The Florida Aquarium’s Education Department is currently accepting applications for a full-time Education Coordinator.
Responsible for the development and daily management of youth programs including, but not limited to, birthday parties, sleepovers and educational grants. Ensures that all programs are innovative and effective and in direct support of the purpose/vision mission/values of The Florida Aquarium. Maintains relationships with outside partners for programming and maintains accurate expense records for reporting purposes. Oversees budgets and materials. Trains and oversees lead party host, sleepover staff, volunteers and interns. Designs and implements training for staff. Teaches school and community programs.
Essential Position Functions
- Develops/implements strategies to exceed birthday and sleepover programs goals and maintains program budgets.
- Develops and conducts high quality educational programs.
- Works with Reservations to ensure that program records and revenues are accurately recorded.
- Interviews, hires, trains, oversees, and evaluates birthday and sleepover staff, interns and volunteers.
- Identifies education staff and intern projects to improve educational programs.
- Teach and assist with school and community programs as needed.
- Acquires and maintains supplies and equipment for birthday parties, sleepovers and grant programs.
- Develops and maintains internal, local and regional professional contacts at partner organizations.
- Provides front-end, formative, and summative evaluations of birthday, sleepover and grant programs.
- Represents the Aquarium at conferences, speaking engagements, and community events.
- Serves on committees relating to grant programs as needed.
- Delivers extraordinary customer service to all Aquarium guests and staff.
- Other duties as assigned by manager.
Education Requirements and Technical Skills
- Four-year degree in life sciences, education, or related field.
- Minimum of two years of management experience preferred.
- Minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience working with the husbandry of animals and in conducting animal programs.
- Teaching and curriculum development experience in an informal setting.
- Minimum of one year of experience training animals and possesses the ability to work with mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates for use in programs.
- Ability to manage, organize and plan a large program.
- Experience in the acquisition, collection, and transport of live animals.
- Possession of valid Florida driver’s license.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
- Customer Service Orientation: Listening and understanding the customer (both internal and external) and anticipating and evaluating the customer’s needs.
- Teamwork: Supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team success.
- Concern for Detail: Paying attention to every portion of any task, down to the smallest item.
- Work Standards: Applying high performance standards to all work-related activities.
- Communication (oral and written): Effectively expressing ideas and actively listening to others; focusing presentations to needs of audience; expressing ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents.
- Creativity: Proactively combining ideas, resources, and skills in new ways to better meet outcomes and objectives; finding ways to position the Aquarium as a model of excellence.
- Information Gathering and Monitoring: Effectively collects relevant data using questioning or research techniques to monitor and manage projects and people.
- Planning and Organizing: Establishing a course of action with specific long-range goals for the Aquarium; setting priorities among competing requirements and allocating resources in efficient and effective ways; developing plans that anticipate changes in work environment.
- Follow-up: Institutes methods for monitoring people and projects.
Typical Physical Requirements
- Sitting (2 hours per day)
- Standing (3 hours per day)
- Walking (3 hours per day)
- Viewing a computer screen for extended periods
- Typing on a computer keyboard
- Bending/Stooping/ Squatting/ Crouching — Frequently
- Crawling — Occasionally
- Reaching above shoulders — Frequently
- Pushing/Pulling — Frequently
- Carrying and/or lifting up to 50 lbs — Occasionally
- More than normal talking
- Ability to maintain daily contact with living collection of plants and animals
- Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity
- Daily contact with living collection of plants and animals in a central Florida climate
- Ability to interact with and be around wild animals
- Subject to bites, stings, and scrapes
- Ability to travel (van) as needed
- Flexibility in working weekends, evenings, and holidays
- Available for on-call emergencies
The position is responsible for the development and daily management of youth programs including, but not limited to, birthday parties, sleepovers and educational grants. Ensures that all programs are innovative and effective and in direct support of the purpose/vision mission/values of The Florida Aquarium. Maintains relationships with outside partners for programming and maintains accurate expense records for reporting purposes. Oversees budgets and materials. Trains and oversees lead party host, sleepover staff, volunteers and interns. Designs and implements training for staff. Teaches school and community programs.
A degree in life sciences, education or related field, and a minimum of two years management experience is preferred. Must have teaching and curriculum development in an informal setting and the demonstrated ability to manage, organize and plan large programs.
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply in person at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602.
The Florida Aquarium is a EOE and Drug-Free workplace.