Director of On Site Education & Manager of Public Spaces
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Deadline to Apply:
Friday, March 1, 2019, 11:00pm
Website:The Caterpillar Lab
Director of On Site Education
& Manager of Public Spaces
The Caterpillar Lab is seeking an energized and passionate natural history educator, and an experienced manager-coordinator, for a full-time, year-round position. Responsibilities will include leading regular public open hours and educational programs at the lab, and managing related aspects of The Caterpillar Lab’s visitable location, museum, and store in Southwestern New Hampshire.
A candidate for this position must be a natural history extrovert, eager to share their interests with a general audience. They must display the flexibility and creativity to engage a diverse, changing, and unpredictable visiting audience in an instructive but informal manner, while at the same time show the management and organizational skills needed to build and maintain a staff of volunteers and interns, manage TCL store sales, and coordinate in-house programming.
A candidate for this position must also be self-motivated and take advantage of quiet moments at the lab and during the slow season to further develop open hours programing and The Lab’s public space. Independent projects involving exhibit design, program design, and museum/gallery management will be encouraged.
Though direct experience with caterpillars and their natural history is not required, extra consideration will be given to those candidates with background knowledge and skills relating to insect husbandry, research, identification, and host plant relationships.
The successful candidate will work closely with TCL director Samuel Jaffe to grow and refine this position to fit the needs and the realities of The Caterpillar Lab and its facility as it matures. This is a position with diverse needs and requires a candidate who can operate across many disciplines. If you are interested in applying, please contact Sam Jaffe at email@example.com with a letter stating your interest in The Caterpillar Lab and in this position, as well as a copy of your CV/Resume.
Basic job parameters: Full-time, year-round, competitive salary, health benefits, flexible winter hours, and lots of caterpillars. Ideal start date April 2019. Application deadline March 1st.
Break down of specific responsibilities, schedule, and other information available upon receipt of statement of interest.
The Caterpillar Lab Background Information
The Caterpillar Lab is a unique non-profit educational outreach organization based in Marlborough NH. Each year, thousands of caterpillars of hundreds of native species are reared at the lab and utilized as a resource for place-based natural history education all across New England. Though TCL’s primary mission involves direct person to person to caterpillar outreach, it also engages in a myriad of other related activities including: film, photography, and art initiatives; ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology research; and resource development, curriculum building, and teacher trainings.
The Caterpillar Lab deals with a very specific subject, but by examining caterpillars from diverse perspectives, and by looking ever closer into their lives and ecological interactions, the lab ends up communicating some very BIG ideas. The lab’s work expertly highlights the meaning of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the potential outcomes of climate change, the intersection between the arts and sciences, and the reasons we should all be working to preserve these creatures and many others in the world around us. TCL is a small organization with a broad imagination and an ever-increasing impact in New England and beyond.
Mission Statement: The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.
Position Start Date:
Monday, April 15, 2019
How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying, please contact TCL Director Sam Jaffe at firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter stating your interest in The Caterpillar Lab and in this position, as well as a copy of your CV/Resume.
Full-time, year-round, competitive salary (Estimated $32,000-$45,000 yearly), health benefits, flexible winter hours, and lots of caterpillars