Friends of the National Zoo is seeking an experienced, creative teacher to instruct weekday and/or weekend preschool classes at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. This educator will be responsible for lesson planning and classroom facilitation for Nature Cubs “parent and me” classes for ages 2-3 and 3-5.
The educator will be contracted for individual classes/class series, but must be available to teach throughout the 2018-2019 academic year from September - June. Schedule is flexible; this is a part-time, contract position.
The responsibilities of this position will include:
Lead 1.5-2 hour education programs.
Develop creative lesson plans and submit for review at least one week prior to class start date.
Provide age-appropriate, hands-on, educational experiences to children utilizing Zoo resources and artifacts.
Lead Zoo Walks and facilitate participant engagement with exhibits.
Supervise children in classroom and on Zoo Walks.
Acquire and maintain working knowledge of Zoo animal facts and exhibit information.
Prepare all materials and set up classroom before each class.
Keep all classrooms neat and organized.
Other duties as assigned.
Background in education, environmental science, and/or wildlife topics preferred.
Experience teaching preschool and/or elementary-school children.
Creative lesson-planning skills.
Knowledge of natural sciences and a love and appreciation for wildlife and conservation.
Abilities and Skills:
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong curriculum and lesson development skills.
Ability to facilitate individual and group engagement in discussions and activities.
Ability to supervise children effectively.
Deadline to Apply: July 2, 2018.
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, and contact information for professional references.