Visting Teacher-Naturalist Program

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Calling all naturalists, nature artists, botanists, wildlife trackers, foragers, nature educators, soil scientists, outdoor accessibility advocates, +++! Are you an educator or expert in a field related to nature and nature connection? NBNC is excited to welcome you and your work into our programs and community for a week of shared learning through our new Visiting Teacher-Naturalist Program.

This program is specifically designed to spotlight the expertise, knowledge, and skills of Black, Indigenous, POC, rural, immigrant, disabled, LGBTQIA+ individuals. NBNC encourages applications from folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. 

The Visiting Teacher-Naturalist will deliver programming across several of our programs such as our onsite Forest Preschool, our “Educating Children Outdoors” programs with local schools, and adult public programs, family/community programs, and others. Strong candidates will have interest and experience sharing their area of work with others - we can’t wait to learn from each other! 

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with 2 cycles each year - one occurring in early/mid May and another in early November.

Related Resources

  • About our Youth Programs

  • About our Adult Programs

  • JEDI at NBNC

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If needed, local housing can be provided during your time with us, in addition to working and teaching space, access to the nature center land and existing materials, marketing support, and lunches on some program days.

Financial compensation will be a flat rate of $2,000 for 4 days, $2,500 for 5 days, or $3,000 for 6 days, aiming for approximately 8 hours of Visiting Teacher-Naturalist work per day (see sample schedule below). We expect a robust but sustainable number of hours of contact time with the public through these programs, including ~2 non-consecutive evening programs, 2 visits with existing NBNC youth programs, and at least 2 other public programs.

An example schedule of a 6-day visit by a visiting botanist:

 

M

T

W

Th

F

S

AM

Settle in and set up

Independent work

Plant ID session with school program students

Independent work

Independent work

Public botany program

PM

Scouting and field orientation

PD with Staff

Social Media / online outreach

Session with afterschool students

Brown-bag lunch with visiting orgs 

Public botany program continued

Evening

Off

Evening Plant Field Trip

Evening Plant Field Trip

Evening Plant Field Trip

Off

 

Phase 1 - To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with a short description of who you are and your work in the field of nature connection, naturalist study, or adjacent topics! Please include a description of what you’d like to contribute to North Branch Nature Center programs, why you’d be excited to join us as a Visiting Teacher-Naturalist, and what support you would envision needing to be successful here. Our hope is to co-create this program together with you.

 

Phase 2 - Successful applicants will then be asked to submit references from a colleague and two former students or participants, as well as a sample of a project, lesson, or program that you would be interested in sharing with NBNC participants and staff.

"Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate.
But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship
from a one-way street into a sacred bond."

— Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

North Branch Nature Center

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

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