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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Education Specialist, Full-time

The Conservation Education & Science Department at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and collaborative Education Specialist to join their talented team! Please apply if you are passionate about educating others and want to coach and lead future generations of conservationists.

Who are we?

Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. It is a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. We are widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

The essence of our work is to build an organization that enables us to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world. To accomplish this goal we need a diverse group of talented people working together with a solidarity of purpose, recognizing that the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. We invite you to join our pack!

Job Title: Education Specialist
Department: Conservation Education and Science
Reports To: Education Program Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Starting Salary: $684.00 per week plus a comprehensive benefit package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life and LTD insurance, FSA, HRA, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holidays, personal business days, sick leave, and vacation. Position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Summary of the Role
Teaches classes and theater shows, presents lectures, develops educational materials, conducts workshops, coordinates educational field and travel programs and participates in other environmental educational activities (in-person, hybrid, and virtual) to further the educational mission of the Museum by performing the duties below. Works weekends, evenings, and holidays in an equitable rotation with other staff members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Teaches a wide variety of natural history, life, and earth science programs onsite, offsite, and virtually for grades Pre-K through College. Utilizes Museum artifacts, live animals, and educational resources to augment standard teaching methods and adapts delivery of course content and complexity to ages and abilities of students and audience size.
  • Develops and teaches natural history, ecology, and/or conservation programs for families and adults on the Museum grounds and in the community in formal (classroom) or informal (hiking, festivals, tabling) settings.
  • Maintains animal certifications for a suite of live animals adequate to teach all department programs and maintains records of attendance and animal handling. Includes arthropods, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  • 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, evolution, and dinosaurs.
  • Demonstrated experience with curriculum development, pedagogical best practices, and Arizona State Science Standards.
  • Must be familiar with Zoom, Teams, Google, and Microsoft Office suite and be able to learn new technology quickly.
  • Selects and assembles materials to be used in programming and arranges use of animals, artifacts, technology, vehicles, or other teaching aids.
  • Assists in training and monitoring of on-grounds educational activities (docents, interns, Educators) as needed.
  • Coordinates education programs such as kids’ clubs, teen volunteers, school partnerships, outdoor (hiking and camping) programs and other programs of similar scope.
  • Plans and implements day and summer camp programs, combining recreational activities with teaching methods geared to specific age groups. Learn more
  • Works with adult leaders of youth groups and community organizations to assist youth to earn merit badges, fulfill projects, or other group requirements.
  • On occasion, may serve as Department “manager on duty”.
  • Evaluates success of courses through surveys, participant, teacher, and supervisor feedback.
  • As a public figure maintains exemplary internal and external customer service while working with staff, volunteers, and community stakeholders.

Education and/or Experience

  • BA or BS in biological, earth or environmental sciences, environmental education or equivalent.
  • Three years teaching experience in an informal, formal, or a combination of environments.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Teaching Certificate highly desirable.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, an Arizona Driver's License with 6 years driving experience and a clean driving record
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card (or ability to obtain)
  • CPR and First Aid (or willing to obtain)
  • Rabies Vaccine (or willing to obtain)
  • Wilderness First Aid (or willing to obtain)

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills highly desirable.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and overnights and cover weekend days on a rotating schedule.
  • Ability to travel regionally for teaching assignments.
  • Ability and willingness to attend trainings onsite, online, or elsewhere.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather including occasional overnights.

Language Skills
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.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
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.

Computer Skills
Proficient in word processing and presentation software, basic abilities with spreadsheets, scheduling and communications software. Able to learn and operate videoconferencing system. Comfortable learning new software platforms.

Physical Demands
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.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships 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.


This is a Full-time/Salaried Exempt Status position that is eligible for benefits. Benefits include ASDM paid life insurance and long-term disability plans. On a shared premium basis: PPO medical insurance with HRA, a choice of two dental plans, an optional vision plan, additional voluntary life insurance, optional short-term disability, and 403(b) retirement plan with ROTH option. Active staff receive a complimentary dual-level Desert Museum membership and admission passes. Staff are also eligible for discounts at our gift shops, on ASDM's Public Programs & Trips, and for Adult Art & Photography Classes.


$684.00 per week. Position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

How to Apply

To view the full job posting and apply, visit the Desert Museum’s Career Page or copy the following URL & paste it into your browser:

Please do not email your resume. Applications must be submitted online, and resumes should be uploaded with your application. 

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.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Rd
Tucson, AZ 85743

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