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Summer Field Studies Program Leader

Summer Field Studies for Children (SFS) is designed to offer young people the opportunity to explore and understand the ecology of Mount Desert Island and nearby areas through an interdisciplinary, hands on and minds on approach to learning. Participants gain an understanding of the role played by humans and other organisms in their environments while working in small groups of 8–12 with two adult leaders in a caring, fun and safe environment. The program is organized through The Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic.

To apply for a Summer Field Studies Position, download the SFS application here. Please send application materials to sfs@coa.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Responsibilities

  • Designing, preparing, and teaching environmental and outdoor education activities in collaboration with Assistant Program Leaders.
  • Supervising, evaluating, and working closely with Assistant Program Leaders.
  • Creating the safest possible environment for all student activities.
  • Upholding SFS program standards.
  • Contributing to program support including equipment inventory and maintenance, coordinating with other program leaders, developing SFS curriculum materials, evaluating program success, and performing similar duties at discretion of director.
  • Commit to the entire 2017 season, June 12–August 18.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a B.A./B.S. or equivalent experience, preferably with an emphasis in environmental education, early childhood education, life sciences, or related field.
  • Have extensive experience working with children.
  • Possess knowledge of ecology and natural history, preferably of coastal Maine.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and leadership.
  • Have current first aid, CPR, and water safety certifications or willingness to acquire prior to start of program.
  • Be able to drive a twelve-passenger van. 

Salary
$3,700–$4,000 for season.
Pay checks are issued every two weeks.

Program Schedule

  • Staff training: June 12–June 23
  • Program sessions: June 26–August 17
  • Closure/wrap-up: August 18

Session calendar and descriptions can be found on the SFS webpage. Participants arrive at 9 a.m. and are picked up at 3 p.m. Some 7th–9th grade programs include overnight trips. Intermittent Fridays throughout the summers are scheduled for staff planning and development. Planning and staff meetings are also scheduled before and after the participants’ day.

Housing
Limited subsidized housing through College of the Atlantic is available. Please inquire for details.


Summer Field Studies Assistant Program Leader

Summer Field Studies for Children (SFS) is designed to offer young people the opportunity to explore and understand the ecology of Mount Desert Island and nearby areas through an interdisciplinary, hands on and minds on approach to learning. Participants gain an understanding of the role played by humans and other organisms in their environments while working in small groups of 8–12 with two adult leaders in a caring, fun and safe environment. The program is organized through The Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic.

To apply for a Summer Field Studies Position, download the SFS application here. Please send application materials to sfs@coa.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Responsibilities

  • Planning and teaching environmental and outdoor education activities with the Program Leader.
  • Creating the safest possible environment for all student activities.
  • Upholding SFS program standards.
  • Contributing to program support including equipment inventory and maintenance, coordinating with other program leaders, developing SFS curriculum materials, evaluating program success, and performing similar duties at discretion of director.
  • Commit to the entire 2017 season, June 12– August 18.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will:

  • Have experience working with children.
  • Possess knowledge of ecology and natural history, preferably of coastal Maine.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility and leadership.
  • Have current first aid, CPR and water safety certifications or willingness to acquire prior to start of program.
  • Preferably, be able to drive a twelve-passenger van. 
  • Typically Assistant Program Leaders have attended at least one year of college or possess equivalent experience.

Salary
$3,000–$3,200 for season.
Paychecks are issued every two weeks.

Program Schedule

  • Staff training: June 12–June 23
  • Program sessions: June 26–August 18
  • Closure/wrap-up: August 18

Session calendar and descriptions can be found on the SFS webpage. Participants arrive at 9 a.m. and are picked up at 3 p.m. Some 7th–9th grade programs include overnight trips. Intermittent Fridays throughout the summers are scheduled for staff planning and development. Planning and staff meetings are also scheduled before and after the participants’ day.

Housing
Limited subsidized housing through College of the Atlantic is available. Please inquire for details.


Before & After Care 

We are now hiring responsible, highly flexible candidates interested in running after-care for Summer Field Studies this summer! After-care providers wind down the day with children from 3–5:30 p.m. at the Dorr Museum/on COA’s campus. Typically one person spends this time with 1 to 8 children.

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for working with children
  • Independence
  • Ability to communicate effectively with parents, children, & the rest of the SFS team
  • Healthy imagination
  • First aid certified
  • Willingness to complete water safety training

Compensation: $15/hour

The Summer Field Studies season with children begins June 26 and lasts until August 17.  Candidates may consider running only specific days of after care, however, priority will be given to those who wish to take on the whole summer.

Please contact Renee Duncan at sfs@coa.edu if you are interested.