Education Coordinator

16 November 2015

Title: Education Coordinator
Reports to: Education Director
Salary: $32,000-$38,000, depending on experience
Position Type: 40 hours per week, 12 months, Exempt, Benefits
Location: Monticello, Utah

Overview
The Canyon Country Discovery Center (CCDC) creates lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau through adventure, education, and stewardship. Our vision is to build a diverse community of people who support, foster, and cherish the natural and cultural treasures of the Colorado Plateau. Our education team provides STEM-based outdoor and adventure education programming to students, teachers, and youth through school programs, adventure trips, and summer camp activities.

Responsibilities & Functions
• Develop and deliver education programs to students, teachers, and youth visitors to our facility. This includes all aspects of programming, including set up, clean up, evaluation, and follow up.
• Conduct off-site outreach programs in a variety of settings including classrooms, libraries, etc. on a rotating schedule that will occasionally require overnight travel.
• Help to develop adventure education programs that focus on geology, hydrology, conservation, cultural history and geography that enhance educational curriculum.
• Plan and implement single and multiday summer camps, adventure trips, and outdoor programs that enhance educational experiences.
• Research, write, prepare, and maintain program curriculum materials including standards and objectives/learning outcomes.
• Foster a safe and fun learning atmosphere for children while presenting knowledgeably & confidently to parents and teachers.
• Articulate CCDC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
• Work collaboratively across the organization to ensure educational aspects are part of all we do.
• Assist in the development of a comprehensive conservation and science curriculum, including a range of courses/topics, teaching, learning, and assessment materials. Audiences may include: pre-K through 12th grade students, teachers, tourists, youth groups, birthday parties, families and adults including special needs individuals and groups.
• Update and maintain curricula plan binders to ensure curriculum meets educational standards of state and local school districts as well as Next Generation Science Standards.
• Stay current with education issues, standards, best practices for programs development etc.
• Create and update seasonal educational brochures and assist with mailing and advertising.
• Develop and conduct evening night sky educational programs to visitors and school groups that use our observatory and telescopes.
• Create trail guides and other activity booklets for outdoor activities and learning stations.
• Work with targeted community groups as a resource for science education, by providing information, guidance, and partnership on education programs from a science based and cultural perspective.
• Assist in writing newsletter articles, program descriptions, reports, grants etc.
• Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:
• Excellent communicator, friendly manner, likes to share new ideas, interest in science and nature, and comfortable with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
• 2 years prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education, nature center, or early childhood education.
• Knowledge of and passion for the natural world of the Colorado Plateau, including the night sky, or willingness to learn.
• Enthusiasm for working with children is a critical qualification.
• Ability to hike, camp, and raft, as some programs may include multi-day trips. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
• Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
• Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.
• Good writing skills are required.
• Proficient with common office equipment, a MAC computer and related software, desktop publishing, E-mail, and Internet.
• Willingness to work irregular hours at times.
• Valid Driver's license for off-site programs, with completion of the FCS driver training/safety course.
• Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification.
• Multi-lingual applicants (Spanish, Ute, and Navajo speakers) and educators with guiding licenses/experience are preferred.

Physical/Essential Requirements:
The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively, as well as perform essential functions requiring sitting, standing, stooping, and walking. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephones, and computers and have the ability to reach overhead with hands/arms. May be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. The ability to drive a FCS vehicle is also required, with some overnight, weekend travel, and flexibility to work weekends.

To Apply:
Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to , or to P.O. Box 1029, Monticello, Utah 84535. No calls, please.