Job Title: Educator (Level I)
Department: Environmental Education
Reports To: Director of Education
Job Type: Full-time
Start Salary: $42,000
FLSA Status: Exempt
PURPOSE OF JOB: The Conservancy Educator (Level 1) delivers educational programs for in- and out-of-school time students, mobile classroom participants, Nature Center visitors, community events, and festivals. The Educator is also an integral part of our ambassador animal program, and assists with animal care duties including maintaining salt- and freshwater aquaria, tank cleanings, feedings, animal enrichment, and handling animals for educational outreach. This position works closely with Education interns and helps ensure that interns are practiced and comfortable with outreach programs and animal care protocols.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Deliver educational outreach programs
• Drive and operate the Conservancy mobile classroom
• Assist with the care and handling of ambassador animals
• Assist with caring for and maintaining salt- and freshwater aquaria
• Assist with Patch Reef Tank dives for cleaning and animal care
• Help ensure a quality guest experience for Nature Center visitors. This includes but is not limited to: delivering public talks, assisting with adult tours, and educating guests while providing enrichment for ambassador animals
• Participate in organizational special events outside of the department
• Participate in professional associations and certifications related to animal care, environmental education, museums, nature centers, interpretation or maintaining live collections
• Deliver excellent customer service, internally and externally
• Other duties as assigned
The above statements describe the general qualifications required to perform the job and the general nature and level of work performed-not a complete list of duties-additional duties may be assigned by management.
• Bachelors’ degree in ecology, science, education or related field; at least one year of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Strong commitment to the conservation of biodiversity, environmental quality, and natural resources
• Enthusiastic desire to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds and interests
• Knowledge of local ecosystems and the natural history of Southwest Florida
• Experience delivering informal place-based science education curriculum / programs
• Knowledge, proficiency, and/or interest in creating and facilitating science-based art activities for diverse audiences
• Some animal care experience (ex: marine aquaria, snakes, raptors)
• SCUBA certification or willingness/ability to become certified
• The ability or willingness to learn to safely drive and operate a 39 foot mobile classroom
• Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and classroom management skills
• Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
• Ability to work effectively as a team member
• Proficiency in Google Suites and Microsoft Office.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
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 ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
• Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Willingness to work outside and conduct programs in the evenings, weekends, and holidays in sometimes hot, humid, and buggy conditions
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
• Current Certification in CPR, First Aid, and Life Saving, or ability to obtain
• SCUBA certification, or ability to obtain
• Valid driver’s license and good driving record
PHYSICAL, DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands, arms, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Special vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and depth perception.
Work Environment: The employee is regularly exposed to wet and humid conditions and outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Date Posted: 05.09.2022