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Educator Field Trip Lead

Department: Education

 

About Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center is a leader for innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning. Serving as a home for science in Oakland since 1883, Chabot inspires and educates learners of all ages on the Universe and planet Earth. Chabot is currently embarking on a historic partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center to create novel learning and career opportunities in our current space renaissance for our community. We are expanding our team of impassioned visionaries to join us in rethinking equitable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education for all.

 

Position Impact

Chabot Space & Science Center seeks candidates for the role of Educator, a key member of the Education Department that comprises field trips, outreach, workshops, community-based programs and youth development at the center. Educators are responsible for facilitating learning experiences for K-12 students both on-site and off-site, including field trip workshops, live science shows, floor activities, and other outreach events. All programs focus on a learner-centered and inquiry-based approach to learning with an emphasis on open-ended experiences.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintains a welcoming, inclusive, encouraging, and engaging educational setting for youth and their families
  • In collaboration with the Visitor Services team, coordinates the scheduling of school groups. Works with the Teaching and Learning team to ensure a well-coordinated and positive visitor experience. 
  • Maintains master calendar with scheduled school group visits and related events.
  • For field trip workshops, floor activities and community-based programs:
    • Facilitate inquiry-based science learning experiences for K-12 students in a variety of settings 
    • Work with lead educators to learn and deliver curriculum, ensuring content meets NGSS standards
    • Prepare materials, including setup and breakdown 
    • Maintain classroom, lab and storage spaces
    • Modify experiences to fit the needs of the specific group as needed
    • Provide feedback to help refine and improve existing programs
    • Work with lead educators to ensure adequate inventory of program supplies
    • Work with Program Coordinator to confirm teaching schedule and other logistics
  • As a member of the Education Department:
    • Support special events and programs at the Center
    • Support outreach and community-based events 
    • Participate in team meetings and strategic planning activities
    • Contribute to administrative and logistical tasks required of the team
    • Work collaboratively with other staff, GEs and volunteers to ensure outstanding visitor experience
    • Other duties as assigned

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. or Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or a post-secondary education program in science, education, youth development, or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Willingness to travel, work nights and weekends as required.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Customer Service – Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; respond promptly to customer needs; solicit customer feedback to improve service; respond to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.
  • Dependability – Follow instructions, responds to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; complete tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritize and plan work activities; use time efficiently; plan for additional resources; set goals and objectives; organize or schedules other people and their tasks; develop realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism – Tactfully approach others; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments; Adhere to all Chabot Space and Science Center policies and procedures
  • Language Ability: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general science publications, elementary and secondary curriculum. Ability to write correspondence, classroom curriculum, and understand policies and procedures. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of visitors, families, kids, and the general public.
  • 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.
  • Passionate interest in science education
  • Desire to cultivate curiosity and experimentation in children and adult learners 
  • Skilled at teaching children and youth with diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogical strategies and best practices in science education and student learning
  • Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Some knowledge of scientific concepts of life sciences, earth sciences, and physical sciences
  • Strong team player; able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Adaptable and able to multitask
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including Wed-Fri for the remainder of this school year (Feb-May) and Mon-Fri during summer camp (June-July). Some Sundays and evenings may also be required. 
  • Valid Driver’s License 

Desired Qualifications

  • Some fluency in Spanish and/or Mandarin preferred
  • First-Aid certification preferred

Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all qualifications, unless legal requirements apply to the role.

 

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary Range: $38,000-42,0000
  • Benefits include:
    • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
    • 403b retirement plan for employees
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Reciprocal benefits for museum admission through the ASTC program
    • Free Chabot Space & Science Center membership
    • Discounts on Chabot’s café and museum gift shop

 

Working Environment

  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Expected Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, nights and weekends required

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. Employee must be able to lift, carry and pull up to 30 pounds. 
  • Travel to offsite locations for program presentations and events at schools or other community locations
  • Follow all Chabot safety regulations

Conditions

  • Chabot is a public environment with over 150,000 visitors per year, including 20,000 students from local school groups, 150 private rental events, and over 25 overnight events which will interact with your daily activity.    

 

How To Apply

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and three references from recent supervisors to sstone@chabotspace.org. Include “Educator Field Trip Lead” as the subject line. If you would benefit from a reasonable accommodation at any stage in the process, please reach out to the hiring manager directly at sstone@chabotspace.org. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.

 

Chabot Space & Science Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, diverse and accessible working and learning environment that reflects the communities we serve. It is our policy and practice to consider all qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.