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Why work with us?

The team at Maine Outdoor Kids shares a deep love for the outdoors and are avid hikers, runners, skiers, mountain bikers, paddlers, and skiers. We are always seeking energetic individuals to join our team to support our growing programs. These are folks who have experience working with youth and outdoor recreation or are eager to develop their skills and leadership experience. 

If you're passionate about working outdoors in a variety of terrains and conditions, then this is the crew for you. We spend our days in the sun, clouds, wind, and rain finding innovative and fun ways to enjoy the elements. 

Our team understands the influence the outdoors can have on our evolvement as human beings. Many of us have pushed our comfort zones on trips of our own. These experiences help us gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and so having a growth-mindset is an important quality of any member of the Maine Outdoor Kids team. 

Please note that we often have per-diem opportunities that extend beyond the hire period. 

Our philosophy

The mission at Maine Outdoor Kids is to promote youth development through outdoor adventure programming and education. Our hope is that these experiences encourage healthy emotional and social development for both youth and staff. We offer year-round after-school programming that prioritizes unstructured outdoor play and exploration, environmental education, and wilderness skills, as well as mountain biking clinics and holiday camps. Maine Outdoor Kids has no physical location — all of our programs and clinics utilize local public lands, parks or trail systems. We feel that this approach allows both staff and families involved to learn about and appreciate outdoor recreation opportunities right here in Southern Maine. 


Maine Outdoor Kids, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity of thought, culture and background and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, size and shape, economic status, national origin, familial situation, political belief, or mental or physical disability. This applies to every aspect of employment at Maine Outdoor Kids, including recruitment, hiring, training, advancement, and termination.

Now Hiring: Outdoor Instructor

Starts: September 9th, 2024, ends June 13th, 2025 (option to continue)

Hours: ~15 hours/week

Schedule: Mondays 1:45-5:00PM, Tuesdays, 1:45-5PM, Wednesdays 12:45-5:00PM and Thursdays 1:45-5:00PM. We follow the Portland Schools calendar and vacations. Additional hours will be available as you want for full day camps during school conference days & holiday vacations. 


  • At least 18+ years of age

  • Adult/Pediatric First Aid & CPR Certified or higher (or willing to certify prior to start)

  • Ability to pass federal background checks 

  • At least 2 years of experience working with children in a childcare, coaching/recreation, or educational setting

  • Eagerness to learn and grow with Maine Outdoor Kids

  • Eagerness and resilience for working outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Ability to do physically demanding work (time on feet, walking short distances, playing games, etc)

  • Knowledge of outdoor-based art and crafts, or willingness to learn

  • Knowledge of outdoor games and team-building activities, or willingness to learn

  • Knowledge of environmental sciences and ability to teach basic principles, or willingness to learn

  • Familiarity with the principles of outdoor education and unstructured outdoor play

  • Familiarity with Greater-Portland outdoor spaces or willingness to learn

  • Can bring fun and upbeat energy to work! 



  • Learn the Maine Outdoor Kids philosophy and make every effort to exemplify that across all programs and with all participants

  • Responsibly lead small groups of participants during After-School Programs ages 6-10

  • Punctuality meeting on location and picking participants from school and safely walk them to nearby outdoor spaces

  • Work alongside leadership staff to create a safe space for outdoor learning, play, creativity and physical movement

  • Build meaningful and supportive relationships with all participants and staff

  • Organize and facilitate outdoor activities that align with the Maine Outdoor Kids philosophy

  • Communicate promptly and professionally with participants’s parents & all staff

  • Promote social-emotional development and strong relationships with participants

  • Ability to innovate, problem solve and be flexible

  • Plan activities based on weather, seasons and environmental opportunities 



  • Competitive pay

  • Free adult programming for YOU 

  • 50% discount for immediate family (partners, children) 

  • 25% discount for friends and family 

  • Continuing Education allowance

  • Gear/Clothing allowance 

  • Maine Outdoor Kids apparel, as needed

  • A joyful and rewarding work environment

  • Work outside 100% of the time

Come Work With Us

Thank you for applying. We will be in touch!

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