Full-time: 40 hours/week
Department: Conservation Education and Science
Reports To: Education Program Manager
Wage Progression: Initial Step is currently $13.60 per hour; Bargaining Unit Position
The Educator role at the Desert Museum assists with educational and conservation programming for school groups, families, children, camps, and the general public. Programs are a mix of in-person (indoors & outdoors), virtual, and hybrid.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- The primary responsibility of this position is to engage and educate guests about the Sonoran Desert via a variety of programming (classes, informal activities, birthday parties, etc.)
- Assist with programs and orientations for school groups, teens, community groups, and camps.
- Must be familiar with Zoom, Teams, Google, and Microsoft Office suite, and able to learn new technology quickly.
- May handle live animals (arthropods and reptiles) and Museum artifacts for educational presentations.
- Knowledge of and comfort with communicating science topics including the natural history of Sonoran Desert species, climate change, invasive species, the age of the Earth, and dinosaurs.
- Over time, will learn and contribute to new programs.
- Maintain records of attendance and animal handling.
- Able to work most Saturdays, occasional overnights, and special events.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Please note: This position was opened on October 13, 2021. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please understand that if offered a position, you will be required to provide the equivalent of a satisfactory 3-year Driver's History Record and successfully complete a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen as a final condition of employment.
Qualifications 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, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Required Education and/or Experience
- Associate’s degree in science, education or closely related field.
- 1 year of experience in early childhood or elementary education, formal or informal, paid or volunteer.
- At least 6 years driving experience and a clean driving record.
Preferred Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in science, education or a closely related field
- 2+ years working with children in formal groups (classrooms, clubs, teams etc.)
- Experience working with animals
- Experience working outdoors in a variety of weather
- Theater/presentation experience
- Experience creating educational resources such as slides, handouts, or activities
- Able to teach in Spanish and English
Certificates & Licenses
- Must have, or be able to obtain, an Arizona Driver's License.
- CPR and First Aid (or willing to obtain).
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Virtual Programming, Google or PPT slide creation, spreadsheet and word processing software.
While performing the duties of the position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include distance vision and peripheral vision.
While performing the duties of this positon, the employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places and outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an equal opportunity institution that values a diverse workforce. The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify.