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Greensboro Science Center

Education Instructor

The Education Instructor presents a wide variety of programs in all science areas to school groups and informal audiences at the Greensboro Science Center. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in teaching as well as a science background in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, and or engineering) and or environmental education. This is a year-round, primarily Monday through Friday morning position, 20-28 hours per week that will also support summer science camps, and other projects and activities as needed. Working with program animals, science equipment and technology is a part of this position.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Enthusiastically teach and present all required programs including school programs, distance learning, Science On the Spot (interpretation and educational carts), and interpretive gallery talks.
  • Present programs in a variety of settings both on and off-site to groups of varying sizes.
  • Safely handle (after training) and present a variety of small animals ranging from small mammals to invertebrates and small reptiles, including snakes. (Note: this is not an animal keeper position.)
  • Work with specified animals according to animal handling protocols and maintain animal welfare as a priority.
  • Create creative and engaging lessons and activities.
  • Maintain excellent communication with and work with the public as well as with staff members of all ages and positions in all departments.
  • Positively interact with children and adults of all ages and abilities in small or large-group settings.
  • Utilize and operate appropriate technology such as two-way radios, phones, computers, microphones, projectors, copiers, and laminators.
  • Maintain a safe and organized working and learning environment.
  • Maintain education program supplies and materials.
  • Dress appropriately for the days activities and adhere to the GSC dress code.
  • Respond to emergency situations in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of the Greensboro Science Center.

Minimum requirements are a two year-degree, preferably a four-year degree, ideally in education or science, and prior experience working in an instructional capacity (classroom or informal). The successful applicant will have a demonstrated passion and aptitude for teaching, have a strong interest in science, be adept at creating imaginative science learning opportunities, and enjoy working closely with people of all ages, particularly children. Candidates should also be well-organized, comfortable speaking to groups, and have a positive, energetic, outgoing demeanor. Candidates must have excellent communication skills with the public and possess great interpersonal skills. Starting rate is $10.50/hour.

Position Criteria

  • Minimum of an A.A. or A.S., preferably a B.S. or B.A, ideally in education or science, and prior experience working in an instructional capacity (classroom or informal).
  • Possess a valid drivers license and pass a background check.
  • Ability to pass annual TB tests.
  • Required to walk, sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work outdoors for various lengths of time under a variety of conditions including both hot and cold temperatures, high humidity, and exposure to various plants and animals.
  • Be able to climb stairs, lift, carry, and move up to 50 pounds.
  • Safely and comfortably navigate uneven surfaces including gravel, grass, hills, and stairs.
  • Safely use small hand tools, gardening equipment, and household and school-grade laboratory chemicals.
  • Safely operate vehicles such as cars and passenger vans.

Required Schedule

  • This position is year-round, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
  • These hours may change during the summer or as needed throughout the year.
  • Occasional evening and weekend opportunities may be available.

How to Apply

Apply online at:

Greensboro Science Center
4301 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone: 336-288-3769

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