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Chewonki Foundation

  • 485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset, ME
  • www.chewonki.org

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Age Group Coordinator


min experience

salary range

$5.1k - $5.5k / year

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Job Overview

Dates: June 8 – August 12, 2024. Puffin Age Group Coordinators- Dates for the Age Group Coordinator supporting the 2nd & 3rd grade age group, Puffins, are June 8th-August 1st, 2024. The Puffin program ends July 30th. Salary is prorated from base rate below.  

Reports to: Campus Head

Direct Reports: Cabin Counselors


Starting salary: $5,100, plus opportunities for bonuses with experience and certifications. Bring a friend and receive a bonus for that, too!


You can earn academic internship credit for this position! Our camp fosters an excellent work experience and fulfills most school’s internship requirements. We will build out a set of individualized learning objectives and specific goals for you to achieve throughout the summer. Our Directors will be happy to tailor these objectives individually to your course or Major of study!

Who we are:

Camp Chewonki is one of Maine’s most prestigious nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Since 1915, Chewonki has been changing the lives of children and staff- including yours! 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 social emotional skills and knowledge in a core curriculum (including natural history, farm sciences, watercraft, the arts, and more!) and learning about backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips.

Who you are:

Age Group Coordinators strive to personally know as many campers as possible and work as the primary liaison on the Coordinator Team to manage camper needs in their assigned age groups. There are three Age Group Coordinators per camp and each oversees 4-7 cabins: Puffins are grades 2 & 3, Owls are grades 4 & 5, Heron/Osprey are grades 6, 7 & 8. Age Group Coordinators directly supervise and serve as mentors to Cabin Counselors, providing support for nearly all aspects of their jobs. The Age Group Coordinators are expected to support the growth and development of all staff in attaining their personal best as an educator, caretaker, and employee.

What you’ll do:

  • Supervise and manage cabin counselors including;
    • Conducting regular check-ins with cabin counselors and provide guidance and support as needed
    • Complete and deliver formal evaluations of cabin staff
    • Provide period off coverage support
  • Support camper experience through building relationships with campers, providing behavior intervention and conflict resolution, as needed 
  • Plan and execute age group evening activities, with support of Operations Coordinator
  • Maintain essential duties as member of the Coordinator team 
    • Meet with other Coordinator Team members to discuss and address camp concerns; 
    • Participate in Leader of the Day (LoD) rotation to ensure camp schedule runs smoothly
  • Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants; this includes:
    • Develop healthy and appropriate relationships with participants.
    • Assist cabin leaders with a daily check-in process for participants needing additional support.
    • Manage risk and maintain the safety of participants.
    • Provide direct supervision of participants as assigned.
  • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp.
  • Community Responsibilities:
    • Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a lens of anti-racism in the best interest of participants, constituents, and staff across the organization.
    • A willingness to work as a team member among the Camp Program and the greater Chewonki community.
    • Work on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community. 
    • Contribute to and collaborate with the Chewonki community through committees and foundation wide events.
    • Share the collective responsibility within risk management (physical, behavioral, institutional, etc.) by:
  • Using sound judgment
  • Operating within your skill set and Chewonki protocols
  • Responding to and/ or alerting the appropriate person(s) when you see something that may compromise safety
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must complete fingerprinting requirements/pass criminal background check.
  • Experience working in camp/ educational spaces, preferred.
  • Experience supervising or managing others, preferred.
  • Attend required onboarding and training sessions.
  • Wilderness First Aid required (certification offered by Chewonki)
  • This position is eligible for a stipend for driving responsibilities if the following qualifications are met:
    • At Least 21 years old (to drive participants).
    • Valid driver’s license and driving record approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier, must attend Driver’s Training. 
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lb at a time.
  • Must be able to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Able to participate in games, sports, and physical activities including water-based games and activities.
  • Able to maintain attention and a high level of energy or excitement for extended periods of time

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