VINS Intern Position

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Education Internship

The VINS Education Intern delivers live raptor and Vermont natural history programs.

REPORTS TO: Director, On-site Programs and Exhibits

JOB LOCATION: VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vermont.

VINS' education programs are designed for all audiences. In addition to our public programs at the Nature Center, we serve communities throughout northern New England. Job location is in Quechee, Vermont, headquartered at the VINS Nature Center, with some travel to other program sites as required.

Education Intern Duties

  • Present educational programs, many of which involve live animals (mainly raptors), to audiences of all ages (e.g., on-site daily programs, school field trips, summer camps, resort programs, fairs, public relations events)
  • Help with care, cleaning, and handling of raptors and reptiles used in programs
  • Help with training of raptors used in programs
  • Lead interpretive nature walks and hands-on learning experiences with 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

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


  • 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 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)

Compensation & Work Schedule

  • Term of employment is May 3 - October 31, 2021 (some flexibility for appropriate candidates)
  • $470 per week, paid every 2-week pay period
  • Regular workweek (40 hours with some exceptions based on particular program offerings)
  • Workday schedule will vary

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


To apply for this position, send cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to Chris Collier, Director, On-site Programs and Exhibits at

Position post date: April 2021

VINS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by membership dues, admission and program fees, donations, and grants.