
Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.

Objective
Please see position description below

Qualifications
Passionate about working with students and other educators
Experienced in teaching ecology, natural history, sustainability, team building and outdoor living.
Adaptive, Communicative, Accountable, Solution focused
Candidates must pass a background check and have driving record approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier.

Salary and Other Details
Salary is $455.00 per week ($985.83 semi-monthly) from which a deduction of $195.00 ($422.50 semimonthly) is made to contribute to the cost of room and board.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and supplemental application (found on job page of Chewonki.org) to the address below or email (single file electronic submission preferred). Human Resources
Chewonki Foundation, Inc
485 Chewonki Neck Road
Wiscasset, Maine 04578
hr@chewonki.org

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Outdoor Program Instructor is a 2-season position spanning late March through early June then late August through late October. Instructors work with residential school programs leading groups of students on base-camping trips and facilitating lessons in ecology, natural history, sustainability, organic farming, outdoor living, team building, and watercraft skills (salt water canoeing and sea kayaking). Instructors live with their students and school chaperone in small camping groups at shore-side campsites on Chewonki Neck, sleeping in tents, cooking over open fires, and teaching camping skills. Personal growth, appreciation for the natural world and building community are the three core values that support Chewonki’s mission. Each Outdoor Classroom program strives to achieve each of these core values.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Carry out Chewonki’s Mission through the following:

  • Lead base camping residential school programs for three to five days
  • Lead saltwater canoe and sea kayaking trips for three to five days
  • Lead wilderness expeditions for school groups for three to five days
  • Facilitate day programs for school groups
  • Supervise student groups in overnight camping programs
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge about the natural history of Chewonki Neck and facilitate lessons in pond, salt marsh, forest, and rocky shore ecology.
  • Maintain a familiarity with Chewonki’s sustainable energy projects, farm, and land use history and facilitate lessons in climate change, renewable energy, sustainable food and farm, and human history and the landscape.
  • Maintain a high level of skill in outdoor living and facilitate lessons in orienteering, outdoor cooking and woodcraft, personal hygiene and low impact camping.
  • Serve as an adventure activity leader for Chewonki’s low ropes course, indoor climbing barn, and Gulch crossing.
  • Practice and enforce all Chewonki safety and risk management policies.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism.
  • Provide for the emotional and physical well-being of participants at all times: administer first aid and medications, and support students through common challenges such as homesickness and self-care.
  • Develop rapport and collaborate with school teacher/chaperone partners.
  • Maintain a high level of safe food handling in Chewonki’s Packout facility and in the field.
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Support Outdoor Classroom programs when not in the field
  • Be an active member of the Chewonki community; e.g. dish crew, Chewonki Day (wholestaff integrated work day to support program maintenance needs across campus)
  • Uphold professional and appropriate relations with semester school students in shared program spaces/resources (e.g. dining hall)
  • Participate in general support tasks related to campus maintenance and cleaning
  • Handle and teach with TNHP lab animals that are approved for OC instructor use
  • Serve as evening “on-call support” as needed
PREREQUISITES:
  • Bachelors Degree in a related field e.g. Environmental Education, Natural Sciences, Recreation, Human Ecology, etc.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Current Lifeguard Certification
  • At Least 21 years old to be permitted to drive participants as required by Chewonki’s insurance carrier.

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