K-12 Project Assistant

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The Engagement in Science and Nature Program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology offers a wide range of projects, educational resources, and learning experiences for children through adults, in person and on the web, in school, and in informal learning environments. 

The Project Assistant supports the K-12 Program Manager in curriculum development and professional development initiatives. The mission of the K-12 program is to provide resources and training to educators as they engage students in investigations and outdoor experiences focused on birds.  Collaborate with the project team in conceptualizing and developing curricular materials, leading workshops, guiding educators in use of citizen science and inquiry-based teaching, and representing the Cornell Lab at state, regional, and national education conferences. Interact with the public and participants by phone and email. Meet project deadlines, working under the guidance of the supervisor and with the project team. Understand the needs of, and work to support the program’s interactions with, afterschool and youth development organizations.

Annual term appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Formal training of 1-2 years, 2 years of college coursework, or Associate degree; 1-2 years of experience or equivalent.
  2. Curriculum development experience, preferably related to STEM content.
  3. Excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, initiative, and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  4. Desire to communicate with diverse audiences through various outlets should be supported by experience and knowledge of educational approaches.
  5. Experience that demonstrates creativity and problem-solving skills.
  6. Mastery of common computer skills including word processing, email, spreadsheets, and use of the Internet.
  7. Provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of program and fulfill program objectives with minimal supervision, and multi-task while working under pressure.
  8. Must be accurate, methodical, well spoken, and have strong proofreading and editing skills.
  9. Flexibility required.
  10. Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of the project team.
  11. Ability to travel to conferences and give workshops.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor degree in science or science education.
  2. Knowledge of inquiry-based science teaching strategies highly preferred.
  3. Teaching, writing, and webpage development experience.
  4. Public speaking experience helpful.
  5. Spanish fluency preferred.

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Jennifer Harris

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