The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.
Interested in environmental education, wilderness skills and working with children? Looking to build your resume, receive volunteer credit for school and broaden your knowledge of the natural word? Join the Audubon Vermont team this summer as a PAID counselor-in-training!
Counselors-in-training (CITs) work alongside our camp counselors—experienced naturalists and educators—to deliver a high-quality, hands-on environmental education and activities for campers ages 3-11. The program is structured to give CITs the opportunity to explore their interests in outdoor education and conservation, while also building the skills and experience to launch them towards their next education or career opportunities. We hope our CITs will become the next generation of Audubon camp counselors, naturalist educators and conservation biologists!
Who can apply?
CIT positions are open to high school students 14 to 18 years old (students entering 9th grade who may not yet be 14 are welcome to apply). An ideal candidate for this position is available Monday-Friday at least 3 weeks of the summer (June 21-August 12).
CITs must be available on June 16th and 17th from 9-5 for an orientation at the Green Mountain Audubon Center.
What camps will I work?
CITs have the option of working with our Preschool Nature Camp or Ecology Day Camp. Normally, CITs have the option to choose different camps, but this year CITs will stick with ONE camp. This is an effort to limit interaction between camps and staff to reduce chances of spread.
Preschool Nature Camp: Preschool Nature Camp offers a full day of outdoor play and exploration to campers 3 to 5 years old. Our time is filled with stories, scavenger hunts, crafting, nature walks, puppet shows, games, and full-sensory immersion in the natural world. CIT hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Ecology Day Camp: Ecology Day Camp's full-day program runs wild around the forests, brooks, and ponds of the Green Mountain Audubon Center. Each week of camp focuses on a different theme, but all campers will get a chance to search for wildlife, make crafts, go on hikes, and hone their nature awareness skills while exploring the most magical places at Audubon. Campers age 6 to 14. CIT hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m
CIT duties and expectations:
Other expectations include:
We are looking for people with interests in:
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