Nature Camp Educator


Middlebury Area Land Trust

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Jamie Jo Horton

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Middlebury, VT
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Learn the ins-and-outs of nature-based education while serving at a local land trust with over 30 years of conservation and education success. Connect over 180 local youth with nature while teaching day camps on over 1,000 acres of locally conserved lands. By serving as the Nature Camp Educator, you will gain valuable people skills, mentorship from talented lead educators, and teaching experience that will help you become a stronger environmental communicator. Previous experience teaching environmental education and a willingness to grow and learn alongside youth is required. Apply today!


This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps).  The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape.  VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service program that places members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) works with our community to conserve natural and productive landscapes, and to enhance scenic, recreational, and educational opportunities. Based in Middlebury, VT and serving Addison County, this AmeriCorps Member position will maintain and protect 3,700+ acres of conserved lands and 30 miles of public recreation trails. The member will inspire and foster a strong environmental ethic through environmental education for youth and adults while inspiring responsible outdoor recreation. This position is an ideal fit for someone seeking experience with all facets of a land trust, including conservation, education, communication, and volunteer engagement.

Essential Functions:

  • Connect youth with MALT’s lands and trails;
  • Facilitate nine weeks of outdoor summer day camps; camp runs from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, daily; educators arrive at 8:30 AM and our day wraps up by 4:30 PM;
  • Collaborate with MALT’s passionate, experienced, creative, and sometimes muddy team of educators to provide safe nature-based experiences in an outdoor setting;
  • Teach children ages 4 to 13;
  • Serve as lead educator for 1-2 weeks of summer camp; the lead educator is responsible for planning, gathering materials, providing structure for camp, and delegating support tasks to other staff;
  • Manage risk in the outdoors, including teaching youth about risk management and opportunities to be challenged and inspired in the outdoors;
  • As part of the teaching team, maintain clean, safe, and quality education program materials, and assist in any administrative functions that support MALT’s summer camps;

Compensation Information

This position is Quarter Time: Requires 460 hours of service for an average of 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $6,880 (pre-tax), a monthly housing allowance of $300, for a total compensation of $8,080 for the term. Member will receive an education award of $1,824.07 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. 


Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.