Science Instructor

  • Lake County Forest Preserves
  • Ryerson Conservation Area, North Riverwoods Road, Deerfield, IL, United States
  • Apr 01, 2017
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Natural Resources Training Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

This is a Temporary position. This position will report to the Greenbelt Cultural Center for 5 weeks and the remaining duration of the position will be located at the Ryerson Conservation Area.

The Science Instructor position is designed to build a foundation to the professional fields of environmental education and interpretation utilizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The duties include developing and teachingprograms emphasized on high-quality STEM content and experiences for: school groups, scouts, summer and public programs. Instructors work one weekend day per week and some evenings except during the summer when the work schedule is primarily Mon-Fri.

Essential Functions & Experience

Essential Functions -

Conducts environmental education, youth stewardship education, and outdoor skills programs for children and adults in various preserves throughout the District, and occasionally outside the County. Supports efforts in the development and implementation of STEM curricula and programs and related materials including PowerPoint presentations, posters, handouts, laminated pictures, crafts, costumes, skits, etc. This position interacts in many ways with the public such as interpreting natural history and District operations and policies for the general public in person and by telephone. Responsible for the Welcome Center operations on weekends and some weekdays. Organize and inventory educational supplies and equipment used for environmental education and outdoor skill programs. Makes suggestions on equipment and supply purchases. Responsible for maintenance and feedings of reptiles, amphibians, raptors, and invertebrates. Assists with special events. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching, and sitting. Performs lifting tasks up to 50 pounds. 

Experience -

Two years of course work in STEM related areas of education, interpretation, or a related field. Knowledge in the development of K-12 STEM curriculum design and techniques. Teaching experience preferred. Must have enthusiasm and respect for people,teaching, and the environment. Education and communication skills necessary to present educational programs for large and small groups of children and adults. Ability to operate audio-visual equipment and word processing software. Upon employment, must successfully complete and obtain certification in American Red Cross CPR and First Aid. Ability to beflexible and work with a variety of personalities and work environments. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Closes On: June 1, 2017 at 04:30 PM CST

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Government- Local/Regional


$9.00 - $13.00