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Marine Science Educator - Discovery Hall Programs, Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has openings for two marine science educators to work within a collaborative education and outreach group. These are full-time, year-round positions with benefits.

DHP educators develop and teach high quality on-site and off-site hands-on informal educational programs (field-based, in-class and distance learning) about marine and coastal issues to K-12 students, teachers and the general public during the school year and during the summer months.  Off-site programs include overnight travel throughout the state as part of the BayMobile program as well as occasional outreach events.  Educators may also work on grant-funded projects, assist in our public aquarium, make presentations at national and state conferences, participate in professional development activities, develop web content/tools, and assist in evaluations of DHP programs.   To learn more about Discovery Hall Programs’ activities, please go to http://dhp.disl.org/

Applicants should be reliable, dynamic, creative, innovative, team-oriented, positive-thinking, flexible, a self-starter and willing to get wet and muddy.  They should be able to work with variety of audiences, abilities, backgrounds, ages and with all types of learners.  They should have strong knowledge of marine science, the Gulf of Mexico, and environmental issues.  Individuals who have experience in curriculum writing and development, knowledge of Alabama’s Course of Study and national standards and current pedagogical approaches in science education are preferred.  Application materials should specifically address how the applicant meets the above qualities.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in marine science, biology or related discipline, some formal or informal teaching experience; excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication, as well as computer and organizational skills; sufficient physical strength and agility to carry out the essential duties of the position and have or be able to obtain a valid AL drivers license, CDL, 1st aid, and CPR certification.  Candidates with a Master’s degree are preferred.  The position requires participating in boat-based activities, lifting and carrying gear up to 30 pounds as well as the ability to swim and work outside year-round in Alabama weather (hot, cold, humid, windy, very sunny).  Work on some nights, weekends and holidays as well as occasional overnight travel is required.  Starting salary is $34,000 but commensurate with experience.

DISL is an EOE/AA/M/F/D employer. A background check as well as pre-employment drug test may be required.  Participation in DISL’s ongoing drug-testing program is required.

To apply, please submit (either electronically, by fax or via regular mail) a cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae (or resume) and completed Dauphin Island Sea Lab Application for Employment (http://press.disl.org/PDFs/dislapp.pdf) to: Search Committee – DHP Educator c/o Ms. Sara Johnson (sejohnson@disl.org; 251-861-2141 x7515 {O}; 251-861-7421 {F}); Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528.  The deadline for applications is Feb 15, 2013 and must be able to start in March, 2013.

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