Science First is a free summer science program that strives to increase students' knowledge and appreciation of the environment and how scientists study the environment. Students participate in a four-week session that takes place at the Chicago Botanic Garden Monday through Friday. A school bus provides transportation from designated stops starting as early as 7 a.m. to bring students to the Garden by 9 a.m. Students are provided with all materials they need to participate, as well as a free snack and lunch. Students leave the Garden at 3 p.m. each day.
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
- Work with a co-instructor to teach a curriculum emphasizing environmental science and inquiry process, appropriate for middle-school level.
- Help plan and conduct weekly field trips to supplement the science curriculum.
- Lead daily outdoor science investigations that utilize the display gardens and natural areas on-site at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
- Guide students' independent research investigations, which they will present to the public at the end of the session.
- Assist with other program activities as necessary.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
- A minimum of three years' combined experience teaching science in formal and/or informal education settings to high-school or middle-school students
- Ability to conduct outdoor field and conservation science activities
- Familiarity with computer technology
- Bachelor's degree in environmental science, biology, education, or related field required
- Bilingual (Spanish) is a plus
- People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: we cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.