Short-Term Job Adventures Maine
Fun Fact: More than 90% of Maine's total land area is forested, the highest percentage of any state.
Seasonal Field Team Leaders & Members, Environmental Stewards, Trail Training Members and Training Coordinators
Beautiful outdoor locales including Baxter State Park, the Appalachian Trail, Public Lands, State Parks and more!
Rebuild the Appalachian Trail. Improve hiking trails on Maine's coast. Develop trails with boardwalk bridges in wetland areas. Provide community education and outreach. Build great things with great people. If you like spending time outside, learning new things, aren't afraid to get a little dirty and want to explore Maine's beautiful places, the Maine Conservation Corps has a job for you! Positions are available for 3-9 months throughout the year. Unemployed or underemployed youth and military Veterans are encouraged to apply.
• Now seeking Field Team Leaders, Members and Environmental Stewards to begin work in April/May. Learn more and apply!
Maine Conservation Corps
124 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0124
(800) 245-5627 toll free in Maine
(207) 287-3342 fax
Whitewater Raft Guides, Office, Reservations and Front Desk staff and a Kitchen & Food Services team
NEOC has two locations that are six miles apart. NEOC Twin Pines is located on Millinocket Lake, eight miles from Baxter State Park and Penobscot Outdoor Center is just two miles from the south entrance and and Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain and the northern terminus for the Appalachian Trail. Baxter State Park offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails and the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Region is just minutes from your doorstep.
Named Best Adventure Resort in New England by Yankee magazine in 2014, the New England Outdoor Center (NEOC) is located on Millinocket Lake and home to Twin Pine Cabins, the award winning River Driver’s Restaurant and Penobscot Outdoor Center campground. In addition to lakeside lodges and cabins, NEOC offers a number of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Depending on the season, activities include whitewater rafting on Class I-V rapids, moose & wildlife tours, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. NEOC is seeking hardworking, devoted individuals who are passionate about the outdoors, hospitality and customer service. Positions start as early as April/May through September or longer, with winter season options. If you have experience in raft guiding or the hotel, restaurant and guest services industry, connect with NEOC.com.
New England Outdoor Center
P.O. Box 669
Millinocket, ME 04462
(800) 766-7238 toll free
(207) 723-0008 fax
Outdoor Program Instructors
The Chewonki Campus is situated on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Wiscasset, Maine, with 3½ miles miles of stunning rocky coastline. The land is mostly wooded, and also contains fields, two fresh water ponds, a working organic farm, an extensive salt marsh, a hiking trail system and ten established shore side campsites with tent platforms. In total, Chewonki manages just over 1,200 acres of land in Maine — both along the coast and in the North Woods — for conservation and education purposes. Learn more about the Chewonki campus.
Chewonki is an environmental education organization that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. During the spring and fall seasons, Instructors work with residential school programs leading groups of students on base camping trips and facilitating lessons in ecology, natural history, sustainability, organic farming, outdoor living, team building, and watercraft skills (salt water canoeing and sea kayaking). During the summer months, Instructors lead cabin wilderness trips for the Camp for Boys, Adventures for Girls, and co-ed extended wilderness trips for teens, ages 13-18. Positions run from late March through late October (partial seasons considered). To apply, fill out the online application and send a cover letter and resume to Nancy Percy. Explore all current job openings »
Director of Human Resources
485 Chewonki Neck Rd.
Wiscasset, ME 04578
(207) 882-9564 fax
Summer Camp Counselors, Instructors & Staff Members
Raymond (Sebago Lake region; 2 hours north of Boston)
If you are looking for a stimulating and rewarding experience where you can make a difference in a child's life, summer counselors, instructors and staff members at Kingsley Pines Camp enjoy the many rewards of outdoor (and indoor) fun. As the core of the camp staff, Counselors supervise, lead, guide and live with campers. Counselors also teach in one of these areas: arts & theater, waterfront, sports, or outdoor adventure activities. The camp season kicks off on June 10, 2017 and consists of one week of staff orientation, eight weeks of children's camp, and two weeks of family camp. To apply for a counselor position fill out the online application; for Director or staff job openings, send your resume to Alan Kissack.
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Kingsley Pines Camp
51 Coughlan Cove Rd.
Raymond, ME 04071
(855) 799-7788 (toll free)
(207) 655-4121 fax
Trail Crew Camp Coordinator, Crew Leaders & Assistant Leaders, Caretakers, Ridgerunner, Interns and Volunteers
The MATC has been maintaining, protecting and preserving the 267-mile Appalachian Trail in Maine since 1935!
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club is seeking energetic and motivated individuals to serve as a Trail Crew staff, interns and volunteers to help take care of this exceptional natural outdoor legacy during the summer months. Projects include building stone steps, waterbars, retaining walls and new trails. On the job training with stone work, griphoist rigging systems and other trail work will be presented by an experienced trail pioneer. Whether you thrive on working in the outdoors in any weather condition, enjoy planning expedition-focused trips for individuals and groups, or simply content with living alone in remote areas, the MATC has a seasonal job for you! Positions run from May through October, with varied start/end dates.
