Summer Youth Programs Assistant at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh

Please help us spread the word about a paid part-time summer opportunity for educators or students at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences! Applications are due this Friday, April 26th by 5 pm.

WANTED:
Enthusiastic, self-motivated and responsible teacher, informal educator or undergraduate/graduate student of biology, natural resources, education or related field of study to help manage the Museum’s Junior Volunteer summer docent program. This position is structured similarly to a paid internship; we are seeking an individual who wishes to build experience in environmental education and youth program management in a museum setting. This position will involve working with Museum educators to train, schedule and supervise twenty-six passionate high school student volunteers as they lead educational cart programs for Museum visitors out on the Museum floor. Position also assists with new volunteer orientation and plans and leads an end-of-summer Junior Volunteer appreciation event.
 
Learn more about the Junior Volunteer program at http://naturalsciences.org/learn/junior-volunteers.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Train new student volunteers at orientation and provide multiple additional trainings on new topics throughout the summer
• Handle all scheduling and supervision of volunteers to ensure that both the students and Museum visitors have a positive experience
• Provide positive and constructive feedback to student volunteers throughout the summer
• Create new engaging educational carts for volunteers to use, using Museum resources
• Build relationships with students and serve as a positive role model to a diverse group of science-minded teen volunteers

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, downtown Raleigh:
• Part-time; approximately three days (~21 hours) per week for ten weeks
• Weekly volunteer workdays June 11 – August 15, 2019 (Tuesdays – Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), plus occasional volunteer make-up shifts and program prep/planning time as needed
• Attend full-day Junior Volunteer Orientation session on Saturday, May 18

COMPENSATION:
• $1,800 stipend for the summer, taxes withheld
• Possible school credit – Program Coordinator is happy to work with your instructors to facilitate this

IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES:
• Interest in informal learning environments, environmental education and program planning
• Interest in and passion for a variety of natural science topics
• Experience and interest in working with high school students
• Relevant degree/coursework and experience in science and/or education
• Desire to receive experience and mentorship in environmental education and program facilitation
• Creative thinking and strong interpersonal/organizational skills
• Good work ethic, including self-motivation, ability to follow directions, responsibility, promptness and professionalism
• Reliable transportation to bring you to Museum in a timely manner

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Email Erin Apple at erin.apple@naturalsciences.org
• Subject Line: Summer Youth Programs Assistant Application
• Email should include:
 -Name
 -Preferred phone number
 -Current employment, if applicable
 -Graduation year and major(s)/minor(s) if undergraduate student; degree sought if graduate student
 -Name, email and phone number for 1-2 professional and/or academic references (i.e. academic advisor, professor, work or volunteer supervisor, etc.)
 -Attached word document (see below)

Attached Word Document should include:
• Name
• 250 words or fewer: Why does this position interest you, and how it will advance your education/career path?
• 250 words or fewer:  How have your coursework and job/volunteer experiences prepared you for this position?
• 400 words or fewer: Choose a natural science concept and explain how you would use various objects, laminated pictures/info sheets or artifacts from a Museum collection to create a cart (table of educational objects) that is engaging for Museum visitors.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
All emailed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.

QUESTIONS?
Contact Erin Apple, Coordinator of Youth Programs, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
• Email: erin.apple@naturalsciences.org.
• Phone: 919-707-9951

Program Information: http://naturalsciences.org/learn/junior-volunteers

 

Erin E. Apple

Coordinator of Youth Programs, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

N.C. Certified Environmental Educator

 

11 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

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erin.apple@naturalsciences.org

 

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