VINS Nature Camp Position Contact Us 802.359.5000 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Wilderness 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 adventure. VINS seeks passionate, conservation-minded individuals who desire to work with children in an outdoor setting to join our camp team. Lead Wilderness Camp Instructors are responsible for leading and teaching natural science topics with an emphasis on backcountry and wilderness survival skills to children ages 6 – 13 in our outdoor camp environment. REPORTS TO: Director, 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 locationsProvide direct leadership for up to 12 campers for overnight camp experiences including one week-long overnight camp at an offsite camp locationOversee the health and safety of campers, and create emotionally healthy environmentPlan weekly camp curriculaTeach educational camp programs related to natural sciences, wilderness survival skills and outdoor target archery 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 communication with parents/guardians 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 Director Nature Camp, Nature Camp Coordinator, 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 bring added 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 or outdoor education preferredExperience and knowledge of wilderness survival skills and general knowledge of basic ecological processes and New England natural historyInstruction experience in archery, canoeing, Leave No Trace, wilderness first aid, and backcountry travel, a plusExperience in program or curriculum development, 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 Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification, or willing to obtainLifeguard 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 for an FBI criminal history record check. Compensation & Work Schedule Seasonal positionCompensation: $17.00 per hourWork schedule is Monday – FridayWork week is 40 hours except weeks of overnight camps when hours will exceed 40The term of employment is June 6, 2024 through August 23, 2024 Application Apply online at: https://vinsnaturecampstaff.campbrainstaff.com/ or Send cover letter, resume and three references to email@example.com Position post date: January 2024 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.