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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.


  • 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.

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.

Job Opportunity: Instructor I – Texas State Aquarium

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Instructor I
Position Type: Part Time


  • 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.

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Job Opportunity: Outreach Instructor – Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center LogoJob Opening: Outreach Instructor
Salary: $9.55/hour
Hours: Part time; up to 24 hours including some weekend and evening; hours vary based on program demand; must be flexible

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in sciences (biology, environmental, marine, natural or life science), or education or a combination of education and relevant experience equivalent to four years; valid Virginia or North Carolina driver’s license; ability to lift at least 25 lbs.

Duties: Individual will be responsible for presenting live animal K-12 Standards of Learning (SOL) programs, and special needs programs at schools located in the Hampton Roads area; will also be responsible for presenting toddler programs at preschools located in the Hampton Roads area; representing the Aquarium at festivals and other family events for general audiences. Programs require lifting of water and equipment for transport of marine animals, animal care, and animal handling. Training is provided. Must have excellent driving record.

Preferences: Excellent presentation and in person customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, students of all ages/developmental abilities, and general audiences; ability to handle tasks independently and detail-oriented; previous experience handling animals in program setting and background in science is a plus.

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter attention to Rachel Riesbeck, School Programs Specialist by email rriesbec@virginiaaquarium.com, fax (757) 437-4976 or mail to Virginia Aquarium 717 General Booth Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Job Opportunity: Harbor Discoveries Camp Instructor – New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium LogoJOB SUMMARY:

New England Aquarium’s Harbor Discoveries Camp (www.neaq.org/camps) is an interactive marine and environmental science program that incorporates traditional camp activities. Instructors will lead one of two levels; Junior/Senior (grades 4 -7), or Advanced (grades 8-10).

Harbor Discoveries Camp Instructors lead a group of up to 32 participants through Aquarium galleries, behind-the-scenes tours, field trips, and other excursions to encourage a discovery and appreciation of the natural world.

Instructors will need to be available from June 13th, 2016 through August 26th, 2016.  Scheduling requirements are as follows:

  1. Staff training: June 13 – July 1: M-F, 9am – 5pm (some flexibility may exist for well qualified school teachers subject to snow days)
  2. One weekend commitment for camp open house and staff training overnight: June 25 & 26
  3. Camp is in session July 5 – August 26:
  • Mon. – Wed., 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Thurs. 8:00 am – Fri. 3:00 pm, including overnight
  1. Instructors for the Advanced program will spend two weeks (Aug. 1 – 5, and Aug. 22 – 26) away on excursions, Mon 8:00 am – Fri 3:00 pm.


  • Lead groups in field study and activity in the Aquarium, on boat trips, during night hikes and on all day excursions.
  • Responsible for the safety of all participants, interns and volunteers.
  • Contribute to the development of weekly theme-based science projects and activities
  • Implement objectives effectively with thought provoking, engaging, and creative teaching methods.
  • Teach participants to observe, discover, and appreciate the natural world and Aquarium galleries and exhibits.
  • Promote appropriate behavior and serve as a positive role model for participants and other staff.
  • Present behind-the-scenes tours, Giant Ocean Tank talks or Live Animal presentations.
  • Oversee all aspects of preparation and clean up of all program-related activities and equipment both on and offsite.
  • Supervise other staff roles in supporting the program, including college interns and teenage Counselors in Training.
  • Advanced instructor will lead groups on week- long offsite experiences, with a partnering institution like World Ocean School onboard a schooner, and/or a weeklong camping trip along the Maine Coast.

For more information, see https://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/348636.html

Job Opportunity: Education Program Assistant 1 – Oregon State University (Application Deadline: 02/15/16)

Oregon State University LogoPosition Summary
This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 8 – 10 hours per week) seasonal Educational Program Assistant 1 position for Sea Grant’s Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center at Oregon State University (OSU) located in Newport Oregon.

The Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center is a museum/aquarium open to the public. It is through this facility that many of the Sea Grant Extension marine education programs are delivered. A wide variety of workshops, field trips, and short courses are offered for the public, school teachers, K-12 students, and other youth groups.

Education Program Assistants present marine science labs and programs for the K-12 school audience, other youth and family groups. This position carries out and assists with a variety of field trips, labs, youth programs, and provides other education assistance as needed.

The work of this position is carried out on a varying schedule and on an as-needed basis during the busy season (Mid March- Mid August).

Position Duties
70% Preparation and presentation of laboratory and field programs for school groups, other youth groups, and families as needed.
25% Cleaning and maintenance of labs and equipment and the appropriate care and use of marine animals associated with education programs.
5% Attend staff meetings, trainings and workshops.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Job Opportunity: Camp and Public Programs Assistant – Seattle Aquarium (Deadline: 12/08/15)

Seattle Aquarium LogoJOB POSTING
Camp and Public Programs Assistant

Posted: Open to internal and external applicants.
Reports to: School and public programs manager
Status: Full-time, non-exempt/hourly for approximately six months (ending in August 2016)
Hours of Work: 20 hours per week February–May, ramping up to 40 hours per week June–August
Dated Needed: Mid-February through end of camp in August
Posting Expires: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

About the Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium is owned by the City of Seattle and under nonprofit management. The Aquarium currently serves over 825,000 visitors and 40,000 schoolchildren and their teachers annually. Guided by the mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the Seattle Aquarium has a realistic plan for phased growth based on record-setting attendance, membership and fundraising growth, an energized board of directors and professional management. The current annual budget is $14 million.
Position overview: The camp and public programs assistant will work with the public programs coordinator to prepare for and maintain programming during a maternity leave. This position will work with both the coordinator and the section manager to ensure that all aspects of marine summer camp 2016 programming, as well as limited public programming, run efficiently. The assistant will work with the coordinator in preparing for the season and will work independently full time starting at the beginning of camp trainings. These programs will be at the Aquarium and at various field locations throughout the Puget Sound.

Primary job functions:
Marine summer camp 2016: Work with coordinator to plan for a successful season and oversee all aspects of the program in the absence of the coordinator.
o Assist in the hiring of temporary camp staff.
o Work with registration and other Aquarium staff to ensure camp registration and shared space use of Aquarium facilities runs smoothly.
o Communicate with camp parents/guardians.
o Supervise and schedule camp staff.
o Work with volunteer department in the recruiting and training of teen volunteers for camp.
o Schedule all field trips and transportation for camps.
o Work with camp staff to finalize written camper session schedules for staff and families, including supply orders and booking expert guests.
o Work with partnership camps if necessary.
o Assist in the planning of/responsible for camp staff training week.
o Assist the coordinator for the duration of the camp year.
Public programs
o Oversee all aspects of the Critter Discoveries and Sea Stroller programs for the spring season (six programs).
o Oversee all aspects of the kayaking programming for the spring and summer season.
o Act as liaison with development department for any Splash!, Toddler Time or kayak redemptions that occur during the spring and summer season.

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