Employment and Internship Opportunities

We are currently hiring for the following positions.

Nature Day Camp Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Summer 2023

About Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Nature Day Camp

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect Harpswell’s natural resources, cultural heritage, and access to the outdoors now and forever through conservation, stewardship, and education. Learn more at https://hhltmaine.org/.

The focus of Nature Day Camp is hands-on exploration of nature, friendship, discovery, and fun. Camp is held at a different Harpswell location each day. For a more detailed description, click here.

Job description

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking Camp Leaders and Assistant Camp Leaders for its popular and highly successful Nature Day Camp program.

Camp leaders have more responsibility and tend to have more experience than Assistant Camp Leaders. Tasks for both positions include the following:

  • Ensure physical and emotional safety of all campers and follow camp safety policies.
  • Provide an enriching, engaging, and fun camp experience.
  • Be kind and patient.
  • Participate in training sessions before the camp season begins.
  • Create a written lesson plan based on the materials and resources provided.
  • Lead camp activities.
  • Communicate effectively with co-leader, parents, volunteers, junior counselors, and HHLT’s Executive Director.
  • Debrief camp through written notes and meetings.

Dates and hours

Two age groups experience camp at the same time but at different locations. Each age group needs a Camp Leader and an Assistant Camp Leader. The camp schedule is based around the tides. In 2023, camp will happen during these weeks: June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11, and August 21-25. While we prefer hiring for the entire five weeks of camp, we would consider hiring the right candidate for fewer weeks.

Camp for ages 4-6 runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Camp for ages 7-12 runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Camp Leaders are paid $20/hour. Assistant Camp Leaders are paid $18/hour. Paid time includes camp hours and set up and take down each day in addition to training, planning, collecting materials, cleaning, and debrief. We anticipate leaders and assistant leaders for the younger age group to work around 150-190 hours over the course of the summer. We anticipate leaders and assistant leaders for the older age group to work around 180-220 hours over the course of the summer. There are no health, retirement, or paid time off benefits for these positions.


Successful candidates will effectively demonstrate the following qualifications.


  • Experience working with children
  • Patience, kindness, and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated attention to safety
  • Flexibility and the ability to work well as part of a team
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check (paid for by HHLT)
  • Adult and pediatric first aid and CPR training by Red Cross or an equivalent provider (paid for by HHLT)


  • Experience teaching about nature outdoors
  • Current or prior connection to Harpswell or the Maine coast
  • Natural history knowledge

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Katie Neal at info@hhltmaine.org. Positions are open until filled. You are welcome to contact us with questions via email or at 207-721-1121.


Harpswell Heritage Land Trust sometimes hosts unpaid interns throughout the year. Please reach out to us with questions at info@hhltmaine.org.