VINS Education Position

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VINS Nature Center
10am to 4pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily
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Environmental Educator

The Environmental Educator delivers live raptor and Vermont natural history programs at the VINS Nature Center.

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.

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 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


  • Excellent teaching and presentation skills
  • Capable of delivering dynamic educational presentations to audiences of all ages, aptitudes, and sizes, including large crowds
  • Degree in education or environmental sciences
  • 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)

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

Compensation & Work Schedule

Compensation is $480 per week, paid every 2-week pay period. Regular workweek - 40 hours with some exceptions based on particular program offerings. Term of employment is May 2 - October 30, 2021 (some flexibility for appropriate candidates). Workday schedule will vary.

Position post date: January 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.