Science Educator

 

Chabot Space & Science Center seeks candidates for the role of Science Educator, a core member of the Education Department that comprises field trips, summer camps, outreach, community-based programs and youth development at the Center. Educators are responsible for supporting all areas of the Education Department, as well as developing curriculum and facilitating learning experiences for K-12 students in both on-site programs, including field trip workshops, floor activities and summer camp programs, as well as off-site programs including family science events, live science shows and large group demonstrations at schools and community venues. All programs focus on a learner-centered and inquiry-based approach to learning with an emphasis on open-ended experiences.

Key Resposibilities

  • For field trip workshops, floor activities, summer camp and community-based programs:
    • Facilitate inquiry-based science learning experiences for K-12 students in a variety of settings
    • Plan curriculum and prepare all materials
    • Maintain classroom, lab and storage spaces
    • Modify experiences to fit the needs of the specific group as needed
    • Contribute to ongoing content development
  • As a member of the Education Department:
    • Support special events and programs at the Center, including First Fridays, festivals, youth programs, facilitation in exhibit spaces and other areas as needed
    • Support outreach and school partnership events on and off site
    • Participate in team meetings and strategic planning activities
    • Reflect and provide feedback on programs
    • Proactively develop new learning experiences and refine and improve existing programs
    • Contribute to administrative and logistical tasks required of the team
    • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • 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 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
  • At least two years’ experience teaching K-12 students in any context
  • Bachelor’s degree required; degree in science is preferred
  • Strong team player; able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to speak effectively in front of groups
  • Adaptable and able to multitask
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings required
  • Some fluency in Spanish preferred
  • First-Aid certification preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • 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
  • Equal opportunity employer

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $40-44K plus health/dental/vision insurance and flex account. Four weeks paid vacation accrued at the rate of 6.15 hours per pay period for first two years. 10 paid holidays. Casual office environment.

CSSC is an equal opportunity employer.

Application

Please submit cover letter, resume and three references from recent supervisors. Include “Science Educator” as the subject line.

email: kmoody@chabotspace.org

* * We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.