Title: Forest Preschool Teacher

The Position:
We have an immediate opening for a Forest Preschool Teacher to join our education team at NBNC. The pay is $16 per hour with opportunity for advancement. The position is part-time for 20 hours a week (not including holidays or school vacations). The start date is March 6, 2017 to the end of the calendar school year.
The Forest Preschool (FPS) Teacher supports the Forest Preschool Director in facilitating child centered play and learning outdoors in a nature immersion program. The FPS teacher helps to continue NBNC’s mission to provide informative and experiential outreach programs for the community here in central Vermont. There is potential for the position to become full time for the 2017-2018 school year.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with morning preparation, afternoon clean-up, and daily logistics.
  • Assist with social mentoring throughout the day.
  • Support child-centered play and learning by paying careful attention to each child’s natural curiosity and interests.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of curriculum
  • Follow NBNC safety protocols and conduct seasonal site assessments
  • Draft and edit student narratives
  • Tell oral stories
  • Build fires
  • Participate in weekly debrief
  • Assist with parent teacher conferences
  • Assist with writing newsletter, blog posts, grant applications, and media outreach.


  • BA in Early Childhood Education or VT Early Childhood Career Ladder Level 4 Certificate
  • At least 12 months experience teaching in a preschool setting
  • Background or course work related to Forest School and Nature Preschool philosophy
  • Documented experience in risk assessment
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Experience storytelling and singing as part of a daily teaching routine
  • Able to demonstrate safety protocols with tool use and fire making skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace

Send a letter of interest, a resume and two references by January 31 to:

Amy Butler
Director of Education
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT. 05602

AmeriCorps LogoTitle: Environmental Educator

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-teach elementary students through our Educating Children Outdoors program in local public schools and collaborate with teachers.
  • Co-teach Forest Preschool programs at NBNC.
  • Co-lead week long April Vacation Camp for students Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
  • Co-teach afterschool programs at NBNC for students 1st through 3rd grade.
  • 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.

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:

  • BA in science, environmental education, primary or secondary education, natural history.
  • Interest in working with children ages 4-12 years old in an outdoor classroom and summer camp summer.
  • Interested in pursuing a career in the field of environmental education.

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.

Additional Information:

  • Service hour for this position will be performed mostly outdoors on nature center property and local public parks. At NBNC our educational programming is all outdoors based, returning indoors only for extreme weather conditions such as but not limited to lightning and extreme cold. Please be prepared to work outdoors in all conditions.

Position begins March 6th, 2017 and ends August 18th, 2017.
This position is Half Time: Requires 900 hours for an average of 20 hours per week for one year. Member will receive a living allowance of $8,640 (pre-tax), and an education award of $2,888 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training opportunities.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

To Apply: http://www.vhcb.org/americorps/menu_events/positions/
For questions about this position or to send additional materials:
Ken Benton, (802) 229-6206 or ken@northbranchnaturecenter.org
Application deadline: January 31st, 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





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713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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