Employment Opportunities

Head of Prairie Ridge Ecostation


Posted: March 29, 2018, 11:16 pm


Organization: NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Organization Website: naturalsciences.org
Job Title: Head of Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Job Description: Join the NC Museum of Natural Sciences!

We are currently recruiting an exceptional leader for the museum’s Prairie Ridge Ecostation. This position is open until 5:00 p.m. April 6, 2018.

Primary Purpose of Position:
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, the Museum’s 45-acre field station, furthers the Museum’s mission of enhancing public understanding and appreciation of the natural environment by providing a field station for research and learning while demonstrating renewable and sustainable energy.

The Head of Prairie Ridge Ecostation reports to the Regional Network Chief. This position works to manage, promote, and provide educational opportunities at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ 45-acre field station in Raleigh, N.C. This outdoor facility provides opportunities for education and scientific research. This position's duties include: providing local leadership and management to an onsite team of museum professionals; overseeing the daily operations of Prairie Ridge Ecostation; developing, delivering, and coordinating a menu of educational programs and events; and maintaining and developing outdoor learning areas and habitats. Excellent oral and written communications skills are needed in all aspects of this position with the ability to track progress and maintain efficient and accurate records. Must be able to multi¬task under stringent deadlines while working independently. Exceptional attention to detail and planning and organizational skills are needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
1.      Demonstrated experience supervising (plan, assign tasks, train, and review the work of others).
2.      Demonstrated experience developing, facilitating and coordinating on-site, outdoor natural science programming and events.
3.      Demonstrated experience conducting outdoor field trip programming for school audiences, including handling, care, and preservation of live specimens.
4.      Demonstrated knowledge of a natural science area and related teaching methods.
5.      Demonstrated experience working with teachers, scientists, volunteers, students and the public from a variety of backgrounds and abilities.
6.      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
7.      Ability to effectively engage and serve at-risk and non-traditional museum patrons.
8.      Ability to participate in occasional state¬wide travel as required.
9.      Ability to operate a state-owned motor vehicle.
10.     Ability to work outdoors in all seasons.
11.     Must have a NC Driver's License or the ability to obtain one.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in zoology, botany, or other natural science curriculum related to the area of work assigned and three years of curatorial and/or teaching experience in natural science, including some supervisory experience; or three years as a science teacher if filling an educational position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Management Preferences:
(This must be documented in the work history portion of this application to receive credit.)
•       Strong leadership skills and the ability to think creatively about problems.
•       Demonstrated creative skills in science communication and community engagement.