Under general supervision, provide enthusiastic and innovative instruction for school groups and the public serving a broad range of audiences, and demonstrate dedication to a shared vision for the future of the education programs. The successful candidate will teach through hands-on inquiry methods encouraging exploration and stewardship of sea turtles and the natural environment. The position includes weekend and holiday coverage, performing daily interpretive presentations, and supporting seasonal staff and volunteers.
Description of Duties:
Leads group tours, field trips, field programming (ex. Evening Turtle Walks, Sunrise Walks, etc.), public tours, and teaches day camp curriculum.
Interacts with guests through public speaking presentations, frequently using a mic/PA System and often using live reptiles, including snakes
Participates in onsite and offsite educational events (ex. Shell-e-brate and CoastFest).
Assists with the creation of programmatic reports as directed
Creates and edits educational copy and assets such as marketing materials, website content, online publications, and social media posts
Performs daily care and recordkeeping for a collection of educational animal ambassadors, which includes turtles and snakes
Assists with daily operations, including opening and closing, answering phones, group check-in, and orientation, and customer service
Performs maintenance inspections on interpretive exhibits and light custodial duties
Performs other duties as assigned by the department supervisor
General Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Performs multiple tasks simultaneously, calmly, and efficiently in a high-pressure setting
Uses independent judgment, personal experience, and training to ensure quality guest interactions and exceptional customer service according to policy
Familiar with K-12 group management techniques and online teaching
Team player with excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Self-motivated; ability to self-manage time to ensure that all primary responsibilities are met
Outgoing and demonstrates enthusiasm
Ability to conduct programs for diverse audiences ranging in size (2-100).
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of the organization
Proficient in using social media, email marketing, and video conferencing
This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. Applicants who complete the online application process will receive an email receipt of submission to the email address provided. If the email confirmation is not received, the applicant may contact Human Resources at 912-635-4081 for confirmation; however, due to the volume of applicants received, we are unable to provide information on application status after receipt. Applicants who need assistance to accommodate a disability may request an accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 912-635-4081.
18+ years of age
Valid driver’s license
CPR and First Aid certified or the ability to gain certification
Flexible availability is required, including weekends, holidays, evenings, and early mornings
Occasional travel, including overnight, required
Education Interpreter I Qualifications:
HS Diploma or GED or greater and/or experience equivalent to two (2) years in fields such as formal or informal education, museum studies, or aquarium and zoo studies, using the required knowledge, skills, and abilities
One (1) year or more of experience in engaging children and adult audiences in cultural or nature centers, zoos, aquariums, parks, museums, or similar industries as either staff or a volunteer
One (1) year or more of customer service experience in a related field
Education Interpreter II Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field; and/or experience equivalent to four (4) years in fields such as formal or informal education, museum studies, or aquarium and zoo studies, using the required knowledge, skills, and abilities
Two (2) years or more of experience in engaging children and adult audiences in cultural or nature centers, zoos, aquariums, parks, museums, or similar industries as either staff or a volunteer
Two (2) years or more of customer service experience in a related field
Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation and ability to maintain 10 CEUs annually to maintain certification preferred
Experience training volunteers and/or seasonal staff
Experience in program planning for special programs such as sea turtle camp and evening turtle walks.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
Exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up-to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
More than 50% of the typical workday may be spent walking, sitting, standing, and using repetitive motions of the wrists, hands or fingers.
Between 25% and 50% of the typical work day may be spent climbing stairs, pushing, and pulling.
Less than 25% of the typical day is spent balancing, stooping and/or crouching, kneeling, and reaching.
Sensory abilities require vision, touching, and feeling, with more than 50% of the day spent communicating, including talking and hearing.
Must have visual clarity for close-range works such as computer use and reading and distance such as operating motor vehicles and determining the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work assigned.
Work may be conducted inside a classroom, but most will include exposure to extreme heat, high humidity, and occasionally adverse weather conditions.
Will be exposed to hazards such as moving mechanical parts and moving vehicles.
May be subject to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, oils, odors, dust, mists, or poor ventilation.
Noise levels are generally considered normal.
This position provides on-the-job training.