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Camp Pondicherry (Bridgton, ME)

Year-Round Camp Director: Girl Scouts of Maine has an immediate opening for a talented, dynamic director (year round) for Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton, in Maine’s beautiful Lakes Region, 1 hour north of Portland.

Summer Staff Positions:

The summer season runs from mid–June to end of August. It consists of a certification week, extensive one-week staff training, 6 weeks of resident camp and 3 weeks of family and troop camp programs. The employment period varies for staff members ending between August 8 and August 29.

Current positions available (Updated 4/25/22):

  • Seasonal Camp Director
  • Camp Admin: Assistant Director of Program, CIT Director
  • Camp Counseling Staff: Unit Leaders (20+) and Unit Assistants (18+)
  • Kitchen: Head Cook and Assistant Cook
  • Health Center: Weekly Nurse (July 31-August 6)

Apply for a summer job at Camp Pondicherry!

Camp Natarswi (Millinocket, ME)

The summer season runs from mid–June to the end of August. During August and September, we offer weekend Troop and Family camping opportunities. The employment period varies for staff members ending between August 9 and August 29. Additional staffing opportunities in September (weekends only).

Current positions available (Updated 4/25/22):

  • Program Staffing: Trip Leaders
  • Kitchen: Head Cook, Assistant Cook

Apply for a job at Camp Natarswi!

  • Trip Leader

    Program
    Camp Natarswi

    Passionate outdoor leaders ready to share their passion for the Maine outdoor with campers. Plan, organize and lead hiking and canoeing wilderness camping trips in Maine. Guiding girls in the day-to-day activities in their living unit and program areas and helping maintain the health and safety of all campers. Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem-solving in the group. Plan and girl driven unit-specific programming.

    *All staff will work shifts in the kitchen assisting the team with food prep, dishwashing, cleaning equipment, restocking food items, assisting with inventory, or other necessary responsibilities.

    Requirements: 

    • Must be age 21 or older
    • Current wilderness first aid
    • Previous experience leading wilderness trips
    • Intermediate to advanced swimming abilities
    • Intermediate to advanced canoe skills
    • Backpacking experience
    • Be enthusiastic, caring adults who are passionate about working with girls
    • Clean driving record

    Training provided:

    • One week paid staff training
    • Additional certification week (if needed) may include: CPR, wilderness first aid, lifeguarding, canoeing, challenge course, hatchet throwing, archery, and others

    Dates of employment:

    • Mid-June to August 8
    • We offer additional employment August 9-28 during our family and troop programs

    Summer camp is more than a JOB:

    • Housing–all living expenses (platform tents or cabins)
    • Food included–special dietary needs/restrictions
    • Salary–competitive with other camps
    • Paid training and certifications
    • Opportunities and resume builder
    • A truly meaningful way to spend your summer

    Physical requirements:

    Ability and willingness to perform tasks that involve the ability to exert physical effort, which may involve bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 40 pounds).  Regular standing and prolonged periods of walking on rough and uneven terrain at camp is required.

    COVID vaccination requirements:

    All Girl Scouts of Maine employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Girl Scouts of Maine is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Assistant Director of Program

    Administrative
    Camp Pondicherry

    Job responsibilities include:

    • Work with camp director to plan and implement staff training
    • Oversee staff planning and development of camper activities and lesson plans
    • Provide support and encouragement to counselors
    • Assist with behavior management of campers
    • Visit units frequently to provide supervision and support for campers and staff
    • Develop and implement evening activities, special events, and daily program
    • Run camp in the absence of the camp director
    • All staff will work shifts in the kitchen assisting the team with food prep, dishwashing, cleaning equipment, restocking food items, assisting with inventory, or other necessary responsibilities.

    Training provided:

    • One week paid staff training
    • Additional certification week (if needed) may include: CPR, wilderness first aid, lifeguarding, canoeing, challenge course, hatchet throwing, archery, and others

    Dates of employment:

    • Mid-June to August 7
    • If available, administrative staff may begin prep work in early June
    • We offer additional employment August 9-28 during our family and troop programs

    Summer camp is more than a JOB:

    • Housing–all living expenses (platform tents or cabins)
    • Food included–special dietary needs/restrictions
    • Salary–competitive with other camps
    • Paid training and certifications
    • Opportunities and resume builder
    • A truly meaningful way to spend your summer

    Physical requirements:

    Ability and willingness to perform tasks that involve the ability to exert physical effort, which may involve bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 40 pounds).  Regular standing and prolonged periods of walking on rough and uneven terrain at camp is required.

