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 is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.
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 of Position
• 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).
• Lead interpretive nature walks for the public including tours of the Quechee Gorge.
• Organize and facilitate special onsite educational events.
• Work with education staff to schedule and develop new programs as appropriate.
• Work with and train volunteers in the care of resident and rehab birds.
• Work with and train volunteers in the appropriate handling of education raptors.
• Help design, fabricate and install new education exhibits.
• Help with care, cleaning, training and handling of raptors, reptiles, and amphibians used in programs.
Experience in public speaking and environmental education preferred.
• Have 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).