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Spring Peeper at ECHO.Job Title: STEM Summer Camp Teacher 2015
Reports To: ECHO Group Programs Manager
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Date Last Approved/Revised: May, 2015

Summary: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an innovative science center and lake aquarium located on Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront. ECHO leverages its unique setting to inspire and engage people to become advocates for a healthier Lake Champlain. ECHO uses its numerous interactive exhibits and animal ambassadors to educate and delight about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO is the public face of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7 acre campus that also includes the University of Vermont Rubenstein Ecosystem Laboratory and research vessel, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests.

ECHO Camp staff work together to deliver exceptional educational experiences for children participating in ECHO Summer Camps. ECHO Summer Camps host youth entering grades K - 6 to explore hands-on science in and around the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. The Summer Camp Teacher will deliver week-long, science, technology, and designed themed camps for up to 18 children from late-June to mid-August.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Provide supervisory direction to Summer Camp Program Assistants.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Learn and understand ECHO’s mission, exhibits, camp programs, and safety protocols.
  • Work with ECHO Group Programs Manager to learn and refine camp content.
  • Deliver science and engineering curriculum for groups of up to 18 children.
  • Lead a 1-2 person camp team in delivering a high-quality camp experience.
  • Manage logistics, including facilitating snack, check-in/out, material management, and cross-department coordination.
  • Ensure participant safety.
  • Foster environmental stewardship among youth.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • 3 years or equivalent experience working with youth, preferably in the context of the environment, technology, and/or science. Bachelor Degree or higher in Education, Environmental Science, Technology, or related field.
  • Working knowledge of informal education field. Demonstrated management skills.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead a diversity of inquiry-based science and engineering activities.
  • Tech literate, including familiarity with educational apps. First Aid/CPR Certified.
  • Strong understanding of child development and classroom management.
  • Talent for building fun/memorable camp experiences. Strong work ethic, dependable, flexible, and punctual.
  • Excellent team player.
  • Must pass criminal background check.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Highly flexible and able to adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Comfort working with diverse groups of people and ability to communicate effectively across cultures and learning styles.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work is performed partially in a regular office setting and in various classroom and teaching settings.

Commitment and Hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 7:45am-3:45pm
  • June 15-Aug 21

Compensation: $14.00/hr

Application Instructions: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume and cover letter to ECHO Job Search. Please put STEM Summer Camp Teacher in the subject line of the email and send to:

Application Deadline: Monday 6/1/15

Make sure to check out our volunteer opportunities for other great ways to get involved at ECHO!

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