    COVID vaccination requirements:

    • All Girl Scouts of Maine employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Girl Scouts of Maine is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Assistant Cook

    Food Service
    Camp Pondicherry and Camp Natarswi

    Work as a member of team to assist the cook in the kitchen and dining hall. Job duties include meal preparation and serving, cleaning the dining hall and kitchen equipment, supervising the kitchen and sanitation assistants when the kitchen manager is not present, restocking food items, and assisting with inventory.

  • Unit Staff

    Unit
    Camp Natarswi and Camp Pondicherry

    Unit Leaders, Unit Assistants, Unit Lifeguards, and Unit program staff

    Camp staff will assist in the day-to-day activities in their unit or programs areas, and help maintain the health and safety of all campers. They should be enthusiastic, caring adults who are passionate about working with girls. Unit / Program Leaders are in charge of supervising assigned unit or program area.  They will recognize and respond to opportunities for problem-solving in the group. Plan and develop unit specific programming. Unit/ program assistants assist in guiding unit and individual campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities, with an eye towards meeting the needs of each camper. Both positions will assist in developing girl-driven unit and program area activities. Must be age 18 or older.

  • Head Cook/Kitchen Manager

    Food Service
    Camp Pondicherry and Camp Natarswi

    Works with team to manage the kitchen and dining hall. Job duties include meal preparation and serving, cleaning the dining hall and kitchen equipment, supervising the assistant cook and the kitchen/ sanitation assistants, restocking food items, inventory control, ordering, meal planning, budget, scheduling and leading kitchen staffing.

  • Camp Pondicherry Director

    Camp Pondicherry

    POSTION SUMMARY: Girl Scouts of Maine has an immediate opening for a talented, dynamic director (year round) for Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton, in Maine’s beautiful Lakes Region. The Camp Director is a year round position responsible for managing all aspects of camp, including the administration of resident camp, day camp, troop and family camp, off season events, and program events. The work of this position is integrated into the overall program goals of GSME, therefore, the Director participates in various collaborative council committees and efforts.  The Camp Director ensures that program offerings are based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, customized to address the needs, preferences and interests of girls, and implemented to meet designated leadership program outcomes.

    The Camp Director is based at the South Portland office in the off season. Work schedule can be hybrid which includes working remotely.  During the summer months, Director must live on site at Camp Pondicherry (private apartment provided). Frequent in-state travel is required throughout the year. Additionally, evening and weekend work may arise during the year but is required during the summer.

    Candidates should email a cover letter and resume to kbuchanan@gsmaine.org.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Administers all aspects of Camp Pondicherry programming to include: summer resident camp, day camp, events, troop and family camping, and special events, throughout the year. May assist with planning and delivery of programs on other sites.
    • Recruit and train camp staff to effectively fulfill their leadership responsibilities.  Ensure all staff receive job-specific training, supervision, corrective action plans, and follow-up, up to and including release, if appropriate.
    • Develop, expand and implement progressive outdoor education opportunities to contribute to and nurture girls’ respect for the environment; build outdoor and camping skills; and retain and extend membership.
    • Develop and manage appropriate annual budgets. Oversees all business management functions of camp including financial records, camper records, online database records, office operations, etc. using various council data bases.
    • Develop and implement camper recruitment and retention strategies, including direct participation in recruitment events and various community collaborations to extend outdoor programming to our membership.
    • Develops guidelines, systems, and procedures to manage safety and risk, Ensure that all programs comply with local, state and Girl Scouts regulations and meet American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation standards.  Serves as the point person for all GS camp and ACA camp information and trends, helping to interpret & apply essential information to GSME camps.
    • Develops systems and procedures to measure outcomes, manage information and provide timely and accurate reports.
    • Provides quality customer service and maintains positive relationships with staff, alumni, parents, volunteers and campers.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/life experience  
    • Twenty-five years of age or older (per ACA requirements)
    • A minimum of two years’ experience in youth outdoor camping administration
    • Prior supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to coach, train and supervise staff and to develop a climate of trust, respect and accountability (5 years’ experience preferred).
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to personal transportation for business travel and proof of insurance.
    • Must subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout Movement and become a registered member of GSUSA
    • Sound fiscal management experience
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Excel), Microsoft Teams and Zoom; experience with Camp Minder and a CRM system such as Salesforce desirable
    • Demonstrated outdoor and leadership knowledge and experience.
    • Understanding of risk management
    • CPR and Wilderness First Aid skills (Training may be provided as needed)
    • Must be able to communicate effectively and build rapport with campers, parents, the general public and staff both orally and in writing. 
    • Must have the ability to read and interpret documents, operating instructions, procedure manuals, and governmental regulations.
    • Effective team-builder, cross-functional collaborator and problem-solver
    • Ability to select, train and supervise seasonal camp staff
    • Self-starter who can work independently and take initiative; is flexible, adaptable, organized and has a strong attention to detail
    • Strong time-management skills
    • Effective marketing and recruitment skills for campers and staff

