Scope of Position: The nonprofit Asombro Institute for Science Education is seeking an exceptional, full-time K-12 Science Educator. The Science Educator works with other staff members, professional scientists, teachers, and volunteers to deliver Asombro’s award-winning, inquiry-based science education programs (primarily classroom and schoolyard lessons and some field trips) to the diverse student population of the border region in southern New Mexico. The Science Educator must be excited to share the wonders of science and the desert to K-12 students through fun, hands-on, unique, standards-aligned lessons. The Science Educator will teach Asombro’s existing lessons and will have opportunities to collaboratively develop new lessons when funding and time allow. Must be creative, adaptable, and willing to work nontraditional hours on occasion. This position requires excellent communication skills, willingness to be a team player, and excitement that no workday will ever be the same. We’re looking for someone excited to be greeted by students’ cheers when walking into a classroom and proud to leave schools with rave reviews from teachers.
Major Job Responsibilities:
1) Prepare for and deliver Asombro’s award-winning science education programs (including classroom lessons, field trips to Asombro’s 935-acre Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, and public programs) to K-12 students throughout New Mexico (approx. 90%). Some work for this position will be with Spanish-English bilingual students and English learners.
2) Assist with other Asombro science education and administrative projects, such as teacher professional development workshops, collaborative projects with other regional organizations, lesson revision and development, communication activities, and other duties as needed (approx. 10%).
Required Skills and Experience:
The successful candidate will be an excellent educator, skilled at communicating scientific practices and natural science concepts in an age-appropriate manner to K-12 students and teachers in a variety of settings. Spanish fluency is desired but not required. The Science Educator must be able to work independently on assigned tasks as well as collaboratively as part of a diverse team. Other requirements include:
• A Bachelor’s degree in natural science, education, or related field
• 2+ years experience teaching science using hands-on, inquiry-based methods to K-12 students
• Comfortable teaching and working both in classrooms and outdoors
• Excitement about working with Spanish-speaking students and finding ways to communicate science concepts to English learners
• Extremely well organized and self-motivated
• Exemplary collaboration skills
• Working knowledge of common software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages
• Ability to carry 30+ pounds
• Valid U.S. driver’s license
• Must pass a background check
Other desirable qualifications:
• Spanish fluency
• Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards
• Knowledge of desert ecology