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Rosie’s Girls® Lead Trades Instructor

For Vermont Works for Women


Position Summary:

Rosie’s Girls® helps middle school girls and gender non-conforming youth develop grit, connection, and expanded possibilities through carpentry and welding projects paired with social and emotional skill development activities. The three-person staff operates in a collaborative team environment to support and supervise 12 campers in all of the program activities during each one-week camp. While we welcome out-of-town applicants, as a nonprofit program we are unable to provide summer housing. Vermont Works for Women camps are open to girls and gender non-conforming youth. Additionally, we strive to accommodate youth of all ability levels.


  • Provide advanced technical knowledge, assistance, and oversight with all welding and/or carpentry equipment and its use to both staff and campers;
  • Work collaboratively with the entire staff team;
  • Act as a leader and mentor to program participants;
  • Support Junior Instructors;
  • Create and maintain a safe, supportive, and encouraging STEM learning environment for all participants;
  • Ensure sound risk management practices in every aspect of the program. Adhere to and implement the policies and procedures set forth by Vermont Works for Women;
  • Form positive and respectful connections with participants;
  • Be creative and flexible, especially in regards to problem solving and brainstorming innovative ideas;
  • Communicate clearly with participants, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • Attend Staff Training: June 24-26, 2020 at Center for Technology, Essex, VT


About You:

The Rosie’s Girls® staff team is a collaborative powerhouse; we hire instructors who are aware of their own strengths, can complement the skills of others, and are excited to try out new leadership roles. We’re looking for candidates who say “That’s me!” to any combination of the following:

  • A Games Genius: You have all the best games up your sleeve. You can engage campers in an instant, inside or outside, to get the blood pumping or mellow out your crew.
  • A Jill of All Trades: You love to build and create. You’re savvy with power tools and you understand how to give campers the tools they need to solve problems – without solving the problem for them.
  • A Social Justice Maven: You’re committed to equity in education and our communities. You understand how to simplify complex social justice issues into digestible nuggets that help young people understand the world around them and expand their sense of what’s possible.
  • A Relationship Master: You have a knack for making meaningful connections with just about anyone. Not only are people comfortable talking with you, you also know how to help people connect with one another. You can break apart cliques, support campers in resolving their conflicts, help new and healthy friendships form, and give campers tools to support each other.
  • A Spontaneous Motivator: You have a way of motivating and energizing others. You have ways of encouraging others to find the joy, excitement, and connection in activities and games. Even though you may be sparking the interest, ultimately it’s the youth-driven problem solving that fires you up.
  • A Teacher-on-the-Fly: You’re a natural when it comes to public speaking and teaching. Standing up in front of a group to teach a lesson, giving quick instructions, and guiding group conversations are well within your comfort zone. Although you sometimes may be “wingin’ it”, no one can tell with your clear and concise syntax.
  • A Safety Patroller: You’re eager to try new things and encourage others to do the same. However, you always approach situations with an eye for risk management. Through sound judgement and decision-making, you’re able to help folks understand risks so they’re not only able to use a power tool safely, but they’re also able to make healthy decisions outside of your supervision.


Vermont Works for Women is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment that represents the vibrant community we serve. Candidates across all markers of identity and expressions (gender, sexualities, races, religions, ages, national origins, and abilities etc.) are highly encouraged to apply to this position. As Rosie’s Girls® helps girls and gender non-conforming youth gain confidence through hands-on STEAM and trades related activities, we especially encourage people with identities that are underrepresented in STEAM fields to apply.



Education and Experience:

  • 1+ years working with middle or high school-aged youth in any capacity;
  • 2+ years trades experience 0r NCCER certification or equivalent certification/degree; Weld: experience using welders, preferably MIG. Experience using a plasma cutter desired. Build: experience using power tools such as chop saw, jig saw, power drill, etc.;
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of pre-adolescent and adolescent girls’/gender non-conforming youth’s social and emotional development and the issues facing this population;
  • Familiarity with and comfort responding to a variety of social justice and cultural issues (racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, etc.).
  • Preferred: knowledge of and experience with youth-driven, project-based learning.



  • Ability to pass a criminal background check;
  • CPR and First Aid certification (can be obtained after hire).
  • Ability to operate welding/wood shop equipment
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lb of raw materials and/or camper projects
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Schedule and Locations:

Staff Training (at Center for Technology, Essex: June 24-26, 2020). Preference will be given to instructors who can work all weeks of a given program and/or both programs:

Rosie's Girls WELD | Burlington Technical Center | 6/29-7/3

Rosie's Girls BUILD | Center for Technology, Essex | 7/6-7/10

Rosie's Girls WELD | Central Vermont Career Center, Barre | 7/20-7/24

Rosie's Girls EXPLORE | Central Vermont Career Center, Barre | 7/27-7/31

Rosie's Girls BUILD | Northwest Technical Center, St. Albans | 8/10-8/14



Contact with questions. Deadline to apply: March 27, 2020.

Feb 10, 2020
March 27, 2020
Girls' Programs
Starting pay based on experience. $18-$20/hour; an additional bonus offered for working both programs and for returning instructors. Mileage reimbursements available.