VINS Nature Camp Position Contact Us 802.359.5000 email@example.com Nature Center Hours Open 7 days a week 10:00AM - 4:00PM Get Directions Lead Nature Camp Instructor The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is seeking energetic, conservation-minded educators to lead our Nature Camp programs. With 48 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 Be able to 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 other 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, 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 oldEducation: Bachelor’s Degree or currently working towards a degree in education, natural sciences, or related field of study preferredPrevious work experience with groups of children is a must, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education preferredKnowledge of general ecological processes and New England natural history a must, or willing to learnExperience developing curriculum or programs, a plusPassionate about conservation and environmental educationStrong supervisory skills- including the ability to communicate constructive feedbackFlexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate changeExcellent organizational and communication skillsAbility to work well independently and as part of a teamAbility to carry bulky, heavy teaching equipment (up to 40 lbs.)Ability to lead field trips over diverse terrain in all weather conditionsCurrent driver’s license and clean driving recordCurrent First Aid and CPR certifications a must, or willing to obtainLifeguard certification may be required, or willing to obtainGeneral computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office 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 Full time, seasonal positionCompensation: $11.50+ per hour commensurate with experienceThe regular work week is 40 hours, Monday – FridayThe term of employment is June 1, 2020 through August 21, 2020 with the possibility of one week off during the summer Application Apply online at vinsnaturecampstaff.campbrainstaff.comORSend resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Sarah Strew at firstname.lastname@example.org. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2020 START DATE: June 1, 2020 Position post date: January 2020 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.