Nature Camp Instructor

  • Vermont Institute of Natural Science
  • Hartford, Vermont
  • Jan 19, 2018
Seasonal Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Education - Interpretation

Job Description

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is seeking energetic, conservation-minded educators to lead our Nature Camp programs. With over 45 years of environmental education experience, VINS offers children in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire a fun and safe way to learn about nature through an exciting summer of outdoor exploration, adventure, and discovery. 

Instructor Duties:

• Work with Lead Instructor to plan and deliver a diversity of daily summer programs to a variety of age groups
• Create safe, fun, and educational outdoor opportunities
• Be able to help develop, plan, teach and lead engaging activities related to natural science
• Facilitate a wide range of activities including group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, crafts, nature hikes, and other hands-on activities
• Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants on a daily basis • Share and communicate teaching responsibilities and planning with Lead Instructor
• Help to support and mentor Leaders-in-Training (L-I-Ts)
• Develop and maintain excellent communication with the Lead Nature Camp, Nature Camp Assistant, Instructors, VINS staff, and volunteers
• Act as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
• Participate in all scheduled camp staff training sessions and camp events Specific duties will vary according to program, age range, and camp location

Requirements and Qualifications:

• Must be at least 18 years old
• Education: Bachelor’s Degree or currently working towards a degree in education, natural sciences, or related field of study preferred
• Previous work experience with groups of children, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education preferred
• Knowledge of general ecological processes and New England natural history, a plus
• Experience developing curriculum or programs, a plus
• Passionate about conservation and environmental education
• Flexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate change
• Excellent organizational and communication skills
• Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
• Ability to carry bulky, heavy teaching equipment (up to 40 lbs)
• Ability to lead field trips over diverse terrain in all weather conditions
• Current driver’s license and clean driving record
• Current First Aid and CPR certifications a must, or willing to obtain
• General computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office programs

Compensation and Work Schedule:

• Full time, seasonal position
• Compensation: $10.50+ per hour based on experience
• The regular work week is 40 hours, Monday – Friday
• The term of employment is June 11, 2018 through August 22, 2018 with the possibility of one week off during the summer (some flexibility for appropriate candidates)

____________________________________________________________________________________________________ All VINS staff working directly with children is subject to a thorough
background check, including fingerprinting and criminal record check. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Sarah Strew:
Mail: VINS, Attn: Sarah Strew PO Box 1281 Quechee, VT 05059


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Compensation: $10.50+ per hour based on experience

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