VINS Nature Camp Position Contact Us 802.359.5000 email@example.com Nature Center Hours VINS Nature Center 10am to 5pm Daily Accepting Injured Birds 8am to 5pm Daily 802.359.5000 x212 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 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 groupsCreate safe, fun and educational outdoor opportunitiesSupervise and facilitate quality camp programmingDevelop, plan, teach and lead engaging activities related to natural scienceFacilitate a wide range of activities including group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, crafts, nature hikes and other hands-on activitiesMaintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants on a daily basisShare and communicate teaching responsibilities and planning with co-instructorsSupport 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 volunteersAct as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural ScienceParticipate in all scheduled camp staff training sessions and camp eventsConsult 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 preferredPassionate about conservation and environmental educationKnowledge of general ecological processes and New England natural history, a plusExperience developing curriculum or programs, a plusStrong supervisory skills- including the ability to provide constructive feedbackFlexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate changeExcellent group 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 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 positionCompensation: $12.25+ per hour commensurate with experienceWork schedule is Monday – FridayRegular work week is 40 hours with the possibility of 1-2 weeks of part-time work of no less than 25 hoursThe term of employment is June 17, 2021 through August 27, 2021 with the possibility of one unpaid week off during the summer Application Apply online at vinsnaturecampstaff.campbrainstaff.com APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2021 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.