VINS Nature Camp Position Contact Us 802.359.5000 email@example.com Nature Center Hours VINS Nature Center 10am to 4pm Daily Wild Bird Rehab is Open Accepting Calls Only 802.359.5000 x212 8am to 4pm Get Directions Lead Nature Camp Instructor: Raptor Specialist The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Camp in Quechee, VT helps young people develop the life skills necessary to be a positive force for their community and the environment in a fun and exciting summer of exploration and adventure. With 51 years of environmental education experience, VINS seeks passionate, conservation minded individuals who desire to work with children in an outdoor setting. Raptor Camp Instructors are responsible for leading and teaching natural science topics with a focus on raptor biology and natural history to children ages 6 – 13 in an outdoor camp environment. REPORTS TO: Lead Nature Camp and Adult Education JOB LOCATION: VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vermont Responsibilities Provide direct leadership for up to 14 campers throughout weekly day camp sessions at the VINS Nature Center and offsite camp locationsOversee the health and safety of campers, create emotionally healthy environmentPlan weekly camp curriculaWork in close collaboration with VINS educators and raptor trainers to deliver several weeks of camp programming related to raptor biology, natural history and behaviorTeach educational camp programs related to natural sciences for a variety of age groupsFacilitate a wide range of activities including group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, crafts, nature hikes and other hands-on activitiesSupervise all aspects for camp group including but not limited to, equipment usage, lesson and activity plans, cleanliness of camp area, risk management, and camper behaviorShare planning and teaching responsibilities with co-instructorsSupport and mentor other instructors and Leaders-in-Training (L-I-Ts)Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participantsUtilize approved safety practices in all activitiesUnderstand and be able to implement emergency proceduresUse and maintain VINS equipment appropriatelyDevelop 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, researchers and wildlife rehabilitation specialists to bringadded content to camp programs, as appropriate Specific duties will vary according to program, hours, 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, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education, preferredKnowledge of raptor biology, natural, history and behavior and general knowledge of basic ecological processes and New England natural historyExperience developing curriculum or programs, a plusPassionate about conservation and environmental educationFlexibility 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 certification, 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 Seasonal positionCompensation: $14.50 per hour commensurate with experienceWork schedule is Monday – FridayThe term of employment is June 8, 2023 through August 25, 2023Raptor Camp Instructors will lead three weeks of camp focused solely on raptor education and other weeks of camp focused on other topics Application Apply online at: https://vinsnaturecampstaff.campbrainstaff.com/orSend cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org Position post date: January 2022 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.