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19 Oct 2022

Other Outdoor Environmental Educator

4-H Camps and Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove – Posted by UMaine 4-H Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove Lincolnville, Maine, United States

Job Description

The 4-H Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally-focused outdoor education programs for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world. Our Tanglewood site in Lincolnville, Maine has 900+ acres of forest, extensive hiking trails, and a pristine river with native Atlantic Salmon. Our Blueberry Cove site is located on the ocean in Tenants Harbor, Maine, and provides a myriad of outdoor opportunities including sailing and kayaking. This position is seasonal through March. Typical weekly salary for this temporary position is $450 – $500 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

As an Environmental Educator, you’ll provide a hands-on ecology immersion for students. All school programming is customized and showcases our Earth Connections curriculum as well as BEETLES teaching methodology. Programs work with students across grades K-12. As an Educator, you will develop and implement program curriculum, schedules, and new projects.

Late-Fall/Winter/Spring Responsibilities:

-Develop and teach hands-on, ecology, STEM, group building, and outdoor skills-based lessons to grades K-12 for day and after school programs
-Deliver programs in schools and at multiple sites, including our learning centers in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor, ME (some travel is required)
-Teach and facilitate 4-H agriSTEM programming virtually via Zoom and in-person
-Contribute ideas for continual development of programs, interpretive trails, and educational displays
-Work independently and with staff to develop and maintain teaching resources
-Participate actively in staff training, ongoing professional development, and daily staff meetings to plan and evaluate programs
-Take part in routine tasks of cleaning and kitchen duties, gardening, general camp chores, and upkeep of program spaces to support the staff community
-Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor programming
-Transport students in University vans to program sites
-Foster interpersonal relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect
-Typical work week Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend program responsibilities
-Rustic housing with kitchen facilities provided

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System’s flagship institution. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found on our Together for Maine website.

Qualifications:

Required:
-High school diploma or equivalent
-Experiential education experience with youth, preferably in an outdoor setting
-Knowledge of ecological concepts and natural history
-Ability to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions
-Safely lead groups over various terrain (uneven ground, roots, uphill hiking), while carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies
-Basic First Aid/CPR certification
-Hold a valid driver’s license with the ability to drive camp vehicles, towing canoe trailers at times

Preferred:
-Wilderness First Aid; lifeguard certification

How to Apply

Materials must be submitted through HireTouch: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=79299 1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position 2.) a resume/curriculum vitae 3.) contact information for three professional references You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Jessica Decke at Jessica.decke@maine.edu or 207-789-5802. Appropriate background checks are required. The University of Maine is an EEO/AA institution and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor.

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