[MARMAM] Job Opportunity: National Geographic Education Specialist

Sarah Wilson sarahw-thankyouocean at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 7 18:29:10 PDT 2010

For those of you in MARMAM involved in education and outreach.......


I will be hiring one new Ocean Education Specialist position in the Education Programs division at National Geographic Society. This professional marine educator/biologist will help me with a variety of duties within our Ocean programs, ranging from our teacher/educator programs and creating ocean education resources (including our  teacher workshop this summer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography) as well as community outreach and ocean stakeholder workshops. This position offers a competitive salary (depending on experience) with full staff benefits and must be based in our DC office. Details on the job are below ... in addition to the experience working in the formal education field that is requested I am looking for someone knowledgable in marine science, conservation issues, and who can work with and develop materials for ocean stakeholders such as...Scuba Instructors, Lifeguards, Boat Captains, and the cruise ship industry, etc...You must apply on online with our Human Resources department (link below) and scroll through the "next" button to the 4th or 5th page of jobs... 

Sarah Wilson
Ocean Manager
Education Programs
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street NW
Washington DC, 20036
P (202) 857-7316
F (202) 429-5701Get LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah4ocean 
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Job Description 

Job Title: 

Specialist, Prog Ocean Ed 

Job ID: 


Education Programs 

Job Type 

Staff Contract position from 4-2010 to 12-2010 

Summary of Position 

Work as an integral member of the Education Programs team, assisting in the development and management of instructional programs for students, teachers and informal educators. This position will aid in the creation of new marine science curriculum for classroom teachers and informal educators, handle logistics for our multi-day Teacher Academy each summer, assist in the organization and access to ocean education materials on education department website, and potentially conduct outreach to educators on NGEP education programs at conferences. Ocean education materials produced in NGEP will range from complete curricula, to collections of lesson plans, activities, teaching posters, family guides, videos, toolkits, and other resources. 


1. Participate as part of the project team in project planning and execution, taking into account the goals of the Society and stakeholders, the needs of our targeted audiences, the resources available, and the quality standards of the Society.  Assist in the research and review of project components.  Work well with and facilitate communication between all project team members and stakeholders. Represent National Geographic at presentations and meetings. 

2. Manage logistics for teacher events and professional development workshops. Develop and track project schedules, meetings, budget, and documentation.  Maintain workflow, schedules, calendar and task lists across the team and numerous external partners. Schedule meetings, speakers and handle logistics and coordination.  Monitor progress and resources for various organizations. 

3. Manage the production, administration and distribution of business documents, grant proposals, reports, presentations and other materials. Develop and maintain schedules for all such documentation to ensure timely and complete submission. 

4. Assist in instructional design of curriculum materials for high school and other age groups.  Review work of contract writers and assist manager in assigning work and managing writer schedules.  Develop and maintain a list of available National Geographic and stakeholder resources about the ocean. Research best practices in teacher education, student materials development, and ocean education. Keep up with trends, research, and updates in the fields of education and marine science. Assemble summary reports of resources, research and trends for multiple audiences. 

5. Participate in department-wide programs and innovation. Stay current with NGS mission, research, initiatives and media, and assist the team in leveraging these assets. Undertake other duties as requested. 

Supervision Exercised 

Supervising Interns 

Minimum Education & Experience 

Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Oceanography, Environmental Science or related field. 

2-4 years program experience. Classroom teaching experience preferred. 

Knowledge & Skill Requirements 

Experience working under deadlines. Understanding and experience of classroom teaching, preferably in high school setting. Experience working under deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Organizational skills with high attention to detail; self-direction and motivation. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, project manager, and project team members with diverse expertise; collaborative, team-oriented work style. Proven experience in office setting corresponding with the public, answering phone calls and e-mails in timely manner. Passion for society's mission to inspire people to care about the planet, and for teaching them how to do so. Must be willing and able to travel. This is  a 9 month position from April 2010-December 2010, with the possibility of extension. 

Equal Opportunity Employer  		 	   		  
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