The Public Programs Presenter is responsible for the presentation of informal science education programs on various topics presented throughout the Academy. Informal presentations may include feeding programs, live-animal programs, intimate small-group programs, programs for young children, etc. The Public Programs Presenter is comfortable interpreting any topic relevant to the Academy for general audiences. This is a 30-hour per week, full-time, benefitted position.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Deliver highly engaging presentations throughout the Academy on various topics.
• Between presentations, provide general natural history and science information for visitors.
• Be able to maintain a high level of enthusiasm while performing repetitive, interpretive programs on a daily basis.
• Deliver engaging enrichment lessons to variety of Docent groups.
• Help to maintain a positive work environment and to work cooperatively and collaboratively within a team.
• Help to maintain props and equipment used for presentations.
• Maintain a professional demeanor within the workplace, including consistent attendance
• Follow all Academy safety regulations
• Other duties as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:
• Experience in science, science education, natural history, outdoor education, and/or theater
• Two-years experience in informal science education a plus
• Bachelor or Associates degree preferred
• Familiarity with working in a large, multi-tiered organization a plus
• Spanish language skills desirable but not necessary
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
• Excellent presentation skills
• Natural history and science knowledge
• Rigorous scientific accuracy
• Ability to make complicated science concepts accessible to general audiences
• Comfort with speaking on a microphone in front of groups as large as 100-400 people in a very busy, often loud museum setting
• High energy, creativity, and enthusiasm
• Excellent customer service skills in the form of answering natural history and science questions
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to collaborate within teams
• Ability to work autonomously as necessary
• Comfort working with live animals including snakes and insects at highly attended floor programs is highly desirable
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 50lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 25% of the time.
Please submit your cover letter and resume online at http://calacademy.snaphire.com. Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.
The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.
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