Position title: Conservation Education Researcher
Agency: Cleveland Metroparks
Location of job: Cleveland, OH, USA
Application deadline: Open until filled
Background: The Conservation Education Researcher supports the Mission of the Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Zoo Society by the implementation of new education research initiatives involving learning, affect and behavioral outcomes in free-choice and guided learning environments. Particularly, how interpretation, program, exhibit, graphic and cyber infrastructure can be integrated to provide scientific information and opportunities for eliciting human behaviors that have direct environmental conservation implications. More specifically, the Conservation Education Researcher focuses on the following activities: developing and strengthening the multidisciplinary partnerships of zoos and universities to promote success of conservation and education projects; conducting research and work to understand and increase the connection between learning and conservation action in Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s conservation and education communities; helping technical teams build prototypes of educational media, such as exhibits, graphic panels, websites, virtual social networks, and experimenting with such architectures; working with Zoo practitioners to integrate education and conservation psychology research into practical applications; and advancing conservation education and conservation psychology research by developing scientific publications, media presence, and fundraising proposals.
- Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Education, Psychology, Learning Technologies, Cognitive Studies, Environmental Studies, or related field required.
- Three years of experience designing and conducting informal science education studies in free-choice learning environments.
- Experience using cyber tools (websites, virtual social medial, video games, and/or dedicated e-tools) in extending informal science education.
- Knowledge of one or more of these disciplines: experimental design, statistical methods for social research, web architecture, electronic or distance learning tools, data processing, informal science education and zoo interpretation.
- Must be non-smoker/tobacco user.
Salary: $42,750 annually
Work Days: The majority of work days will be Monday – Friday, but the schedule will vary depending on the assigned projects.
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