Museum Docent

Works on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from June to September from 9:45AM to 4:15PM. Also serves as docent at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center as needed, Friday and Saturday from 9:45AM to 4:15PM, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Serves as host, to provide a welcoming atmosphere to visitors.
  • Serves as an interpreter of the museum’s exhibitions, helping to give the visitor a deeper understanding and appreciation of the collection.
  • Provides basic maintenance and upkeep of exhibits and facilities.
  • Keeping the Nature Museum clean and orderly.
  • Data entry of museum and visitors center attendance numbers.

Compensation: $16/hour.  No benefits. 
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Carrie King at carrie@nature-museum.org.


Environmental Education Intern

General Duties

Primary:

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  • Teach and assist in developing environmental education programs independently, with the Senior Environmental Educator, and/or with camp counselors.
    • Educator/interpreter at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center (FLVC): Center visitation hours are 10:00AM - 4:00PM on Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend ( Friday, 05/25/18) through Labor Day weekend (Saturday, 09/01/18). FLVC educator/interpreter hours are 9:30AM - 4:30PM.
    • Brave Bears: 6-9 year olds, day camp sessions in June; week long day camp sessions in July.
  • Assist Senior Environmental Educator in developing, producing, and installing new FLVC signage and exhibits.

Purpose:

  • To actively engage people of all ages to develop a greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of natural science and natural history.
  • To teach others about issues of conservation, preservation, and sustainability and play a significant role in developing environmental awareness. 

General Background:

Training and/or academic study through college-level in environmental studies or a related field. Experience as a teacher, environmental educator, and/or interpreter. Experience with teaching various age-groups, particularly preschool and elementary age students, preferred.

Qualifications:

  • Must enjoy teaching individuals, particularly children, in non-formal and informal settings both indoors and outdoors.
  • Desire to work as an interpreter and educator at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center.
  • Willing to learn new information about The Nature Museum, The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center, and education program topics.
  • Good communicator with colleagues, parents, students, teachers, and the general public.
  • Committed to hands-on and experiential learning.
  • Must be able to keep students/program participants engaged and positively involved.
  • Familiarity with, or willing to become familiar with, strategies used to support positive learner behavior, and safety (i.e. Responsive Classroom techniques).
  • Willing and enthusiastic to work with the Senior Environmental Educator to learn and improve environmental education curriculum, lessons, and programs.
  • Flexibility with adapting programs to meet the needs of different audiences.

Other Requirements:

  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must be willing to consent to a Vermont and federal background check.

Supervisor: The Senior Environmental Educator.

The Senior Environmental Educator will be available as a mentor, provide guidance, and to serve as a co-teacher with the environmental education intern for some programs/lessons. 

Compensation:

  • $16/hour. Approximately 350 - 375 hours of work.
  • $400 housing stipend for each full month of internship (June, July, and August).

To apply, or for more information, please send your resume to Jay DeGregorio, Senior Environmental Educator at jay@nature-museum.org or call 802-843-2111. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.