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.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:  
Summer Positions
Montshire Museum of Science
One Montshire Rd.
Norwich, VT 05055

Summer Camp Positions Overview

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 (1 position)
Dates: June 12 - August 15
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

2. Preschool Camp Environmental Educator (2 positions)
Dates: June 12-August 15
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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.

Outdoor Discovery Camp Environmental Educator (5 positions)
Dates: June 12-August 15  (one position would be July 7-August 11)
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., plus staff meeting Wed., 4-6 p.m.


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.

Physical Science Camp Educator (2 positions)
Dates: June 12-Aug 15 
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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 22 - August 15 plus pre-camp training (to be scheduled)
Hours: M-F, 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.


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: late June-late August 
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., 25-37 hrs/week including every other weekend