Community Engagement Educator: Tennessee

Agency
Tennessee Aquarium
Location
1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, United States
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
DOE
Start Date
08/09/2021
Last Date to Apply
08/31/2021
Website
https://www.applicantpro.com/j/1913330-214179
Description
Community Engagement Educator At the Tennessee Aquarium, our mission is to connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife. We are passionate about several values which include respect for research and conservation, a mindset of lifelong learning, and a diverse, collaborative and learning-based work environment. The Community Engagement Educator focuses on developing knowledge and skills related to leading outreach programs, interacting with visitors from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences at the Aquarium, and basic animal handling techniques for interpretation. This position will be responsible for facilitating high-quality, engaging, and inclusive educational experiences centered around using science to make informed decisions, to take greater personal responsibility, and to be part of a global citizenry that cares about Earth and all its resources; learning how to facilitate engaging, guest directed, inquiry-based programs to diverse audiences, including school groups, community groups that serve children of different ages, families, and developing techniques to make impromptu changes to programs based on audience; developing basic animal handling skills to use Education animals in programming; working on teams to develop new programs based on the philosophy of the Education Department, and best practices in inclusive informal education; and collaboratively working on teams to carry out evaluation of programs, research projects, special programs, and other experiences. This a two-year, grant-funded position. Key Responsibilities 1. Develop and facilitate outreach programs in community locations and schools using best practices for inclusive education. 2. Use suitable research-based education methods, such as techniques for engagement, inquiry based learning, and interactive experiences, while facilitating education programming of different types and for various ages. These education experiences may include facilitating afterschool programming, outreach education, interpretation in galleries, field trip groups, cart programs, short educational experiences, animal encounters, and others. 3. Maintain a high level of enthusiasm, curiosity, and wonder to help engage all students and other guests, regardless of background or experiences. 4. Encourage students and other guests to actively discover, question, and participate in science during outreach programs or while visiting the Aquarium. Make impromptu changes to programs to meet the needs of various audiences, such as students with different prior knowledge, families, adults, or children of different ages. 5. Regularly use animals on which the educator has been qualified in outreach and on-site programming to ensure that the educator remains familiar with the animal and protocols related to it. 6. Engage in Professional Research time to enhance programming. 7. Take part in appropriate professional learning experiences in order to learn and use best practices in engaging students and guests. These might include Aquarium-wide sessions, regional or national conferences, workshops, courses, or other experiences. 8. Actively participate in Education Department meetings, professional learning, events, and special projects, when applicable. 9. Participate in media events and special events when asked. Key Requirements • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, Biology, Science Education, or a related field preferred. • Experience in using inquiry, guest-directed engagement, the practices of science, and/or best practices in environmental education • Public speaking, improvisation, teaching, or interpretation experience a plus • Experience with delivering education programs in Spanish preferred • Outgoing, friendly, and creative personality with the ability to learn quickly and assimilate program materials and strategies for best practices in program development and facilitation of education experiences • Passion for teaching and demonstrated ability to effectively engage positively with a broad range of audiences in informal settings • Ability to remain calm under stress by maintaining a good sense of humor and professionalism • Comfort with learning to handle a variety of Ambassador and exhibit animals including invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, small birds, and small mammals • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with members of the Education, Husbandry, and Conservation Science Departments • Excellent record keeping and organizational skills • Motivation and ability to learn and follow strict protocols regarding animal care and programming Full time, hourly. 40 hours/ week; will include weekend rotation, evenings, holidays, and special events based on the needs of the department. The Tennessee Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment that values and supports diversity and equality among staff, volunteers and all of its audiences. For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website. https://www.applicantpro.com/j/1913330-214179
Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, Biology, Science Education, or a related field preferred. Experience in using inquiry, guest-directed engagement, the practices of science, and/or best practices in environmental education Public speaking, improvisation, teaching, or interpretation experience a plus Experience with delivering education programs in Spanish preferred Outgoing, friendly, and creative personality with the ability to learn quickly and assimilate program materials and strategies for best practices in program development and facilitation of education experiences Passion for teaching and demonstrated ability to effectively engage positively with a broad range of audiences in informal settings Ability to remain calm under stress by maintaining a good sense of humor and professionalism Comfort with learning to handle a variety of Ambassador and exhibit animals including invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, small birds, and small mammals Ability to work independently and collaboratively with members of the Education, Husbandry, and Conservation Science Departments Excellent record keeping and organizational skills Motivation and ability to learn and follow strict protocols regarding animal care and programming
Contact Person
apply@online.com
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