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Science Educator

The Science Educator is responsible for helping to deliver VINS School Programs, with a focus on Grades K-3 in the ELF Science Program, as well as teaching Field Trip lessons at the VINS Nature Center.

REPORTS TO: Director, School Programs & Teacher Professional Development

JOB LOCATION: VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vermont.

KEY ELEMENTS INCLUDE: Deliver high quality inquiry science lessons to students and their teachers; design lessons and curriculum to meet the Next Generation Science Standards; reach out to area schools to support ongoing partnerships; support the Director of School Programs & Teacher Professional Development in ongoing evaluation and improvement of program, curricula and materials. Travel required.

Science Educator Duties

  • Develop and teach high quality inquiry science units to students and teachers in local schools through VINS School Programs
  • Serves as the lead educator for Grades K-3 in the ELF Science Program
  • Reach out to area schools to support ongoing partnerships, promote VINS School Programs and recruit new schools
  • Support the Director of School Programs and Teacher Professional Development in ongoing evaluation and improvement of VINS School Programs
  • Work collaboratively with the Science Outreach Educator to develop and teach lessons for Field Trips to the Nature Center
  • Work a varied schedule that may include evenings and weekends

Organizational Responsibilities Include

  • Attend VINS staff meetings and participate in organization functions as required
  • Work with other departments at VINS to both bring added content to public programs and facilitate opportunities for cross-promotion of programs


  • Vermont teaching license (or a license in a reciprocating state) preferred
  • Masters Degree in education or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated excellence in developing and teaching inquiry science lessons
  • Experience teaching students in a wide age range, pre-k through 8th grade
  • Experience in environmental education preferred
  • Excellent classroom management skills, both in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Experience with curriculum development and aligning curriculum to meet standards including the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong rapport with teachers, administrators and students
  • Excellent public speaking, writing and communication skills
  • Flexibility, creativity and ability to think quickly in response to change
  • Strong organizational skills and work ethic
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and lead moderate to strenuous trail hikes and field trips in all seasons
  • Current first aid and CPR certification

All VINS staff working directly with children are subject to a thorough background check, including fingerprinting and a criminal record check.

Compensation & Work Schedule

This is a full-time position with benefits according to VINS Personnel Policy. Regular work schedule is Monday through Friday with some weekends and evenings. Primary job location is at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, VT with travel to deliver and administer programs. Compensation is commensurate to experience.


To apply for this position, send cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to Hannah Gelroth, Director, School Programs & Teacher Professional Development at


START DATE: August 3, 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.