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.
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 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
Summer Camp Staff (Unit/Program, Wilderness Trip and Junior Maine Guide Leaders)
Located in Baxter State Park (home to awesome trails to hike, caves to explore, waterfalls to see, and peaks to climb), Camp Natarswi is a true wilderness paradise, providing a one-of-a kind, rustic, Maine outdoor experience, all in the shadow of majestic Mt. Katahdin. Camp Pondicherry is located in a spectacular outdoor setting, nestled on over 600 acres in the foothills of the White Mountains. Pondi has a private waterfront on Adams Pond and miles of unspoiled woodlands, fields and trails.
Are you interested in helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character while enjoying the beautiful outdoors? Spend a wonderful summer with Girl Scouts of Maine! Unit/Program Leaders are in charge of supervising an assigned unit or program area and assisting in the day-to-day activities — from sailing, canoeing and rock climbing to arts, nature and games. Wilderness Trip Leaders and Junior Maine Guide Leaders teach 21 outdoor skills and plan, organize, and lead hiking and canoeing wilderness camping trips throughout Maine. Wilderness staff must be passionate about taking girls out into the outdoors, an enthusiastic teacher, have previous wilderness trip leading experience, student experience in a NOLS or Outward Bound type program (preferred), current WFA/WFR and Lifeguarding certifications (Girl Scouts can help with this), and at least 21+ with a clean driving record. The summer camp season runs from mid-June through mid/late August and includes a certification week (if required), one week of extensive staff training, 5 weeks of resident camp and 2-3 weeks of troop/family camp programs. Apply now!
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 9, 2018 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.
• View why staff love working at Kingsley Pines Camp
Summer 2018 Employment Alert
• Kingsley Pines will begin accepting applications for summer 2018 on December 15th.
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, Ridge-runners, 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 Ridge-runner positions, email your cover letter, resume and references by email to email@example.com. Preference will be given to those applying by January 15th.
• To reserve a space as a Trail Crew Volunteer contact Holly Sheehan.
Hut Master, Hut Cook, Hut Crew, Backcountry Hut Caretakers
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. A Hut Master and 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. Positions are available during the summer/fall (mid-June through October) and the winter season (mid-December through March); the standard schedule is 10 days on, 4 days off. Apply online or email Mike Spurrier 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!
Summer/Fall Hut Crew Job Openings!
• MH&T is currently seeking Hut Crew for the summer/fall season. Staff training begins on June 14th, with work from June 21st to October 30th (except at Grand Falls Hut which closes October 23rd).
Hut Operations Manager
Maine Huts & Trails
496C Main St.
Kingfield, ME 04947
(207) 265-2400 x140
(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 15 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. Educators are also responsible for shared supervision of students between and after lessons plus providing some general maintenance of the site and program. Positions are available during the spring (mid-March to mid-June) and fall (early September to mid-November) seasons. To apply, send a completed application found on the Staff & Employment page at TheEcologySchool.org, cover letter and resume to Alex Grindle. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
Spring Season Employment
• The Ecology School is now accepting applications for Ecology Educators for the spring season (March 19th–June 8th). View the full job description »
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 Center 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 Center is seeking qualified, high-energy individuals to work in the Lakeside Classroom and summer camp program. 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. Group management and group building skills will also play an important part of your daily work routine. Preference is given to those who are at least 21 years old with WFR certification and a Bachelor’s degree in the environmental or adventure education fields (although those with other educational backgrounds are welcome to apply). Experience educating and managing children in an outdoor setting, multi-day backcountry trip leading, challenge course facilitation and ecology education are also helpful. Positions are available during the spring (early April to mid-June), summer (mid-June through August) and the fall season (late August to early November), with a multiple season option. To apply, email your cover letter, resume and three reference contacts (phone and email) to Nicolette Gagnon.
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond
P.O. Box 188
Bryant Pond, ME 04219
Outdoor Living Program Summer Camp Staff
Featuring 260 acres of land, towering pines and sparkling waters (with a mile of private shore), the camp is located midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and about an hour north of Maine's biggest city, Portland.
In a fun and stimulating summer camp environment, Tripp Lake Camp summer staff provide a range of opportunities for girls to challenge themselves, gain confidence and expand their horizons. The Outdoor Living Program is seeking Counselors to lead activities that include a 40-foot climbing wall and bouldering ring, a ropes & initiative course, and camp craft that focuses on camping, hiking and canoeing. Responsibilities include facilitating teamwork and leadership activities, teaching rock climbing and belaying techniques, assisting campers navigate the high and low elements ropes course, teaching basic camps skills (from setting up a tent to cooking a meal), and leading campers on overnight or day trips outside of camp. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college (or at least 18 years old) and make a commitment from June 4th to August 10th. Candidates for Head of Department positions must have outdoor education experience and training/managing a staff. If you are warm, compassionate, love working with children and enjoy being outdoors, fill out the online application.
