- BA/BS degree in science or education and a minimum of 2 years experience working with K – 12 youth and/or adults in a formal, informal or museum educational setting or equivalent experience totaling 6 years.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of astronomy
- Demonstrated ability to comfortably present science content and answer questions from public
- Formal education or experience in science and STEM program development and experience applying this knowledge to program implementation.
- Access to a reliable source of transportation for off-site programs.
- Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
- Experience with Uniview software.
- Ability to organize time and work in a highly effective manner.
- Ability to express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.
- Must be adaptable, flexible, dedicated and dependable.
- Ability to work in a team setting.
- Skill in resourcefulness and creativity.
About the Job
The purpose of the Planetarium Outreach Educator position is to implement ExploraDome programming to diverse K-12 audiences at off-site locations, maintain a library of programs relevant to standards/school needs, and assist in logistical aspects of the programming including visit preparation. The position will also collaborate with planetarium staff to plan and implement astronomy and Earth science-based community events and deliver programs in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium on an as-needed basis.
Major Areas of Accountability (with percentages):
ExploraDome and Planetarium Program Delivery (60%)
- Implement programs in the portable ExploraDome Outreach to school and community audiences up to 3 days per week
- Deliver planetarium programs in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium as needed for PreK-12 groups while school is in session, up to 2 days per week, and to public audiences as needed year round
Curriculum Development (15%)
- Maintain a library of ExploraDome Outreach programs, including review and modification of existing programs and development of new programs, in alignment of state and/or national science standards
- Develop educator guides for ExploraDome Outreach programs
- Assist with the development of new planetarium programs
- In collaboration with planetarium staff, develop and implement astronomy and Earth science -based special event.
Show Production and Technology Support (15%)
- Using various media (Uniview, film clips, photographs, diagrams, etc.) produce visuals to accompany and convey the storylines and science of new and existing planetarium shows
- Keep up to date on the latest releases of planetarium software and other new media
- Maintain the equipment in the ExploraDome planetarium
Support of STEM Education Programs (10%)
- Work with museum staff to compile program evaluation data for reports and for grant proposal submissions.
- Attend conferences and fairs to promote programs
- Assist in schedule coordination, visit preparation, and other logistics for ExploraDome programming with reservations and planetarium staff.
Must be available during primary working hours of weekdays between 7 am – 4 pm. There will be occasional evening and weekend shifts, approximately 2-3 per month, and working hours will be adjusted to stay within the maximum of 40 hours per week. In addition, must be able to stay overnight for occasional greater Minnesota outreach program locations.
About the Department
The mission of the Museum is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world.
For over 140 years, the Bell Museum has collected, preserved, interpreted, and displayed the natural history of Minnesota as the state’s official natural history museum. As the museum prepares to open a new museum building in summer 2018, its role is expanding to become the gateway to the sciences at the University of Minnesota. While natural history remains a bedrock for the Bell, astronomy and space science, health and medicine, the environment, and other subject areas afford the Bell opportunities for new partnerships and the development of new experiences for public science engagement.
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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.