Science ed-tech curator wanted for The Daily Planet

Alrighty. Last call on a job here in North Carolina for an impassioned science educator with an excellent grasp on interactive technologies for bringing local and international science to diverse audiences. The position is still open through Thursday, 29 December for Curator of The Daily Planet at the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

The SECU Daily Planet is the 42-foot (13 m), three-story high visual centerpiece of the new research center I’ll be joining next week. We need someone with talent to engage equally with K-12 students and teachers, scientists in-person and via uplink, and all sorts of folks interested in sciences (and those who don’t yet know they are interested in sciecnce!).

Scientists will be able to use the media-rich resources and dynamic images of the SECU Daily Planet to augment their programs and to better field questions from the audience, immersing viewers into the world of the presenter’s field of research and allowing visitors to dig deeper by asking questions of personal interest to them. Live Internet access will enable SECU Daily Planet speakers to download, stream and import content.

At special times, this venue will broadcast programs via television and radio, courtesy of the NRC’s partnership with WRAL (CBS affiliate), UNC-TV (PBS affiliate), and UNC public radio.

More details on The Daily Planet can be found here.

Here’s a brief rundown of the job as listed on the North Carolina Office of State Personnel website where the job is listed here:

Description of Work
This position oversees the programming of the Daily Planet Theater, reaching audiences both in the museum and in remote locations, seven days a week. Duties will include: Coordination, development, delivery and evaluation of programming for the Daily Planet Theater, including programs for the public and curriculum-correlated programs for school groups; working with scientists and researchers (local and remote) both to develop programs and to facilitate their presentations in the Daily Planet; joint supervision of the Daily Planet technician with AV; establishing a science communication workshop; arranging and appearing in media related to Daily Planet Programming; overseeing budget and statistics; and leading development of volunteer recruitment and training programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1) Extensive computer literacy and experience working with complex, state-of-the-art technology; 2) Strong background in teaching and presenting programs in science; 3) Expertise in developing effective educational programs for any age or ability level; 4) Skill at successfully managing formal and informal relationships with partners such as donors, peers, professional colleagues, science researchers and government agencies; 5) Leadership experience and the ability to work productively and harmoniously with many diverse groups as well as the ability to work independently; 6) Extensive knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the natural world.

Training and Experience Requirements
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in zoology, botany, or other natural science curriculum related to the area of work assigned and three years of curatorial and/or teaching experience in natural science, including some supervisory experience; or three years as a science teacher if filling an educational position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Preferred: Training and/or equivalent experience in a natural science museum, nature center or park system. Five years experience providing educational programs to the general public and groups of different ages, including grade school through high school.

The most important thing about applying for this position – or any state position in North Carolina – is filling out the formal state application for employment, lovingly called the PD-107. One MUST use this form in addition to submitting other required info.

Go to this page to download the Word or PDF versions of the PD-107.

SPECIAL NOTE: In the “major duties” box for each position in your work history, be absolutely sure to indicate skills that match the job listing. DO NOT write, “see CV” or “see resumé.”

Learn from my mistakes: it is extremely important to list specific skills otherwise the application will not even make it to the hiring manager.

Email me if you have any questions.

For whatever reason, the job posting link deletes the contact information for the Human Resources Manager, most importantly the fax number.

Here is who the application goes to:

Contact Person: Laura Oakley
Contact Agency: Dept of Environment & Natural Resources
Contact Address: 1626 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1626
Contact Phone: 919-733-7450
Contact Fax: 919-716-0094

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