Lead Nature Camp Instructor – seasonal: Vermont

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Quechee, VT
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
14.00 per hour
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Job Description: The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Camp in Quechee, VT helps young people develop the life skills necessary to be a positive force for their community and the environment in a fun and exciting summer of exploration and adventure. With 50 years of environmental education experience, VINS seeks passionate, conservation minded individuals who desire to work with children in an outdoor setting. Lead Nature Camp Instructors are responsible for leading and teaching natural science topics to children ages 4 – 13 in an outdoor camp environment. Responsibilities: • Provide direct leadership for up to 14 campers throughout weekly day camp sessions at the VINS Nature Center and offsite camp locations • Oversee the health and safety of campers, create emotionally healthy environment • Plan weekly camp curriculums • Teach educational camp programs related to natural sciences for a variety of age groups • Facilitate a wide range of activities including group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, crafts, nature hikes and other hands-on activities • Supervise all aspects for camp group including but not limited to, equipment usage, lesson and activity plans, cleanliness of camp area, risk management, and camper behavior • Share planning and teaching responsibilities with co-instructors • Support and mentor other instructors and Leaders-in-Training (L-I-Ts) • Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants • Utilize approved safety practices in all activities • Understand and be able to implement emergency procedures • Use and maintain VINS equipment appropriately • Develop and maintain excellent communication with the Lead Nature Camp, Nature Camp Assistant, other instructors, VINS staff and volunteers • Act as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science • Participate in all scheduled camp staff training sessions and camp events • Consult with VINS educators, researchers 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. Compensation and Work Schedule: • Seasonal position • Compensation: $14.00+ per hour commensurate with experience • Work schedule is Monday – Friday • Work week is 40 hours with the possibility of 1-2 part-time work weeks of 25 hours • The term of employment is June 8, 2022 through August 24, 2022
Requirements and Qualifications: • Must be at least 21 years old • Education: Bachelor’s Degree or currently working towards a degree in education, natural sciences, or related field of study preferred • Previous work experience with groups of children, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education preferred • Passionate about conservation and environmental education • Knowledge of general ecological processes and New England natural history, a plus • Experience developing curriculum or programs, a plus • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate change • Excellent group communication skills • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team • Ability to carry bulky, heavy teaching equipment (up to 40 lbs.) • Ability to lead field trips over diverse terrain in all weather conditions • Current driver’s license and clean driving record • Current First Aid and CPR certification or willing to obtain • Lifeguard certification may be required, or willing to obtain • General computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office programs All VINS staff working directly with children are subject to a thorough background check, including fingerprinting and criminal record check. COVID-19 Special Requirements: • VINS requires any staff member working directly with children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. VINS may require camp instructors to be tested for COVID-19 prior to beginning work with our camp program or during the summer if they develop symptoms of or have a possible exposure to COVID-19.
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