Staff Naturalist

North Branch Nature Center

Montpelier , Vermont

A special opportunity is now available for a well-rounded, dedicated naturalist who seeks to share their passion for living things with people of all ages. The North Branch Nature Center is seeking an outgoing and outstanding naturalist, who has the skills to engage the public in the field, in the lecture hall, online, and with the force of the written word.

An innovator and leader, the staff naturalist will develop educational and engaging programs and outings that connect people of all ages to nature. Consistent with NBNC’s strategic plan and mission, the naturalist’s duties fall into three major areas – natural history programming, citizen science and stewardship.

The staff naturalist will develop and lead natural history field outings and events for the public on the NBNC preserve and at other destinations; develop and supervise new citizen science programs, designed to highlight the importance of data collection in the interest of conservation; supervise stewardship activities on the nature center campus, and design and lead activities that foster awareness, action and conservation.

This is a three-year, full-time position with the potential for extension and advancement. The staff naturalist, reporting to the NBNC executive director, is paid an annual salary of $35,000 to $37,500 with benefits (including health insurance and vacation leave).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of northeastern natural history, including birds, plants, amphibians, insects and other groups. Strong birding skills (essential) and birding banding skills (a major plus).
  • All the tools necessary for effective public engagement: writing, public speaking, exuberance, and mastery of presentation software.
  • Confidence and ability to be an effective public, statewide voice for NBNC and its mission.
  • Knowledge and vision to assist in the design of a new NBNC web presence.
  • Despite an eagerness to be outdoors, the dexterity and “smarts” to use computers and necessary software to accomplish the objectives of the NBNC staff naturalist.


  • An MA or MS in a natural resources or related field, or a BA or BS with extensive field and professional experience relevant to the staff naturalist position.
  • Proven experience designing and leading a variety of public programs, including natural history talks and walks, overnight field trips, and workshops.
  • A deep commitment to the mission of NBNC.

To Apply

Mail or email a cover letter and resume (nothing else) on or before September 7, 2017 to:

            Chip Darmstadt
            North Branch Nature Center
            713 Elm Street
            Montpelier, VT 05602

Candidates applying by email will receive an email reply to confirm that we received the submission. Interviews will begin on or around October 7, 2017; if you haven’t heard from us by then, we’re sorry to say that you won’t be under consideration for the position. During interviews, candidates will most likely be asked to show us around in the field.