Turtle Island Children's Center

Nature-Based Summer Camp Lead Teacher

Reference ID : 74050
Location : Montpelier, VT
Category : None
Job Type : Full Time



Turtle Island Children's Center (TICC) in Montpelier, VT is offering a nature-based summer camp for a small group of children ages 5-12. Camp runs for seven weeks in the summer, beginning June 26. Our program day is 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Monday through Friday, except for holidays and staff meeting days.

Campers enjoy on-site games and activities each day before they take off for the trails! With backpacks packed for day-long adventures, children will explore the North Branch Nature Center & Hubbard Park trails surrounding TICC, our summer camp's home base. Equipped with practical tools for hands-on fun, campers will have the chance to engage with the natural materials in the forest, splash in streams, run through the woods, and form new relationships with each other and with the land. 

On extra hot days, campers take advantage of the Montpelier Recreation Center Pool which is just next door to TICC, and on occasion throughout the summer, they will have the opportunity to take bus field trips to destinations that are a bit farther away, like VINS Nature Center in Quechee.

The Summer Camp Teacher position at Turtle Island Children's Center is a full-time, non-exempt position. This person will ideally begin training, planning and preparation work prior to June 26th, which will be worked out in collaboration with the TICC leadership team. The lead camp teacher will be working with one or two assistant teachers. If you are qualified for and interested in the position but not available for the full seven weeks, please go ahead and apply, as we have some flexibility in our staffing arrangements.


We are looking for folks who love to be outdoors and want to foster a connection to nature in young children. The primary responsibilities of the Lead Teacher role include, but are not limited to:

Supporting the daily operations of summer camp

Implementation of practices aligned with TICC policies and Vermont Child Care Licensing Regulations

Working collaboratively in a team

Construction of emergent curriculum & activities for children in an outdoor setting

Leading activities, games, and field trips

Ensuring children are safe and well cared-for, while allowing for safe risk-taking


*At least 18 yrs old.

*Experience working with children in grades K-3, ideally in an outdoor setting.

*Patience and flexibility in an ever-changing environment.

*Experience with planning curriculum/activities, and managing a daily schedule.

*Open and effective communication with coworkers, children and families.

*Experience communicating with parents.

*Commitment to social & environmental justice.

*CPR and First Aid Certified or willingness to complete CPR/First Aid training.

*Be able to kneel, bend, squat, lift, push, pull, and carry 50+ lbs.

Nice To Haves

Relevant coursework in education or environmental/outdoor education


Working in a beautiful outdoor environment with a strong and passionate team of educators.

Paid time off, accrued based on hours worked.

Holiday pay on July 4th.

50% off camp tuition for your child.

Professional development, as available.

Salary : $15 to $21/Hr
Minimum Education : None
Job Type : Full Time
Category : None
Minimum Experience : None
Location : Montpelier, VT

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