Museum Educator - Astronomy Experience

Department:
Programs
Effective Date:
March 1, 2014
Reports to:
Museum Educator, Team Leader
Status:

Salary/Exempt. 5 day work week including a weekend day or alternating weekend.  Position includes school vacation weeks, and some holiday and evening hours.

Position Summary:

The EcoTarium, a museum of science and nature, seeks an innovative and creative Educator to develop, deliver and facilitate hands-on interpretive programs for the general public and groups, both on-site and off-site for all ages.  Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and includes interpretation of museum exhibits, digital planetarium and the outdoors on a 55-acre site.  Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning.  The educator is responsible for coordinating and scheduling day-to-day programming and staffing (paid and volunteer), as well as assisting in the hiring and training of on-call staff.

Candidates must have a degree in a scientific field or education and possess a keen interest in science and a commitment to furthering their own learning in the field.  Competency in astronomy is required and physical science and math desirable.  Experience in the Maker/DIY community a plus. Formal and/or informal teaching experience expected.  The successful candidate will bring a commitment to running creative educational programs with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field or education
• General science background with competency in astronomy and knowledge in one of the following areas preferred: physical science and math
• Demonstrated experience in formal and/or informal teaching
• Supervisory experience, including hiring and training
• Ability to develop budgets and meet budgetary and income goals
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
• Curriculum development experience desired
• Be in good physical condition to meet the physical demands of the position.  Ability to move program equipment/supplies up to 40 lbs, navigate the Tree Canopy Walkway and trails under any weather conditions.  Walking, standing, highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests.
• Certified in CPR/First Aid or be willing to take a CPR/First Aid course provided by the EcoTarium
• Valid driver’s license required and personal transportation needed
• Pass CORI and SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines
• Ability to plan, initiate and carry out education programs
• Knowledge of good customer service principles and excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills
• Experience working with diverse racial/socioeconomic populations
• Multi-lingual skills desirable
• Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
• Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Candidate should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable

Responsibilities:

• Develop and deliver hands-on, inquiry based, participatory programs for guests and groups indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
• Lead school, public programs and camp sessions on a variety of science topics, both on-site and off-site
• Be the point of contact for developing astronomy related programming utilizing all assets: digital planetarium, observatory and telescopes
• Include evaluation as a component of all program development
• Handle animals for use in programs
• Assist in hiring and training of on call and/or seasonal staff
• Develop and produce program schedule in coordination with the Program Team
• Coordinate staff schedules with the Program Team
• Oversee the day-to-day program operations including seasonal activities, i.e. Tree Canopy Walkway and in the absence of other educators the Nature Explore play area
• Be familiar with overnight program, occasionally lead programs and serve on rotation schedule for meeting and greeting groups
• Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment and supplies
• In conjunction with Marketing and Development represent and promote the museum off-site, as well as work collaboratively on marketing astronomy programs
• Develop contacts and foster relationships with groups and individuals to further the museum’s mission and to establish partnerships
• Assist with team members on the development of grant proposals and their implementation
• Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions:

• Serve on staff ad-hoc committees when needed
• Other duties as may be assigned.

Instructions:

Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references to: Human Resources, Attn:  Museum Educator Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604 or email:  resume@ecotarium.org

Review begins March 4, 2014, applications accepted until position is filled.
AA/EOE
www.ecotarium.org

Worcester, Massachusetts
2014-03-31
The EcoTarium
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resume@ecotarium.org

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
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