[MARMAM] The Marine Mammal Center is recruiting for a Marine Science Educator: South Bay Whale Bus

Heather Groninger GroningerH at TMMC.org
Mon Jan 14 18:52:00 PST 2013

Announcing an employment opportunity at The Marine Mammal Center. This listing can also be found on our website here: http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/organization-information/jobs/

Please forward this announcement widely to any parties you believe may be qualified and interested. It will require likely a South Bay resident.


The Marine Mammal Center, an equal opportunity, non-profit employer, is seeking a Marine Science Educator: South Bay Whale Bus to join our team. The Marine Mammal Center’s mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

Reporting to the Visitor Programs Coordinator, the Marine Science Educator: South Bay Whale Bus, is a part-time, temporary, non-exempt position with no benefits. This position is temporary with the option of becoming permanent if the programs grow and funding becomes available. The Marine Science Educator teaches Whale Bus programs offered through The Center, ensuing that the content and delivery corresponds to the knowledge and age level of the client (ages Pre-K to high school students). The Center’s Whale Bus programs take place throughout the South Bay Area, particularly San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, via the Whale Bus mobile classroom. In addition this role assists in evaluating and updating of Whale Bus programs.

This is a new expansion of our existing Whale Bus programs in the Bay Area. Depending on the number of programs scheduled in the South Bay, the hours will vary each week, with an average of 16 to 32 hours per week. This role will serve as the primary educator for the South Bay Whale Bus.  The role requires working a very flexible schedule, generally Monday through Friday, but could include one weekend day within a work week and also working holidays as assigned.

The Marine Science Educator position works closely with the project lead for this program expansion.

Core Competencies:

·         Ability to engage and teach marine science content to ages Pre-K to high school students.

 *   Strong communication, inter-personal, and writing skills.

·         Ability to provide great customer service to a variety of audiences.

·         Ability to multi-task while being very efficient with time.

·         Skill and ability with using Microsoft Office suite of programs.

 *   Ability to communicate well and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance the mission of The Center.

·         Ability to drive the Whale Bus, and set-up and teach up to 4 programs per day in schools throughout the South Bay Area, specifically San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Specific duties:

·         Teaches outreach education programs at school and community sites.

·         Completes program set‑up and begins at scheduled time. Arrives one hour prior to the scheduled start time for outreach programs.

·         Contacts teacher’s one-week prior to program to confirm reservation and review logistics.

·         Maintains Whale Bus by documenting gasoline and other purchases, scheduling vehicle maintenance and cleans the van regularly. Responsible for other whale bus logistics.

·         Maintains the visual teaching aides for all outreach programs.

·         Responsible for monitoring the audio visual equipment used in outreach programs for repairs or replacement.

·         Responsible for monitoring all outreach specimens, and recommending repair or replacement as needed.

·         Participates in the general maintenance of the Whale Bus, education storage and classroom.

·         Perform evaluation of programs (with other TMMC edu staff members), coordinate teachers involvement and maintain data base of information from the evaluations

·         Stay abreast of Center and marine science news to be able to inform and enhance programs and inform the public

·         Adheres to The Center's personnel policies and procedures as defined in the employee handbook and as communicated by management.

·         Attend meetings with direct supervisor and other Educational team members at least once per month at the Sausalito facility.

·         Participate in new projects as assigned.


·         Bachelor’s degree

·         Experience in leading/teaching school groups and leading tours or programs

·         Background and/or experience in environmental education and natural sciences

·         Background and/or experience with school environments

·         Ability to drive Center vehicles and maintain a clean driving record

·         Ability to stand/walk up to 3 hours without a break

·         Ability to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds

·         Ability to be on your feet for extended periods of time

·         Ability to complete tasks in a productive, proactive manner

·         Ability to multi-task efficiently and prioritize deliverables regularly

·         Ability to be flexible and to change schedules on short notice

·         Ability to work with minimal day to day supervision

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and a high degree of tech savviness

·         Attention to detail and quick to learn

·         Enthusiastic, engaging, and able to translate this to all audiences.

·         “Can-do” attitude and willing to take on new projects as needed

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume attention Human Resources and Operations Manager to admin at tmmc.org<mailto:admin at tmmc.org>. Please put “Marine Science Educator” in the subject line. Deadline for applications is January 28, 2013. Please no phone calls or faxed submissions.

Heather Groninger
Human Resources and Operations Manager
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965
Fax: 415-754-4048
groningerh at tmmc.org<mailto:groningerh at tmmc.org>

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