AmeriCorps logoTitle: AmeriCorps Environmental Educator

Job Description:

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps).  The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape.  VHCB is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

The North Branch Nature Center is an environmental education center that aims to connect people of all ages to the natural world. NBNC aims to inspire and teach people about the wonders of nature through outdoor experiences, stewardship, citizen science projects, and lessons in natural history. Our AmeriCorps members will help to demonstrate and share our mission by teaching, organizing community events and helping with ongoing science projects.

Essential Functions:

  • Co-plan and teach summer camp programs at NBNC for children ages 4-14.
  • Host and speak at public events representing NBNC and our mission.
  • Mentoring teen Counselors-in-training

Marginal Functions:

  • Basic office administration tasks such as answering the phone, partaking in staff meetings, and  facilities maintenance shared by all staff, as relevant to AmeriCorps service and within AmeriCorps rules and regulations.
  • Outreach for programs by using social media and postering.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, natural resources, or a related field
  • Interest in working with children ages 4-12 years old in an outdoor setting.
  • Interested in pursuing a career in the field of environmental education.
  • Some teaching experience and strong public speaking skills
  • High comfort level working outside with groups
  • General knowledge of New England natural history
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills and work ethic
  • Self-starter with strong initiative and follow through
  • Willingness to comply with federal regulations requiring us to do a background check on Americorps Members working with children

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be US citizen (or have permanent resident status; call with questions about this);
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation (there is no upper age limit), or 17 years of age with written parental permission that has been verified by phone;
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards their GED as part of their service-year successful completion requirement.  A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps.  If a member has a documented medical reason/professional opinion why they cannot finish high school, they might be eligible; call in this case;
  • Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History Check
  • Be committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program, and its ethic of service and personal and professional development of its participants;
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in required trainings and events, and be prepared to drive up to 2-3 hours each way.
  • Willingness to participate in support and collaborate with fellow VHCB AmeriCorps members, and members from other AmeriCorps Programs.
  • Willingness to participate in a self-designed Independent Service Project and other VHCB AmeriCorps Program Initiatives.

Additional Information:
Service is to be performed primarily outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.  Service will require frequent hikes over uneven and steep terrain.
Position begins May 30th and ends August 25th, 2017.
This position is Minimum Time: Requires 300 hours of service. Member will receive a living allowance of $2,880 (pre-tax), and an education award of $1,222 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.  Other benefits include federal school loan forbearance, and various training opportunities.

 To Apply: http://www.vhcb.org/americorps/menu_events/positions/
For questions about this position or to send additional materials:
Ken Benton
713 Elm Street

Application deadline:  May 23rd, 2017
Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org.

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) is sponsoring this AmeriCorps position through their AmeriCorps Program. VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Positions are open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, religion or creed.


Title: Summer Field Staff

Job Description:

North Branch Nature Center is seeking qualified individuals to teach and lead campers ages 4 to 14 during our 2017 summer camp season. Field staff will be responsible for leading group games, arts and crafts, sensory awareness activities, storytelling and singing, as well as teaching lessons in natural history and field studies.  As part of the camp staff team, you will also serve as a mentor to Counselors in Training.  All staff will participate in a 5 day pre-camp staff training. As a staff member at NBNC you hold a position of great responsibility and importance to the success of our summer day camp programs. Your warmth, enthusiasm, willingness to share knowledge, and sensitivity to the needs of each camper profoundly influences every day of camp. We are looking for staff prospects that not only fulfill these criteria, but also have a genuine love for nature and the outdoors.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • BS or BA degree, some undergraduate coursework and experience, or extensive life experience in teaching/instructing in an outdoor environment.
  • Be willing to not only serve as a mentor to campers but to Counselors In Training as well.
  • Experience communicating with parents and caregivers.
  • Experience in childhood education, environmental education and/or science background .
  • Be patient, energetic, fun-loving, hardworking, and have a sense of humor.
  • Experience in time management, planning a schedule, and working out logistics.
  • Maintain a positive and appropriate attitude as well as highest morale character around children and staff at all times
  • Be willing and able to put the needs of others before your own.
  • Be flexible and able to work well with others, maintain open and effective communication.
  • Minimum of Red Cross certification in standard first aid and CPR required. 

Dates of Employment: 5 days of mandatory staff training, June 19th- 23rd.  Camp begins June 26th and the ends on August 18th.

Pay:  $11 per hour, 40 hours per week, 9 total weeks

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references by March 1st to:

Ken Benton
Camp Director

Title: Summer Camp Counselor-in-training (CIT)

The North Branch Nature Center is looking for several energetic and responsible teens to serve as camp counselors during our summer day camp season.

The camp counselor-in-training will be responsible for the following:

  • serving as a role model for younger children
  • acting as an assistant to the summer camps instructors during camp hours
  • helping with projects – arts & crafts, cooperative games, reading and other informal activities
  • helping to supervise small groups of campers on trails during hikes and other camp activities
  • helping to supervise the children during lunch, cleaning up after snack and lunch time
  • participating in a camp staff orientation and training program

As a camp counselor-in-training, you must:

  • be at least 14 years old
  • enjoy and have some experience working with children
  • enjoy learning about nature
  • show interest and experience working and playing outdoors
  • be able to take initiative and follow through with responsibilities
  • participate in a mandatory counselor training and orientation, date TBA
  • work a minimum of two camp sessions during the summer


  • $25 gift certificate per week to a store of your choice for first year CIT’s and $50 gift certificate per week for returning CIT’s.
  • training and supervision by experienced educators – including written evaluation of your performance during the camp week(s)

To Apply:

  • Write a ½ page cover letter explaining why you are interested in becoming a CIT and what you hope to learn through the program and send it to ken@northbranchnaturecenter.org





North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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