Instructional Specialist - Environmental Earth Educator, Cooper Center (Extended Temporary)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Instructional Specialist - Environmental Earth Educator, Cooper Center (Extended Temporary)
Department Teachg Learning Sociocult Stds (3222)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning offers memorable overnight and day field trip experiences to Southern Arizona schools. The Center’s Mission focuses on positive and enriching experiences in nature and inspiring children and adults to live more lightly and harmoniously on our planet. The Center is a partnership between the University of Arizona College of Education and Tucson Unified School District, and also provides University students with opportunities in hands-on teaching experience and research.

The Cooper Center is hiring one staff member for a position that focuses on educational programs for children in grades K-8 and working with University of Arizona students. Programs emphasize understanding of ecological processes, developing positive feelings for the natural world, and inspiring each participant to make personal lifestyle changes to be more environmentally friendly. The educator will gain valuable teaching experience in an outdoor setting as part of our team, working with 2,000 – 3,000 students. Cooper Center staff facilitate memorable connections between each learner and their environment. The position begins November 20th, 2017 and ends May 25th, 2018.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position. For further details on this type of position at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Lead and assist educational programs in outdoor settings (program training provided)
• Participate in program-related tasks including planning, setup, materials design and maintenance
• Assist with field experience logistics and administration including scheduling, group arrivals and departures, teacher communication, program evaluation, etc.
• Participate in special events and workshops at Cooper Center, on UA campus, and in the community
• Perform basic facility maintenance & janitorial tasks (cleaning, basic repairs, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Teaching experience in formal and/or informal settings with students of different grades. Physical conditioning and ability to work outdoors in a desert setting (warm weather). Enthusiasm, strong communication skills, ability to work collaboratively and respectfully as part of a team and independently, a flair for being theatrical, and a positive attitude.

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
  • Knowledge of Sonoran Desert ecology and natural resources management.
  • Administrative skills and ability to learn and adapt quickly.
  • Preferably K-8 teaching experience in formal and/or informal settings.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category General
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $11.00 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24223
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 11/20/2017
Position End Date (if temporary) 05/25/2018
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Cooper Center Director Colin Waite at and Assistant Director Constantinos Manoli at, or call the Center at (520)626-1825

Open Date 11/06/2017
Review Start Date 11/13/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
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Diversity Statement

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 of 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.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * 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
  2. * 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. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents