Summer Opportunities For Teens
T3 Partners are offering some awesome programs, trips, internships, jobs and volunteer opportunities to give Maine teens some outdoor adventures over the summer! Check out the opportunities below - don't be shy, our Partners are waiting to hear from you!
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Camp Runoia (Belgrade Lakes) looking for responsible adults to lead wilderness trips with small groups of girls ages 8 – 14. Trip leaders will work with a co-leader to plan, pack and lead 1 to 2 night wilderness trips throughout Maine. Our schedule is rigorous, yet rewarding as we ensure that all campers participate in a trip during the summer. Runoia trip leaders are: problem solvers, lovers of the outdoors, experienced in working with children, hikers and canoers, enthusiastic campers, lifeguards, confident drivers, independent, willing to gain more training, and much more! Dates: June 15th - August 13th 2015. Apply at: https://runoia.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App Contact Co-Director Alex Jackson for more information firstname.lastname@example.org, home office 207 627 7422 or camp office 207 495 2228.
Camp Susan Curtis (Stoneham) Hiring Camp Cabin & Program Staff. $1200/summer (9 weeks), sleeping accommodations and 3 meals/day. This is a 9 week commitment from June 14-August 16. Applicants must be graduating from High School or age 18. Prior experience working with children is necessary but camp experience is not required. Responsible for emotional and physical health and safety of campers (10/cabin), teaching in Program Areas (Creative Arts, Environmental Adventures, Ropes/Teamwork, Sports & Games, Waterfront). Contact Terri Mulksemail@example.com, 774-1552 or www.susancurtisfoundation.org
Old Quarry Ocean Adventures (Stonington) Hiring office staff, waterfront, sailing instructors, kitchen help (short order cook), sea kayak guides, and general all round flexible employees that can do different things throughout the week. Offering meager accommodations as necessary. Starting wage is $9.00/hour for office and waterfront positions. Experience/ skills for office help: computer skills and experience working in any kind of store on the register and customer service experience. Boating experience with kayaks, canoes, motor boats, SUP's, and sailboats would be great. This position could be either full or part time. Positions begin in June through the middle of Sept. or anytime in-between. Contact Captain Bill Baker personally at 266-7779. www.oldquarry.com
Mocean Surf Shop & The Ocean Tripp Inn (Old Orchard Beach) Looking for part-time paid help as well as volunteer opportunities at a surf shop right on Old Orchard Beach. Opportunities available increase for those with prior surf experience. Surf lessons, rentals and camps are also available all summer long! If you are interested in volunteering, need community service, or need a summer part-time job, please visit www.moceansurfshop.net and submit a letter/resume to owners Sherri and Barry Tripp at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Park Service (Acadia National Park) Acadia National Park is hiring for Acadia Youth Conservation Corps, Park Rangers, National Park Service Interns, Student Conservation Association Interns, and for college students, Friends of Acadia Ridge Runner and Recreation Technician. Not all positions are paid, but all provide amazing educational experiences in the outdoor sector in Maine's beautiful national park. For more information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/supportyourpark/youthopps.htm
New England Outdoor Center (Millinocket) NEOC is looking for both full-time and part-time whitewater guides and videoboaters for the upcoming season. NEOC rafts on the West Branch of the Penobscot river. People with a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and an ability to learn quickly are encouraged to apply. All applicants must: be 18+, have a valid drivers lisence and have First Aid/CPR (WFR preferred). NEOC conducts training in late May that prepare candidates for the Maine Whitewater Guide test - giving you the Level 1 license which will allow you to raft on the Lower Penobscot, Kennebec River and Dead River. After 6 Commercial runs (which will likely happen quickly) and some more training you will be advanced to the Level II license which will allow you to guide Class V whitewater on the Upper Penobscot. On days off, NEOC guides often hike Katahdin, explore Baxter State Park, fly fish on the West Branch, swim in Togue Pond or go on play runs on the river in rafts, kayaks or boogie boards. If you are interested in becoming a guide please an email with a short cover letter and resume to David Wells at email@example.com
Three Rivers Rafting Co (The Forks) Besides White Water Raft Guide opportunities (see below), Three Rivers will be hiring Cooks, Waitstaff, Housekeeping, Gift Shop/Guest Services, Reservations Specialists, Video Kayakers, Photographers, Dishwashers, Campground/Groundskeepers, Gardens, Marketing Team/Social Media, Managers and others. Full training programs offered for all job positions. Three Rivers offers competitive wages, full and part time, year-round and seasonal. More information can be found at www.threeriversfun.com, http://threeriverswhitewater.com/maine-river-guide-training, and http://threeriverswhitewater.com/working-at-three-rivers-whitewater.
Rafting Guide Positions Available
Northeast Whitewater (Greenville)
18+, training available (see below).
Contact Jessica Hargreaves: (207) 695-0151
Magic Falls Rafting Co. (West Forks) 18+, $60-65/day. Must be up to date with certifications and license. For all info: www.magicfalls.com/about-magic-falls/jobs-with-magic-falls
Three Rivers Rafting Co. (The Forks) 18+, staying on site at Three Rivers for the season is a possibility. Guide training offered during the spring. Contact Three Rivers at 877-UGO-RAFT(846-7238) and you will be redirected to Joe, Kristin or Bobby. It is never too early to be in touch! The season begins on May 3rd, and various day-long training programs begin at the end of April and are available through June. http://threeriverswhitewater.com/maine-river-guide-training.
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
Acadian Boat Tours (Bar Harbor) Looking for a volunteer galley person. The position is most likely full-time and does not pay. Previous cashier experience might be helpful, but is not necessary. Must be at least 15 years of age, be drug free per US Coast Guard requirements, should love boating and enjoy being with people. You will be out on the water, learning about Acadia National Park and work with crew and naturalists while stocking the galley and waiting on customers. For more info: http://www.acadiannaturecruises.com/ or call (207) 801-2300
AMC Teen Trail Crew: Additional to Northern Maine positions, volunteers are needed in New Hampshire's White Mountains and Cardigan Lodge, and Massachusetts' Berkshires. Volunteer opportunities for teens in high school as well as job opportunities for people 18 and over (these leader positions offer $9/hour). A financial contribution is required for volunteers BUT AMC does have scholarships available for those qualifying because of economic hardship. Touch base with Alison Violette at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the scholarship opportunities. If you love hiking, camping and playing outside, check out some more info: http://www.outdoors.org/conservation/trails/volunteer/index.cfm. For more information on applying for jobs (18+) go here: http://www.outdoors.org/about/employment/
Back Country Excursions (Parsonsfield) 2 week internship assisting with the daily operations of a Mountain biking vacation adventure lodge. Will be the last 2 weeks in July or the last 2 weeks in August. Complete scholarship awarded to the right student.Regular wages are not to be expected, BUT any tips from clients will be shared or the intern will be provided with a small stipend. Mountain biking experience is very important. Additional to this, an applicant should be outgoing and like spending time with new people and be willing to do some house work. Back Country would provide room and board in their Yurt if intern was not interested in/able to commute. Intern should provide their own mountain bike. Looking for applicants 17 or older. Interested students should send a resume and any mountain biking experience to Cliff Krolick at email@example.com. www.bikebackcountry.com
Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (Brunswick) Trail Maintenance, General Stewardship, Community Garden work. All volunteer, should be comfortable working outdoors and doing physical work. Both regular scheduled and as-needed hours available. Stewardship work can carry into the fall if volunteer wishes. Be in touch with Caroline Eliot: firstname.lastname@example.org, 729-7694.
East Coast Greenway Alliance (Durham, NC) The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is the non-profit organization spearheading the development of the East Coast Greenway, a long-distance, urban, shared-use trail system linking 25 major cities along the eastern seaboard between Calais, Maine and Key West, Florida. The Durham, NC post is looking for an intern this summer to help with networking, communication and program support. A fun way to explore the east coast, especially for bike enthusiasts! Check out www.greenway.org or apply at: http://zsrinternshipprogram.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2kmcdzb53ba
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is recruiting interns for seven positions for this summer. Applications are due March 14. There are three spots for our Roving Stewardship Crew, two spots for our Allagash Wilderness Waterway User Impact Surveyor Crew, and two spots for our Youth Program’s Northern Forest Explorers. Most positions are 18+, looking for experienced candidates. Visit Internships for job descriptions, FAQs, and applications.
Trips, Programs and Trainings
Check out http://mainecamps.org/ for summer camp opportunities that suit your interests. If you are interested in seeking employment at one of Maine's summer camps, search for a camp near you (or a camp geared toward your area of expertise/interest), click on the individual page, and search for job openings there! Maine Camps also offers Junior Maine Guide Evaluation: http://mainecamps.org/junior-maine-guide/junior-maine-guide-curriculum/#jmg
AMC Wilderness Adventures (Locations in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts) Registrations opens annually in late fall. Scholarship applications are available. They are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis beginning January 1st. There are 40 adventures to choose from for ages 12-18, ranging from 5-20 days from the end of June - August. For more information: www.outdoors.org/teenwilderness or call (603) 466-2727
Camp Ketcha (Scarborough) Counselor in Training program July 7-August 1. Cost: $600 for the 4-week session Young adults 14-16 years old Limited to 12. Young adults interested in making a positive impact on children are ideal candidates for our innovative Counselor- in-Training (CIT) program. CITs explore potential career paths involving children and prepare for possible future work as a camp counselor. The CIT program covers leadership development, behavioral training, motivating campers, portfolio development, job application and interview training, ropes course belay training, and basic First Aid, as well as an equestrian program workshop. The first half of the program consists of hands-on training. During the second half, CITs are placed within groups under the leadership of seasoned counselors to experience being a counselor. The program includes a CIT overnight.
