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