Natural Resource Instructor Intern

Expected Dates
June 4, 2018 to September 9, 2018
Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Position ID
Natural Resource Instructor Interns work under the Camp Director, Assistant Director, Camp Coordinator, and Education Coordinator. Instructors will be involved in teaching courses at a residential camp ranging from first aid, hunter firearm safety, fishing, forestry, ecology, fish and wildlife management, and outdoor recreation. They will also be responsible for mentoring campers in educational, social, and personal matters and assisting all staff members in carrying out camp goals, objectives, and the Vermont State Fish and Wildlife Department’s mission. Please note: this is a residential position at either the Edward F. Kehoe Camp in Castleton, VT or the Buck Lake Camp in Woodbury, VT; NO exceptions. Room and board are included with the position.
Specific Responsibilities:
  1. Live in close proximity with campers and be available for adolescent counseling and helping each camper adjust to other campers and camp life;
  2. Encourage and lead each camper in their participation in camp activities and interactions with other campers;
  3. Be able to teach courses independently and co-teach all courses with other staff members (teach 32-40 classes weekly);
  4. Assist with camp activities, and other responsibilities including; health and safety supervision, dining hall duties, inventory and organizing class materials, grounds maintenance, and similar tasks;
  5. Be ‘on call’ to needs and responsibilities of camp and the campers 24 hours a day;
  6. Be a positive role model and leader for the campers and volunteer staff;
  7. Address discipline issues in an appropriate and sensitive manner; and,
  8. Cooperate fully with the Director, Assistant Director, other Instructors, Volunteers, and all Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Staff.
    Application Criteria: Minimum one year of college, preferably in Natural Resources, Wildlife, Environmental Education, or similar field. Willingness to work with and teach adolescents 12 to 16 years old is a must. Must be able to provide general guidance and leadership to campers. Leadership, teaching, and mentoring experience are highly desired. Applicants with camping, fishing, hunting/firearm experience, First Aid and CPR certifications or advanced emergency care certifications (WFA, WFR, OEC, etc.), and a valid driver’s license, are preferred.
    Additional Information:
    Positions are open until filled. Early applicants are encouraged.
    Room and board is included with the position                           
    Position Dates: early June to late August
    Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action
  • The Green Mountain Conservation Camps are located in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont. You will serve at one of two sites: The Edward F. Kehoe Camp or the Buck Lake Camp. The Edward F. Kehoe Camp is located on the shores of Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake entirely within Vermont’s borders. Lake Bomoseen holds an incredible diversity of freshwater life, and provides many learning and recreation opportunities. Staff at the Kehoe camp wake to a distinctive and breathtaking view of Bird’s Eye Mountain against a backdrop of the greater Green Mountain Range. The Buck Lake camp is located in Woodbury, VT, within the pristine 275-acre Buck Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The 49-acre undeveloped lake within the WMA is one of Vermont’s best kept secrets. Staff at Buck Lake fall asleep to the calls of loons resounding off the surrounding hills. This position will enable you the flexibility and creativity to fulfill internship or job requirements related to conservation and/or conservation education.
  • Interns will participate in a 1.5 week paid training where all policies and procedures are covered. In addition, we do in-depth trainings on all activities that will be conducted at camp. Each intern will become certified in
    Wilderness First aid and CPR.
  • Interns are permitted to borrow all department equipment (firearms, canoes, etc) for their personal use on days off. Vermont has many summer recreational opportunities.
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision