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Aquarium of Niagara

Seasonal Educator I

Reporting to Director of Education and Conservation, this position shall assist with the operations and functions of the Education Department of the Aquarium of Niagara. The Seasonal Educator I will provide a supportive role in the Education Department, assisting with planning and organizing educational programs. The Seasonal Educator I will support senior education staff with educational programing and instruction.

 

The Seasonal Educator I must model mutual support, excellent communication and joint problem-solving skills among Directors, Supervisors, Staff, Trustees, Volunteers and Vendors. Cultivate, support and maintain a culture of inclusion and engagement (positive moral) at the Aquarium of Niagara.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Serve as a first line instructor, presenting educational content to guests and groups inside the Aquarium and outside on the surrounding grounds
  • Maintain a basic familiarity with the Aquarium’s animal collection, and develop an understanding of the importance the collection plays in the fulfillment of the Aquarium’s mission
  • Respond to visitor observations and questions about the collections, or contact the appropriate animal care staff to answer a question or report a problem
  • Recognize emergency conditions related to animal health and safety, and contact appropriate staff in a timely and efficient manner
  • Provide crowd control, supervision of guests, and educational interpretation at public touch pool
  • Participate in the identification of subjects to be covered and the development of curriculum outlines and materials to be shared during programs
  • Maintain inventory of interpretive tools, including animal artifacts/bio facts and activity sets
  • Maintain classroom areas and ensure cleanliness of educational spaces
  • Assist with logistical planning and group orientation upon arrival to the Aquarium of Niagara
  • Remain acutely aware of the needs of guests of the Aquarium of Niagara at all times
  • Maintain a friendly, courteous and helpful attitude towards visitors
  • Always support the mission of the Aquarium of Niagara

Requested Requirements

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in environmental education or a related field
  • Previous experience working with young children, ages 18 months – 5 years
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and in writing)
  • Outstanding customer service skills; able to represent the Aquarium of Niagara at all levels with professionalism and pride
  • Flexible team player; ability to work well with Aquarium of Niagara staff, project partners, and program participants.
  • Ability to multi-task as part of a fast-paced team
  • Valid driver’s license and a driver in good standing
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and walk over uneven terrain and in all weather
  • Preferred: Previous experience handling and presenting live animals

Further Comments

The Aquarium of Niagara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

How to Apply

To Apply

Interested candidates should complete an application and send it and your resume and cover letter to kjones@aquariumofniagara.org. Be sure to include Seasonal Educator in the subject line of any correspondences.

Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 716-285-3575

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