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.
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
- 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.
- 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)
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.
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Stipend is $320 every 2-week pay period. Housing may be available.