Tripp Lake Camp
132 Tripp Lake Camp Rd.
Poland, ME 04274
Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of western Maine (just a 45 minute drive to Portland, Maine and North Conway, New Hampshire), Apple Acres Farm grows 5 acres of organic apples and other fruits, runs a gift & food store and lunch café, and hosts school tours and weddings. The farm is also in charge of the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, a large summer roots music festival and music camp in July.
Come enjoy a diverse apprentice experience on an organic fruit farm and at a summer music festival! The Apple Acre Farm Apprenticeship experience is divided into sections, with a focus on farming and weddings in the summer, the entire month of July preparing for and running the music festival (Apprentices are usually in charge of the beer tent!), and on business and customer service (working in the farm store and farm stand) during the fall. Applicants must be able to lift 50lbs and comfortable with monotonous tasks as well as taking initiative without constant supervision. With a building addition to the farm store this year, applicants who are familiar or confident with carpentry skills are preferred; however, this is not a requirement. A great work ethic is valued over prior experience. Apprenticeships run from May through November (six days/week), with flexible work term dates. At minimum, a June-October commitment is necessary. To apply send a short email to Molly Griffin McKenna describing yourself, your upbringing, your relevant experience and why you are interested in a farm & music festival apprenticeship.
William Johnson & Molly Griffin McKenna
Apple Acres Farm
363 Durgintown Rd.
Hiram, ME 04041
Summer Ropes Course Director
Ideally located in Maine's Central Lakes Region, Echo Lake crowns Camp Laurel's 160 acres of woodlands with its 2,000 feet of natural shoreline and a magnificent sandy beach. The camp is located just 20 minutes west of Augusta, and the region is famous for warm, sunny days and comfortable evenings.
Camp Laurel is one of New England's premier 7-week, residential, co-ed camps that features modern, fully-equipped facilities, high-quality equipment, and cutting-edge programming. Now seeking a Ropes Course Director who will oversee three instructors and serve as the lead facilitator on a daily basis for campers ages 10-15. The course features a one-acre high-rise jungle gym with 21 rope and cable bridges, 14 platforms and an automatic Super Safe Belay system, in addition to several other high and low ropes elements. Responsibilities also include training and managing staff, course setup, facilitating, ensuring safety, and creating new lessons plans to keep the days fresh, fun and exciting. If you are an experienced course facilitator with experience managing other staff and groups of participants, understand course safety risks and how to ensure that each and every camper on the course is safe at all times, and can make a commitment from June 8th to August 11th, apply online or connect with Tim Eldredge for more information.
1218 Pond Rd.
Mt. Vernon, ME 04352
Summer Manager, Kayak Guide, SUP Instructor and Shore Staff
Based on the Portland waterfront in the historic Eastern Promenade park, Portland Paddle offers sea kayaking and paddleboarding tours, lessons and rentals on Maine’s coastal waters and the many gorgeous islands of Casco Bay.
Work for Portland Paddle as Manager, Guide or Shore Staffer this summer and enjoy New England's funnest, hippest, and outdoorsiest little city! These are full-time seasonal positions (30-40 hours/week) that run from late May through August, with the option of taking more work through September and October. Scheduling is somewhat flexible, but working many weekends and evenings is essential. Compensation starts at $12-$15/hour for Shore staff (negotiable and competitive for other positions), plus free courses, training sessions and use of kayaks/SUPs, pro discounts on outdoor gear, and the opportunity to develop paddling skills, meet interesting people from all over the world, and become well-acquainted with the beauty of Casco Bay. If you are ready to join a talented team of folks who are passionate about paddling, apply now or contact Zack Anchors for more info.
1 Cutter St.
Portland, ME 04101
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 and Kitchen Staff
Bordering on the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Ocean Park is just a 5 minute walk down a trail to the Atlantic Ocean (with 7 miles of beach). Learn more about all 14 Nature's Classroom sites in the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island).
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 14 centers in the Northeast. The majority of staff at each site are Outdoor & Environmental Educators who will act as group leaders, teach and present classes in various academic areas and lead evening activities. Medical staff (Nurse, LPN, EMT) and a kitchen team (Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Co-Cook) are also hired. 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 apply now. Positions are available during the spring (as early as February through mid-June) and the fall (Labor Day through about Thanksgiving).
19 Harrington Rd.
Charlton, MA 01507
(800) 433-8375 toll free
(508) 248-2745 fax