VINS Education Position

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VINS Nature Center
10am to 5pm Daily

November 1 - April 15
10am to 4pm Daily

Accepting Injured Birds
8am to 5pm Daily
802.359.5000 x212

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

  • 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
  • Participate in the development of new educational programs, including updating program content to reflect current research and knowledge
  • Ensure general husbandry of education raptors including cleaning, care, and diet preparation, and assist with training and enrichment of these birds
  • 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
  • Contribute to VINS' social media content
  • Develop and implement Family Programs, such as star-gazing, nature walks, and hands-on nature investigations
  • 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

  • 2+ years experience teaching and presenting with live animal ambassadors
  • 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 and lead moderate to strenuous trail hikes
  • 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.

Compensation & Work Schedule

Compensation is dependent upon experience. This is a full time position with benefits. Regular work week is 40 hours with some exceptions based on particular program offerings. Work day schedule will vary.

Application

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 ccollier@vinsweb.org.

Position post date: September 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.