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JOB: Education Specialist (currently on hold due to COVID-19)

Job Title: Education Specialist
Department: Education
Salary Range: $9-11/hr
Status: Full Time – Non-Exempt
Closing Date: March 20, 2020 (on hold due to COVID-19 – please check back)

POSITION OVERVIEW

To deliver, establish, and assist in coordinating marine science education programs in classroom and outdoor settings. The position exercises a working knowledge of software including MS Office and registration/database management software. The ability to multi-task is essential and excellent independent work skills are required. The position must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with the public, board of directors, MDC staff and volunteers. The individual must be a good team player and be willing to assist in other departments. The ability to establish working partnerships inside and outside the organization is essential. The position is expected to participate in most special events and fundraising activities.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Educator duties include working with K-12 students to deliver marine science based, hands-on, feet-wet programs in a safe environment while encouraging active learning. The educator will have a working knowledge of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem and the flora and fauna within. The educator will teach in a variety of settings including outdoors on boats (pontoon and kayaks), classrooms and public events.

This position will work with the Education Coordinator to coordinate camp programs for the school year and summer breaks. This includes but is not limited to organizing registration, scheduling activities, hiring and training summer camp staff, developing curriculum, and maintaining open communication with camper’s families.

This position will work with the Education Coordinator to develop and grow community programs. This includes but is not limited to field trips, homeschool classes, preschool classes, and family-oriented programs.

OTHER RELATED FUNCTIONS

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of MDC’s mission and the strategic vision of the organization
  • Comply with MDC Employee Handbook guidelines and expectations
  • Prepare newsletter articles as requested
  • Attend and/or participate in special fund-raising events at MDC as requested by Education Coordinator
  • Participate in outreach speaking presentations as requested
  • Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed
  • Attend internal committee and staff meetings as required
  • Assumes responsibility for professional growth and development
  • All other duties as assigned by Education Coordinator


WORK HOURS

40 hours a week. Schedule can vary but a typical schedule is 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday. Occasional evenings and weekends will be required.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Biology, or Education preferred or five years of work-related experience as an equivalent
  • A background in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is preferred, but not required.
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Registration/Database management software


INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

  • Must have excellent interpersonal, communication and organization skills to interact professionally with the general public, MDC Board of Directors, MDC staff, and volunteers.
  • Must be a good team player and able to establish working partnerships inside and outside the organization.
  • Must demonstrate excellent initiative, creativity, problem-solving and independent work skills.
  • Must have a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, customer service experience, and an ability to deliver environmental education programs to both children and adults.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Sufficient strength and mobility to move about the facility and grounds, on and off boats
  • Assist students, volunteers and guests
  • Move educational equipment (lift at least 50 lbs)
  • Corrected vision and hearing in the normal range
  • This position requires both field and office tasks, therefore the applicant must be able to work in an estuarine environment including wading in water, walking on trails and kayaking. The individual must be able to work in sometimes adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc.


EXPOSURE TO HAZARDS

Many MDC operations involve being on, in or near water. Additionally, chemicals are used for various laboratory tests, in aquaria and in restoration work. All safety protocols must be followed.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

1) Cover Letter
2) Resume/CV
3) Three Professional References
4) A pre-requisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act.

All documents must be submitted to Michelle West, Education Coordinator at the Marine Discovery Center at michelle@marinediscoverycenter.org . Application closing date will be on March 20, 2020. (on hold due to COVID-19 – please check back)

JOB: Lead Summer Camp Instructor (currently on hold due to COVID-19)

Job Title: Lead Camp Instructor
Department: Education
Salary Range: $9/hour, 40 hours/week (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Status: Seasonal Employment – Non-Exempt
Closing Date: March 23, 2020 (on hold due to COVID-19 – please check back)

GENERAL PURPOSE

To deliver the Marine Science Summer Camp Program to children ages 4-9 or ages 8-16. The Lead Camp Instructor will utilize the classroom, kayaks, a boat and the outdoor environment to teach a hands-on, feet-wet summer camp curriculum. The Lead Camp Instructor must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of all campers, volunteers, and parents, and to work with MDC staff, MDC Board and the general public. This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multitask.

RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Teaching and Program Activities:
Under supervision of the Education Staff the Lead Camp Instructor will:
● Ensure that health, happiness, and safety are top priorities at all times.
● Plan and implement educational and recreational activities.
● Lead activities, games, arts and crafts, and songs.
● Provide an understanding of marine topics.
● Oversee all campers.
● Set up and breakdown all activities.
● Keep inventory of supplies up to date.
● Meet and greet parents/guardians and participants during check-in and check-out each day.
● Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed.
● All other duties as assigned by the Education Coordinator.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:
B.A. or B.S. in Education or Environmental Science, Biology, or other science-related degree preferred. A background in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable. Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

Licensure/Certification:
Teacher certification preferred. CPR and First Aid certification required. A prerequisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County Cchool Board Jessica Lunsford Act.

Other:
The successful candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills, a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This individual must also havesufficient mobility and strength to move about the facility, on and off boats, assist children and to move educational equipment (lift at least 50 pounds). The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

1) Cover Letter
2) Resume
3) References (minimum of three)

All documents must be submitted to Michelle West, Education Coordinator at the Marine Discovery Center at michelle@marinediscoverycenter.org . Application closing date will be on March 23, 2020. (on hold due to COVID-19 – please check back)

INTERNSHIP: Summer Camp Assistant (currently on hold due to COVID-19)

Job Title: Summer Camp Assistant
Department: Education
Start-End Date: End of May – Beginning of August
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (on hold due to COVID-19 – please check back)

GENERAL PURPOSE

To assist in the delivery of the Marine Science Summer Camp Program to children ages 4-16. The Summer Camp Assistant will utilize the classroom, kayaks, a boat and the outdoor environment to teach a hands-on, feet-wet summer camp curriculum. The Summer Camp Assistant must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of all campers, volunteers, and parents, and to work with MDC staff, MDC Board and the general public. This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multitask.

RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Teaching and Program Activities:
Under supervision of the Education Staff the Summer Camp Assistant will:
● Ensure that health, happiness, and safety of the campers are top priorities at all times.
● Assist with activities, games, arts and crafts, and songs.
● Provide an understanding of marine topics.
● Assist in the supervision of all campers.
● Help with setup and breakdown of all activities.
● Keep inventory of supplies up to date.
● Be prepared to get wet and muddy in the field.
● Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed.
● Assist with administrative duties.
● All other duties as assigned by the Education Coordinator.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:
An undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited environmental education program, education, marine science program, or a related field. Experience in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable. Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

Licensure/Certification:
CPR and First Aid certification preferred. A prerequisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County Cchool Board Jessica Lunsford Act.

Other:
The successful candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills, a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This individual must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the facility, on and off boats, assist children and to move educational equipment (lift at least 50 pounds). The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc. This position is an unpaid internship and the student is responsible for finding housing accommodations.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

1. Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship.
2. Resume
3. Internship Application
4. College/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
5. References (minimum of two)

All documents must be submitted to Michelle West, Education Coordinator at the Marine Discovery Center at michelle@marinediscoverycenter.org. Application will be open until filled. (on hold due to COVID-19 – please check back)

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