Lead Educator

San Diego Natural History Museum
August 23, 2021
1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA
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Contact Name
Christine Griffith
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The Lead Educator directs natural science classes for grades 4-8 for participants in the School in the Park (SITP) program. This unique program funded by Price Philanthropies will provide weeklong science education experiences to select area students.

The Lead Educator will also be responsible for driving the development of youth and community based outdoor curriculum and programming. This includes overseeing the Museum’s Outdoor Access Fund programs, working with education team and volunteers. This position reports to the Senior Education Manager.


  • Serve as lead educator for School in the Park program and collaboratively teach with Museum Educator & Program Coordinator.
  • Work collaboratively with School in the Park staff to address the goals and needs of the students and program.
  • Supervise the Museum Educator & Program Coordinator: oversee plan of work, assign duties, and approve time sheet.
  • Adhere to both SITP and Museum policy and procedure to include the education department’s standard operating procedures and behavior management policy. Keep up to date with proficiency in classroom technologies to align with SITP initiatives.
  • Work with the volunteer group The Canyoneers to manage the school-based hiking program, Outdoor Access Fund. Develop new content for hikes and facilitate trainings.
  • Develop outdoor/environmental education curriculum.
  • Support summer camp program leading up to its start in June with curriculum develop and training. Teach summer camps.
  • Evaluate curriculum and work with stakeholders, Museum educators and teachers to get feedback.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications Department to create the monthly the Nat’s outdoor e-news letter.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of two years of experience teaching in informal or formal settings. Teaching credential a plus.
  • Background in environmental education desired.
  • Demonstrated experience writing and developing curriculum.
  • Highly organized, attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and in team environments.
  • Experience editing video content desired.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to a diversity of stakeholders.
  • CPR/First Aid Certified (or willingness to obtain).
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.
  • Must pass background check and Live Scan screening.

Applicants should submit to cgriffith@sdnhm.org a resume and cover letter that highlights your relevant experience and accomplishments, as well as the transferable skills you would bring to The Nat.

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