Summer Employment Opportunities

Outdoor Education and Outreach Coordinator: Americorp VISTA

Do you love the outdoors & believe in the power of nature to improve lives? Would you like to help youth enjoy the out of doors and learn valuable skills? Then apply for this VISTA position in beautiful southern Vermont.

We are recruiting a VISTA member to develop a new and exciting new program: to design and implement an outdoor education, leadership and skill building program that targets at risk youth. Our goal is to create a program that will offer young people opportunities that will alleviate poverty and other risk factors in their lives. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who can utilize their energy and skills to develop a unique and exciting new initiative.

Your focus will include community engagement and outreach, grant writing and fund raising, program and curriculum development, community connections, record keeping and reporting as well as the enjoyment of our beautiful lake and surrounding environment. You will be supervised by an experienced social entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience starting and running not for profit organizations with strong community ties.

You must be flexible, people oriented, enjoy hard work and the outdoors. We’d like you to have your own car and to be able to work both independently and with a team.
This position is an Americorps VISTA position. Americorps pays a modest living stipend based on your geographical location and year of service. Americorps also provides regular professional development training and opportunities.

Upon completion of their service year, VISTAs are entitled to a $6,195 educational stipend or a $1,800 cash award. Paran Recreations will offer additional resources to support your time in the community including housing stipend and subsidized farm share to local CSA program.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $13,000.00 – $16,000.00 per year


  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • North Bennington, VT: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

To Apply, email resume and cover letter to

Summer Lifeguard

The Lifeguard is responsible for guarding swimmers at the roped in areas and/or aquatic activities at Lake Paran to secure the safety of members and program participants. These staff will be supervised by our Summer Coordinator and will: 


  • Supervise swimming activities at Lake Paran and ensure that policies, guidelines, and safety procedures are followed.
  • Supervise and assist in cleaning around lake property and related facilities and equipment
  • Check in Lake Paran members when not on stand
  • Instruct swim lessons as needed

Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • 16 yrs or older
  • Certified Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, or equivalent
  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer, or equivalent
  • American Red Cross Standard First Aid, or equivalent
  • **American Red Cross Basic Swim Instructor (BSI) or Water Safety Instructor (WSI) preferred but not required

Hours: Full-time or part-time, 11am-6pm Monday-Sunday

We pay $15.00/hour

Fill out the attached job application PDF and return to


Lake Paran’s mission is to be stewards of our local environment and bring the natural beauty of Southern Vermont to our community, while also providing healthy, outdoor fun! We are a busy and expanding organization and are actively seeking a volunteer base to assist in event/maintenance support.

If you are interested in signing up to be a Lake Paran volunteer, please email

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