Employment and Internship Opportunities
Nature Day Camp Assistant Leader
About Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Nature Day Camp
The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s mission is preserve and protect Harpswell’s natural resources, cultural heritage and access to the outdoors through targeted conservation, responsible stewardship and education. Learn more at www.hhltmaine.org.
Since 1998, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) has offered Nature Day Camp to educate and engage children with Harpswell’s natural environment. Camp is held at a different Harpswell location each day, and the focus is on hands-on exploration of nature, learning and fun. For a more detailed description, visit: http://hhltmaine.org/nature-day-camp/.
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking an assistant leader for its Nature Day Camp program. This person will teach alongside experienced camp leaders. We prefer to find an assistant leader who is available for all four camp weeks, but will consider applicants who are available for just part of the summer.
The assistant camp leader’s responsibilities are as follows:
- Ensure safety of all campers
- Provide an enriching, engaging and fun camp experience
- Be kind and patient
- Communicate with the camp leader about any issues that arise
- Attend camp orientation before the camp season begins
- With camp leader, create a schedule of developmentally-appropriate activities for campers
- Co-lead camp activities
- Debrief camp
Dates, hours and compensation
Both preschool and elementary camp sessions are offered concurrently during the following weeks: July 8-12, July 22-26, August 5-9 and August 19-23. Preschool camps run Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Elementary camps run Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The assistant camp leader will be responsible for all four weeks of camp – two weeks with preschoolers and two weeks with elementary school students. The assistant leader will be expected to contribute to the planning process before camp begins and should be available before and after camp each day for set up and wrap up. Compensation for the assistant camp leader is $288/week for preschool camp and $608/week for elementary camp.
The successful candidate will effectively demonstrate the following qualifications.
- Experience working with children
- Experience teaching about nature outdoors
- Patience, kindness and enthusiasm
- Satisfactory completion of a background check (paid for by HHLT)
- First aid and CPR training
- Current or prior connection to Harpswell or the Maine coast
- Natural history knowledge
How to apply
Please send a resume and cover letter, indicating which weeks you are available, by March 24 to Julia McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to contact Julia with questions via email or at 207-837-9613.
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust hosts interns throughout the year. Internships are generally unpaid, but they provide experience in all aspects of nonprofit work and help interns build connections to the community.
2014-2015 intern Delger Erdensanaa wrote: “I’ve learned about the inner workings of a small non-profit. HHLT has a strong relationship with the community and local schools, and I think that’s a model I could bring to other organizations in the future…This internship definitely fulfilled what I wanted – learning about the community beyond Bowdoin, and building skills in education and community outreach. Beyond that, I got to spend time outside in Harpswell, meet some great people doing inspiring work, and appreciate the surprisingly bustling world of conservation in Maine.”
2013 intern Hannah Glover wrote: “This has been a great learning experience because I have been involved in many aspects of the land trust. I especially enjoyed working on the Curtis Farm Preserve. I had never thought about how to plan a trail before and it was educational to see the process from the beginning. Creating maps for the committee and Harpswell Coastal Academy enabled me to practice displaying data clearly. It was also nice to see the opposite end of the process at Widgeon Cove. I haven’t developed school activities before, so working with Harpswell Community School and Harpswell Coastal Academy was very educational. I realized how much work it takes to organize, plan, and execute a program. I also became comfortable using WordPress, which will be a useful skill for future work.”