Are you an innovative, organized and passionate person that seeks to bring science and nature to the community?

The EcoTarium, a Museum of Science & Nature, seeks an innovative and organized Camp Director/Educator to develop, deliver and facilitate engaging programs for the general public and groups, both on-site and off-site for all ages. Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and includes interpretation of museum exhibits, digital planetarium, and outdoor programs on a 55-acre site, as well as programming and play facilitation in our Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning.  This role is responsible for all aspects of the summer camp program, including oversight of day-to-day operations, developing content, and hiring and training seasonal staff.

In this role, you will:

  • Handle all aspects of the camp program from planning to evaluation
  • Develop, document and evaluate inquiry-based curriculum for camps
  • Process paperwork and communicate with parents in person, over the phone, and via email throughout the camp season
  • Hire, train and supervise camp staff, season staff, on call staff, and volunteers
  • Develop contacts and foster relationships with groups and individuals to further the museum’s mission, to establish partnerships and to ultimately sell programming
  • In conjunction with Marketing and Communications, represent and promote the museum off-site, as well as work collaboratively on marketing strategies for camp
  • Budget development, including tracking and forecasting for camp
  • Develop and deliver hands-on, inquiry-based, participatory programs for guests and groups indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
  • Lead school, public programs and camp sessions on a variety of science topics, both on-site and off-site
  • Be familiar with overnight program, occasionally lead programs and serve on rotation schedule for meeting and greeting groups
  • Include evaluation as a component of all program development
  • Assist with team members on the development of grant proposals
  • Administer grant-related projects and programs as assigned
  • On a rotating basis oversee the day-to-day floor program operations
  • Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment and supplies
  • Handle animals for use in programs

A successful candidate will:

  • Have experience working on a team, enjoy collaboration and bring a commitment to running creative educational programs with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Have comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation.
  • Enjoy working with families and children.
  • Possess a keen interest in science and a commitment to furthering their own education in the field.
  • Have knowledge of good customer service principles and excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently.
  • Be a creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Experience working with diverse audiences

Requirements of the job:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field or education, or commensurate work experience
  • Camp leadership experience
  • General science background with knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred: life science, earth science, astronomy, engineering, physical science
  • Seasoned educator with experience developing, teaching and evaluating education programs in formal and/or informal settings
  • Early childhood education (ages 6 and under) experience a plus
  • Curriculum development experience desired
  • Supervisory experience, including hiring and training
  • Experience developing budgets and meeting budgetary and income goals
  • Multi-lingual skills a plus
  • Certified in CPR/First Aid or be willing to take a CPR/First Aid course
  • Must meet Massachusetts Board of Health requirements (two seasons as a member of the administrative staff of a recreational camp for children or successful completion of a course in camping administration) or be willing to take a certification class
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and complete the camp’s health form and waiver by the start of training
  • Able to navigate the building, grounds under any weather conditions, move program equipment and supplies up to 40 lbs, stay stationary for long periods of time, and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
  • Pass CORI and SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines

Hourly rate:  $17.00

Instructions: Please fill out the form below to submit your application.

All applications require a cover letter and resume. Review begins immediately; applications accepted until position is filled. EOE.

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