Education Coordinator-Utah

Canyon Country Discovery Center
Monticello, Utah
Job Category
Full time Positions
Last Date to Apply
Overview The Canyon Country Discovery Center (CCDC) creates lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau through adventure, education, and stewardship. Our vision is to build a diverse community of people who support, foster, and cherish the natural and cultural treasures of the Colorado Plateau. Our education team provides STEMbased outdoor and adventure education programming to students, teachers, and youth through school programs, adventure trips, and summer camp activities. Responsibilities & Functions • Develop and deliver education programs to students, teachers, and youth visitors to our facility. This includes all aspects of programming, including set up, clean up, evaluation, and follow up. • Conduct off-site outreach programs in a variety of settings including classrooms, libraries, etc. on a rotating schedule that will occasionally require overnight travel. • Help to develop adventure education programs that focus on geology, hydrology, conservation, cultural history and geography that enhance educational curriculum. • Plan and implement single and multiday summer camps, adventure trips, and outdoor programs that enhance educational experiences. • Research, write, prepare, and maintain program curriculum materials including standards and objectives/learning outcomes. • Foster a safe and fun learning atmosphere for children while presenting knowledgeably & confidently to parents and teachers. • Articulate CCDC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone. • Work collaboratively across the organization to ensure educational aspects are part of all we do. • Assist in the development of a comprehensive conservation and science curriculum, including a range of courses/topics, teaching, learning, and assessment materials. Audiences may include: pre-K through 12th grade students, teachers, tourists, youth groups, birthday parties, families and adults including special needs individuals and groups. • Update and maintain curricula plan binders to ensure curriculum meets educational standards of state and local school districts as well as Next Generation Science Standards. • Stay current with education issues, standards, best practices for programs development etc. • Create and update seasonal educational brochures and assist with mailing and advertising. • Develop and conduct evening night sky educational programs to visitors and school groups that use our observatory and telescopes. • Create trail guides and other activity booklets for outdoor activities and learning stations. • Work with targeted community groups as a resource for science education, by providing information, guidance, and partnership on education programs from a science based and cultural perspective. • Assist in writing newsletter articles, program descriptions, reports, grants etc. • Perform other duties, as assigned.
Qualifications • Excellent communicator, friendly manner, likes to share new ideas, interest in science and nature, and comfortable with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. • 2 years prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education, nature center, or early childhood education. • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world of the Colorado Plateau, including the night sky, or willingness to learn. • Enthusiasm for working with children is a critical qualification. • Ability to hike, camp, and raft, as some programs may include multi-day trips. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs. • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision. • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain. • Good writing skills are required. • Proficient with common office equipment, a MAC computer and related software, desktop publishing, E-mail, and Internet. • Willingness to work irregular hours at times. • Valid Driver's license for off-site programs, with completion of the FCS driver training/safety course. • Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification. • Multi-lingual applicants (Spanish, Ute, and Navajo speakers) and educators with guiding licenses/experience are preferred. Physical/Essential Requirements The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively, as well as perform essential functions requiring sitting, standing, stooping, and walking. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephones, and computers and have the ability to reach overhead with hands/arms. May be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. The ability to drive a FCS vehicle is also required, with some overnight, weekend travel, and flexibility to work weekends.
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Holly Nickel
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