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Jun 5 / Donna Carroll

Belle Isle Aquarium – Aquarium Educator

POSITION/TITLE: Aquarium Educator

SUPERVISOR: Director of Education

POSITION TYPE: Part-time

START DATE: Late May

JOB DURATION: 3 years

JOB SUMMARY

The Aquarium Educator, in conjunction with a small team, will lead and support our grant sponsored 5th grade field trip program at the Belle Isle Aquarium (see the following grant summary). The field trips last approximately 2 hours and will take place during the school year on Mondays and Thursdays mornings.  Duties will include participating in trainings, delivery of interactive field trips, set-up and take down of materials and participation in team meetings.

This position will also interact with the teachers at our weeklong Summer Institute, which is held at the Aquarium from July 17th to 20th, 2017.  In addition, the Aquarium Educator will play an important role in supporting program teachers with small grant projects for their classrooms that relate to the Belle Isle Aquarium.

ESSTENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Facilitate educational field trip program based on 5th grade science standards utilizing Belle Isle Aquarium’s collection and exhibits
Promote STEM careers and cross curricular concepts when applicable
Assist in the Summer Institute
Communicate and support program teachers throughout the school year with their small grant projects that relate to the aquarium, which might include travel to schools
Participate in the Education team to assess and plan for teachers growing needs including program improvements and evaluation
Attend trainings and other professional development opportunities
Assist where needed with research of the grant program
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
 
REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate required.
One to three years of experience in education or informal education
Interest or experience in inquiry based learning preferred
Proficient with Macs or PCs

SKILLS and OTHER CHARACTERISTICS

Ability and desire to interact with youth, families and teachers;
familiarity and passion for working with children of all abilities
Comfortable speaking to large groups and diverse audiences
Must have a passion for the environment and teaching youth
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Self-motivated
Strong organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work well with others in a team setting
Flexible and able to handle unexpected situations
Hiring contingent on successfully passing a background check

SCHEDULE

Up to 25 hours a week depending on program needs.

COMPENSATION

$20/hour, paid monthly

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to:

emmerta@belleisleconservancy.org

or

Belle Isle Conservancy

c/o Amy Emmert

300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800

Detroit, MI 48207-5200

If you have any further questions please contact Amy Emmert at 248-912-5029.

Belle Isle Conservancy (BIC) is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. BIC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

PROJECT SUMMARY

The NSF-ITEST: Promoting Student Interest in Science and Science Careers through a Scalable Place-based Environmental Educational Program at a Public Aquarium project is a collaboration between Wayne State University (WSU), Michigan Technological University (MTU), the Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA), elementary schools located within the city of Detroit, and Hezel Associates (evaluators).   The goal is to increase interest, knowledge and activity choices of students in ways that promote science education and STEM career choices among minority youth related to fisheries, wildlife, conservation and aquatic sciences.  An intended long-term outcome is the establishment of Communities of Learning centered on the Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA) to achieve a lasting impact.

The project aims to meets its goals through a multifaceted approach. The program will provide a 4 daylong Summer Institute to 30 teachers each summer, over the course of 3 years, to include 90 teachers total. The objective of the Summer Institute is to support and supplement teacher knowledge, familiarize teachers with the Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA) field trip and how it can be embedded into their curriculum, establish a Community of Learners centered on the BIA, and promote STEM careers and explore how they can be incorporated into curriculum.

Program teachers will also have opportunities to participate in follow up activities including published lesson plans, focus groups, and a mini grant program which include activities that relate to the BIA and student learning.  Aquarium Educators will be instrumental in the success of all these activities and on the forefront of our relationships with the teachers. Each year, the 30 teacher participants will work with an Aquarium Educator to schedule their field trip, coordinate where it fits into where they are in their curriculum, support teachers in creating lesson plans related to their field trip and facilitate teachers in applying for and implementing the mini grants.