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Science First Instructor A-B

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To deliver a hands-on free summer science program for Chicago Public Schools students in grades 7 to 10. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to co-deliver an informal science curriculum with emphasis on outdoor field investigations, group research projects, and environmental justice. The instructor should be available to work/teach for 37.5 hours/week from June 21 to August 10, 2018.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Work with a co-instructor to design and teach a curriculum emphasizing environmental justice, environmental science and scientific research; appropriate for middle school/early high school level.
  • Lead daily outdoor field investigations and youth development activities.
  • Plan and conduct weekly field trips to supplement the science curriculum.
  • Guide student group research investigations, which they will present to the public at the end of the session.
  • Administer and analyze student pre- and post assessments, integrate digital badging, and participate in program quality assessments.
  • Assist with other program activities as necessary.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A minimum of three years of combined experience teaching science in either formal and/or informal education settings to high school or middle school-aged students.
  • Ability to conduct outdoor field and conservation science activities.
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biology, education or related field.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, Chicago Public School students a plus.
  • Integrating STEM applications is a plus.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is a plus.
Physical Demands: 
Indoor and outdoor classroom setting. Frequent standing, walking, bending, listening, and speaking. Some use of office equipment. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds.
Why 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 construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX Coordinator should you have questions or concerns.