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Aquarium of Niagara

Educator I

Description

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 Educator I will participate in programming, including teaching and updating content based on participant feedback. The Educator I will assist the Education department in the design and development of education programs for members, students, and other special-interest groups at the Aquarium of Niagara and in the community.

The Educator I must model mutual support, excellent communication and joint problem-solving skills among Directors, Supervisors, Staff, Trustees, Volunteers and Vendors. They will 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
  • Conduct education programs at off-site locations such as local schools and community centers
  • Assist in the identification of subjects to be covered and the development of curriculum outlines and materials to be shared during field trips, outreaches, camps, homeschool programs, scout badge programs, sleepovers, birthdays, and special programs
  • Maintain inventory of interpretive tools, including animal artifacts/bio facts and activity sets
  • Assist with logistical planning and group orientation upon arrival to the Aquarium of Niagara
  • Maintain classroom areas and ensure cleanliness of educational spaces
  • Possess knowledge of prudent safety procedures and policies for work within the department and with the animal collection
  • 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

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental education or a related field; or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as an informal science/environmental educator
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and in writing)
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Comfortable addressing audiences as large as 150 people, as well as work individually with guests
  • Previous experience handling and presenting live animals
  • 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

 

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

Interested applicants should visit http://www.aquariumofniagara.org/careers to complete an employment application and email that along with a cover letter, resume, and references to kjones@aquariumofniagara.org.

Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 7162853575

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