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Education Specialist (up to 28 hours per week)


McWane Science Center counts on the part-time Education Specialist to engage visitors on-site and through Outreach in programs, classes, demonstrations, and activities in an enthusiastic, accurate, and interactive manner.  Additionally, the part-time Education Specialist develops and implements a variety of educational experiences including: reserved school programs, outreach programs, home school labs, summer/holiday camps, adult/teen program and special educational events/projects. This position is also responsible for assisting with the care of the animals in our educational animal collection which includes feeding, cleaning and animal handling.

Accountabilities and Major Duties
1. Enthusiastically, accurately and effectively engage visitors and audience members in learning through high quality inquiry-based educational interactions and presentations.
2. Develop and/or revise quality educational programs for a variety of audiences and experiences. Develop interactive hands-on activities and written interpretative materials that support program and exhibit content.
3.  Be willing to increase knowledge of science concepts related to exhibits and programs; interaction and presentation techniques, as well as learning methods and educational philosophies by participating in training sessions, seminars, workshops, self-directed research and other professional development activities. This includes maintaining familiarity with current trends in science and education, view other educators’ programs and classes to learn different teaching styles and techniques and serve as a mentor to new Educators and Volunteer staff.
4. Assist with the care of the animals in our educational animal collection, which includes feeding, cleaning, and animal handling.
5. Perform confirmation and follow-up correspondence with Outreach program customers.
6.  Exhibit interpretation and staffing all areas of the museum on an as needed basis.
7. Train on and comply with all aspects of the Safety Procedures program (compliance to OSHA and MSDS requirements is mandatory).

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possess a Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field.
  2. Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  3. Knowledge of good customer service principles, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a variety of peoples from various backgrounds and cultures.
  4. Must be a self-directed, creative problem solver with excellent follow-through.
  5. Must be comfortable leading presentations and interacting in a group setting; sense of humor and level-head in a fast-paced environment.
  6. Ability to engage with children and adults in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner.
  7. Experience in presentation of informal science programs preferred.
  8. Ability to interpret and communicate science concepts.
  9. Must be able and willing to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
  10. Valid Alabama driver’s license.
  11. Minimum liability insurance as required by state law.

Minimum Physical Qualifications

  1. Sit/stand for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
  2. Lift objects frequently in performing the work (10-20 lbs. frequently).
  3. Pull or push objects on a regular basis (50 lbs.).
  4. Grasp object utilizing the fingers.
  5. Reach for objects above the head or below the waist.
  6. Stoop or crouch by bending at the waist or by bending legs.
  7. Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  8. Hearing and visual acuity.
  9. Exposure to chemicals, fumes and vapors that could potentially affect the health of the employee.

Benefits include free membership; discounts in our gift shop, food court and camps; and on-site parking as well as the option to participate in our 403(b) retirement savings plan including company match. 

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