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Environmental Educator

VINS Environmental Educator delivers live raptor and Vermont natural history programs at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont and through our outreach program. The educator also coordinates and trains the education volunteers, and organizes activities and programming for special events.

REPORTS TO: Director, On-site Programs and Exhibits

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

KEY ELEMENTS: 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.

Environmental Educator Responsibilities

  • Deliver live raptor and Vermont natural history educational programs at the VINS Nature Center and other sites around the region to audiences of all ages.
  • Ensure general husbandry of education raptors including cleaning, care, and diet preparation, and assist with training and enrichment of these birds.
  • Oversee the education special events, including scheduling, staffing and all presentations.
  • Lead the training of education volunteers in raptor handling techniques and proper presentation skills.
  • Assist in training new staff on educational presentation content, including raptor biology and conservation efforts, as well as daily tasks expected at the Nature Center.
  • Assist in the development of new educational programs, including updating program content to reflect current research and knowledge.
  • Contribute to VINS' social media content.
  • Work a varied schedule that often includes evenings and weekends.

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

  • Excellent teaching and presentation skills.
  • Experience in delivering dynamic educational presentations to audiences of all ages, aptitudes, and sizes, including large crowds.
  • Extensive knowledge of birds, primarily raptors, and New England natural history.
  • Previous animal-handling experience, especially with raptors. Significant husbandry and training experience preferred.
  • Comfortable using Audio Visual equipment (including Public Address 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.
  • Current first aid and CPR certification (VINS may be able to assist in scheduling a training).
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office and Google suite programs.

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

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.