ID Nature Program Coordinator

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Missoula, MT
United States

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Position Duties and Responsibilities

ID Nature Coordinator will coordinate and implement the Montana Natural History Center distance learning programs, including Virtual Naturalist in the Schools, Virtual Science School, and teacher training.  In addition, the ID Nature Coordinator will maintain MNHC’s YouTube channel and will work with MNHC staff to develop videos for education and program publicity. Duties will include curriculum development, instruction, recruitment of new schools, building a network of teachers, and further program development of the ID Nature Program. 

This position will also be a part of the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools teaching team and can expect to work with up to 5 participating classes each month during the school year with participation in field trips in May and October.

I. Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop programming for and lead the ID Nature distance learning programs for teachers and students. These programs currently include Virtual Naturalist in the Schools, Virtual Science School, and Educator Workshops
  • Lead curriculum development for ID Nature programs, working with curriculum team for review
  • Develop programming for and lead the Virtual Naturalist in the Schools program
  • Develop network of Virtual Naturalist teachers and work to expand program to new schools and regions. Target of 20 total classes by June 2018
  • Develop and expand Virtual Science School program
  • Work with Wings Over Water program coordinator to develop distance learning component
  • Work with other staff to connect ID Nature programs to other MNHC programs & services
  • Work with MNHC staff to develop video materials for both education and program promotion
  • Financial management of ID Nature programs: manage budget, purchase necessary equipment and supplies
  • Assist with recruitment, training and supervision of instructors and volunteers as needed
  • Assist with publicity of ID Nature programs
  • Oversee registration procedures for programs
  • Evaluation of program, instructors and volunteers
  • Maintain appropriate MNHC resources such as field equipment
  • Development of new programs based on MNHC criteria
  • Maintain a working knowledge of ever evolving technology to assure the best result for MNHC
  • Act as the liaison between MNHC and contracted internet video conferencing vendor, including troubleshooting technical issues with the vendor’s technical support team

II. Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

  • Practical knowledge of methodologies in non-formal science or environmental education: i.e. place-based, inquiry-based, project-based and interdisciplinary learning, service learning, hands-on approach to learning, etc
  • General natural history knowledge including a broad knowledge of native flora and fauna, cultural history of the region and understanding of ecological processes and systems common in the region.
  • Teaching Experience: Minimum 3 year teaching experience in the role of a teacher/educator in the field and/or in the classroom with both children and adults.
  • Proven ability to deliver educational and interpretive natural history programs and group presentations on a wide range of topics
  • Proven ability to plan and implement educational activities through curriculum writing
  • Proven ability to work with audiences through distance learning (experience with video conferencing, direct online instruction, YouTube video, etc)
  • Experience developing an online course, or highly competent in integrating online learning into traditional curriculum
  • Operational knowledge of the internet and web-related technologies.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate new online tools and resources for providing direct programming
  • Technical Skills Required: Office software skills, video editing, file management skills, typing skills, online community development experience, email management, internet-based research skills, and knowledge of technical components related to video-conferencing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Works independently with little direct supervision.  Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated.  Able to work as part of a team
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and willing to use personal transportation (will be reimbursed for mileage)
  • Minimum B.A. or B.S in related field (i.e. Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, etc.), M.S. is preferred
  • Willingness to work to meet goals of organization above and beyond assigned duties.
  • Willingness to work weekends or evenings on occasion


  • Salary: $15.00-$16.50/hr, DOE, 40 hrs/week
  • Health Insurance, 10 paid holidays/year immediately
  • After 6 months of successful work at MNHC, this position is approved for benefits including vacation and sick leave pay.

Supervisor: Education Director

Position is subject to 6 month probation


How to Apply:

Please send a resume, list of professional references, and separate cover letter detailing your interest and experience relative to the position to:

Lisa Bickell

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street
Missoula, MT  59801

Questions may be directed to Lisa Bickell at 406-327-0405