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Job Opening: School and Youth Programs Facilitator Lead Teaching Assistant

Nov. 16, 2022 - The ABQ BioPark is seeking an enthusiastic, energized and fun individual for the position of school and youth programs facilitator. This selected individual will share their science knowledge with school and community groups while promoting conservation. 

Introduction

The school and youth programs team works in conjunction with the ABQ BioPark to promote its mission by increasing interest in the environment and local and worldwide conservation issues; and encouraging budding young scientists and environmental stewards.

The school and youth programs team consists of a program coordinator and three facilitators. This group is an integral part of the education department at the ABQ BioPark and covers on-grounds staff-led experiences as well as in-person and virtual outreach programs to students in Albuquerque and across New Mexico.  Programs focus on inquiry-based learning and align with the Next Generation Science Standards. These programs aim to create conservation leaders in our local community by engaging students at the BioPark and in their communities. 

The school and youth programs facilitator is responsible for assisting in the development of education programs, working closely with team members and volunteers to run programs that include handling and presenting ambassador animals.  

School and youth programs team members work very closely together in preparing and delivering programs to a variety of audiences. In order to be successful, it is important that all team members strive to create an environment that fosters open communication, respect for new ideas, flexibility and a positive outlook. 

The school and youth programs schedule is based on program requests and will include occasional weekend or evening programs. 

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Enjoys working with children and adults in schools and public settings
  • Ability to engage groups through exemplary, inquiry-based teaching skills
  • Excitement and passion for the outdoors and environment
  • Ability to handle ambassador animals (arthropods, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and various birds including raptors) while teaching and maintaining a safe environment for staff, guests and animals—must be able to obtain and keep a handling certification for all animals in the program
  • Ability to organize and present to teachers, staff and volunteers at meetings, trainings and workshops
  • Strong administrative skills including communicating via e-mail, and maintaining detailed and accurate records in a timely/professional way for all programs and events
  • Stamina to work long hours, stay on feet all day and physically set up and break down programs, including the ability to lift at least 50 pounds and work in extended exposure to heat and sunlight
  • Ability to effectively communicate about ecosystems, plants and animals through interpretation to up to 60 students at a time
  • Computer skills including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Willingness to help with BioPark-wide education and volunteer events (some Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Pass a City of ABQ background check and obtain a City Operating Permit for vehicles

Work schedule

Work schedule is 20 to 30 hours a week.  Weekend and evening hours will be required. Evening programs or programs outside of the work schedule will be assigned in advance. Hours in one week may not exceed 30 hours (or part-time status agreed upon at hiring).  It is the responsibility of the education facilitator to flex and track those hours in conjunction with the education coordinator.

Pay rate

$15.96 per hour.  This position is hired through a staffing agency, not the City of Albuquerque.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted to ATA Service at www.ataservices.net.

To apply, create a profile on the website and look under Current Openings for Lead Teaching Assistant, BioPark (School Programs).  Please submit a resume, a letter of interest and three professional references.