Wilderness Camp Instructor


Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 12:00am


Quechee, VT
United States

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Job Description:

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.


VINS’ mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

Position Start Date:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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How 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


April 1, 2018

Contact Name:

Sarah Strew

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