Wilderness Camp Instructor-Vermont

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Quechee, VT
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$11+ per hour based on experience
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The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is seeking energetic, conservation-minded educators to lead our Nature Camp programs. With over 45 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 • Create safe, fun, and educational outdoor opportunities • Supervise and facilitate quality camp programming and lead three weeklong overnight camps • Be able to develop, plan, teach, and lead engaging activities related to natural science, various wilderness survival skills ranging from basic to advanced levels, and outdoor target archery • Facilitate a wide range of activities including: group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, geo-caching, orienteering, leadership skills, craft activities, nature hikes, and other hands-on activities • Maintain excellent rapport and communication with parents of camp participants on a daily basis • Share and communicate teaching responsibilities and planning with co-instructors • Support and mentor other instructors and Leaders-in-Training (L-I-Ts) • Develop and maintain excellent communication with the Lead, Nature Camp, Nature Camp Assistant, Instructors, VINS staff, and volunteers • Act as a professional representative of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science • Participate in all scheduled staff training sessions and camp events Specific duties will vary according to program, hours, age range, and camp location
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 is a must, experience with summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education preferred • Experience and knowledge of wilderness survival skills and general knowledge of basic ecological processes and New England natural history a must, or willing to learn • Experience developing curriculum or programs, a plus • Instruction experience in archery, canoeing, Leave No Trace, wilderness first aid, and backcountry travel, a plus • Passionate about conservation and environmental education • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate change • 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) • Ability to lead field trips over diverse terrain in all weather conditions • Current driver’s license and clean driving record • USA Archery Level 1 instructor certification, to be provided during training period • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications a must, or willing to obtain • Lifeguard Certification a must, or willing to obtain • General computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office programs Compensation and Work Schedule: • Full time, seasonal position • Compensation: $450 stipend per week plus rustic living accommodations for the duration of employment • The summer schedule includes six weeks of day camp Monday – Friday and three weeks of overnight camp, Monday – Friday • The term of employment is June 6, 2018 through August 22, 2018 with one unpaid week off from July 2-6 (some flexibility for appropriate candidates) All VINS staff working directly with children is subject to a thorough background check, including fingerprinting and a criminal record check. TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Sarah Strew: Email: sstrew@vinsweb.org Mail: VINS, Attn: Sarah Strew PO Box 1281 Quechee, VT 05059 APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2018 VINS’ mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation.
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