Leadership in Training program Session 1: July 14-25 or Session 2: August 4-15 Cost: $200 for the 2-week session (campers choose one session) Young adults 14-16 years old Limited to 8. Young adults who have completed the CIT program at Camp Ketcha or at another camp and are interested in continuing to become a leader should enroll in the Leadership-In-Training program. The LIT program will teach leadership skills, the basics of group development, self-initiatives and responsibilities. Participants will learn how to apply the values of Camp Ketcha in leading group activities.
The first week is spent in leadership training. Through a series of group discussions, team-building initiatives, and challenge course participation we will explore each participant’s potential and leadership abilities. The remaining week will be spent demonstrating leadership abilities among camp groups and program areas. For more information or to download the registration forms please visit CampKetcha.org or call 883-8977 x 1
Camp Susan Curtis (Stoneham) We serve economically disadvantaged children in grades 3-11 in a two week overnight camp experience broken up into two week sessions from June 22-August 15. Camp is tuition-free. Campers must be recommended by school personnel and qualify for USDA Free/Reduced Lunch. Spots are LIMITED! Applications and information are available through school counselors or social workers.
Chewonki Foundation and Camps (Wiscasset) Offering wilderness experiences for boys and girls throughout the summer and throughout the state! Programs include: canoeing, sea kayaking, white water kayaking, surfing, hiking, sailing. Financial Aid is available. Check out http://www.chewonki.org/camp/ for specific details.
Cow Island Environmental Leadership Program w/Rippleffect (Cow Island) This is a four week program that explores what it means to be an environmental leader. Programs will take place on Rippleffect's Cow Island campus in Casco Bay and take place either June 23-July 18 (weekends off) OR July 28-August 22 (weekends off). Curriculum is equally divided between environmental education, recreation and community service. Students live on Cow Island Monday-Thursday, attend a community event on Friday, and go home on the weekends. Opportunity to earn up to 40 hours of community service! Open to rising 9th through rising 12th graders. Minimum of $500 payment (accepted applicants are automatically awarded a scholarship of $745. True cost of program is $1245). Applications are required and can be found alongside more information at http://www.rippleffect.net
JMT Adventures (California) JMT Adventures is a summer camp for teens that leads them on a 210-mile guided journey along California’s John Muir Trail (JMT). We foster a love of hiking and nature that campers will carry with them well beyond their experience on the JMT. Food and equipment provided (you get to keep it!) and included in cost. No prior experience necessary. Session 1: July 5-26 Session 2: August 2-23 Cost: $5,000 (discounts available). Teens of all stripes, backgrounds, and genders welcome! Contact email@example.com for more information.
Kroka Expeditions (New England) The Kroka Village is snuggled in the foothills of Southern New Hampshire. Expeditions travel throughout the Northeast.This summer Kroka Expeditions is offering extended wilderness trips for teens through New England and Canada. White water paddle the Moisie River in Canada for a month, gain leadership skills while island hopping along the Maine coast for three weeks, rock climb the High Peaks of the Adirondacks for two weeks, or be a Keeper of the Flame for a week. Trips run throughout June, July, and August. Sliding scale tuition and scholarships are available. Contact Emily Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. http://www.kroka.org/page/index.shtml
Maine Island Science and Leadership Exploration (ISLE) Programs (Hurricane Island) Program Dates: 10-day (July 17- 27, August 1- 10 2014) 7-day (July 6- 12, 2014). These hands-on programs invite students (ages 14-18) to immerse themselves in the natural world as they observe and explore the rich biological community of Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Each Maine ISLE program has a different learning emphasis, so students can sign up for multiple programs to become experts in botany, invertebrate zoology, and ornithology. During the Maine ISLE program, students explore their natural world by: working with the Field Research Station on Hurricane Island, exploring the island’s biodiversity and intertidal zone, sailing, rowing and navigating the waters around the island, building leadership skills through fun group interactions, practicing sustainable living, rock climbing and rappelling in the granite quarry and taking some time to relax and have fun on the island while being an integral member of the educational community. For additional information, please visit our website at: http//www.hurricaneisland.net. Or email us at: email@example.com
Maine Youth Leadership Wilderness Program (Baxter State Park) Current sophomore and junior student leaders who are interested in expanding their skills are encouraged to apply. There is no direct cost to the student. Students will spend August 2-10 backpacking through Baxter State Park learning from a range of specialists including Park rangers, geologists, botanists, Native American cultural educators, photographers, astronomers, artists, writers, and journalists. APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 8, 2014! Application forms and more info available at www.friendsofbaxter.org
Multi-Sport Trek w/Rippleffect (Casco Bay & White Mountains) The Rippleffect Multi-Sport Trek is a ten day wilderness expedition in the White Mountains and Casco Bay (backpacking, climbing and sea kayaking) with all food and gear provided. The expedition takes place August 13-22 and is open to ages 15-18. Cost is $850 (scholarships available), August 13-22 and is open to ages 15-18. Check out www.rippleffect.net for more information.
