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Aquarium of the Pacific

Education Coordinator- School and Teacher Programs

This position primarily coordinates and delivers educational programs for preK-12th grade school groups and teachers. Specific initiatives include on-site classroom programs for visiting school field trips, online teacher resources, homeschool events, and grant-funded professional development opportunities such as the NOAA Teacher Workshop series, and the early childhood educator workshop. This staff member will also assist in teaching public programs, specifically day camp, and with on the floor interpretation as needed. 

This role provides support in areas of the Education department administration, including but not limited to staff training, communicating with internal partners, scheduling and planning calendars, tracking program metrics, tracking grant spending, tracking and contributing to budget planning, ordering and inventory, and answering of guest questions and emails. While not responsible for the direct supervision of education staff members, the position requires informal leadership and directed trainings related to the implementation of their programs.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate the logistical and pedagogical elements of on-site school and teacher programs in five different teaching spaces (Spaces are the Splash Zone Classroom, Tidal Zone Classroom, Ocean Theater, Watershed Classroom, and Ocean Science Center.)
  • Work with management to plan program evaluation strategies to continually assess programs.
  • Adapt, update, and create new on-site school and teacher program materials as needed to serve the changing needs of the audience.
  • Maintain Guest Support Center protocols for school program bookings, and website listings accuracy
  • Facilitate public and school programs, both on-site, on-line, and in the community.
  • Assist in the onboarding and training of new educator staff members implementing school programs.
  • Support daily department operations including ordering and inventory, reviewing monthly staff schedule drafts, tracking spending, and ensuring office is ready for daily operations.
  • Work with management to communicate progress on grant funded projects to development and/or finance departments.
  • Work with management to consider new grant-funded opportunities within school and teacher programs.
  • Field routine education questions, including responses to general education emails.
  • Serve as the point person for the department (Ed-1) by answering radio calls, phone calls, and ensuring coverage on both the interpretation and volunteer schedules.
  • Provide daily visitor support including on the floor interpretation, shows, and station coverage.
  • Train and serve as a resource for volunteers and interns.
  • Participate in Education and Aquarium-wide staff meetings, trainings and professional development to stay current on Education Department goals, ocean sciences information and trends in education.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge and expertise in ecological, biological and conservation principles.
  • Strong background and training in the field of education and the implementation of informal education programs.
  • Familiarity with effective instructional strategies for informal education for a variety of ages, group sizes and abilities.
  • Strong communication skills to transmit information to staff, other departments, volunteers, visitors and program participants with enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team atmosphere.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to focus on projects in a shared workspace with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to interact successfully with other zoos, aquariums and informal education centers regarding related programs.
  • Desire to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems.


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, skill, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • Minimum of two years teaching experience in a formal and/or informal setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to reflect on and improve upon job performance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered.
  • Valid California driver’s license or the eligibility to attain one.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance, bend, squat, climb, kneel, crawl, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-50lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills
  • Ability to function while on board a mid-sized ocean vessel

Work Environment

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

  • Aquarium galleries, classrooms, theater and informal learning environment
  • Offsite areas conducting programs as needed
  • Outside environments in varying weather conditions
  • Open ocean environments
  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
  • Exposure to common allergens, such as shellfish
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Exposure to confined spaces


If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below. You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Hire Select:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the PCI aptitude assessment.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




How to Apply

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 590-3100
Fax: (562) 951-1629

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