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Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

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

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:

Job Description

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 You are welcome to contact Julia with questions via email or at 207-837-9613.