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Job/Internship Opportunities: Education/Interpretation – Mount St. Helens Institute

Mount St Helens Institute LogoThe Mount St. Helens Institute is excited to announce 4 seasonal positions at Mount St. Helens. While its not necessarily collecting data or studying volcanoes; it is sharing appreciation and understanding of volcanoes with youth and adults.
This includes working with the USGS/MSHI collaborative GeoGirls progra and working at Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Position Description HERE and attached.
Please share with your current and former students:
  • Science Education – 2 positions available – starts April 17; closes March 6
  • Education and Interpretation Internship
  • Interpretation Internship

Mount St. Helens Educator

Mt. St. Helens Education and Interpretation Intern

Mt. S. Helens Interpretation Intern

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Job Opportunity: Staff Instructor – IslandWood

IslandWood LogoStaff Instructor
Bainbridge Island WA

Overview: IslandWood’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. Our innovative outdoor learning experiences include the School Overnight Program (SOP) for elementary-aged students in a multi-day residential school program on our 255-acre sustainably designed Bainbridge Campus. The residential experience makes understanding systems physically and mentally tangible for students. With each of our schools, SOP has 3 main goals:

• Provide a foundation of stewardship for our students through their experience at SOP.
• Create equitable access to & culturally responsive instruction for all students.
• Develop meaningful and sustainable relationships with schools.

The Staff Instructor is a seasonal, full-time member of the professional education team for IslandWood. During the 10-months of the SOP school year, the Staff Instructor will teach each week of the SOP in alignment with established curriculum while ensuring culturally responsive instruction to engage all learners. In addition, the Staff Instructor will support the School Partnerships Program by acting as liaisons with schools and providing in-classroom lessons. Responsibilities will include regular evening teaching and occasional weekend programs.

Responsibilities:
• Provide high quality, culturally responsive instruction in natural and cultural history, ecology, conservation, and stewardship to multi-cultural elementary-aged students from diverse backgrounds: language, racial/ethnic, socio-economic, geographic, ability groupings, etc.
• Provide program support beyond instruction in the SOP, including but not limited to assisting with school visits, evening programs, and support necessary to run residential school programs.
• Attend relevant Education Team meetings as schedule allows.
• Assist in the upkeep of a program areas such as the instructional prep or gear room.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
• Staff Instructors may spend one week every four to six weeks as host for the School Overnight Program (coordinate all aspects of school groups’ experiences after hours and through breakfast)
• Most Staff Instructors will act as liaisons to 3-6 partner schools, paying visits primarily on Fridays.

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Job Opportunity: Seasonal Naturalist – Long Lake Conservation Center

Long Lake Conservation Center LogoSeasonal Naturalist
Long Lake Conservation Center
Location:
Palisade, Minnesota
Website: http://www.longlakecc.org

Long Lake Conservation Center is seeking candidates for the Seasonal Naturalist Position

Seasonal Naturalist Job Summary
Seasonal Naturalists at Long Lake both learn and teach. They learn through observation of and interaction with our creative and dynamic staff of Naturalists. They teach by sharing knowledge with students, and also by bringing fresh insights and individual expertise to our community.

Long Lake Conservation Center is a Residential Environmental Learning Center located in the North woods of Minnesota, only a couple hours from the Twin Cities, and in the heart of Aitkin County. Long Lake provides unique, hands on learning experiences. With environmental education opportunities for students of any age; Long Lake encourages the exploration, conservation, education, and appreciation of nature.

Long Lake is Minnesota’s original environmental learning center. Since 1963, Long Lake has been dedicated to youth environmental education and offers school programs for beyond the classroom learning. “The Long Lake Field Study” school program is tailored to individual visiting student groups with fully accredited classes taught by professional and seasonal naturalists.

In addition to “The Long Lake Field Study,” Long Lake provides opportunities to explore and admire the natural world for all audiences. Long Lake offers facility rental, retreat accommodations, and/or educational programming to interested parties. Furthermore, as the flagship of Aitkin County’s park system, Long Lake is open to the public for adult and family classes, community programming, and access to miles of hiking and ski trails. There is always something to see, do, and learn at Long Lake!

Seasonal Naturalists come to Long Lake for an entire academic year, September through May. It is also possible to spend either the fall or spring term. Seasonal Naturalists may also return for an additional academic year.

Essential Functions:
Seasonal Naturalist responsibilities:

  • Care for the health, safety, enjoyment, and enrichment of our visiting students.
  • Observe, take notes, and teach classes.
  • Teach and lead classes independently, after exposure to the curriculum.
  • Work weekends on a rotating basis.
  • Willingly work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Assist in all aspects of the education department (critter care, equipment upkeep, etc.).

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Job Opportunity: Social Media & Science Communication Coordinator – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (Application Deadline: 08/05/16)

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium LogoSocial Media & Science Communication Coordinator – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (Chauvin, LA)
A Social Media & Science Communication Coordinator is sought for employment at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). LUMCON is entering an exciting new 5-year growth phase. We are looking for someone who has a passion for all things social media and content development. Above all, we are looking for someone who has the same passion for marine science that we do.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
–Develop a social media and science communication plan that highlights Louisiana marine science across our consortium members; the science, natural history, and facilities of the LUMCON Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA; and conveys the excitement and energy for the new growth phase of LUMCON.
–Implement and adjust this plan to drive traffic, engagement, and community growth across all LUMCON social media channels.
–Manage day-to-day content production and execution for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.
–Engage and connect with the public, Louisiana residents, students, and various LUMCON stakeholders.
–Coordinate events with science communicators interested in marine science and social media.
–Coordinate with media outlets to highlight LUMCON marine science.
–Communicate and collaborate with education and development teams to support existing programs, cross-functional campaigns, and new initiatives.
–Analyze social media metrics and identify opportunities to better engage with the community and drive goals.
–Stay up-to-date on best practices on social media marketing and content development

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Job Opportunity: Education Curator – Whale Museum

The Whale Museum LogoEducation Curator – Whale Museum (Friday Harbor, WA)
Position:
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.

