Job Opportunity: Education Specialist – National Aquarium

National Aquarium LogoThe National Aquarium is seeking an Education Specialist to develop and teach a variety of formal education programs to school groups, teachers, and homeschoolers inside the Aquarium classrooms, galleries, and Auditorium.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts onsite and offsite school programming.
  • Coordinates Homeschool programs including developing the schedule, organizing staffing, and instructing the programming.
  • Handles and cares for animals.
  • Assists with writing and editing school program brochures.
  • Assists with writing and updating Field Trip Planning Packets for Teachers.
  • Maintains props, order new props when needed, make repairs, and create new props/costumes.
  • Maintains and update information files relating to School Programs surveys, activities and programs.
  • Assists in other education program activities such as Outreach programs, community programs (cultural events, fairs/festivals), and youth programs (Henry Hall, Aquarium on Wheels).
  • Researches and identifies needs and develops new school and teacher programs. Prepares and updates teacher resources related to Aquarium programs and exhibits.
  • Assists with training staff and volunteers to conduct school and visitor programs.
  • Assists School Programs & Visitor Programs Coordinators with budgets, reports, and other duties as assigned.
  • Participates in professional development activities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or related field. Marine science background preferred.
  • Two years experience working with children, preferably in a non-formal education setting.
  • Current Maryland driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Ability to safely operate an 8-15 passenger van.
  • Working knowledge of audiovisual equipment and Microsoft office programs.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 35-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website http://aqua.org/jobs. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing HR@aqua.org.

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