Job Opportunity: Instructor I – Texas State Aquarium

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Instructor I
Department:
Education
Position Type: Part Time

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Instruct educational programs, on and off site, for school and public audiences adhering to program goals, curriculum and quality customer service standards as outlined by department and/or Aquarium procedures. Programs include, but are not limited to Aquavision Distance Learning, Outreach, Aquarium Discovery Programs, Camp-In, Homeschool, SeaCamp
  • Present videoconference programs in a dynamic way.
  • Promote, schedule and conduct videoconference programs.
  • Operate videoconference equipment.
  • Maintain Aquavision program records.
  • Assist with special technology projects within the Education department.
  • Conduct outreach programming for school and community groups.
  • Assist in promotion of outreach programs to meet revenue goals.
  • Assist in outreach program development under the Texas State Aquarium Education Plan.
  • Conduct On-site programs as needed with prior approval.
  • Provide quality education programming.
  • Comply with a safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and / or Human Resources.
  • Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the Animal Husbandry Standard Operating
  • Procedures as it pertains to the Outreach Animal Collection.
  • Incorporate audience inclusiveness, inquiry and STEM content accuracy.
  • Properly use and maintain teaching resources and equipment, including but not limited to those for field, lab and classroom use.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills, along with mentoring and guiding volunteers and new PT Instructors through program processes and protocols.
  • Participate in and/or assist with other educational and Aquarium programs/events as needed, such as World Oceans Day, Adopt-a-Beach, Dollar Day, and Party for the Planet.
  • Properly handle and utilize live animals, adhering to established guidelines and protocol.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and Aquarium objectives, goals and mission.
  • Provide exceptional guest service.
  • Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the employee handbook.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated proficiency leading and instructing school and/or public-based programming in structured and unstructured settings, including classroom, outdoor and/or field-based environments.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to teach basic science, technology, engineering, and math concepts and processes, in an informal and formal setting.
  • Established cultural competency, such as working effectively with and supporting audiences/peers of diverse ages, ethnicities and cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with state and national educational standards (e.g., TEKS), including those for STEM disciplines.
  • Knowledge of informal, free-choice learning and teaching techniques.
  • Ability to operate video conference equipment
  • Knowledge of the application of educational technology
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances during live programs
  • Strong English language skills, with an ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral formats.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team or independently.
  • Ability to make sound judgments and decisions to solve problems, and function in a high-energy environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and balance multiple tasks to reliably meet objectives and deadlines, as well as interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule format.
  • Knowledge of local marine life
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred
  • Ability to collect and handle marine specimens
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical activities in an outdoor setting
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people of all ages
  • Knowledge of proper use and care of scientific equipment
  • Ability to deliver educational programming (including skits, songs, games and activities) in an engaging and entertaining fashion
  • Ability to work a variable and flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays as required
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.
  • Ability to write information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Intermediate personal computer skills, including email, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.
  • Vision Requirements: Ability to have close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identified and distinguished colors), peripheral vision (Ability to observe an area that may be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)

OTHER RELEVANT JOB INFORMATION:
Education Requirements
One or more years experience teaching in an informal science education institution or formal classroom; and Associate or Bachelor Degree (BA, BS, AA or higher) in marine or related natural sciences or in education with science emphasis; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more information or to apply, see the full job posting.

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