SUMMARY: VINS Education Interns 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.
VINS' education programs are designed for all audiences. In addition to our public programs at the Nature Center, we serve communities throughout northern New England. Job location is in Quechee, Vermont at the VINS Nature Center with some travel to other program sites as required.
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, resort programs, fairs, public relations events)
Lead interpretive nature walks for the public
Work with education staff to schedule and develop new programs as appropriate
Work a varied schedule that often includes evenings, weekends, and long days
Help with care, cleaning, and handling of raptors, reptiles, and amphibians used in programs
Attend VINS staff meetings and participate in organization functions as required
Work with other departments at VINS to both bring added content to public programs and facilitate opportunities for cross-promotion of programs
Experience in public speaking and environmental education preferred
Degree in education or environmental sciences, working towards a degree or have equivalent education experience
General 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 work ethic
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Able to lift up to 50 pounds and lead moderate to strenuous trail hikes
Previous animal-handling experience, especially raptors, preferred
Current first aid and CPR certification (VINS may be able to assist in scheduling a training)