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Under general supervision of Manager of Youth and Community Programs/Price Program Coordinator and work direction of program leads, the position is responsible for assisting with the implementation and presentation of year-round science education programming. Research and provide the highest-level of science content and accuracy for Education programs, interpretation, and activities appropriate for and in alignment with the Aquarium's role as the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego. Program audiences include, but are not limited to, multi-generational groups, families, infants and toddlers, adults, pre-K to 12 and college students, and teachers.
Programming includes but is not limited to onsite interpretation, school group programs, youth programs such as camps, public programs, outdoor programming, and outreach. Instructional responsibilities include having a broad-based knowledge of marine science and inquiry teaching methods; using appropriate materials, teaching strategies and curriculum to implement programs, including recommending revisions as needed; adhering to aquarium and university policies and procedures; and providing high quality guest service. Assist in mentoring program volunteers and student employees.
Schedule is either Sunday through Thursday or Tuesday through Saturday and may require schedule flexibility to accommodate evening programs, holidays and/or special events.
Some programs may involve outdoor, water or sea-going activities and may require lifting tanks and equipment plus handling live organisms.
BA or BS in marine science, environmental science, or related natural sciences or in education with science specialization; or combination of related educational background and teaching in the subject matter, or equivalent experience
One (1+) or more years experience teaching and/or interpreting in an informal science education institution, with a strong emphasis in science interpretation and integration.
Knowledge of educational program content and objectives in appropriate subject area. Proven understanding of and ability to teach and/or interpret basic marine, Earth and atmospheric science concepts, including the nature and practices of science. Knowledge and familiarity with best practices in teaching inquiry-based science.
Educational programs delivery and management skills including experience working collaboratively with a team of diverse individuals. Ability to work effectively across the organization, internally and externally.
Strong Analytical skills to work on program or targeted audience needs assessments. Use of critical-thinking, problem-solving, creativity, time management and organizational skills to meet Departmental and Organizational goals in a team environment.
Effective reading, verbal, written communications and presentation skills.
Ability to follow directions and adhere to established guidelines and procedures. Ability to take initiative and work with appropriate supervision to reliably meet goals and objectives.
Able to apply principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion to educational practice.
Proficient computer skills with business software systems in the completion of work assignments (for example, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
Duties may require direct contact with children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) training will be required. Must meet CANRA compliance requirement per California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (
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