Position: Education & Outreach Specialist
Start Date: February 19, 2022 (flexibility)
Salary: Depending on experience (minimum: $18/hour)
Status: 12 - 15 hrs/week
Organization: Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge (oikonos.org) is a non-profit organization with the mission to study and protect imperiled ecosystems by engaging diverse communities through innovative collaborations.
Location: Oahu, Hawaii.
- in person outdoor work at Freeman Seabird Preserve (FSP) in an area called Black Point near Diamond Head
- virtual and possibly in-person middle and high school classrooms
- virtual office work from home
Description: We are seeking an educator who is passionate about conservation, community, and creating middle-high school content and activities. The position will work collaboratively with staff at Oikonos, Hawaii Pacific University Pelagicos Lab, and Hawaii Audubon on Oahu. This position will create and implement teacher trainings and evaluations, lead the creation of webcasts from the field, and coordinate student activities. Currently funded for two years.
- Design and implement teacher trainings for Way of the Wedgie STEM+Art curriculum
- Improve the curriculum via production of short engaging videos to complement the lessons
- Create and conduct evaluations
- Create monthly webcasts from the field and promote as “live field trips” to educators
- Coordinate and lead student field trips to the FSP colony
- Develop an Uau kani Club at a local school
- Assist with content for the new FreemanSeabirdPreserve.com website
- Assist with the Winged Ambassadors STEM program
Project administration (work from home):
- Preparing for student field visits
- Teacher and volunteer communications
- Collecting and tracking data on volunteer and student participation
- Budget management
- Assisting with social media content
- Experience developing STEM curricula, trainings, and evaluations
- Knowledge of alignment with middle and high school Hawaii State Standards
- Passionate about conservation in Hawaii
- Desire to teach others about seabird and native plant biology and conservation, particularly Uau kani (Wedge-tailed Shearwaters) and coastal habitat restoration
- Enjoy working with multiple partners and community members with diverse perspectives
- Comfortable adopting new apps and technology to meet education and volunteer management goals
- Proficient at learning the organization’s cloud file management
- Candidates expected to be experienced with (or self-learn) webcasting and simple video techniques
- For the safety of the collaborative team, volunteers and students working together on site, we require all employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 infections.
- Able to legally work in the United States
- Reside on Oahu
- Education degree
- Wildlife, botany, and/or Hawaiian studies coursework
- Hawaiian culture familiarity
- Skilled at outdoor webcast technology for education purposes
Email a complete PDF to Michelle Hester (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application period has been extended till January 28, 2022.
(1) a cover letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
(2) CV with positions, education, and skills
(3) two professional references and their contact information (Oikonos will contact the references of applicants under serious consideration).