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Position requires the ability and willingness to perform tasks that involve physical effort, which may include bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight.
    • Ability to bend, lift and carry up to 40lbs
    • The position also requires prolonged periods of standing and walking on rough and uneven terrain at camp. 
    • Position occasionally requires working in severe weather conditions or while exposed to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions.

    COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:

    • All Girl Scouts of Maine employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    WORK SCHEDULE/AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    • Regular and predictable attendance
    • Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and in meeting the camp’s needs.
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends as well as frequent travel are required
    • Must be able to live onsite during the summer camp season.
  • Pondicherry Seasonal Camp Director

    Camp Pondicherry

    POSTION SUMMARY: Girl Scouts of Maine has an immediate opening for a talented, dynamic director (Seasonal) for Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton, in Maine’s beautiful Lakes Region. The Seasonal Camp Director is responsible for managing all aspects of camp, including the administration of resident camp, day camp, troop and family camp. The Camp Director ensures that program offerings are based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, customized to address the needs, preferences and interests of girls, and implemented to meet designated leadership program outcomes.

    Candidates should email a cover letter and resume to kbuchanan@gsmaine.org by May 15, 2022.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Administers all aspects of Camp Pondicherry programming to include: summer resident camp, day camp, events, troop and family camping.
    • Recruit and train camp staff to effectively fulfill their leadership responsibilities.  Ensure all staff receive job-specific training, supervision, corrective action plans, and follow-up, up to and including release, if appropriate.
    • Develop, expand and implement progressive outdoor education opportunities to contribute to and nurture girls’ respect for the environment; build outdoor and camping skills; and retain and extend membership.
    • Manage appropriate annual budgets. Oversees all business management functions of camp including financial records, camper records, online database records, office operations, etc. using various council data bases.
    • Develops guidelines, systems, and procedures to manage safety and risk, Ensure that all programs comply with local, state and Girl Scouts regulations and meet American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation standards.
    • Develops systems and procedures to measure outcomes, manage information and provide timely and accurate reports.
    • Provides quality customer service and maintains positive relationships with staff, alumni, parents, volunteers and campers.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/life experience  
    • Twenty-five years of age or older
    • A minimum of two years’ experience in youth outdoor camping administration
    • Prior supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to coach, train and supervise staff and to develop a climate of trust, respect and accountability (5 years’ experience preferred).
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to personal transportation for business travel and proof of insurance.
    • Must subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout Movement and become a registered member of GSUSA
    • Sound fiscal management experience
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Excel), Microsoft Teams and Zoom; experience with Camp Minder and a CRM system such as Salesforce desirable
    • Demonstrated outdoor and leadership knowledge and experience.
    • Understanding of risk management
    • CPR and Wilderness First Aid skills (Training may be provided as needed)
    • Must be able to communicate effectively and build rapport with campers, parents, the general public and staff both orally and in writing. 
    • Must have the ability to read and interpret documents, operating instructions, procedure manuals, and governmental regulations.
    • Effective team-builder, cross-functional collaborator and problem-solver
    • Self-starter who can work independently and take initiative; is flexible, adaptable, organized and has a strong attention to detail
    • Strong time-management skills

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Position requires the ability and willingness to perform tasks that involve physical effort, which may include bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight.
    • Ability to bend, lift and carry up to 40lbs
    • The position also requires prolonged periods of standing and walking on rough and uneven terrain at camp. 
    • Position occasionally requires working in severe weather conditions or while exposed to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions.

    COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:

    • All Girl Scouts of Maine employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    WORK SCHEDULE/AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    • Regular and predictable attendance
    • Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and in meeting the camp’s needs.
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends as well as frequent travel are required
    • Must be able to live onsite during the summer camp season.

How to Apply

To apply for a position at either Natarswi or Pondicherry please click APPLY HERE to read more, then select the drop-down menu for job postings for the specific location you want to apply to. We look forward to hearing from you! 


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