Vermont Institute of Natural Science

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on making high-quality, compelling, and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.

VINS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee, VT 05059, USA
Aug 11, 2018
Internship- Paid
SUMMARY : VINS Education Interns deliver live raptor and Vermont natural history programs at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont and through our Outreach program to other sites around the region. Educator Responsibilities : Present educational programs, many of which involve live animals (mainly raptors), to audiences of all ages (e.g., on-site daily programs, school tours, camps, resort programs, fairs, public relations events) Lead interpretive nature walks for the public Work with education staff to schedule and develop new programs as appropriate Work a varied schedule that often includes evenings, weekends, and long days Help with care, cleaning, and handling of raptors, reptiles, and amphibians used in programs Organizational Responsibilities : Attend VINS staff meetings and participate in organization functions as required. Work with other departments at VINS to both bring added content to public programs and facilitate opportunities for cross-promotion of programs. Qualifications : Experience in public speaking and environmental education preferred Degree in education or environmental sciences, working towards a degree or have equivalent education experience General knowledge of raptors and New England natural history (or willingness and initiative to learn). Comfortable using AV equipment (including PA systems) Strong organizational skills and work ethic Ability to work independently and as part of a team Must possess a valid driver’s license  Able to lift up to 50 pounds and lead moderate to strenuous trail hikes  Previous animal-handling experience, especially raptors, preferred  Current first aid and CPR certification (VINS may be able to assist in scheduling a training) Work Schedule : Regular work week is 40 hours with some exceptions based on particular program offerings. Term of employment is as soon as possible through January 8, 2019 (some flexibility for appropriate candidates). Work day schedule will vary. Remember to say you found this opportunity at