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Job Description: Science Educator 

Status: Part-Time, Hourly, 20 hours or less/week
Department: Education

General Statement of Duties

The Science Educator is responsible for teaching a wide variety of life and earth science programs for museum guests and assists in Museum-wide special events to further our education mission. This position recognizes the capacity to achieve greater results by integrating skilled volunteers, leveraging their diverse knowledge and skills. This position reports directly to the Education Director.


  • Be passionate about education and conservation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or educational field with solid background in science, Master’s degree is a
  • One year of experience in a museum, nature center or similar education facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and teach a wide range of natural science programs for varied
    audiences ranging from preschool children to adults, teaching certificate a plus.
  • Knowledge of current preschool, elementary and secondary education techniques.
  • Excellent class management, organizational and time management skills.
  • Self-motivated with minimum supervision and detail oriented.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willing to handle a variety of live animal ambassadors, experience preferred.
  • Outgoing, friendly, confident personality. Able to interact with a wide variety of people in a tactful and
    courteous manner.
  • Must demonstrate good judgement, discretion, and discernment.
  • Able to make sound judgments and maintain a calm demeanor in a dynamic, fast-paced work
    environment and give clear direction in an emergency situation.
  • CPR & First Aid certified or willing to become certified at museum’s expense.
  • Pre-Immunization rabies series or be willing to be immunized at museum expense.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be a positive enthusiastic representative of the Virginia Living Museum.
  • Ensure the Museum’s education mission is implemented so as to make learning fun.
  • Develop current and engaging pre-K-12 formal science programs and present programs at the
    museum, in schools, and other locations.
  • Ensure an excellent experience by developing, coordinating, and implementing Museum special
  • Provides excellent service to guests and staff by staying aware of all events listed in the Paws and
    Reflect, the E-news, the museum website, and the museum’s posted schedules. Advises management
    and works with other departments to ensure marketing is thorough and correct.
  • Represent the museum at community events, conferences, and various professional association
    gatherings, as needed.
  • Train volunteers and oversee volunteers in completion of duties.
  • Perform various administrative duties related to education department initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Requirements

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive a Museum safari bus
  • Occasional evenings, weekend, and overnight work required
  • Ability to work in a variety of activity settings to include canoeing rivers and ponds, exploring caves,
    hiking through woods and on hilly terrain, etc.  Must be able to hear and speak clearly
  • Must have close visual acuity to operate a motor vehicle and perform activities such as: preparing and
    analyzing data; transcribing; viewing a computer; and extensive reading.  Physical requirements include medium work, must be able to lift up to 50lbs comfortably
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and move about on foot to accomplish tasks
  • Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, and utilize repetitive
  • This position is subject to environmental condition for activities occurring indoors and outdoors.

Qualified applicants please submit VLM application, cover letter, resume, and references to Human Resources.
No phone calls, please.

Human Resources
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, VA 23601
Fax: 757-534-7419

Download VLM application