Mote Marine Laboratory
Marine Science Virtual Learning Educator II
The Virtual Learning Educator is responsible for the effective delivery, development, evaluation, and expansion of Mote’s Virtual Learning Programs. Programs are delivered to all ages, from pre-kindergarten to adult lifelong learners. The Virtual Learning Educator works closely with staff, volunteers, and interns in the Education, Aquarium & Outreach Division and throughout Mote to ensure that the needs of our audiences are being met. The Virtual Learning Educator will also assist in other education programs and events as needed.
Deliver highly engaging, cognitively appropriate and non-discriminatory STEM experiences via live and recorded interactive video to a global audience ranging from pre-kindergarten to adult lifelong learners.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of Mote’s research programs, local marine habitats, and best practices in out-of-classroom science education.
Collaborate with curriculum developers and project teams to assist in meaningful interpretation of Mote’s research to virtual audiences that enhance ocean literacy and incorporate consistent conservation messages.
Expand virtual programs to better meet the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Maintain a professional demeanor, wardrobe and appearance for extended live and recorded video work.
Cross train in other Mote Education programs and teach as needed.
Have a highly developed technological acumen and enthusiasm and an ability to work logically and independently to solve problems using computers.
Adhere to Mote’s policies, safety procedures and animal safety protocols.
Consistently demonstrate a positive and welcoming demeanor in interactions with virtual and on-site audiences, staff, interns and volunteers.
Actively participate in professional online education communities.
Maintain an up-to-date understanding of appropriate educational standards, evaluation techniques and effective best-practices for program development and delivery.
Bachelor degree in the natural sciences, communication or education fields preferred.
At least one year teaching experience in either a formal or out-of-classroom education facility.
Prior experience engaging with live audiences via broadcast or online live video.
Proficiency with Apple Macintosh computers, macOS and software equivalent to an Apple Teacher recognition. Proficiency with Google Apps and services equivalent to a Google Certified Educator Level 1 certification. Proficiency with Microsoft apps and services equivalent to a Microsoft Innovative Educator certification.
Previous experience with social media platforms and familiarity with emerging trends and best practices preferred.
Web design and development of SEO-optimized content preferred.
Florida driver’s license (or eligibility to obtain one) required. Reliable transportation and the ability to arrive at off-site locations at designated times.
U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work.
Excellent verbal/written communication skills
Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations in hot/cold weather, high humidity, intense sunlight, and wet weather. Ability to carry/move heavy objects up to 40 lbs.
Certifications required: CPR/First Aid and Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Certification (Mote will provide both)
SCUBA certification preferred
Spanish or French fluency preferred
Core Competencies and Characteristics
Our ideal candidate is an honest, caring, and professional educator with a killer work ethic and a contagious, positive energy. S/he is a dynamic presenter, a tireless innovator, and an enthusiastic collaborator and networker who believes deeply in Mote and its mission.
The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check including fingerprinting.
Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm August 24, 2018 to HumanResources@mote.org. Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category.