The PT Public Programs Presenter, reporting the Public Programs Presenter Supervisor, is responsible for conducting informal science education programs on various topics throughout the Academy, including large and small informal science education programs for all age audiences, feeding programs, live-animal programs and demonstrations, theater, programs for young children and their caregivers, informal engagements in the Naturalist Center and Curiosity Grove, etc. The PT Public Programs Presenter is comfortable interpreting any topic relevant to the Academy and its mission. Weekend and evening work will be required. This PT presenter, in addition to their regular weekly shift, will also cover vacation, event and sick time requests. This is a temporary role that is expected to last through May 31, 2019.
The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Deliver highly engaging programs/activities/engagements to the public throughout the Academy on various topics
Provide general natural history, science and sustainability information for guests in an age appropriate manor
Use appropriate interpretive techniques to inspire wonder and guests to take action
Maintain a high level of enthusiasm while performing repetitive, interpretive programs on a regular basis
Successfully learn and check out on programs within a predetermined time-frame
Help to maintain a positive work environment and to work cooperatively and collaboratively within a team
Help with administrative duties as needed including maintain and inventory program props and equipment, film programs, prepare work orders, calendar listings, etc.
Maintain a professional demeanor within the workplace, including consistent attendance, appearance, and communication both internally and cross-functionally
Provide platinum customer service to guests and staff
Support other division-wide initiatives, mission and vision
Follow all Academy safety regulations and complete all HR-assigned trainings
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:
Bachelor degree in related field preferred
1 years' experience in science education, natural history education, early childhood education, outdoor education, and/or theater, or related field
1 years' experience with public speaking in informal/museum or natural science education setting
Familiarity with working in a large, multi-tiered organization a plus
Spanish or Chinese language skills strongly preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Proven ability with speaking on a microphone in front of groups as large as 100-400 people in a very busy, often loud museum setting
Excellent presentation skills and fundamental knowledge of the best practices in interpretation
Excellent natural history, aquarium and science knowledge and attention to scientific accuracy
Ability to understand and interpret scientific information and make complicated science concepts accessible to general audiences
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Detail oriented and able to follow tasks through to completion with little supervision
Ability to work with staff/volunteers/general public appropriately
Ability to adapt and maintain flexibility in changing and fast-paced environments
Maintain a high level of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity while performing repetitive, interpretive programs on a regular basis
Comfort with teaching and guiding small children (0-5 years old) and their caregivers
Excellent customer service skills in the form of answering natural history and science questions
Familiarity with working in a large, multi-tiered organization a plus
Works well independently as well as in teams
Comfort working with live animals including snakes and insects at highly attended floor programs
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. Bilingual (spoken and/or written) in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other non-English language preferred.
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 and hear. The position requires frequent visits to the museum public floor (walking on concrete floors, climbing stairs), extensive time standing, sitting on the floor, intervals of time outdoors in varying environmental conditions, tolerance of high levels of noise, and extensive public speaking, sometimes at a podium and sometimes in noisy environments. 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 https://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.
This is a mandated reporter designated position. Academy employees whose duties include direct contact and supervision of children are deemed mandated reporters under California Law. Mandated reporters have certain specific reporting obligations in the event that they know of, observe or reasonably suspect that a child has been the victim of child abuse or neglect. The Academy provides mandated reporters with training on their rights and obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.
The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).
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