VHCB AmeriCorps Position

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VHCB AmeriCorps - Field Research Specialist

Join a small but growing department conducting field studies throughout Vermont. Participate in projects ranging from water quality monitoring in the Ottauquechee watershed to surveying nesting raptors across the state. You will have the opportunity to lead and expand our community science projects and coordinate our research volunteer network. This position offers a chance to spend your term outside with the avian wildlife of our state!

REPORTS TO: Lead Field Research Biologist

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

KEY ELEMENTS INCLUDE: This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps). The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape. VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service program that places members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

Essential Functions

  • Primary responsibility will be to conduct surveys for nesting Broad-winged Hawks throughout Vermont.
  • Conduct water quality sampling and sample transport throughout the Ottauquechee watershed.
  • Lead and expand community science projects including nest watch, crayfish monitoring, and amphibian monitoring.
  • Coordinate VINS community science volunteers.
  • Inventory and monitor invasive species on VINS properties.
  • Participate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorps
  • Participate in all VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program Initiatives.
  • Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities.

Secondary Functions

  • Participate in other VINS research projects including breeding bird surveys, American Kestrel monitoring, and Black Vulture bait site maintenance.
  • Attend VINS staff meetings and participate in organization functions as required.
  • Serve with other departments at VINS to both bring added content to public programs and facilitate opportunities for cross-promotion of programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to serve a varied schedule that may include evening and weekends;
  • Be US citizen or have permanent resident status;
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation or 17 years of age with verified parental permission;
  • Be a high school graduate, have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards a GED as part of the service-term. A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps.
  • Has not been convicted of a crime and is willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check;
  • Be committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program’s ethic of service, appreciation of diversity, and personal and professional development of its participants;
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in all required trainings and events, and be prepared to drive up to 2-3 hours each way.
  • Available to regularly serve 40 hours per week

Additional Information

  • Position begins March 1, 2024 and ends August 31, 2024. Some flexibility with the start and end date.
  • Requires 915 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 26 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $13,765 (pre-tax), a monthly housing allowance of $300, for a total compensation of $15,565 (pre-tax) for the 6 month term. Member will receive an education award of $3,447.50 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.
  • Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.


To Apply: https://vhcb.org/our-programs/vhcb-americorps/positions

For questions about this position or to send additional materials: https://vhcb.org/our-programs/vhcb-americorps/positions

For questions about this position or to send additional materials:
Jim Armbruster, Lead Field Research Biologist
802.359.5000 x222

Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at americorps.gov.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 16, 2024. Applications accepted on a rolling basis; open until filled.

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.