Employment and Internship opportunities
This is a full-time position in the Museum's education team. Hours are approximately 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, weekdays, with occasional weekend and after hours for special events.
The Science Educator will work with the Museum’s Director of Education in the planning and implementation of an outstanding educational experience for all participants. Duties will include planning, curriculum development, student instruction, and program evaluation. During the summer, this position teaches one or more of our highly popular science camps. The specific responsibilities of this position include:
Working with the Director of Education to develop and present 1 to 3-hour long classes based on Next Generation Science Standards
Learning a core group of prepared hour-long science classes and how to present all the educational offerings including those that involve use of our planetarium software. This includes being able to:
Interact comfortably with both the public and staff in a small institutional setting
Work well with a variety of youth age groups
Be organized and prompt when serving school groups or the public
Leading afterschool programming at nearby schools as well as offsite portable planetarium visits
Providing programming in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium on astronomy topics and/or other STEM-based topics adaptable to a digital full-dome theater.
Leading two hour field excursions (during all four seasons) at various offsite locations for school groups and homeschool groups. This includes forests, meadows, and pond studies.
Creating and leading classes based on the museum collections
Occasionally overseeing camp-in sleepover programs for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs and School Groups on the weekends (limited to 10 each year)
To aid in museum public programs, including (but not limited to) Victorian Holiday Open House, Halloween, First Night, Feast with the Beasts, BrewFest, and Animal Buddies. Responsibilities will also include (as necessary) helping to set up, breakdown and attend our educational lectures and presentations that happen throughout the year.
We seek someone with a background in teaching in an educational setting that also possesses training in any science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subject. Possible areas of past study might include natural history, environmental science, biology, astronomy, physics and/or chemistry. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic public speaker, comfortable with teaching all ages (Kindergarten through High School), and a strong team player.
How to apply
Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Adam Kane, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fairbanks Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Internships offer a way for self-motivated individuals to be involved with the work of the Museum. Interns work with Museum staff on specific projects or over time to support Museum functions. The Museum cannot pay interns.
Fairbanks Museum interns can work with collections, exhibits, facilities, visitor services, marketing and communications. For those interested in a more formal internship to fulfill an educational requirement, museum staff can work with you and your instructors to meet your needs.
Would an itnernship be a good step for your career? You can start the conversation by letting us know your interests and experiences in a cover letter. Please include any relevant work history or academic focus.