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Friday Harbor Labs has an outstanding opportunity for a part time 50%FTE K-12 Outreach Specialist. This half-time position (flexible hours 20-40 hrs/week) year-round: direct, manage, and teach the Friday Harbor Labs Science Outreach Program (FHLSOP), a unique science education program that offers exciting, inquiry-based environmental science projects to local and visiting K-12 school groups. The Program Director works with teachers from public, private and visiting schools to develop, design and integrate the outreach program’s curriculum and facilities to meet teachers’ goals and objectives. The Program Director coordinates with teachers, managers, FHL staff and UW students to successfully work with K-12 students in the field, lab, classroom and research vessel.
FHLSOP has developed a set of hands-on projects specifically designed to complement and enhance the science curriculum for K-12 students in schools on San Juan Island (San Juan Island School District (SJISD) and Spring Street International School (SSIS)). See: http://depts.washington.edu/fhlk12/index.html
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•Teach a suite of hands-on science projects specifically designed to complement and enhance the current science curriculum at local schools in each grade, K -12. Develop and design new projects as needed. Projects take place in the classroom, lab and field and usually focus on local marine and freshwater systems.When possible, involve FHL students, teachers, scientists and volunteers in these projects.
•Create and carry out a complex schedule coordinating all FHLSOP projects in every grade level for SJISD & SSIS around school day/year, holidays, tides, class size, periods, testing and more -- while being sensitive to teachers’ time constraints. Plan transportation needs.
•Generate program funding:
•Negotiate and complete annual Memorandum of Agreements with Partners. •Write grants and reports for additional program funds. •Fundraise and related activities.
•Oversee program budgets.
•Choose and supervise assistant coordinators/educators when needed.
•Plan, prepare and pack all projects' equipment and supplies to relevant locations at the labs, research vessel, field site or school classroom.
•Choose and order equipment and supplies when needed for projects.
•Produce FHLSOP articles for FHL’s Intertidal Tidings newsletter; maintain and oversee FHLSOP website.
•Coordinate and advertise Young Investigator Prize (YIP).
•Collect project data, perform data analysis, and present results to students and resource managers when appropriate.
•Direct, teach and oversee watershed and water quality sampling activities.
•For visiting K-12 teachers and their students, consult, design, coordinate, negotiate fees and schedule time and resources for science projects.
•Attend EcoNet meetings and potentially other meetings at the FHL Director’s request.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
•Bachelor’s degree in science or education •3 or more years’ experience teaching K-12 students •Familiarity with Northwest marine habitats, flora and fauna •Physically demanding: able to lift and carry 25 + pounds, walk on uneven, slippery ground, work outside in all seasons and weather (wet, & muddy), sit and stand in for several hours in varied environments •Driver’s license •Fingerprinting and Criminal Conviction and Civil Finding Background Check will be required
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Desired •Master’s degree in science or education (or equivalent research and teaching experience) •Ability to relate well to children of varying ages (K-12) and abilities as well as adults, providing guidance and enthusiasm •Ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively as a team member with other staff, teachers and volunteers •Experience conducting fundraising activities •Proficient with MS Office Suite (particularly Excel) •Familiarity with website development •Familiarity with working on boats & equipment in the marine environment •Knowledge of watershed science •Training with Fred Hutch Science Education Partnership
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