• Seasonal Educator

    Job Locations US-VT-Huntington
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


    Position Summary

    The Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont provides natural science education for schools, families, adults, teachers, and the general public. The Center also offers a summer day camp program for children ages 3 to 13.  Audubon education programs provide people with direct experiences in nature. Our programs are outdoors, science-based, interactive, and lead participants to take action to help protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. The Center also conducts scientific research in the form of avian monitoring and is a land management demonstration site for the pub.

    The Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington seeks experienced teachers, environmental educators, and naturalists to work in a nature day camp setting.  The Seasonal Educator will work with 3- to 13-year-old children as they explore the forests, brooks, meadows, and ponds on the Center’s 255 acres.  Each week of camp focuses on a different theme and all campers get the chance to search for wildlife, make crafts, go on hikes, play games, and hone their nature awareness skills.  The Seasonal Educator will be equally comfortable teaching 3- to 5-year olds at Preschool Nature Camp as well as 6- to 13-year olds at Ecology Day Camp.

    The Seasonal Educator will be responsible for teaching outdoor programs, developing camp activities and curriculum, and working effectively as part of a dynamic camp team.  Audubon will challenge you to enhance your teaching and mentoring skills while encouraging you to share the wonder of exploring the most magical places at Audubon.

    Camp runs for 8 weeks, including two overnights on June 20th and July 5th, 2018.  There are five days of paid professional development and naturalist training prior to the start of camp.  This is a full-time, seasonal opportunity with an estimated 40 hour work week. Compensation is dependent on experience.

    Camp Schedule
    Training: June 18-22, 2018
    Camp: June 25-August17, 2018
    Daily work hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    All camp staff will have an unpaid vacation day on July 4th.

    Essential Functions

    • Attend a camp training week led by professional Audubon Teacher/Naturalists.
    • Develop and implement eight weeks of nature-based camp activities and curriculum.
    • Provide a fun, educational experience for children during camp.
    • Help maintain the safety and wellbeing of all camp participants.
    • Act as a mentor to high school counselors-in-training.
    • Write a final evaluation of your camp experience by August 17, 2018.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Experience developing and leading outdoor activities, as well as working with both preschool-age (3 to 5) and school-age (6 to 13) children.
    • Strong group management skills; ability to guide a group of up to 32 campers.
    • Love of outdoor exploration and questioning; ability to model curiosity and wonder about the natural world.
    • Ability to work well as part of a team.
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
    • Must have reliable transportation.
    • Current First Aid and CPR certification.
    • Preferred qualifications include:
      • Demonstrated knowledge of Vermont natural history.
      • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Education, or related field. Equivalent experience in these fields will be considered.
      • Knowledge of core routines of nature connection (e.g., sit spot, journaling, mapping, bird language).
      • Experience with animal tracking, wilderness living, and survival skills (e.g., fire and shelter-making).
      • Singing and storytelling experience, as well as previous summer camp experience.
      • Experience making crafts and art from natural materials.


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