Oversees education programs at Ocean Wise by:
Working with the curriculum programs team in the development and implementation of new programs and activities;
Assisting with the promotion and marketing of curriculum programs and other education initiatives;
Continually evaluating programs to ensure that we are delivering a professional and valuable program to our visitors; instituting changes to programs in collaboration with the education team;
Maintaining positive continuing working relationships with clients (teachers and schools) attending programs to ensure future bookings;
Communicating effectively with the Manager, Curriculum Programs and other departments in a timely fashion to ensure adequate supplies are available for programs;
Maintains a good working knowledge of marine animals, ecosystems, and issues;
Helping to maintain the live animal collection with basic animal husbandry tasks.
Coordinates and oversees special education programs at Ocean Wise by:
Delivering professional development workshops for teachers;
Designing customized programs for a variety of groups including home schools;
Preparing materials for advertising and scheduling programs.
Manages volunteers by:
Recruiting, training, motivating, supervising, and evaluating a team of volunteers who facilitate programs;
Designing and implementing specific volunteer training and continuing education for school program volunteers and work experience students;
Assisting with the design and implementation of the general volunteer training program for all Aquarium volunteers.
Consciously desires to improve Ocean Wise and its processes by:
Promptly aiding in the Emergency protocol;
Maintaining organizational safety standards;
Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols;
Performs additional duties as required.
Education and Experience
Bachelors’ Degree in Science, Education, Conservation, or relevant field;
Knowledge of marine biology, issues, and research;
A minimum of 2 years teaching/interpretation experience and experience with school-age children/youth;
Experience delivering innovative educational programs for school-age students;
Supervisory experience an asset; experience working closely with volunteers;
Public speaking skills and experience working with groups of all sizes;
BC Teaching Certificate preferred.
Strong commitment to the environment and education;
Animal husbandry experience an asset;
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
Experience working in a non-profit organization an asset;
Strong communication and public speaking skills;
Able to communicate effectively with audiences of all ages and learning abilities;
Ability and maturity to deal with a wide variety of ages and personalities;
Active demonstration of Ocean Wise Conservation Association’s values and mission;
Strong customer service skills.
The incumbent will work in a shared office environment with the usual ergonomic risks;
The position is primarily non-physical;
Available to work Monday through Friday. Work is bookings dependent.
Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada T4N 3M4