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Position Summary:
The EcoTarium, A Museum of Science & Nature, seeks a creative and engaging Educator to deliver and facilitate interpretive programs for the general public and groups, both on-site and off-site for all ages. Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and takes place on the museum floor, in classroom settings, in our digital planetarium, and outdoors on our 55-acre site, as well as programming and play facilitation in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning.

Candidates must have a degree in a scientific field or education, enjoy working with learners of all ages, and be committed to ongoing growth and learning in the fields of science and education. Competencies in life science, earth science, and/or physical science are desirable. Informal and/or formal teaching experience expected.

Candidates must have a degree in a scientific field or education, enjoy working with learners of all ages, and be committed to ongoing growth and learning in the fields of science and education. Competencies in life science, earth science, and/or physical science are desirable. Informal and/or formal teaching experience expected.

Position is part-time, with a 3-day work week including a weekend day and includes school vacation weeks, and some holiday and evening/overnight hours. Hourly/Non-Exempt.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field or education, or equivalent experience
General science background with knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred: biology, earth science, astronomy, engineering, physical science
Demonstrated previous experience delivering inquiry-based and/or experiential learning programs in formal or informal settings
Early childhood education (ages 6 and under) experience a plus
Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
Knowledge and practice of good customer service principles
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
Experience working with diverse audiences
Must be able to get to off-site program locations and meetings
Able to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, move program equipment and supplies up to 40 lbs, stay stationary for long periods of time, and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
Pass CORI and SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines

Responsibilities:
Deliver hands-on, inquiry-based, participatory programs for guests and groups indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
Lead school programs, public programs, planetarium shows and camp sessions on a variety of science topics, both on-site and off-site
Lead or assist with overnight programs (up to 3 programs/month during peak season), and meet and greet overnight groups as assigned
Execute programming, facilitate play, and monitor use of supplies in the Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit
Participate in reflective practice and program evaluation activities
Complete administrative tasks related to grant-funded projects and museum programs as assigned
Represent museum and education department at marketing outreach events as assigned
Conduct outdoor programming and navigate trails in all types of weather conditions
Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment and supplies
Handle animals for use in programs
Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions:
Other duties as may be assigned.

Instructions:
Please send cover letter, resume and list of three references to: Human Resources, Attn: Museum Educator I Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604 or email: resume@ecotarium.org (link sends e-mail) with “Museum Educator I Search” in the subject line.

Review begins immediately, applications accepted until position is filled.
EOE

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