Maine Appalachian Trail Club
• To apply for a Trail Crew Leader, Assistant Leader, Camp Coordinator or Intern position, email your cover letter, resume and 3 references to Lester C. Kenway. Preference will be given to those applying by January 31st.
• To apply for a Caretaker & Ridgerunner position, email your cover letter, resume and references by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Preference will be given to those applying by January 31st.
• To reserve a space as a Trail Crew Volunteer contact Holly Sheehan.
Hut Masters, Hut Crew, Backcountry Hut Caretakers (winter and summer options)
Maine’s Western Lakes and Mountains region is truly a four season recreational destination, boasting some of Maine’s highest peaks, the Bigelow Range and Mahoosuc Mountains, and hundreds of glacial lakes. Some of Maine’s largest lakes are located here, including Flagstaff and Rangeley lakes. In time, the Maine Huts & Trails system of backcountry eco-lodges will be connected by people-powered trails that will stretch nearly 200 miles from near the New Hampshire border to the Moosehead Lake region.
Maine Huts & Trails operates four off the grid backcountry huts accommodating up to 48 guests each and 80 miles of trails, offering hiking, mountain biking, paddling and hut-to-hut cross-country skiing. Hut Crew work as a tight-knit team to create memorable outdoor experiences and a welcoming and friendly environment for visitors. The Crew will undertake a variety of responsibilities on a rotational basis, including front desk, food preparation, housekeeping and custodial duties as well as assisting with operation and periodic maintenance of green energy systems. The 2016/17 winter season runs from December 9th through March 27th. The 2017 summer/fall season runs from June 30th through October 24rd at Flagstaff Hut, Stratton Brook Hut and Poplar Hut and June 30th through October 10th at Grand Falls Hut. Apply online or email Sarah Pine for more information. Priority will be given to qualified candidates able to work the full season.
MH&T also seeks Volunteer Hut Caretakers from 2-12 weeks during the self-service season. Room and board are provided. This is a unique opportunity to live rent-free and off the grid, with a recreational playground at your fingertips!
Hut Operations Manager
Maine Huts & Trails
496C Main St.
Kingfield, ME 04947
(207) 265-2209 fax
Spanning 54 acres the Summit campus is located in Stow (19 miles north of the town of Fryeburg, Maine) and features a central lodge containing a commercial kitchen, dining room, and living room. This is the hub for campus activities. A fully equipped Academic Center is the base for academic instruction. The majority of expeditions are conducted in the White Mountain National Forest.
Summit Achievement combines the best features of a wilderness program and special needs boarding school by integrating a residential milieu and traditional academic instruction with outdoor adventure-based therapy. Guides are responsible for providing supervision, guidance, mentorship and instruction to a small group of adolescents with mild to moderate social, emotional and educational challenges. Responsibilities include facilitating activities, group processing sessions, 4-season backcountry expeditions and working as a member of a team fulfilling the duties of a Logistician, Medic or Team Leader. Summer seasonal (May through mid-August) and year-round positions are available, with a work shift schedule from Tuesday to Tuesday every other week. To apply, email your resume and cover letter (specifying whether you're looking for year-round or seasonal work) to Anson McNulty.
69 Deer Hill Rd.
Stow, ME 04037
(207) 697-2021 fax
Seasonal Ecology Educators
Saco Bay can be found on the southern coast of Maine, just 20 miles south of Portland and an 1½ hour drive to Boston
Looking to accentuate the magic, mystery and wonder of nature so that students can better understand and care for the environment? Every spring and fall 16 Ecology Educators are hired to teach in various residential, day and outreach programs. Responsibilities include developing and leading up to three ecosystem-based lessons per day for groups of 10-12 students, with lessons that focus on the ecology of areas including the coastal forest, beach, dunes, rocky tide pools, and a salt marsh estuary. Now accepting applications for the spring season (March 20–June 9, 2017). To apply, send a completed application found on the Staff & Employment page at TheEcologySchool.org, cover letter and resume to Alex Grindle.
Director of Programs
The Ecology School
8 Morris Ave., Building 1
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 391-6174 fax
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center is nestled on the shores of Lake Christopher in Bryant Pond with 160 acres of forest and mountain trails leading to remote campsites, streams, ponds, wetlands and a mountain summit. The local area provides many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts including rock climbing, backpacking, hunting and fishing, canoeing and a large winter ski and sport industry. The Camp is just a short drive to the beautiful White Mountain National Forest and the Rangeley Lakes area and Portland is an hour’s drive with live music, great food and shopping.
