Director of Education: Venus, Florida

Archbold Biological Station
Venus, Florida
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Full time Positions
$45,000-$55,000, plus health, dental, and retirement
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The Director of Education position offers the chance to lead and expand the scope of Archbold’s science education programs that serve a wide array of audiences. The position includes working with leading Florida ecologists in some the US’s rarest and most imperiled habitats. This is the chance to continue a 30+ year legacy of serving every elementary school in an underserved rural county, providing one of very few science resources for children in the area. Primary responsibilities of the Director of Education include: 1) leading our educational outreach programs, including elementary school programs, summer day-camps, and tours for multiple audience types; 2) seizing opportunities to increase the scope of our programs by offering virtual resources and events with other field stations and the public; 3) engaging with stakeholders and community groups to reach a broad cross section of the local population and ensure culturally relevant and inclusive content; 4) expanding the reach of our education programs by working with education, conservation, and science partners at the local, state, and national levels; 5) mentoring and training education interns; and 6) coordinating Archbold’s volunteer program to provide assistance to education, land management, and research. Secondary responsibilities include but are not limited to: contributing to organization-wide strategic planning and decision-making; collaborating across departments to support community outreach, fundraising, and visitor experience; developing materials and messaging to promote education programs in communications; and representing Archbold in professional environmental education associations. The Director of Education is based at Archbold Biological Station, a not-for-profit organization managing 20,000 acres of wild Florida. Our research sites are set within the landscape of the 2.6-million-acre Headwaters of the Everglades, which are part of the traditional lands of the Seminole and Miccosukee. Archbold’s four pillars are: 1) saving the rarest of the rare, 2) connecting landscapes and wildlife corridors, 3) sustaining natural and working grasslands, and 4) addressing climate change. Education is the vehicle through which we inspire others about nature and science, and through which we deliver our conservation messages. Diversity and Inclusion: Reaching diverse audiences with inclusive content and experiences is a fundamental part of this position. Staff of racial and ethnic diversity are underrepresented at Archbold. The current Director of Education has played a major role in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within Archbold, including establishing a DEI committee. The future Director of Education will be expected to be part of the committee. Professional Development: Archbold believes our mission is best served by a motivated and inspired workforce that contributes to the broader professional community. The Director of Education is encouraged to become an active member in professional organizations and working groups. Likely groups include: the League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF), the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA), the Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem Working Group, and the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS). Attendance at national conferences is encouraged, as funding allows. The Director of Education is also encouraged to seek out training opportunities, like curriculum workshops, webinars, online classes, and certifications.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required • B.S. or higher, preferably in education, environment, or related field • Experience in a program coordinator role or similar position • Experience in facilitating either outdoor education programs, field trips, or including the outdoor environment into classroom instruction • Can work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision • Experience taking on professional challenges and learning new professional skills • Proficiency in computer skills and the ability to learn new software • Time management and organizational skills to manage multiple projects and meetings • Ability to sometimes work in outdoor field conditions: sandy soils, high heat and humidity, and stinging/biting insects • Regular background screening in compliance with state law when working with children • Written and verbal communication skills The best candidate will still have room for growth. This job includes the skills certifications listed below, but we do not expect candidates to be expert in all skills related to the position. • Work in team setting to recruit, train, retain, and track hours for volunteers • Knowledge of Florida’s science education standards • Ability to interpret natural ecosystems and species, but previous knowledge of Florida’s ecosystems is not required • Knowledge of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in relation to educational outreach and professional workplaces (additional training will be available) • Provide content and facilitate programs for students and visitors from a range of ages and backgrounds (Spanish language skills are valued) • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams • Learning to use a variety of computer software and programs for volunteer management, event registration, and accounting • Skills used in virtual education include proficiency in smartphone videography, video editing, and Zoom • Certification in first aid is provided
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