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Lakeside Classroom Field Teacher – Bryant Pond, ME

Organization: The University of Maine Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center

Position Title: Lakeside Classroom Field Teacher

Location: Bryant Pond, ME

Hours & Compensation: Field teachers are salaried employees and are paid on a monthly basis. Salary range is $200-$325 per week based on experience and qualifications.  Benefits include housing, food, laundry, internet access, discounts on outdoor equipment, and backcountry equipment usage.

Position Dates: Two-month or six-month positions available.  Six-month positions run from late May to the end of October.

Posted On: February 9, 2013

Organization Overview:  

For over 50 years the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond (formerly the Maine Conservation School) has strengthened children’s relationship to the natural world with a combination of inspired outdoor fun, practical woods-wise skills, and “hands-on” conservation education. Helping young people learn to take care of our natural world and themselves when they are in it are our most important goals.


The University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond is seeking qualified individuals to teach in our Lakeside Classroom program. Ideally, candidates will commit to a six-month season with Bryant Pond. In the summer, duties include working as a camp counselor or trip leader in our summer camp program. In the spring and fall, responsibilities of the Field Teacher include teaching environmental education and teambuilding lessons to students from grades 4 through college.


  • Care for the health, safety and well being of all campers/students
  • Teach and lead groups of 10-15 students
  • Assist in all aspects of the program including: teaching, program design/scheduling, maintenance, cleaning and kitchen duties
  • Responsible for cabin or campsite duties on some overnight programs Full-time work, Monday morning through Friday afternoon with rotating night time and weekend responsibilities


  • Preference is given to those who have completed or are working toward a degree in environmental science, education, outdoor/adventure education or environmental studies
  • Wilderness trip leading experience preferred but not required
  • Age 21 or older
  • First Aid and CPR training, WFR is preferred
  • Commitment to working long days with participants in a hands-on and high energy setting
  • Experience teaching and managing children grades 4-9 in an outdoor setting and the confidence to lead adult groups
  • Experience facilitating teambuilding initiatives, as well as low and high challenge course activities
  • Understanding of basic ecological concepts; ability and willingness to learn environmental education lessons
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions while keeping participants safe
  • Willingness to be flexible and adapt to the needs of the program and participants Commitment to working collectively as a part of a hard-working, supportive and positive team
  • Experience with camp or outdoor program routines and schedules
  • Ability to hike 5-10 miles with a 40lb pack, teach canoeing skills, and comfortably lift 50+ lbs
  • Valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record
  • Interest in and experience with outdoor skills including: Archery, Fishing, Hiking, Canoeing, Hunting, Backpack/Canoe trip leading, Initiative Games/Challenges, or Primitive Survival Skills

How to Apply: Please email or send cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Lyndsey Smith, Lakeside Classroom Coordinator at the address listed below.  Requests for more information welcome.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address: Bryant Pond 4-H/Lakeside Classroom, Attn: Lyndsey Smith, PO Box 188, 17 Conservation Lane, Bryant Pond, ME 04219

Job Contact: Lyndsey Smith, [email protected], (207) 665-2507.

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