North Country Rivers (Bingham) Registered Maine Whitewater Guide Certification from May 18-29. Training itself is $200 and the State of Maine test (give on 5/29 on location) fee is an additional $100. There is also a State of Maine Guide Lisence fee upon completion of the written test for $89.Employment opportunities with North Country Rivers upon completion of the course, passing the written exam and purchasing a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide License. Employment can last through the whitewater rafting season (Apr-Oct) and into future years. Need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, camping gear, food and supplies for 1 week. Self sufficiency is important. Minimum age to obtain a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide License is 18 years. Individuals under 18 years of age can take the training, but will not be issued a guide license before until they turn 18. Additional learning opportunities, internships and employment opportunities – whitewater kayaking, videographers, recreational guides, social media, program development, leadership positions, administration, outdoor recreation and resort management and much more. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 207–672-4814, http://www.northcountryrivers.com/maine-rafting-guide-training-course.htm.
Northeast Whitewater (Greenville) 10 day whitewater rafting guide training May 23-June 1. Must be at least CPR/First Aid certified (WFR preferred). Must be 18+, in good physical condition (able to lift at least 50 pounds), have a valid driver's license. The final day will include the state of Maine licensure test (at a cost of $181.00). No prior rafting experience necessary: the course will teach technical strokes, maneuvers, river knowledge, river safety and group leadership. Course cost $300.00 separate from licensure cost. A 50% deposit is required to hold one's spot - scholarship available. Lodging space available (must provide own camping gear). Please contact Jessica Hargreaves at Northeast Whitewater: 207-695-0151
Tanglewood Adventure Trips (Lincolnville) Adventure Trips and Teen Leadership Programs for youth ages 14-17. One, two and three week programs exploring Maine's coastal waters and inland mountains, providing perfect settings to learn skills in cooperation, ecology, communication and living lightly on the land. With trips along the West Branch Penobscot, the"100 mile wilderness" of the AT, the St. George River and coastal islands of Tenants Harbor, there is an adventure for you! Trips are led by two trained and certified Maine Trip Leaders, all gear is provided. Scholarships available to those who qualify. Dates and information at: http://umaine.edu/tanglewood/tanglewood-lincolnville/adventure-trips/. For more information, please contact Patti Chapman at 207-789-5868.
University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center (Bryant Pond) Junior Maine Guide Program for participants 14-18, the highest level of the Woodscraft Program Path. Participants will be trained to excel in areas such as Axemanship, Canoeing, Individual Shelter and Fireplace, First Aid, Cooking, Maine Issues, Leave No Trace and more! For more information: http://umaine.edu/bryantpond/summer-camp/woodscraft-program-path/junior-maine-guide-4-wks-ages-14-18/
Waynflete School and Chewonki Foundation: The Sustainable Ocean Studies is a 24 day residential program for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades the following school year as well as recent graduates.The program beings in Casco Bay and gradually moves along the coast toward Mount Desert Island engaging in field work with experienced staff along the way. Financial Aid is available for qualifying families. If you're interested in being among the next generation of Ocean Advocates check out: http://www.waynflete.org/podium/default.aspx?t=132374 for more info.
Youth Leadership Summit w/Rippleffect (Cow Island) Students live, learn and play on Cow Island in Casco Bay together for a week (June 23-27). They then come back later in the summer to "give back" two days of community service. Opportunity to earn up to 16 hours of community service! Open to rising 10th and 11th graders. Applications are required and can be found online atwww.rippleffect.net. There is a minimum of $200 payment (accepted applicants are automatically awarded a scholarship of $450. True cost of program is $650).
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