The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is seeking four Environmental Educator AmeriCorps Members to join our team dedicated to conserving the Salish Sea. These are full-time 10 ½ month positions starting October 1, 2017. These stipend-supported positions are sponsored by the Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps program. These positions are contingent upon funding.
PTMSC is a public non-profit marine education facility located in Fort Worden State Park, Washington. Our two buildings house a small hands-on Marine Exhibit with local near-shore animals and plants, a Natural History Exhibit featuring a fully articulated orca skeleton with exhibits connecting her to emergent issues of toxics in the marine environment, a citizen science research lab, and two fully equipped classrooms. Visit www.ptmsc.org to learn more.
DUTIES: All AmeriCorps positions will conduct activities within the following focus areas in order to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea:
1) Education: Members will spend approximately 30% of their time providing hands-on, inquiry-based K-12 science education to local students in economically disadvantaged schools.
2) Exhibits: Members will spend approximately 40% of their time providing meaningful informal science education through the operation, interpretation, and upkeep of our two exhibit halls. Engage the public through tours, interpretive programs, and exhibit content.
3) Volunteers/Outreach: Members will provide engaging volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, including volunteer participation in citizen science and research, and utilizing effective volunteer management strategies, such as training, scheduling, and recognizing volunteers. Also providing outreach to the community through tabling events, beach clean-ups, and social media.
4) Research: Members will provide education to the public about our citizen science research projects; assisting with research projects, including data collection, data entry, and maintenance of scientific equipment.
MEMBER ASSIGNMENT: In addition to sharing the above duties, each AmeriCorps Environmental Educator Member will be assigned a particular area of responsibility and spend approximately 30% of total service hours on position-specific projects, volunteer outreach, training and support. The four focus areas are:
• The Natural History Exhibit and Volunteer Educator will support volunteers by training and scheduling shifts, implementing “brown bag lunch” volunteer continuing education programs, organizing our Exploration Stations and other exhibit supplies, and serving as lead on scheduling our Free Science Classes education program.
• The Citizen Science Educator will support our volunteer data collection programs in our Discovery Lab by training volunteers in sampling protocols, scheduling volunteers, communicating and collaborating with partner organizations, managing data, and maintaining lab program equipment. This position must have data management and scientific research skills.
• The Marine Mammal Stranding Educator will support volunteers in responding to stranding reports, training volunteers who are working off-site, managing program data, organizing supplies, and maintaining stranding program equipment.
• The Marine Exhibit Educator will train and support volunteers to interpret our collection of live nearshore animals, assist with collection of organisms for the exhibit, manage data, support salt water tank plumbing maintenance, and organize cleaning and feeding supplies.
•Serve with a team of educators developing and delivering state-of-the-art science education, programs, and exhibits
•Support current research through projects in citizen science
•Receive training in natural history, marine biology, ecology, teaching and interpretation techniques, and care of cold water marine animals
• Must have a degree or background in marine biology, natural history, environmental education, or a related field
• Must be familiar with concepts and methods of scientific research
• Must be an energetic, self-motivated team player and willing to learn
• Must be able or willing to interact with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds
• Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Must be over 18 years old
• Must be able to serve a 10 ½ month term of service, and at least 1,700 hours
• Must have a current CPR and First Aid certification
• Must pass required federal background check
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National or Permanent Resident Alien of the United States
The physical demands below are representative of those necessary to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Ability to walk on uneven terrain for up to two miles carrying up to 30 pounds
• Ability to lift 40 pounds from the floor
• Ability to climb and work from ladders and climb stairs
• Ability to reach, use, lift and move 20 pounds from shoulder height
• Ability to work in small and awkward spaces, and work outside in inclement weather conditions
• Ability to stand or sit for up to 8 hours with one 30 min break and two 15 min breaks
TO APPLY: Applications consist of a letter of interest, resume, two letters of recommendation and three references; email submissions are preferred. Please indicate your preferred area(s) of responsibility from the member assignment list above. Recommendations may be sent separately, but incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure your references will be available for contact.