VINS Nature Camp Position Contact Us 802.359.5000 email@example.com Nature Center Hours VINS Nature Center 10am to 4pm Daily Accepting Injured Birds 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily 802.359.5000 x212 Get Directions Raptor 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 Raptor Camp 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 science with an emphasis on raptor biology, natural history and behaviorPresent educational sessions to camp groups while handling live raptorFacilitate a wide range of activities including: group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, craft activities, 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, including two weeks of raptor handling training prior to camp season, and camp eventsConsult with VINS educators and wildlife Specific duties will vary according to program, hours, age range, and camp location. Requirements and Qualifications Must be at least 18 years oldEducation: Bachelor’s Degree or currently working towards a degree in education, natural sciences, biology or related field of study preferredPrevious work experience with groups of children is a must, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education preferredMust be willing to work with live raptorsPrevious animal handling experience, especially raptors, preferredKnowledge of raptor biology, natural, history and behavior and general knowledge of basic ecological processes and New England natural history a must, or willing to learnExperience 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 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 while working for VINS. 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: $11.75+ per hour commensurate with experienceWork schedule is Monday – FridayRegular work week is 40 hoursThe term of employment is June 7, 2021 through August 27, 2021, with the possibility of one unpaid week off during the summer.Term of employment includes two weeks of required raptor handling training prior to camp staff trainingRaptor 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 vinsnaturecampstaff.campbrainstaff.com APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2021 Position post date: January 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.