Seasonal Natural History Instructor

Warner Nature Center
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Marine on St Croix, MN

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The Science Museum of Minnesota knows that the diversity in our communities generates better ideas, inspires creativity and is essential to building a positive workplace. As an employer of choice we hire and retain the best employees by valuing differences, creating a collaborative work environment, and providing promotional and career development opportunities.

Join our team at Warner Nature Center (WNC) as a Seasonal Natural History Instructor and be responsible for developing and conducting week-long summer classes designed to create awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world for children age 6 to 11.

This is a seasonal position for summer 2019.

Work Environment: Informal classroom setting, variable outdoor conditions, and uneven terrain for education in the outdoors.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • During summer, develop and deliver up to 6 week-long nature-based camps for children ages 6-11 attending WNC summer camps.
  • Prepare and submit lesson plans and applicable forms in a timely fashion when needed.
  • Prepare all teaching supplies and equipment.
  • Work with volunteers in delivering classes and camps.
  • Prepare classroom before and cleanup classroom after each summer camp.
  • Participate in volunteer and staff meetings and trainings as schedule allows.
  • Assist in support of other camps as needed.
  • Work with assistant director and naturalist staff to prepare program supplies, equipment, and outdoor activities.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with WNC and SMM staff and volunteers, schools, parents, organizations, networks and other potential audiences.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of interpretation and environmental education.
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery.
  • Documented knowledge of Minnesota flora, fauna, and natural communities.
  • Ability to communicate information that is not always straightforward.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in education, natural science, outdoor recreation, or related field.
  • Demonstrated professional interpretive or teaching experience.
  • Experience handling live animals and raptors.
  • Experience working with youth, families, parents, teachers, schools, and community organizations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to give CPR and first aid valued, but not required.
  • Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
  • Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
  • Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).

Starting rate: $14.00+ hourly / Depending on Qualifications.

The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.

We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees.

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