VINS Nature Camp Specialist: Archery and Wilderness Skills Instructor

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) 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 daily summer programs to a various age groups (ages 8-13)
• Supervise and facilitate quality programming during camp hours and lead two overnight camping trips
• Be able to develop, plan, teach, and lead engaging and safe activities related to outdoor target archery and various wilderness survival skills ranging from basic to advanced levels
• Facilitate a wide range of activities including: group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, geo-caching, orienteering, leadership skills, craft activities, nature hikes, and more
• Maintain excellent rapport and communication with parents of camp participants on a daily basis
• Share and communicate teaching responsibilities and planning with other educators
• Develop and maintain good communication skills with the Camp Coordinator, Camp Instructors, and Camp Registrar as well as other VINS staff and volunteers
• Act as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
• Participate in all scheduled staff training sessions

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

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Previous work experience with groups of children is a must
• Experience and knowledge of wilderness survival skills
• 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
• USA Archery LEVEL 1 instructor certification, to be provided during training period.
• 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 related field
• Experience as an informal educator in an alternative education setting for children
• Experience in 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 full time 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)
• Most Nature Camp Instructors are required to take one full, unpaid week off during their term, scheduling is TBD by the Nature Camp Coordinator

*Note: work day schedules and length of summer term may vary slightly*

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, Nature Camp Coordinator:
kbeerman@vinsweb.org

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
April 30th, 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, VT and Hanover, NH,
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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