VINS Nature Camp Instructor

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is seeking energetic conservation-minded educators to lead our Nature Camp Programs. With over 40 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.

INSTRUCTOR DUTIES:
• Plan and deliver a variety of programs to a variety of age groups (ages 4-13)
• Create safe, fun, and educational outdoor opportunities
• Facilitate a wide range of activities including group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, craft activities, nature hikes, and other hands-on activities
• Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants
• Share teaching responsibilities with other educators
• Develop and maintain excellent communication with the Camp Coordinator, Camp Instructors, Camp Registrar, and other VINS staff members
• Act as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
• Participate in all scheduled camp staff training sessions
• Consult with VINS educators and wildlife rehabilitation specialists to bring added content to Camp Programs as appropriate

**Specific duties will vary according to program, age range, and camp location**

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Previous work experience with groups of children is a must
• Excellent organizational and communication skills
• Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
• Ability to carry bulky, heavy teaching equipment (up to 40 lbs)
• Current driver’s license and clean driving record
• Ability to lead field trips over diverse terrain in all weather conditions
• CURRENT FIRST AID, CPR, and LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATIONS a must

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Passionate about conservation and environmental education
• Bachelor’s Degree or currently working towards a degree in education, natural sciences, or a related field of study preferred
• Experience as an informal educator in an alternative education setting for children
• Experience developing curriculum
• Instruction experience/certification in archery, canoeing, Leave No Trace, wilderness first aid, outdoor living skills, waterfront safety, and swimming is a plus.
• Strong supervisory skills- including the ability to communicate constructive feedback
• Previous experience with children’s camps
• Flexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate change
• Excellent teaching and public speaking skills
• General knowledge of basic ecological processes and New England natural history (or motivation to learn)
• General computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office programs

COMPENSATION AND WORK SCHEDULE:
• Stipend pay for this full time, seasonal position is $350 and up per week depending upon experience
• No overtime pay or benefits are available for seasonal employees
• The regular work week is 40+ hours with some exceptions based on particular camp offerings
• The term of employment is June 12, 2014 through August 22, 2014 (some flexibility for appropriate candidates). *Note: work day schedules and summer term may vary*
• Most Nature Camp Instructors are required to take one full, unpaid week off during their term, scheduling is TBD by the Nature Camp Coordinator

ALL VINS STAFF WORKING DIRECTLY WITH CHILDREN ARE SUBJECT TO A THOROUGH BACKGROUND CHECK, INCLUDING FINGERPRINTING AND A CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK.

TO APPLY:
Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Kelly Beerman, Camp Coordinator:
kbeerman@vinsweb.org

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
April 30st, 2014

VINS (The Vermont Institute of Natural Science) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization wholly supported by membership dues, admission and program fees, donations, and grants. Visit us at www.vinsweb.org

Quechee, Vermont
2014-04-30
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Kelly Beerman
kbeerman@vinsweb.org
(802)359-5000
6565 Woodstock Road PO Box 1281
Quechee, Vermont 05059
United States
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