Summer Staff Positions

The Montshire Museum of Science offers extensive summer environmental and science day camp programming for children and also hosts many summer visitors. The Museum hires approximately 16 day camp educators and 5 explainers each summer.

Summer Education Positions 2015

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:
montshire.education@montshire.org  
or
Summer Positions
Montshire Museum of Science
One Montshire Rd.
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-2200 
 
Summer Camp Positions

Directors: Requires experience teaching the appropriate age range, supervisory experience, background in ecology or environmental education, and excitement in exploring the natural world with children. Oversees program quality and provides guidance in program development. Supervises and provides leadership for 2-3 staff and interns. Serves as lead liaison with parents. Monitors materials, medical problems, parent and staff concerns, and provides feedback. Leads daily staff debriefing. Directors share teaching responsibilities with other educators.

Educators: Requires informal teaching experience with the appropriate age-range children and excitement in exploring the natural world with children. Develops and leads camp program with other staff. Facilitates explorations, games, solo times, and large and small group activities.

Interns: Most of these positions can be set up to fulfill internship requirements.  Please apply for the positions of most interest and include in your cover letter that you are looking for an internship.

Age requirements:  Full time camp staff must be college age or older. 

CPR and First Aid certification required for all camp positions.  All Montshire hires are subject to a criminal background check.
 

Preschool Camp (ages 4-5)

Each day the campers explore a special outdoor place with stories, songs, movement, live creatures, explorations, and activities. The day starts with a story that has been written specifically for the program. Educators have the opportunity to create a new story. Morning and afternoon sessions offered, with 12 children and 3 adult educators.

1. Preschool Camp Director (Position filled)
Dates: June 11 - August 14
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$12.25-12.75/hour

2. Preschool Camp Environmental Educator (2 positions)
Dates: June 11-August 14
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$9.75-10.75/hour


Outdoor Discovery Camp (grades 1-2)

Environmentally oriented day camp with outdoor adventures, solo times, friendship, crafts, science activities, stories, games, explorations and swimming. An imaginative story line is developed around an ecological theme to shape the program. Each day includes large and small group activities. Offered at the Montshire and another local site. Fifteen to 21 children with 3-4 adult educators. Lifeguard certification (paid for by the Montshire) is required for two staff.

1. Outdoor Discovery Camp Director (2 positions)
Dates: June 11-August 14
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., plus staff meeting Wed., 4-6 p.m.
$12.25-12.75/hour

2. Outdoor Discovery Camp Environmental Educator (5 positions)
Dates: June 11-August 14
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., plus staff meeting Wed., 4-6 p.m.
$9.75-10.75/hour

 

Environmental Camps for grades 3-6

Two programs are offered. Montshire Explorers (18 3rd -4th graders) consists of daily adventures at different locations on the Montshire's property. The curriculum is based on one major ecological theme presented in a creative manner. Upper Valley Adventures (15 4th-6th graders) consists of day trips to local natural areas with activities developed for each site. Each day has a variety of large and small group activities, games, explorations, solo times and swimming. Lifeguard certification (paid for by the Montshire) required for one staff. Staff must be 21 and have a valid driver's license and a safe driving record.

1. Director for grades 3-6 Environmental Camps (1 position)
Dates: June 11-August 14
Staff Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$12.25-12.75/hour

2. Environmental Educator for grades 3-6 (2 positions)
Dates: June 11-August 14
Staff Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$9.75-10.75/hour

 

Physical Science Camps (grades 3-6)

Campers (18 3rd/4th or 5th/6th graders per week) work on a variety of design and problem solving projects. Daily outside exploration, games, and swimming included. Staff will also work 1-2 weeks in one of the nature camps and/or a middle-school science camp. Lifeguard certification (paid for by the Montshire) required for one staff.

1. Physical Science Camp Director (1 positions)
Dates: June 30-Aug 14 
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$12.25-12.75/hour

2. Physical Science Camp Educator (positions filled)
Dates: June 11-Aug 14
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$9.75-10.75/hour

 

Extended Care Option

The Montshire offers a supervised unstructured extended care option for children, ages 6-12, in the museum following camp. Requires babysitting experience, communication skills with parents and museum staff, and working independently.  Applicants must be 16 years or older.

Extended Option Staff (2 positions)
Dates: June 21 - August 14 plus pre-camp training (to be scheduled)
Hours: M-F, 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
$9.75-10.25/hour


Summer Museum Explainer 

Share your passion for science with families and kids of all ages. The Montshire Museum of Science offers you the opportunity to spend the summer teaching science in a hands-on, interactive, and exploratory environment. The museum has exhibits on everything from air pressure to ants – fossils to fog.

As an explainer you’ll lead a variety of materials-rich activities, provide informal science education throughout the museum, offer a high level of customer service, and maintain indoor and outdoor exhibits.

We prefer science or engineering majors who have experience working with kids, or education majors who have an interest in science.
This summer join a team of professional science educators, gain valuable communication and teaching skills, and expand your science knowledge.

Summer Exhibit Explainer (4-5 positions)
Dates: Mid June-late August 
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., 25-37 hrs/week including every other weekend
$9.75-10.75/hour