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 6-8 Donley Fellows who work as Exhibit Explainers, Tinkering Loft Instructors or Teacher-in-Residence.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter (including which positions are of most interest to you) to:

montshire.education@montshire.org  
or to
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)

Montshire offers two preschool options, a nature camp and a science camp.  The staff are responsible for developing and leading daily themes, with stories, activities, explorations, and experiments.  Each day includes indoor and outdoor times.   Morning and afternoon sessions offered, with 12 children and 3 adult educators.

1. Preschool Camp Director (1 position)
Dates: June 16 - August 19
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pay: $12-13/hour

2. Preschool Camp Educator (2 positions)
Dates: June 16-August 19
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pay: $10-11/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 in Hanover. Fifteen to 20 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 16-August 19
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., plus staff meeting Wed., 4-6 p.m.
Pay: $12-13/hour

2. Outdoor Discovery Camp Environmental Educator (5 positions)
Dates: June 16-August 19 
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., plus staff meeting Wed., 4-6 p.m.
Pay: $10-11/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 16-August 19
Staff Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pay: $12-13/hour

2. Environmental Educator for grades 3-6 (2 positions)
Dates: June 16-August 19
Staff Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pay: $10-11/hour

 

Physical Science Camps (grades 1-6)

Montshire offers several physical science camps during the summer.  For 1st-3rd grade students there is a physical science camp with a different theme explored each day through related activities and experiments.  For campers 3-6th grade, Inventors’ Workshop concentrates on design and problem solving projects. Daily outside exploration, games, and swimming included. Lifeguard certification (paid for by the Montshire) required for one staff.

1. Physical Science Camp Director (1 positions)
Dates: June 14-August 19 
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pay: $12-13/hour

2. Physical Science Camp Educator (2 positions)
Dates: June 14-Aug 19
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pay: $10-11/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 27 - August 19 plus pre-camp training (to be scheduled)
Hours: M-F, 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Pay: $10-10.50/hour


Summer Fellowships in Science Education and Science Communication

Share your passion for science and teaching as a Donley Fellow at the Montshire Museum of Science this summer.

The Montshire is recruiting 6-8 individuals 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 a Donley Fellow, you will be a member of the Museum’s education team and work in our exhibit halls, outdoor spaces, and in the community leading a variety of hands-on science and engineering activities and investigations, provide informal science education experiences, offer a high level of customer service, and maintain indoor and outdoor exhibits. One week of intensive training will be provided, followed with biweekly evening seminars exploring different topics in science education and communication.

Successful applicants will

  • Have a strong interest in teaching – either in the classroom or in informal educational settings. 
  • Have a strong background in a STEM discipline, either through undergraduate course work, graduate studies, or professional work.
  • Have an enthusiasm to work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Have a desire to learn how to communicate science and engage children, families, and adults in science and engineering.

All Montshire hires are subject to a criminal background check and safe driving verificationApplicants can choose to apply as a Donley Fellow for the following positions:

 

Summer Exhibit Explainer (4-5 positions)

Job focus: Working throughout the Museum with visitors, leading a variety of hands-on science activities, daily exhibit maintenance and upkeep. Occasional evening work and potential community outreach.

Minimum Qualifications: Completed one year of college, preferably with major in education, theater, or a STEM-related field. 

Dates: Mid June–late August
Hours: 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m., 25-37 hrs/week including every other weekend.
Pay: $10–$11 per hour.


Tinkering Loft Instructor (2-3 positions)

Job focus: Facilitating programs in the Museum’s Tinkering Loft exhibit area, a space specially designed to engage families and adults in engineering and making activities. Job also includes supervising and mentoring teen interns, managing Tinkering Loft materials and exhibit programs, and bringing tinkering and making programs to communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

Minimum Qualifications: Two years of college, preferably with a major in education or a STEM-related field. Driver’s license.

Dates: Mid June–late August
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., 30-40 hrs/week, including weekend work and occasional evening hours.


Donley Fellow Teacher-in-Residence (1 position)

Job Focus: Working throughout the Museum as an exhibit explainer with visitors, leading a variety of hands-on science activities, daily exhibit maintenance and upkeep. A Teacher-in-Residence will also be given time to work with the Museum’s education staff to develop and pilot hands-on activities to support his/her school-year science curriculum.

Qualifications: An applicant for the teacher-in-residence Donley Fellowship must be a current classroom teacher with at least 3 years of classroom experience. 

Dates: Late June–Mid-August with some flexibility.
Pay: $15 per hour, plus $500 stipend for classroom teaching materials.