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Funding Opportunity: Goldwater Scholarship & Sedlock Scholarship for Sophomores & Juniors Planning for Careers in STEM Research

Barry M GoldwaterThe UW campus application for students interested in seeking nomination for the Goldwater Scholarship is now available! Brief details are included here, and further information and application instructions are at http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/goldwater. Please find a flyer attached as well.

In 2016-17, UW’s Thomas Sedlock Icon Scholarship will also be awarded in connection with UW’s Goldwater Scholarship nominations. Any UW Goldwater nominees not awarded the Goldwater Scholarship will receive a Sedlock Icon Scholarship in the range of $3,000-$6,000. Sedlock Icon Scholarship award decisions will be made in early April, after final Goldwater Scholarship national selection decisions are announced.

GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS:

The BARRY GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP is designed to attract outstanding students into research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to students who are sophomores or juniors during the current academic year and who have excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in and potential for research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarship covers undergraduate eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year.

UW DEADLINE for applications: November 13, 2016.

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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: 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.

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Job Opportunity: Managing Editor – Natural Areas Association Natural Areas Journal

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Natural Areas Journal Managing Editor Job Description

Position: Managing Editor
Status: This is an hourly contracted (non-employee) position requiring an average time commitment of 30 hours/month
Reports to: Director of Operations
Location: Managing Editor’s current location
Compensation: Dependent on experience

General Description
The Natural Areas Association (NAA) is seeking a Managing Editor (ME) for the Natural Areas Journal (NAJ). This contracted, part-time position averages 30 hours/month (the hours/week will vary) and will formally begin in mid-late June 2016 (or as soon as filled). The Managing Editor will work from their current location. The current ME and/or production manager will be available to facilitate a smooth transition, and to ensure continuity and the ongoing success of the NAJ.

Natural Areas Journal Background The NAJ is the NAA’s flagship publication. The Journal provides a forum for communication among persons involved in the identification, preservation, protection, and management of natural areas and elements of biological diversity. The NAJ focus is on nature preserves, natural areas, state or national parks, rare and endangered species, land preservation, and practical approaches to natural areas work. The Journal includes peer-reviewed original research articles on applied conservation biology, ecological restoration, natural areas management, ecological assessment and monitoring, invasive and exotic species management, habitat protection, fire ecology, natural areas identification, natural areas programs and conservation ethics.

The Journal is published quarterly and is available in hardcopy and online to NAA members. A sample issue can be viewed online via the NAA website, naturalareas.org (you may contact the NAA for guest online access or to request a sample hardcopy at info@naturalareas.org). More information is available on the NAA website: www.naturalareas.org.

Each issue averages 100-120 pages and generally contains 10-12 articles, plus editorial content and 5 book reviews. The managing editor (a contracted position) is responsible for all tasks involved in the development/production of the Journal that occur after manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and accepted by the editor, up to the time of transmittal to the Production Manager, who is responsible for the design/layout of the issue and sending the print-ready files to the printer, Allen Press.

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Job Opportunity: Teacher Naturalist – Ozark Natural Science Center

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Position Title:  Teacher Naturalist (Seasonal)
Reports To: Program Manager
Status: Contract Personnel
Start Date: Mid August – Mid December

General Description:  The Teacher Naturalist (TN) is the front-line educational staff for all ONSC programming and program-related operations.  TN’s lead educational activities including interpretive hikes/field investigations on the trail, off-site trips, special topic classes, and various other activities. Programs range from one day to a full week for the duration of the summer season.  Work hours are determined based on program length; Teacher Naturalists are typically assigned to programs in their entirety.  TN’s are required to stay onsite overnight during assigned programming (housing provided).

Goals:

  • Provide exceptional learning experiences to participants of all ages.
  • Learn, demonstrate, and share conservation-minded habits.
  • Maintain safety as the number one priority in all center activities.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Job Opportunity: Community Program Educator – Urban Ecology Center

Urban Ecology Center LogoCommunity Program Educator
Milwaukee WI

Position Summary:
The Community Program Educator position is a full-time (40 hours per week). The primary responsibility of this position is to provide environmental educational programs for community members of all ages including the Center’s after school programs, B’earthday parties, and home school, family and community programs. Welcoming visitors to the Center and serving as an ambassador of the Center’s mission are central to the position. In addition, this position supervises and mentors high school students, helping them develop their professionalism and skills. The Community Program Educator is responsible for animal care for the Center’s reptiles, amphibians, and fish, including developing a vision and plan for enhancing the animal programs at the Center. This position assists with room set-up for rentals, meetings, and programs, and secures the building each night. The Community Program Educator position requires working afternoons, evenings, and weekends. We have positions available at both our Riverside Park and Menomonee Valley branches. The schedules and requirements for each branch are slightly different: please see details below.

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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.