Nature Camp Program Specialist: Raptor Camp Instructor

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Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00am


Quechee, VT
United States

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TITLE:  Nature Camp Program Specialist: Raptor Camp Instructor

SUMMARY:  Nature Day and Overnight Camps – Environmental, raptor-focused education programs for children ages 8-13

REPORTS TO:  Lead, Nature Camp and Adult Programs

UPDATED:  December, 2016

VINS is looking for energetic conservation-minded educators to lead our popular Nature Camp Programs. With over 44 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 diversity of daily summer programs to a various of age groups (primarily ages 8-13)
  • Create safe, fun, and educational outdoor opportunities
  • Supervise and facilitate quality camp programming and possibly assist in leading weeklong overnight camps
  • Be able to develop, plan, teach and lead engaging and safe activities related to natural science with an emphasis on raptor biology, natural history and behavior
  • Facilitate a wide range of activities including: group games, outdoor sports, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, craft activities, nature hikes, and more
  • Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants on a daily basis
  • Share and communicate teaching responsibilities and planning with other educators
  • Support and mentor other instructors and Leaders-in-Training
  • Develop and maintain excellent communication with the Lead, Nature Camp, Nature Camp Assistant, other instructors, and other 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 and wildlife rehabilitation specialists to bring added content to camp programs, as appropriate
  • 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
  • Previous animal handling experience, especially raptors, preferred
  • Experience and knowledge of raptor biology, natural, history and behavior and general knowledge of basic ecological processes and New England natural history (or motivation to learn), a must
  • Experience developing curriculum or programs, a plus
  • Must be willing to work with animals, particularly raptors
  • Passionate about wildlife 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 50 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 certifications a must, or willing to obtain
  • General computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office programs

Compensation and Work Schedule:

  • Compensation for this full time, seasonal position is $10.00+ per hour depending upon experience
  • Benefits do not apply for seasonal employees
  • The regular work week is 40 hours with some exceptions based on particular camp offerings
  • The term of employment is May 24, 2017 through August 23, 2017 (some flexibility for appropriate candidates).  Two weeks of specialized training required prior to the all camp staff training beginning June 7, 2017
  • Raptor Camp Instructors will lead three weeks of camp focused solely on raptor education and other weeks of camp focused on other topics including, possibly, overnight camps. Camps of other topics are TBD and will be chosen by the Lead, Nature Camp
  • Note: Weekly schedule and length of summer term may vary slightly

All VINS staff working directly with children is subject to a thorough background check, including fingerprinting and a criminal record check.

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How to Apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to:


VINS, Attn: Sarah Sincerbeaux

PO Box 1281

Quechee, VT 05059  


April 1, 2016


VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by

Membership dues, admission and program fees, donations, and grants. Visit us at:

Compensation Information:

  • Compensation for this full time, seasonal position is $10.00+ per hour depending upon experience
  • Benefits do not apply for seasonal employees