Full Time with Benefits
The Education Coordinator is responsible for the coordinating and teaching education programs (pre K-adult) which supports the Aquarium of the Pacific and its mission. The person in this position will assist in the development of educational curricula including written outline, booking protocols, program activities and the design and construction of program materials. Primary responsibilities are to implement, develop and continually assess the Aquarium’s education programs. Additional responsibilities include the coordination of at least 1 education project or program and the oversight and training of education volunteers. Education program coordination includes the logistical and day to day upkeep of education programs in addition to program development, collaborating with other departments, staff training, and informal program evaluation. The person in this position will provide the highest level of customer service to our guests, other Aquarium staff, community and professional peers while instilling a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems.
- Teach, develop, and implement the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education programs which support the institutional mission and strategic plan.
- Maintain the highest level of customer service to program participants and Aquarium guests.
- Ability to work well with others in a team atmosphere.
- Track program supplies and make recommendations to the Education Managers when purchases are necessary.
- Maintain a clean teaching space to facilitate programs and presentations in a safe environment for staff, volunteers and guests.
- Train and oversee work of volunteers and interns.
- Train, develop and mentor part-time staff.
- Participate in Education and Aquarium-wide staff meetings, trainings, and professional development.
- Provide outstanding, engaging, and thought-inspiring interpretation to guests throughout the Aquarium.
- Handle changes in job functions of the education department.
- Provide support for the daily functions of the education department.
- Complete other projects as assigned, including acting as Project Manager for various projects or programs.
Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge and expertise in ecological, biological and conservation principles.
- Strong background and training in the field of education and the implementation of informal education programs.
- Familiarity with effective instructional strategies for informal education for a variety of ages, group sizes and abilities.
- Strong communication skills to transmit information to staff, other departments, volunteers, visitors and program participants with enthusiasm.
- Ability to focus on projects in a shared workspace with frequent interruptions.
- Ability to interact successfully with other zoos, aquariums and informal education centers regarding related programs.
- Desire to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered.
- Minimum of two years of teaching in a formal and/or informal setting.
- Valid California driver’s license.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time
- Ability to balance, bend, squat, climb, kneel, crawl, twist
- Ability to lift and carry up to 0-50lbs
- Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
- Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills
- Ability to function while on board a mid-sized ocean vessel
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Aquarium galleries, classrooms, theater and informal learning environment
- Offsite areas conducting programs as needed
- Outside environments in varying weather conditions
- Open ocean environments
- Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
- Exposure to common allergens, such as shellfish
- Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
- Exposure to confined spaces
INTERESTED AND QUALIFIED?
If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:
- You will complete a brief web application;
- You will attach or build your resume;
- You will complete the PCI aptitude assessment.
Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.