Employment and Internship opportunities
AmeriCorps: LEAP - QT Summer Early Childhood Educators
Dates of service: May 24 - June 20, 2021
Educational requirement: High School diploma or equivilent
These positions are part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a state AmeriCorps program that places members with non-profit organizations throughout the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding services that many communities rely on. LEAP members provide direct service in the form of educational programming to PreK-12 Youth in STEAM subject areas and early literacy projects. LEAP supports members through trainings and professional development opportunities throughout their service term. This is a Quarter Time positions that requires completion of 450 service hours, approximately 40 hours per week. Member will earn a (pre-tax) living allowance of $3,500 paid bi-weekly and upon successful completion of service, a (pre-tax) Education Award of $1,638.89. The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium leads innovative, inquiry based youth education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) and Vermont. The mission of the Museum is to inspire appreciation for our place in the natural world and to motivate our stewardship of a healthy planet. The goals of these positions are to inspire 4-8 year olds about the natural world through direct service.
Nature-based Education Member Duties (STEM):
- Assist museum staff in facilitating nature-based education camp
- Plan and provide daily STEAM activities for extended day camp program
- Help keep classroom attractive and organized to maximize student learning opportunities
- Treat children, parents, other teachers and volunteers with respect and dignity
- Exhibit Enthusiasm for our mission of “supporting and building on the child’s innate interest in exploring the natural world” through playing outdoors and & engaging children in nature based activities Alternative remote service tasks if closed due to COVID-19:
- Curriculum development for Discovery Camp (4 full weeks) plus extended day activities and KampIWannaHavFun (5 weeks)
- Possible activity write-ups and videos for families with students who cannot make it to our camps and/or if the camps are closed for any reason this summer.
- Assisting with online educational programming for youth and community members
- Aid STEM Lab camps if they take place.
Nature-based Education Member Duties (Camps):
- Assist museum staff in facilitating and designing curriculum for nature-based education camp for children ages 5-12
- Keep communication current with museum staff
- Treat children, parents, visitors, other teachers and volunteers with respect and dignity
- Exhibit enthusiasm for our mission of “supporting and building on the child’s innate interest in exploring the natural world” through playing outdoors and & engaging children in nature based activities
- Patience and flexibility, ability to relate to young children and adults
- Curriculum development for KampIWannaHavFun -8:30am to 4:30pm with appropriate breaks plus mandatory trainings and meetings (includes professional development training time and COVID-19 weekly updates):
- 5 weeks as an assistant teacher in KampIWannaHavFun during the summer (June through August)
Internships offer a way for self-motivated individuals to be involved with the work of the Museum. Interns work with Museum staff on specific projects or over time to support Museum functions. The Museum cannot pay interns.
Fairbanks Museum interns can work with collections, exhibits, facilities, visitor services, marketing and communications. For those interested in a more formal internship to fulfill an educational requirement, museum staff can work with you and your instructors to meet your needs.
Would an itnernship be a good step for your career? You can start the conversation by letting us know your interests and experiences in a cover letter. Please include any relevant work history or academic focus.