All positions are currently filled, updated spring 2019.
Please be in touch with us through email to learn about upcoming opportunities and ways to get involved with The Nature Museum. The descriptions below for Docent and Intern typically become available in mid-winter as we prepared for the summer season.
The Museum Docent is often the first person the public encounters. Through cultivating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere, the Museum Docent serves as an interpreter of the museum’s exhibits, helping to give visitors a deeper understanding and appreciation of the collection. The Museum Docent provides vital assistance in preserving the collections by providing auxiliary security in exhibition areas and helping with various projects and tasks in the museum, and on the grounds.
Ability to consistently and sincerely communicate and interact with people of all ages and diversities.
Excitement about learning and teaching.
Able to provide basic site interpretation information to visitors
Attention to detail and accuracy.
A sense of flexibility and cooperation.
Ability to work independently.
An attitude of tolerance and respect for all people’s points of view.
Friendly and outgoing.
Capable of helping program leader in the field, including supervision of groups of children.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Available to work 21 hours per week (unless otherwise noted) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from May 30, 2019 through September 30th, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Must also be available additional days corresponding to the weekend of Fairy House Festival (including Sunday September 29th, and Monday, September 30th, 2019).
Greet and educate public about Museum exhibits and events, assist with groups.
Keep Nature Museum clean and orderly.
Data entry of museum attendance numbers.
Various projects as determined in conjunction with the Education Coordinator.
Management of Gift Shop.
Must have reliable transportation.
Able to safely stand for long periods of time.
Able to safely lift up to 40 pounds.
Able to safely walk up and down stairs while carrying items.
Able to safely walk on uneven terrain.
A job offer will be contingent on a successful background check including fingerprinting.
Environmental Education Intern
To successfully educate people and audiences of all ages about the natural world in various contexts, particularly in regards to the ecology, landscape, and natural history of Northern New England.
To successfully educate people and audiences in ways that are effective, engaging, and dynamic.
To support the efforts and development of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center project.
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 through elementary-age students, preferred.
Perform as an environmental educator and interpreter a the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center and at local libraries. Assist in developing, updating, and evaluating environmental education programs, exhibits, and interpretive signage with the Senior Environmental Educator.
Environmental 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 through Labor Day weekend Working Fridays and Saturdays is required. Expected FLVC educator/interpreter hours are typically 9:30AM - 4:30PM. The intern is responsible for learning about various aspects of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder, the hydroelectric dam, the ecology of the Connecticut River, general ecology of Northern New England, and the natural history of Northern New England.
Learn, develop, update, and deliver environmental education programs that will occur weekly at the FLVC and at local libraries throughout the summer.
Work with Education Department staff in developing, producing, and installing new FLVC signage, exhibits, and activities.