Qualifications:
· 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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Job Opportunity: Naturalist Program Assistant – North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

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Summary
The Naturalist Program Assistant is based at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park near Diablo, WA. This is a temporary position that will end on September 4, 2016. The Naturalist Program Assistant’s role is to teach and provide leadership and support to program coordination staff at the Learning Center throughout their season. They will instruct in programs and serve as a point of contact for many aspects of programs that operate primarily at the Learning Center. This is achieved through working closely with program coordinators to smoothly execute both the back and front end of residential programs. They will instruct lessons in natural and cultural history, science, and other subjects for wide-ranging audiences.

The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center is located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park near Diablo, WA, and serves as a hub for a small network of trails along the shores of Diablo Lake. This region of North America has been visited by native tribes for over 9,000 years and continues to be a meaningful location for thousands of visitors each year. Opened in 2005, the facility is a collaboration between the North Cascades Institute, the National Park Service, and Seattle City Light- the public utility that owns and operates the hydroelectric project that includes Diablo Lake, and provides electricity to the residents of Seattle. The Learning Center is approximately 20 miles from the nearest gas station and post office, and 60 miles from towns with full amenities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

INSTRUCTION – 70%
More than anything else, the Naturalist Program Assistant serves as an educator at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. They are responsible for providing high-quality instruction, as well as helping to raise the quality of that instruction across programs. Specifically, the Naturalist Program Assistant will teach the most in Adult, Family and Group programs.

These programs provide incredible experiences for adults, families, and other groups. Participants experience Northwest ecosystems through art, photography, literature, natural and cultural history appreciation, canoeing, recreational activities and other programs. Naturalists are key members of our instructional community and are involved in planning, teaching, set-up, and breakdown of these programs.

PROGRAM OPERATION & ADMINISTRATION – 30%
The Naturalist Program Assistant’s duties include assisting in the coordination of many programs that the North Cascades Institute offers at the Environmental Learning Center and at various field locations. This will include data entry, paperwork preparation and frequent e-mail communication with various staff and participants. They will play a key role in staff scheduling and coordination.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Job Opportunity: Resident Instructor – Yellowstone Association

Yellowstone Association LogoResident Instructor
Position: Resident Instructor
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Reports To: Program Manager
Season: Full-Time/Year-Round

Summary Description:
The Yellowstone Association (YA), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), connects people to Yellowstone National Park and our natural world through education. Founded in 1933, the Yellowstone Association is a nonprofit educational organization and has provided over $65 million in aid to Yellowstone National Park since its inception. The Association is the National Park Service’s primary partner in providing educational programs, exhibits, and publications for park visitors. Our operations include 12 educational Park Stores with gross sales of $4.2 million, the YA Institute which offers more than 600 in-depth courses each year, and a membership program with over 35,000 members. Revenues from sales and memberships allow us to make an annual cash donation to the National Park Service for education and research in Yellowstone. Last year, we provided $6.1 million of cash and in-kind assistance for Yellowstone, including a cash donation of $1,445,562 to directly support education and research in the park. Ninety cents of every dollar we spend goes directly to our educational mission. YA is headquartered in Gardiner, Montana, directly across from the historic Roosevelt Arch, which marks the north entrance to Yellowstone. To learn more about our organization, please visit YellowstoneAssociation.org.

The Yellowstone Association (YA) is currently in the process of merging with the park’s nonprofit fundraising partner, the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF),  to create a new nonprofit organization by February of 2017. This will be an exciting new chapter in both organizations’ successful histories. Together, YA and YPF (ypf.org) can connect more people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs, and translate those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment. This position is a tremendous opportunity for a strong leader to play a critical role in support of Yellowstone National Park.

Resident Instructors are part of a progressive and dedicated educational staff committed to teaching about Yellowstone National Park. Instructors are educators and naturalists responsible for providing in-depth education about Yellowstone’s natural, geologic, and cultural history. Programs range in length from one day to over a week. Participant groups range from 1 to 14 people. There are four main types of programs: Lodging and Learning (pre-programmed, multi-day programs with refined curriculum), Youth & College Groups (multi-day programs focused on curriculum-based field experiences), Private Tours (single or multi-day programs for private groups who request specific activities), and occasional Field Seminars (in-depth, topic specific seminars). Resident Instructors are experienced outdoor leaders, able to create a welcoming and comfortable learning environment while keeping their participants safe in inclement weather, wildlife habitat, and backcountry terrain. Resident Instructors play a lead role in the YA Institute, helping to train and mentor seasonal instructors, assist with operational and administrative duties, and envision the future of Institute programs.  They work closely with program managers to understand logistics, cooperate with co-instructors, develop a lesson plan, operate a group transportation vehicle, clean vehicle and equipment afterward, and perform primary wilderness risk management functions in remote locations. Success in this position requires commitment to high quality environmental education and a passion for the preservation of natural and cultural resources in Yellowstone National Park. It requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work under sometimes challenging conditions.  This is a year round position with a workload that shifts between the field and support tasks, depending on program volume and organizational needs

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