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#117232 Interpretive Programs Coordinator

Filing Deadline: Fri 7/8/2022

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the non-profit public exploration center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and features five-dozen interactive elements. Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 460,000. The aquarium is the largest provider of K-12 ocean science education in San Diego County, reaching more than 55,000 school children each year through its on- and off-site programs.

At the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, we connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet. As the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, we share the spirit of curiosity that drives Scripps’ global research to understand our planet. We engage people in science and invite them to ask questions, explore, and observe to better understand how our world works - Earth, ocean, atmosphere, and life - and our unique role in our global ecosystem. We use science to guide conservation action to support a healthy thriving planet where we feel hope for the future and empowered to make positive change. We connect people with each other, with nature, with science, and with a shared sense of purpose to care for our amazing one-and-only planet Earth.

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Job Location: Birch Aquarium is located at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

All Birch Aquarium employees are expected to:

* Have an interest and the ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds upholding UC San Diego's Principles of Community strengthen by its strategic plan for inclusive excellence (EDI),* Whenever interacting with guests, provide superior guest service by modeling best guest service practices, standards, and guidelines* Uphold the Aquarium’s Quality Standards by being Safe, Courteous, Engaging, and Inspiring* Provide interactions that connect guests of all ages to our planet, promote curiosity, and inspire stewardship* Provide support of all kinds to Aquarium guests and employees* Have a positive attitude and the ability to be dependable, proactive, resourceful, and flexible.


Under general supervision of the Program Manager of Public Engagement, the Interpretive Programs Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the development, assessment, and implementation of year-round science education programming. Research and provide the highest-level of science content and accuracy for Education programs and activities appropriate for, and in alignment with, the Aquarium’s role as the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego.

Program audiences include, but are not limited to, multi-generational groups, families, toddlers, adults, preK-12 and college students, and teachers. Serve as Program Lead for Interpretive programs, including but not limited to, Behind-the-Scenes tours and teen internships, and co-lead the Education Assistant Student Employee program and Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences course. Assist in developing programming and experiences that support guest engagement at the aquarium and create a welcoming and inclusive experience for all participants/guests.

Collaborate with Scripps scientists and other aquarium units to develop engaging programming using current research and techniques and incorporate climate messaging. Program Lead responsibilities include full knowledge of day-to-day coordination of program logistics, objectives and lesson plans; training, mentoring and evaluation of program educators and volunteers; recommending revisions and making approved changes; and assisting with strategic development of the program.

Independently, and as part of a team, develop program descriptions and lesson plans, including the creation, procurement, and organization of materials, assessment of audience/community needs, investigation of current research and literature, and drafting plans and budgets for approval. As part of a dynamic team, assist with program marketing, staff development and strategic planning, and support of cross-unit programs. Interview, hire, and mentor Education Assistant Student employees and assist with the interviewing, hiring and mentoring of part-time and full-time instructional staff. Implement programs using appropriate materials, teaching strategies and curriculum, and recommending revisions as needed.


  • BA or BS in marine science, environmental science, or related natural sciences or in education with science specialization, or combination of related educational background and teaching in the subject matter, or equivalent experience.

  • Two (2+) or more years experience teaching in an informal science education institution, with a strong emphasis in science interpretation and integration.

  • Experience in and working knowledge of interpreting and communicating complex scientific research for preK-12 and public audiences using research-based pedagogical strategies.

  • Thorough knowledge and skills in training development and / or learning strategies, and program and educator assessment.

  • Demonstrated experience with providing work direction in an educational setting.

  • Working knowledge of museum educational techniques and appropriate subject area content.

  • Working knowledge of the learning characteristics of museum audiences.

  • Working subject area knowledge presentation skills to diverse audiences, and in a variety of environments / settings.

  • Working knowledge of emerging educational technologies.

  • Strong verbal, interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills.

  • Ability to maintain classroom attention.

  • Ability to provide feedback and use mentoring techniques.


  • Schedule is Sunday through Thursday and may be flexed to accommodate extended operating hours, holidays, and/or special events, as needed.

  • Some programs involve outdoor, water or sea-going activities and may require lifting tanks and equipment plus handling live organisms.

  • Background checks, including National Registry of Sex Offender, FBI (live scan) and DMV are required. Must have a valid CA Driver’s license.

  • Background, DMV and fingerprint checks required.

  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Duties may require direct contact with children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) training will be required. Must meet CANRA compliance requirement per California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA," Penal Code sections 11164-11174.4).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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