The National Museum of Natural History is seeking an Ocean Education Contractor

Ocean Education Contractor

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) seeks a contractor to support the Education and Outreach activities of the Ocean Education Team. The Ocean Education Team is responsible for developing activities and programs for family, adult, and teen audiences and training museum volunteers in ocean content and public engagement strategies. In the summer of 2017, the museum opened the “Narwhals: Revealing an Arctic Legend” exhibit to connect visitors to Arctic research, narwhal biology and behavior, Inuit culture, and climate change. In the fall of 2018 the “Sea Monsters Unearthed” exhibit will open, highlighting marine fossil finds from Angola that tell a story of how geology impacts biology and the formation of a new ocean basin during the Cretaceous. In addition, the team is responsible for facilitating and evaluating public live feed programs to research vessels at sea.

The goal of this temporary contract position is to support and develop the efforts that connect visitors to the exciting objects, content, and scientists related to these exhibits and programs. The Ocean Education Specialist contractor will assist education staff in mentoring, supporting, and training a cohort of volunteers, will assist education staff in developing, implementing, and evaluating live feed programming to the Arctic and other regions of the ocean, and help with other public programs and activities. The person must work independently and as part of collaborative teams to schedule and organize volunteers and projects and will participate in planning meetings, maintain volunteer and live feed schedules, set up and facilitate programs and trainings, make visitor observations and collect data, and write reports related to the scope of work.

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Quotes are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 29, 2018 to