Coordinator, Community Science Investigation

Classification:  Full time, Regular
Dept/Div:  Litzsinger Road Ecology Center
Application Deadline:  November 28, 2012

This position is located at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center.

The Coordinator, Community Science Investigation develops game-based learning experiences on the Garden grounds and in the community leveraging advanced handheld technology to augment youth learning experiences. In conjunction with the project director, provides support to partner institutions around the country in developing their own experiences.

This position is funded through a National Science Foundation grant from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
– Leads the development, testing, and revision of game-based learning experiences using handheld “augmented reality” technology.
– Recruits participants for related programs on the Garden grounds and in the community.
– Collaborates with and provides project development support for partners at other informal institutions.
– Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; informs employees/students/volunteers of safety guidelines and safe working practices and routinely monitors to enforce them. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards. Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
– Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.

Qualifications, Education and/or Experience:
– Bachelor’s degree in science or related field.
– Three years related experience that includes leading outdoor education
– An equivalent combination of education, skills, and experience may be considered
– Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal team members and external organizations for the purposes of creating a commitment to common goals, prioritizing, minimizing obstacles, and executing realistic priorities in a sophisticated environment.
– Demonstrated ability to create various reports and write business correspondence and procedure manuals; exceptional writing and proofreading skills.
– Ability to work independently with little instruction; coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks, set deadlines, and complete projects in a timely manner.
– Exceptional ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions.
– Demonstrated proficiency with computer office software.
– Experience with educational technology.
– Scheduling flexibility is required to work evenings, weekends or holidays as needed.

Computer Skills:
– Proficient skills using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel).
– Proficient in a range of educational technologies relevant to current projects.
– Comfortable learning new technology and engaging in basic troubleshooting.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
– Must possess and maintain valid driver’s license prior to employment.

Physical Demands:
– Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).
– Ability to work both indoors and out.
– Ability to lift up to (20) pounds (i.e., load, unload and move boxes, supplies and equipment).
– May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., step stools, etc.)
– Requires extensive standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching for extended periods of time.

Work Environment:
– Shared cubicle office environment; noise level moderate.
– May require working indoors and outdoors throughout day in all seasons – Ability to work outdoors in temperatures over 100 degrees F as well as temperatures below 0 degrees F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions as needed.
– Office, school, and community settings.

Contacts with Individuals/Organizations inside/outside the Garden:
– Works cooperatively with Education Staff at the Garden’s main campus and all remote work sites.
– Works cooperatively with other Garden departments.
– Educators, teachers, and other visitors associated with client schools.

The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.

Saint Louis, Missouri
Missouri Botanical Garden
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