VINS Nature Camp Position Contact Us 802.359.5000 email@example.com Nature Center Hours Open 7 days a week 10:00AM - 4:00PM Get Directions Wilderness Camp Instructor The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is seeking energetic, conservation-minded educators to lead our Nature Camp programs. With 48 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 and Overnight Camps – Environmental, wilderness-based education programs for children ages 4-13 JOB LOCATION: VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vermont Wilderness Camp Instructor Duties Plan and deliver a variety of daily summer camp programs to a various age groupsCreate safe, fun, and educational outdoor opportunitiesSupervise and facilitate quality camp programming and lead three weeklong overnight campsBe able to develop, plan, teach, and lead engaging activities related to natural science, various wilderness survival skills ranging from basic to advanced levels and outdoor target archeryFacilitate a wide range of activities including: group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, geo-caching, orienteering, leadership skills, craft activities, nature hikes, and other hands-on activitiesMaintain excellent rapport and 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, Instructors, VINS staff, and volunteersAct as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural ScienceParticipate in all scheduled staff training sessions and camp events 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, or related field of study preferredPrevious work experience with groups of children is a must, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education preferredExperience and knowledge of wilderness survival skills and general knowledge of basicecological processes and New England natural history a must, or willing to learnExperience developing curriculum or programs, a plusInstruction experience in archery, canoeing, Leave No Trace, wilderness first aid, and backcountry travel, a plusPassionate about conservation and environmental educationFlexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate changeExcellent organizational and 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 recordUSA Archery Level 1 instructor certification, to be provided during training periodCurrent Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications a must, or willing to obtainLifeguard Certification a must, 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 Full time, seasonal positionCompensation: $455+ stipend per week commensurate with experienceThe summer schedule includes seven weeks of day camp Monday – Friday and two weeks of overnight camp, Sunday – FridayThe term of employment is June 1, 2020 through August 21, 2020 with one unpaid week off Application Apply online at vinsnaturecampstaff.campbrainstaff.comORSend resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Sarah Strew at firstname.lastname@example.org. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2020 START DATE: June 1, 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.