VINS Nature Camp Position

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Lead Nature Camp Instructor

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is seeking energetic, conservation-minded educators to lead our Nature Camp programs. With 49 years of environmental education experience, VINS offers children in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire a fun and safe way to learn about nature through an exciting summer of outdoor exploration, adventure and discovery.

REPORTS TO: Lead Nature Camp and Adult Programs

SUMMARY: Nature Day Camps - Environmental education programs for children ages 4-13

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

Lead Instructor Duties

  • Plan and deliver a diversity of daily summer camp programs to a variety of age groups
  • Create safe, fun and educational outdoor opportunities
  • Supervise and facilitate quality camp programming
  • Develop, plan, teach and lead engaging activities related to natural science
  • Facilitate a wide range of activities including group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, crafts, nature hikes and other hands-on activities
  • Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants on a daily basis
  • Share and communicate teaching responsibilities and planning with co-instructors
  • Support and mentor other instructors and Leaders-in-Training (L-I-Ts)
  • Develop and maintain excellent communication with the Lead Nature Camp, Nature Camp Assistant, other instructors, VINS staff and volunteers
  • Act as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
  • Participate in all scheduled camp staff training sessions and camp events
  • Consult with VINS educators and wildlife rehabilitation specialists to bring added content to camp programs, as appropriate

Specific duties will vary according to program, age range, and camp location.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree or currently working towards a degree in education, natural sciences, or related field of study preferred
  • Previous work experience with groups of children is a must, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education preferred
  • Passionate about conservation and environmental education
  • Knowledge of general ecological processes and New England natural history, a plus
  • Experience developing curriculum or programs, a plus
  • Strong supervisory skills- including the ability to provide constructive feedback
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate change
  • Excellent group communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to carry bulky, heavy teaching equipment (up to 40 lbs.)
  • Ability to lead field trips over diverse terrain in all weather conditions
  • Current driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications a must, or willing to obtain
  • Lifeguard certification may be required, or willing to obtain
  • General computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office programs

COVID-19 Special Requirements

  • Anyone coming from outside Vermont must complete a state-mandated quarantine of 14 days or 7 days plus a negative COVID test result prior to beginning work for VINS.
  • VINS may require camp instructors to be tested for COVID-19 prior to beginning work with our camp program or during the summer if they develop symptoms of or have a possible exposure to COVID-19.

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

Compensation & Work Schedule

  • Seasonal position
  • Compensation: $12.25+ per hour commensurate with experience
  • Work schedule is Monday – Friday
  • Regular work week is 40 hours with the possibility of 1-2 weeks of part-time work of no less than 25 hours
  • The term of employment is June 17, 2021 through August 27, 2021 with the possibility of one unpaid week off during the summer



Position post date: Updated 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.