Museum Docent

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.

Characteristics:

  • 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.

Additional Requirements:

  • 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.

Responsible to: The Education Coordinator. An experienced educator will be available as a mentor to answer questions and provide guidance.

Evaluation: Will meet with the Education Coordinator on a bi-weekly basis or as needed to assess performance, discuss projects, and set goals.

Compensation: $16/hour.  No benefits. This is a temporary, per diem position.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Jill Bruning at jill@nature-museum.org. Please contact the prior email or call 802-843-2111 if you have any questions in regards to the position. The position will remain open until filled.


Environmental Education Intern

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Purpose

  • 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.

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 through elementary-age students, preferred.

Job Responsibilities:

  • 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. The Position begins Tuesday, May 14, 2019 and ends Friday, September 6, 2019.

    • 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 ( Friday, 05/24/19) through Labor Day weekend (Saturday, 08/31/19). 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.

Requirements

  • Must enjoy teaching individuals, particularly children, in formal and informal settings.

  • Desire to work as an interpreter and environmental educator at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center.

  • Good communicator with colleagues, parents, students, teachers, and the general public.

  • Must be able to keep students/program participants engaged and positively involved.

  • Willing and enthusiastic to work with the Senior Environmental Educator to learn and improve environmental education curriculum, lessons, programs, and interpretation.

  • Flexibility with adapting programs to meet the needs of different audiences.

  • Must be a strong independent worker who stays on task and is a problem solver.

  • Must be familiar with Google applications (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides) and Microsoft Office.

  • 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.

  • Must have reliable transportation.

  • A job offer will be contingent on a successful background check including fingerprinting.

Preferred Requirements

  • Current CPR and first-aid certification by an accredited organization.

Supervisor: The Senior Environmental Educator.

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

Evaluation:

Will meet with the Senior Environmental Educator every two weeks to set goals, assess past programs, and to evaluate the environmental education intern’s performance. This may include observations of some programs. The goal of bi-weekly meetings is to provide constructive feedback and positive discussion of performance in order to best provide quality environmental education to the public, and to foster a rich, positive, and supportive internship experience.

Compensation:

  • $16/hour. Approximate average of 26 hours per week. Approximate total of 416 hours of work. $600 housing stipend for each full month of internship (June, July, and August). Mileage reimbursement for travel to and from environmental education programs that are off-site. No benefits.

To apply, lease send cover letter, resume, and a list of three recent professional references to Jay DeGregorio at jay@nature-museum.org. Please contact the prior email or call 802-843-2111 if you have any questions in regards to the position. The position will remain open until filled.