The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 100 public education programs, and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 140 people.
Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is transforming itself. The Museum is inviting and engaging a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.
The Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, organized, and energetic individual who is passionate about science education in our region and beyond.
Job Summary: The Science 4 Success teen intern program is growing to include more high school students. This position is critical to that growth and will also assist in teaching school programs to middle and high school students. The Museum education programs include in-house programs, “Science-to-Go!” outreach programs, and live video conference presentations. Our hands-on science and health lessons are presented to Pre-K – 12th grade students across northeast Ohio, and worldwide via our two Distance Learning studios. This Museum Educator role is scheduled part-time, as needed, with a maximum of 28 hours a week. The schedule will be Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, or Wednesday-Saturday. Typical daily working hours are 9 am – 4 pm but are subject to change to accommodate evening or early morning programs or events.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.)
Assist with planning, scheduling, training, and recruiting for Science 4 Success Teen Intern Program
Teach in-house Museum programs, Science-To-Go! Programs and virtual programs to middle and high school students in an enthusiastic, energetic, and scientifically accurate manner.
Transport (either via personal car or museum vehicle) teaching materials to schools in Cuyahoga and surrounding counties when teaching outreach programs. Hours are varied and include early mornings, some evenings, and occasional weekends.
Present a positive image of the Museum at all times.
Participate in staff meetings and training meetings as required.
Communicate and work with an audience who is diverse in culture, age, race, and abilities in a pleasant, tactful, and enthusiastic manner.
Education and/or Experience:
Associate Degree from a 2-year college or university in education, science, or a related field, with 1-2 years of experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience working directly with and teaching 5th to 12th-grade students.
Demonstrated knowledge of and/or teaching experience in science and/or health topic areas. Preference is given to candidates with background experience and/or strong content knowledge in biology, life science, anthropology, or health education.
Ability to communicate effectively-both verbally and written.
Comfortable teaching 5th to 12th-grade students and maintaining classroom discipline during programs.
Ability to switch teaching styles throughout the day.
Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team.
Ability to communicate and work effectively with Museum staff, students, parents, and public groups in a professional, pleasant, tactful, and enthusiastic manner.
Strong commitment to science education and the mission of the Museum.
Ability to work independently as well as with teams.
Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Available to teach 3 days per week during normal school year school hours (Wednesday through Friday). Saturday or Sunday hours are required.
Valid Ohio Driver’s License required.
Ability to lift 50 lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Able to load supplies into your own vehicle or a museum van and transport them with a rolling cart to and from school classrooms.
Ability to travel in all types of weather conditions as Museum outreach programs are delivered regardless of weather, as long as driving conditions are considered safe.
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