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Chewonki Foundation

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

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Outdoor Living Skills Activity Instructor

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: Camp Chewonki Counselors are kind, empathetic, thoughtful, and fun adults who are responsible for caring for the health and well-being of all campers for the summer. They help campers adjust to camp life, build community, and develop the skills to be successful anywhere. Ideal candidates will have a passion for working with children, spending time in the outdoors, and a dedication to lifelong learning. Outdoor Living Skills Activity Counselors have experience in activities such as fire building, campfire cooking, map and compass navigation and shelter building and a solid understanding of the safety practices required to keep campers safe in these activities. These activities are essential in preparing campers for their backcountry trips and so previous experience in leading these activities for children is strongly preferred.


min experience

salary range

$3k - $3.5k / year

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

The Outdoor Living Skills Activity Counselors are responsible for preparing and facilitating lessons and keeping activity equipment and areas safe and well-maintained. While the Outdoor Living Skills Activity Counselor’s primary responsibility is instruction in their area of expertise, camp provides a dynamic workplace environment that requires creativity, flexibility and a team player approach. When not teaching or preparing their activity area, Outdoor Living Skills Activity Counselors are expected to support cabin coverage and work with other staff in the planning and execution of camp-wide initiatives such as evening programs, special events, and off-campus day trips. Activity counselors will be assigned age groups to directly support outside of activity work.

Special Benefits

Starting salary: $3,000, 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!

Minimum Requirements


  • Must complete fingerprinting requirements/pass criminal background check.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier, preferred.
  • Experience working in specialized activity area; certifications as required
  • Experience working in educational spaces, preferred.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid Certification required (Chewonki will offer course prior to camp season).
  • Current Lifeguard Certification, preferred (offered by Chewonki).
  • Attend required onboarding and training sessions.


  • Must be able to lift up to 50 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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