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Environmental Education PreK - 8 Camp Program Supervisor

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Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
United States

Love inspiring children by teaching awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the natural world? The Pre-K – 8 Program Supervisor ensures the development, maintenance and operation of high quality PreK – 8 grade programs at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in order to significantly enhance the participant’s experience, expand Pacific Science Center’s role as a driving force for science education and increase audience diversity. The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelors degree in Biology, Natural Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or Environmental Education and have demonstrated supervisory experience and outdoor and experiential teaching skills. The position requires excellent communication skills, the ability to work and make decisions independently, the ability to work well with a variety of people, organizations and communities and a self-generating enthusiasm and energy. The incumbent must be highly organized and possess strong leadership skills.

The Mercer Slough program is located off-site from the main Pacific Science Center facility. This creates a unique situation. It is important that the Supervisor be able to maintain visibility at both sites and keep awareness high of each to the other whenever possible. There is a lot of autonomy in this position but the Pre-K - 8 Program Supervisor is still accountable to the Mercer Slough Manager for the policies of Pacific Science Center, the integrity of the Mercer Slough and the deadlines and regulations of the City of Bellevue.

Reports To: Mercer Slough Program Manager
Position Start Date: April 2012
Job Status: Full Time, Exempt, Regular
Compensation: D.O.E. – Please include salary expectations

Key Job Responsibilities:
•Contribute to Pacific Science Center and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center missions by:
i.Creating, evaluating and observing innovative, high quality, inquiry based programs and curriculum that inspire enthusiasm and passion for the natural world
ii.Establishing, documenting and maintaining linkages to district, state, and national science standards, as well as best practices in informal environmental education field
iii.Maintaining awareness of participant and community needs and adapting new and existing programs to better suit those needs
iv.Modeling respect and appreciation for environment and sharing excitement, wonder and enthusiasm for the program and natural world with all participants
•Program Operations & Planning: Ensures safe and successful Mercer Slough programs by overseeing the planning for program logistics, staffing, scheduling, staff support, supply management and organization and parent communication. This may require some program instruction according to budget and program needs.
•Employee Staffing, Development and Management: Ensures success of program staff by recruiting, training, evaluating, developing and supporting MSEEC teachers and volunteers including, most notably, Pre-School teachers and Americorps members
•Financial Integrity: Ensures the efficient financial operation of the Mercer Slough programs by maintaining accurate attendance and financial records and assisting the manager in developing innovative ways to increase revenues and reduce expenses
•Customer Service (internal and external): Ensures the pleasurable experience for all participants by fielding and responding to questions/comments/concerns from program partners, parents, participants, City of Bellevue staff and PSC staff, anticipating potential areas of concern and addressing them before they become problems
•OTHER duties as assigned including alternative service.

Major Challenges and Special Conditions:
The Mercer Slough program is located off-site from the main Pacific Science Center facility. This creates a unique situation. It is important that the Supervisor be able to maintain visibility at both sites and keep awareness high of each to the other whenever possible. There is a lot of autonomy in this position but the supervisor is still accountable to the Mercer Slough Manager for the policies of Pacific Science Center, the integrity of the Mercer Slough and the deadlines and regulations of the City of Bellevue.

Weekends and nights are required at certain times of the year. During the summer and opening fall seasons, your time may be especially busy and may require additional working hours. All candidates must be able to work outside in inclement weather and in a variety of conditions including mosquitoes and muddy trails. Working on weekends and nights will be necessary during some parts of the year.

Position Requirements:
•Required - Supervisory experience; Experience developing curriculum; Outdoor and experiential education teaching skills; Knowledge of fresh water ecosystems or wetlands with emphasis on ecosystems native to the Puget Sound region; Excellent communication skills; Ability to work and make decisions independently; Ability to work well with a variety of people, organizations and communities; Self-generating enthusiasm and energy; Highly organized; Strong leadership skills; Driver’s license or ability to obtain; Standard first aid and CPR or the willingness to be trained; BA/BS in Biology, Natural Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or Environmental Education; Smiling team player
•Preferred - Significant knowledge of fresh water ecosystems, with an emphasis on the Puget Sound region, knowledge of WA state or National Science Standards, school district policies and curriculum/kit implementation.

Essential Job Functions:
•Get along with others
•Work independently
•Regular/predicable attendance
•Handle stress
•Work full-time
•Travel
•Tolerate heat/cold
•Work outside in the weather
•See/hear/talk
•Stand/walk/sit
•Lift (list pounds needed to lift unassisted and assisted)
•Kneel/squat/bend/reach
•Carry/Climb (list)
•Wear uniform or other appropriate attire
•Wear Personal Protective Equipment (list)

TO APPLY: In order to be considered complete our application at http://sj.tbe.taleo.net/SJ12/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=PACSCI&cws=1. If you are unable to complete the application online you may also mail in your information to – Attention: Human Resources Department, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Avenue North, Seattle WA 98109, -OR- fax to 206.269.2147.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

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Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond.

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees. Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait as protected by law such as age, race, gender, veteran status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or other activities.

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Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
United States