Tree Canopy Walkway, Program Presenter

Department: 
Programs
Effective Date: 
May 17, 2014
Reports to: 
Museum Educator
Status: 

Work schedule includes:

Training May 17 and 18, 2014
Weekends – May 24, 2014 through June 22, 2014
Daily [Except Mondays] – June 24, 2014 through August 31, 2014
(potential for some Monday hours as well as additional weekend hours after September 1)

All shifts include weekend hours.

Hourly, Temporary

Minimum of 15 hours/week, with potential for additional hours as available 

OPERATING HOURS for Tree Canopy Walkway:
Spring (May 24, 2014 through June 22, 2014):  Saturday, 10:30 – 4:30; Sunday, 12:30 – 4:30
Summer (June 24, 2014 through August 31, 2014): Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 – 4:30;
Sunday, 12:30 – 4:30 

Salary:  $10/hour

Position Summary: 

The EcoTarium, a museum of science and nature in Worcester, Massachusetts, seeks undergraduate and/or graduate students to deliver and facilitate programs for the public.  The museum employs hands-on and inquiry-based methods of teaching, which encourage exploration, self-directed learning, and stewardship of the natural environment.  Programming focuses on a the natural world, with primary responsibility for guiding tours on a tree canopy walkway system suspended approximately 40 feet above the ground.  The walkway program includes but is not limited to: preparing visitors for a trip into the trees, providing guidance while discussing the ecology of forests in general and the Asian Long-horned Beetle in particular, and then facilitating visitors’ descent back to the ground via zipline.  The position is physically demanding and requires working in all weather conditions.  The TCW Associate works with a team to provide a positive guest experience.   Successful candidates will possess a keen interest in science, strong presentation/teaching skills and enjoy working with families and children. 

Qualifications: 

• Interest in, and knowledge of, natural, physical, and citizen science
• Experience teaching and working with adults and children, including those from diverse racial/socioeconomic populations
• Must be comfortable with public speaking and have a flair for public presentation
• Must be comfortable with heights; wall or rock climbing experience desired, but not necessary
• Must be in good physical condition and demonstrate ability to meet the physical demands of operating our tree canopy walkway, including the lowering of a typical adult to the ground and navigating suspended walkways wearing a harness
• Function well in a high volume sensory and stimulating work environment, constantly interacting with guests
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
• Must be an undergraduate or graduate student
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
• Must pass a CORI background check according to EcoTarium guidelines
• Other helpful experience includes background in theatre, ecology, and biology

Responsibilities: 

• Provide an exceptional guest experience through programs and informal contact with the public 
• Lead public tree canopy walkway programs – outdoors, in all weather
• Facilitate the exploration of and learning about science topics
• Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment, and supplies
• Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
• Prepare for and actively participate in staff training
• Must be able to work weekday and weekend hours
• Must be available for training during week and weekend hours prior to May 23, 2014
• Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions: 
  • Other duties as may be assigned.
Instructions: 

Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references to: Human Resources, Attn:  Tree Canopy Walkway Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604 or email:  resume [at] ecotarium [dot] org

Review of Applications begins Immediately
AA/EOE
www.ecotarium.org
 

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