Museum Educator - Early Childhood Experience

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

Salary/Exempt. Five 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 interactive programs for preschool to early elementary age children, their families and teachers.   While the primary focus is early childhood, the Educator will also deliver 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 the outdoors, museum exhibits and the digital planetarium.  Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning.

Candidates must have a degree in education with early childhood experience and possess a keen interest in science and a commitment to furthering their own learning in the field.  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 education with early childhood experience or EEC Certification, preferred
• Demonstrated experience in formal and/or informal teaching
• General science background preferred
• 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 outdoors in any type of weather as well as indoors
• Be the point of contact for developing early childhood related programming
• Develop special programming with program team and marketing for Nature Explore, an outdoor play area
• Job share responsibilities for scheduling and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the  Nature Explore play area
• Lead school, public programs and camp sessions on a variety of science topics, both on-site and off-site
• 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
• 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
• Develop program schedule in coordination with the Program Team
• In conjunction with Marketing and Development represent and promote the museum off-site, as well as work collaboratively on marketing early childhood 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 24, 2014, applications accepted until position is filled.

AA/EOE
www.ecotarium.org

Worcester, Massachusetts
2014-03-31
EcoTarium
Museum Educator Search,
resume@ecotarium.org

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
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