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#120118 Price Education Outreach Coordinator

Filing Deadline: Mon 12/5/2022

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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.

Our values can be found here.

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


Under general supervision of the Manager of Youth and Community Programs, the Price Education Outreach Coordinator is responsible for 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 programs serving PreK-12 students and teachers, including but not limited to offsite school programs and teacher professional development, and co-lead the Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences course.

Serve as Program Lead for School Outreach Programs to pre-K to 12 students, including the Beach Science program, a 6th-grade Title I student-focused multi-part experiential learning program that connects to SIO research and scientists. Collaborate with Scripps scientists, teacher leaders and other community partners to develop phenomena-driven, experiential programs that align with NGSS-based formal curriculum and incorporate climate messaging. Communicate regularly with teachers and school administrators to coordinate programs and logistics needs. Program Lead responsibilities include full knowledge of day-to-day coordination of program logistics, objectives and lesson plans; training, mentoring and evaluation of program instructors 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 appropriate to 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. Assist in interviewing, hiring, and mentoring of part-time and full-time instructional staff. Implement programs using appropriate materials, teaching strategies and curriculum, recommending revisions as needed.

  • Schedule is Monday through Friday and may be flexed to accommodate holidays, special events, and/or extended operating hours, 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 of experience teaching in a formal or informal science education institution, with a strong emphasis on science interpretation and integration.

  • Experience in and working knowledge of using the Next Generation Science Standards to develop student-centered PreK-12 science curriculum, and working collaboratively with classroom teachers to develop and support the administration of these types of programs.

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

  • Experience in and working knowledge of best practices in the administration of educational programming, including supporting underrepresented students.

  • Working knowledge and experience with best practices in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

  • 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 various environments/settings.

  • Working knowledge of emerging educational technologies.

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

  • Ability to work independently and use appropriate resources to accomplish assigned tasks/duties.

  • Ability to maintain classroom attention.

  • Ability to provide feedback and use mentoring techniques.


  • Background checks, including National Registry of Sex Offenders, FBI (live scan) and DMV are required. Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.
  • Some programs involve outdoor, water, or sea-going activities and may require lifting tanks and equipment plus handling live organisms.
  • Must have a valid CA Driver’s license.
  • 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).
  • Schedule is Monday through Friday and may be flexed to accommodate holidays, special events, and/or extended operating hours, as needed.

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

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