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Instructional Specialist - EOS (Part Time/Multiple Positions) (Oracle, AZ)

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Candidates must provide a letter of interest and resume. This position is security sensitive based on the job duties and requires a finger-print criminal background check.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Instructional Specialist - EOS (Part Time/Multiple Positions) (Oracle, AZ)
Department Biosphere 2 (1306)
Location Outside of Tucson
Position Summary

Biosphere 2 is seeking candidates to fill the position of Instructional Specialist – EOS (Education Outreach Specialist). Successful candidates will utilize knowledge and skills to perform a variety of tasks and duties in support of the Education and Outreach mission of Biosphere 2. Multiple positions are available.

The Biosphere 2 is located north of Tucson – north of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Biosphere 2 is one of the world’s most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues. The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public.

The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2015 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress! For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Develop and facilitate K-12 curriculum and lesson plans.
• Develop and facilitate new education and outreach programs.
• Conduct engaging Biosphere 2 school group tours with enthusiasm and scientific accuracy to diverse audiences while keeping within the parameters of time limits and approved curriculum.
• Routinely check for safety and security issues, take actions to resolve issues when necessary, and notify appropriate supervisor as appropriate.
• Prepare materials, set up and clean up programs, and help train new staff and volunteers on program content and procedures.
• Assist with meaningful research experiences for high school students engaged at Biosphere 2.
• Participate in/assist with operating Biosphere 2 special events and off site community events.
• Assist with Biosphere 2 research projects and lab operation and upkeep.
• Assist with Biosphere 2 residential programs such as Science Academy.
• Ability to receive continual training, put training into practice, and accept ongoing constructive feedback from supervisors.
• Maintain a neat and professional appearance per staff policy, including wearing a Biosphere 2 staff uniform.
• Other duties and tasks as may be assigned by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Must possess well developed skills that support creative approaches for working with adults, families, students, teachers, and the general public.
• Ability to engage and manage diverse groups of students, visitors, and guests.
• Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast-paced work environment.
• Possess excellent problem solving skills, dependability, flexibility, and an outgoing and friendly personality.
• Must be comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups.
• Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, climb stairs, and comfortably work indoors and outdoors in extreme temperature fluctuations.
• Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule of shifts that routinely includes weekends, evenings, and holidays.
• Must be comfortable with electronics and computers and have regular access to email.

Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, four years of progressively responsible instructional or subject work experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

• Teaching certificate and experience teaching K-12 Science.
• Experience working in audience engagement (such as education, interpretation and programming) in a museum or informal education setting.
• Undergraduate college degree (BS or BA).
• Superior customer service skills.
• Passionate about life-long learning, science and inquiry-based education in an informal setting.
• Friendly, enthusiastic and engaging personality!

Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 19.6
Job Category Temporary and Part-time
Benefits Eligible No
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S22333
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Candice Crossey –

Open Date 10/17/2016
Review Start Date 10/24/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant

Candidates must provide a letter of interest and resume.

This position is security sensitive based on the job duties and requires a finger-print criminal background check.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, four years of progressively responsible instructional or subject work experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents