Marine Science Educator-Rhode Island

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Rhode Island
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10/hour with low-cost housing available at the Reserve.
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NBNERR is recruiting to fill two full-time seasonal positions. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking for hands-on experience in coastal science and environmental education. The ideal candidates will possess a personal interest in estuaries and the marine environment, and a commitment to the mission of the organization. This position will require working closely with the Education Coordinator in all components of the education program, primarily developing and leading marine science-oriented classes for a variety of audiences. These positions are for a period of 6 months and will be filled through the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Primary responsibilities (~90% of time): • Assist the Education Coordinator with development and implementation of marine science and environmental educational programs for summer camps, K-12 classes, scouts, and the general public; • Develop and lead all summer day-camp programs spanning the course of several weeks; • Maintain all equipment and supplies needed for programming; • Interact with the public at our Learning Center and Estuary Education Shed; • Assist with maintenance of several aquariums and a touch tank (stocking, cleaning, feeding); • Assist with organizing community events and teacher training workshops as needed; • Help develop new education programs and recruit new audiences for island programs; • Assist with interpretation and exhibit design; Secondary responsibilities (as time allows or as-needed, ~10%): • Assist with planning and delivery of Coastal Training Program (CTP) workshops and meetings (both in-person and virtual), including publicity and marketing; registration and database management; logistics / “day-of” coordination; follow-up and evaluation; this may require travel throughout the state or to our office in Providence (spring/fall); • Assist with developing and updating communication products for the CTP (e.g., website and social media updates, newsletter articles, press releases, fact sheets); • Assist with land management and/or ecological research & monitoring projects in the field as needed; • Perform other duties relating to the organization’s goals and mission as required.
• B.A. or B.S. in marine science, biology, environmental sciences, education, environmental education, or a related course of study; • Demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching science-related topics and preferably have marine science and/or teaching experience; • Public relations and communications skills: outgoing, helpful and positive personality; ability to work well with children and adults including giving presentations; maturity and leadership abilities; ability to handle sensitive situations in a tactful manner; • Flexible and able to adapt to an ever-changing work environment with challenging logistics; • Ability to take initiative and be creative with unique programming needs; • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team; • Knowledge of New England marine environments and wildlife is a plus; • Knowledge of basic computer software; Adobe or other design/web skills is a plus; • Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record; • Proficiency in swimming; • Comfort working in the outdoors in sometimes physically demanding conditions (heat, biting insects, etc.); • First Aid/CPR certification is required, and water safety knowledge and/or lifeguard certification is a plus; Time Requirement: There are 2 positions available each lasting 6 months. Start date is May 9th, though there may be some flexibility for a slightly later start date. Schedule will typically be 5 days/week or 40 hours/week; a willingness to work weekends, holidays and some evenings is a must. To Apply: Please email or mail your cover letter, resume, and three references to: Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve P.O. Box 151 Prudence Island, RI 02872
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Maureen Dewire
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