Adventure Leadership Intern
Summer 2022 (May 29th- August 20th)
Adventure Leadership interns travel and live with campers working alongside our Trip Leaders. They will be part of teaching our Junior Maine Guide Program with our Operations Director and should have experience camping and backpacking. These interns are likely Outdoor
Education majors who are looking for field experience with a company.
Please visit our Field Experience Guide for more information.
● All Adventure Leadership Interns attend three weeks of paid adventure planning training in various areas around Maine, prior to the beginning of the camp season. This on-site, experiential training includes camping, backpacking, camp cooking, skills demonstrations, yoga practice, practical scenarios in first aid and risk management, and a review of camper files, permits, maps, menus, and itineraries.
● Interns will stay in the field for the duration of the summer, with Saturday evenings off in various places of Maine.
● Supervise girls, who may be new to adventure camps/wilderness environments
● Lead multi-day backpacking trips and canoeing adventure activities
● Teach outdoor living, camping skills, and Leave No Trace ethics
● Maintain a constant awareness of and provide attention to individual camper needs
● Assess and manage environmental and human risks
● Provide wilderness medical care
● Drive campers in 15 passenger vans with trailers
● Communicate with parents, contracted activity outfitters, and camp director
● Complete written reports and co-staff evaluations
● Make decisions that benefit the group as a whole
● Trip Leaders will work in groups of two leaders for the duration of the summer.
● Trip Leaders will be assigned to work with one grade group with the exception of one group of two leaders that will work with all three grade groups. Groups are 10th-12th, 7-9th, and 4-6th grade. We highly recommend reviewing the 2022 Camp Guide for information on each grade level before you submit your application.
● Minimum age of 18 years
● Completed at least 1 year of college
● Clean driving record and clean criminal background record
● Previous experience leading backpacking trips
● Previous experience with youth outdoor education and leadership
● Fun, funny, and fun lovin' attitude
● $3600 for internship duration- 12 weeks
● Travel Stipend of $200 paid before the start of the summer
● Access to pro deals and gear discounts
Applicants must be physically able to perform the following:
● Hike up to 10 miles at elevations up to 8,000 feet
● Traverse uneven terrain that could include gravel, dirt, mud, snow and ice
● Hike quickly for up to 10 miles in emergency situations
● Live and work in a setting with variable weather conditions
● Move and/or lift up to 60 pounds; load and unload equipment/packs from vehicles
● Reach, climb, grasp, push and pull above and below shoulder levels; squat and bend
Applicants must possess the following mental and emotional requirements:
● Emotional stability and maturity
● Promptness, reliability, and trustworthiness
● Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor, co-workers, campers, contract outfitters/vendors, and parents
● Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds
● Ability to self-motivate and make independent decisions
● Flexibility, spontaneity, and the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to camper needs, daily program needs,
and emergency situations
● Ability to model and teach safety and risk management
● Ability to organize and recall facts, figures and information
● Ability to concentrate, focus, and accurately and efficiently perform required tasks
Applicants must be tolerant of the following environmental exposures:
● Potentially hot, cold, wet, dry and humid weather
● Variable and potentially extreme temperature conditions, depending on elevation, time of day, and season (June-August)
● Potential exposure to toxic substances (i.e. bleach, petroleum vehicle fuel)
● Potential exposure to natural disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake, landslide, or heavy snow
● Potential exposure to dust, pollen, poison oak, and a variety of animals, plants, bees and insects
- Opportunities for other pay include weekend duty with campers $150 a weekend, subbing on adventures for trip leaders time off $50 for overnight, $15 an hr during the day, post-camp internships, and pre-camp internships $300 a week.
- Two Days a week or more off of work to explore Maine on your own or with other staff.
- Free Staff Uniforms ( two T-shirts, Long sleeve shirt, Fleece)
- Free Airport Pick-Up or Pick-Up from anywhere in Maine
- Free Housing- shared house with staff
- Free Food- that you like, we buy groceries based on a staff grocery list, not a meal plan.
- Free Excursions
- Free Training- WFR offered and Maine Trip Leader Training
- Future Job References- we write thoughtful and professional references for entrance into the outdoor industry
Equal Opportunity Employer
She Summits Co, LLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. This policy applies to any employee, applicant, or camp participant.
We have two Adventure Leader Internships available for Summer 2022.
Please reach out to Amanda Hatley ([email protected] or call 207-956-0605), our Director, to make sure that your internship is a fit with our program before applying. Then, create an account and fill out the application linked about. If you have questions feel free to reach out to Amanda.