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Job Opportunity: Education Curator – Whale Museum

The Whale Museum LogoEducation Curator – Whale Museum (Friday Harbor, WA)
Education Curator
Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Education Curator. Year-round FT employment, includes benefits.

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington. This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane.

The Education Curator’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:
· conduct education programs, guided tours, other educational programs, and special events as needed
· development and implementation of programs, events and activities that address the Museum’s mission to education and build stewardship within the community as well as with visitors
· management and evaluation of the education programs and associated volunteers
· help coordinate volunteer recruitment, database management, and scheduling
· The Education Curator works closely with the E.D., staff and/or contracted consultants to plan, budget and implement educational programs and outreach projects/events associated with their areas of responsibility.

The successful candidate will be highly flexible. Work schedule requires some evening and weekend coverage.

· Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s preferred), plus a minimum of 3 years of experience in a related field (natural history museum, science center or similar educational institution).
· Strong knowledge of marine ecosystems and marine mammal biology and natural history, specifically the Southern Resident orcas and the Salish Sea.
· Strong verbal and written communication skills necessary for department planning and grant writing, as well as conducting educational programs and tours as needed.
· Ability to create and present age appropriate learning experiences related to the marine ecosystem.
· Ability to understand the educational field and curriculum specific information.
· Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact effectively with Museum staff & board, volunteers, visitors, and members.
· Ability to multi-task and work flexible schedule, specifically some weekends and evenings.
· Able to collect and synthesize information; effective problem solving skills.
· Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
· Computer skills should include word processing, database management, spreadsheets, graphics, and social media. Specific programs include: Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher.

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Event: Info Sessions for Fall at Friday Harbor Labs (Autumn Application Deadline: 04/15/16)

Fall in Friday Harbor Info Sessions

Spend fall quarter studying at the UW’s marine field station in the San Juan Islands. Get started by attending one of our info sessions this quarter.

INFO SESSION I: Marine Biology and the Humanities
When: Tuesday 4/12, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Thompson Hall, Rm 234
RSVP: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/marbiol/299813

Start here if you want to learn more about courses in the humanities and introductory courses in marine biology for students of any major. Hear about the courses and living experience from faculty and students including creative writing professor and award-winning poet Richard Kenney, FHL Associate Director Megan Dethier, and FHL alumnus and English major Zack Bivins (winner of this year’s Oceans 180 competition).

INFO SESSION II: Marine Biology and Research
When: Tuesday 4/26, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Ocean Sciences Building, Rm 425
RSVP: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/marbiol/299825
RSVP: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/marbiol/299825

Start here if you are interested in research relevant to science majors. Learn about 15 credit ‘research apprenticeships’ in marine sediment and the pelagic ecosystem (PEF) from Oceanography Professor Andrea Ogston and PEF staff Rachel Wold.


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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

AUT 2016 Courses at Friday Harbor

Spend Fall Quarter 2016 in Friday Harbor!

Join English professor and award-winning poet Richard Kenney and a band of writers, artists, scientists and naturalists in the San Juan Islands for an intensive, inspiring course in literature, creative writing, and marine biology.  No experience is required — just bring your curiosity and imagination.

This fall, live by the sea and enroll in courses that explore the beautiful and varied marine environment at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor campus.  Read, write, and explore the sea and the seashore through literature, creative writing, marine biology, ocean, and fisheries courses (12-17 credits) that take full advantage of the San Juan Island setting. What better place to read works of sea-faring literature, or to take a marine biology course where you can actually interact with the marine life you are studying? Writers, artists, scientists, and researchers have long been drawn to the sea — come and experience it for yourself while earning UW credit.

Costs include room, board (three delicious meals per day), and course/lab fees.  Just bring your ferry fare and pocket money.

More information (and application) at http://depts.washington.edu/engl/cw/poetryfh16.php

Like Friday Harbor Creative Writing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FridayHarborCreativeWriting/

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.

Course/Research Opportunity: Study at Friday Harbor Labs (SPR/SUM Application Deadline: 02/01/16)

Study at Friday Harbor Labs this Year
Spend a quarter studying in residence at the UW’s marine field station at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL). Undergraduates can study at FHL in spring, summer or autumn quarters, and the deadline for spring/summer applications is February 1.

● Explore the marine environment of the Salish Sea where your classroom is a marine preserve, and the boats are just steps away from your dorm.
● Courses for all levels from introductory marine biology to advanced research apprenticeships.
● Get to know your teachers with class sizes frequently less than 20 students.

Info Session
Thursday, January 21, 10:30-11:20 am, Fishery Sciences Building (FSH) 203 [map]

Get all the information you need to know to plan for a quarter or course at Friday Harbor Labs. Meet faculty, TAs, and students from past quarters, and learn about the courses offered this year.

(Spring) Marine Biology Quarter: Students starting their exploration of the marine environment (few or no pre-reqs) build a schedule around courses in introductory marine biology, science writing, statistics, or oceanography. Spring 2016 course list

(Spring) Marine Zoology/Botany (Zoo-Bot) Quarter: A fixed schedule of three integrated courses (for undergrads with biological sciences background), including an individual research project mentored by FHL faculty and instructors.

(Summer): A selection of intensive, half-term (5 week) courses including Marine Invertebrate Zoology or Ecology & Conservation of Marine Birds & Mammals. Summer 2016 course list

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Job Opportunity: Outdoor Education Teacher/Naturalist – Echo Hill Outdoor School

Echo Hill Outdoor School LogoOutdoor Education Teacher/Naturalist
Echo Hill Outdoor School
Worton, Maryland
Website: http://www.ehos.org

Teacher/ Naturalist: Echo Hill Outdoor School, Worton, Maryland

Introduction: Echo Hill Outdoor School, located on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, provides residential learning experiences designed to introduce and acclimate children to the outdoors and foster respect for and awareness of themselves, each other and their environment. Course areas include: Watershed Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding ecosystems, group and individual development on our low and high ropes adventure course, and exploration of history and the human environment in the Chesapeake Bay region. The program is flexible so as to meet the needs of a wide range of students, typically 3rd through 9th grade, from both public and private schools.

Responsibilities: At Echo Hill you would teach a variety of classes from all of our curriculum areas. You would also supervise all aspects of students residential life during their stay at the school including overnights in platform tents or cabins of seven to ten students, table-heading at family style meals, and supervision of free time and other activities.

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