Marine Educator

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LUMCON, a program of the Board of Regents, as a consortium is a statewide academic endeavor to focus and strengthen the effectiveness of foundational marine science needed to address the environmental and socioeconomic challenges facing Louisiana and the nation.

LUMCON has provided unparalleled opportunities in marine science and education to the research community and public alike. Anchored by a first-rate marine laboratory, the DeFelice Marine Center, LUMCON is embedded in Louisiana’s dynamic wetland environment and conveniently located on a gateway to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From this facility, LUMCON operates a world-class fleet of research vessels unmatched in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2023, LUMCON is expanding its programs through the opening of a maritime research and outreach facility in Houma.

Position Overview

LUMCON is seeking candidates to fill various educator positions in the education and outreach program. We are currently looking for educators for the programs based at the Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA and at the new Maritime Campus in Houma, LA. The role of LUMCON Marine Educators is to support, facilitate, and ensure high quality experiences for all visitors of the LUMCON Marine Education & Outreach Program. This includes leading field, lab, and classroom activities for a wide variety of audiences that visit the Marine Center (Cocodrie) and the Maritime Campus facility (Houma). Marine Educators are also responsible for some travel to classrooms, festivals, and other community events to educate people about the goals and mission of LUMCON, marine science, and other STEM-related content. All education activities are designed to fulfill the LUMCON Education Mission Statement.

“LUMCON’s Marine Education Program invests in communities through enriching and relevant place- and skill-based experiences for all learners among Louisiana’s diverse citizenry, including those populations underrepresented and underserved in marine science. The Program’s purpose is to support and empower current and future marine scientists and ocean-literate citizens.”

LUMCON educators must often work outside of normal business hours to serve our community of users. Educators, therefore, work weekends, evenings, long days, and occasionally holidays. This position also requires extensive fieldwork in various locations including the LUMCON vessels, grounds, surrounding salt marshes, and barrier islands.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. with teaching experience or M.S. in science with an environmental focus.
  • Good communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to work in field, lab, and classroom situations with large groups of people.
  • Must be able to pass an initial background check and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Good people skills and classroom management.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Good teamwork and project management skills.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • 1-5 years of experience working in a service industry.
  • Experience in data management and report writing.
  • First Aid/CPR certification.
  • Have proficiency in swimming, boat handling, and paddling.
  • Basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office programs, and Google Workspace apps and tools.
  • Social media and digital content design experience.
  • Skills in scheduling, designing, and facilitating video virtual meetings on platforms like Zoom, GotoMeetings, and GotoWebinar.
  • Experience in basic animal husbandry, engineering skills, plumbing, or carpentry.

Essential Duties

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited the following:

  • Delivers in-depth and hands-on marine science and STEM activities in a professional and level-appropriate way for a broad variety of audiences.
  • Creates lessons and activities which may need to be aligned with current state science education standards and that ensure accessibility features and functionalities that allow persons with disabilities to use materials effectively.
  • Ensures the safety of all visitors to LUMCON facilities.
  • Maintains a positive learning environment that supports learner engagement, promotes mutual respect, and provides supportive learning opportunities.
  • Enforces all LUMCON rules and policies.
  • Makes sure that all classroom and lab spaces are clean and ready for anyone who may need them for other programs.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate relationships with learners, staff, and community members by communicating in a tactful, courteous, and confidential manner.
  • Travels and delivers educational activities at off-site events such as festivals, in-school visits, and special programs.
  • Chaperoning of participants during LUMCON-funded events (e.g. summer camps).
  • Assists with program development for in-person and digital programs.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, storm readiness activities, and LUMCON special events.
  • Works to develop program materials such as posters, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, resource packets, lesson plans, etc.
    Assists in gathering data for internal or grant reports.
  • Assists with display aquarium maintenance and animal husbandry.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Associate Director of Education and Outreach.

How to Apply

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No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information:

Murt Conover
Associate Director of Education and Outreach

Vacancy Information

  • This is an unclassified position.
  • This position is located in Cocodrie and Houma, LA.
  • Applications will be rejected if the applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications, submits an incomplete application, or fails to apply by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application listing complete work experience and education.
  • Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript or any other materials as outlined in the posting to your application if possible.
  • In compliance with federal law, all individuals hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form (I-9) upon hire.

Board of Regents is a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency that supports the recruitment, hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities. For more information on employment resources for individuals with disabilities, see the Louisiana Employment Resources Guide.

Board of Regents is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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