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center is seeking qualified, high-energy individuals to work in the Lakeside Classroom. Field Teachers will provide groups of 8-15 students (kindergarten through college) with high quality programming in ecology, team building, challenge course, climbing wall and outdoor skills. Preference is given to those who are least 21 years old with WFR certification, a Bachelor’s degree in the environmental/adventure education fields, and experience educating and managing children in an outdoor setting, multi-day backcountry trip leading, challenge course facilitation and ecology education. Positions are available during the spring (early April to mid-June), the fall (late August to early November) and a 7-month option for the entire period (serving as a counselor in the summer camp program). To apply, email your cover letter, resume and three reference contacts (phone/email) to Lyndsey Smith.
Lakeside Classroom Coordinator
University of Maine 4H Center at Bryant Pond
17 Conservation School Ln.
Bryant Pond, ME 04219
The Farm is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of western Maine, just a 45 minute drive to Portland, Maine and North Conway, New Hampshire.
Now seeking Apprentices who will be responsible for learning general apple growing practices (pruning, tree grafting, weeding, mowing with tractors, hand thinning and apple picking/grading), participating in soil building practices, working in the farm store and café (including cleaning, stocking shelves and serving ice cream and sandwiches), making products (such as apple cider syrup, apple chips or your own creation!), learning about small business financial management and assisting at all farm events. You will receive monthly readings and assignments and have the opportunity to work on a small independent project. Apprenticeships run from May through November (six days/week), with flexible dates. To apply, send a short email to Molly Griffin McKenna describing yourself, your upbringing and influences, and any relevant experience or reasons why you are interested in farming.
• Did you know? As part of the apprenticeship experience at the Farm, you’ll assist with (and enjoy!) the Ossipee Valley Music Festival that Apple Acres Farm runs from July 27th–30th, 2017.
William Johnson & Molly Griffin McKenna
Apple Acres Farm
363 Durgintown Rd.
Hiram, ME 04041
Summer Camp Staff & Counselors
Just 30 minutes from Portland, Camp North Star is located in Poland Spring on a picturesque 200-acre campus highlighted by tall pine trees and a 55-acre private lake. The property includes a high ropes course, hiking areas, rock climbing formations, archery range, art studios, athletic fields and courts, 2 waterfront areas, large dining hall and more!
Camp North Star is seeking high energy individuals who are committed to being positive role models for campers! For the 2017 camp season, experienced staff members are needed to teach in the following areas: high ropes, rock climbing, outdoor education, outdoor living skills, survival skills, archery, orienteering, campfire cooking, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing. The summer season kicks off on June 15th with 9 days of staff development training for all staff (regardless of their position) and concludes on August 14th. In addition, there is a 3-day training program for the ropes course staff led by professional trainers. If you have experience working with youth as well as experience teaching a camp-specific outdoor activity, fill out the online application or connect with Steven Bernstein with any questions.
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Camp North Star
200 Verrill Rd.
Poland Spring, ME 04274
Lodge & Hut Crews, Trail Crews, Outdoor Education Team and Support Staff
The Appalachian Mountain Club operates from Maine to Pennsylvania with offices or facilities in the following locations: Maine (Acadia National Park and 70,000 acres in central Maine just east of Greenville), Massachusetts (Boston, Northampton and South Egremont), New Hampshire (Alexandria, Chatham, Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountain National Forest), New Jersey (Delaware Water Gap), New York (Harriman State Park and NYC), and Pennsylvania (Bethlehem).
If you are passionate about the outdoors and looking for a supportive and fun culture, AMC offers a range of rewarding employment opportunities in terrific locations throughout the Northeast! Seasonal employment, summer jobs and internships are broken into four categories: Lodge & Hut Crews (Help serve food, prepare facilities, and offer trail information to outdoor enthusiasts who visit AMC outdoor lodges throughout the year), Trail Crews (AMC is responsible for over 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast and they need your help to maintain them), Outdoor Education Team (Serve as an Educator, Guide or Naturalist for various environmental educational programming), and Support Staff (During the high season, thousands of guests pass through AMC facilities, hundreds of staff who need supplies, and dozens of buildings that need maintenance). Positions are available year-round and seasonally.
Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02108
Environmental & Outdoor Educators, Medical Team, Kitchen Staff
Through unique, hands-on experiential education programs, Nature's Classroom immerses student groups ranging between the 4th and 8th grades in community awareness, motivational learning and conservation of our natural resources at one of 13 centers in the Northeast, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. In addition to Outdoor Educators, Medical staff (Nurse, LPN, EMT) and a Kitchen team (Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Co-Cook) are hired during the spring (as early as February through mid-June) and the fall (Labor Day through about Thanksgiving). The fabric of the Nature's Classroom community is woven by the individual uniqueness of staff who work, grow, live, and play closely together. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred (paid Intern positions available for those without degrees). A science/math background is helpful; as are special interests and talents (music, singing, storytelling and group dynamics). If you have a strong commitment to children and learning, connect with Ashley Bame or download an application.
19 Harrington Rd.
Charlton, MA 01507
(800) 433-8375 toll free
(508) 248-2745 fax
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