VHCB AmeriCorps 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 Thank you for your interest in the AmeriCorps position. We are currently not accepting applications. Please check back for updates. VHCB AmeriCorps - VINS Environmental Educator Become an amazing Environmental Educator by serving at one of the premier nature centers in New England! You’ll learn how to handle and educate using ambassador raptors, present programs to thousands of people from around the world, gain skills and experience in using proper education techniques when teaching to school children, and build on your organizational skills while helping organize our education special events. Join us for an exciting year educating people from all walks of life! REPORTS TO: Director, On-Site Programs & Exhibits 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. POSITION GOALS: VINS Environmental Educators deliver live raptor and Vermont natural history programs at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont and through our Outreach program to other sites around the region. Essential Functions Present educational programs, many of which involve live animals (mainly raptors), to audiences of all ages (e.g., on-site daily programs, school tours, camps, Road Scholar programs, and outreaches such as resort programs, fairs, public relations events)Teach field trip lessons to school children using Next Generation Science Standards, assist with lesson planning, and develop and maintain lesson materialsAssist with the organization and facilitation of special onsite educational eventsWork with education staff to schedule and develop new programs as appropriateTrain and support volunteers in the care of resident birdsTrain and support volunteers in the appropriate handling of education raptorsHelp design, fabricate and install new education exhibitsHelp with care, cleaning, training and handling of raptors and reptiles used in programsParticipate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorpsParticipate in VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program InitiativesEngage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities Secondary Functions Attend VINS staff meetings and participate in organization functions as requiredServe with other departments at VINS to both bring added content to public programs and facilitate opportunities for cross-promotion of programs Desired Qualifications Experience in public speaking and environmental education is preferredDegree in education or environmental sciences, working towards a degree or have equivalent education experienceGeneral knowledge of raptors and New England natural history (or willingness and initiative to learn)Comfortable using AV equipment (including PA systems)Strong organizational skills and service ethicAbility to serve independently and as part of a teamMust possess a valid driver’s licenseAble to lift up to 50 pounds and lead moderate to strenuous trail hikesPrevious animal-handling experience, especially raptors, preferredCurrent first aid and CPR certification (VINS may be able to assist in scheduling a training) Minimum Qualifications Ability to travel using company vehiclesAbility to serve weekends and eveningsBe US citizen or have permanent resident statusBe at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation or 17 years of age with verified parental permissionBe 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 AmeriCorpsIs willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History CheckBe committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program’s ethic of service, appreciation of diversity, and personal and professional development of its participantsHave 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 wayAvailable to regularly serve 40 hours per week All VINS staff working directly with children are subject to a thorough background check, including fingerprinting and a criminal record check. 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.