Fairchild Challenge Program Coordinator

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is seeking a talented and motivated individual to coordinate innovative school science programs as a part of The Fairchild Challenge. The Fairchild Challenge brings plant research into classrooms throughout South Florida. The Challenge is linked with Fairchild’s major science initiatives, including the Million Orchid Project and Growing Beyond Earth, in partnership with NASA.

The Fairchild Challenge Program Coordinator will help develop and implement all aspects of the Fairchild Challenge.

Position responsibilities include:
developing Fairchild Challenge program curriculum including pre and post materials, resources, Challenge activities and trainings that correspond to M-DCPS Pacing Guides, local and national academic standards and Common Core
coordinating detailed program logistics and event planning
maintaining communications with teachers, students, partners and administrators including daily requests for clarifications, additional information and procedures
assembling Challenge timelines, reports, and statistics on an ongoing basis that serve to document the progress and create an archival record of the program
attending to financial tasks, including budget reconciliation and program expenditures
assisting with the coordination of research and evaluation relating to the program  
developing teacher professional development and student workshops associated with the annual challenges
assisting in the development of new research initiatives as opportunities arise
communicating with and recruiting volunteers for special events and challenge evaluations

Qualified candidates should be:
• an effective communicator who is experienced in teaching and speaking to diverse groups of people
• familiar with local and national academic standards and trends in science education curriculum and development
• creative, organized, efficient and detail orientated with a strong work ethic
• a team player with a positive, can-do attitude
• comfortable using a wide range of software and online tools to gather, organize, and distribute informationan effective communicator who is experienced in teaching and speaking to diverse groups of people
• familiar with local and national academic standards and trends in science education curriculum and development
• creative, organized, efficient and detail orientated with a strong work ethic
• a team player with a positive, can-do attitude
• comfortable using a wide range of software and online tools to gather, organize, and distribute information

Minimum requirements are:
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Bachelors in Science Education, Biology or Environmental Science; Masters Preferred
• minimum of 3 years formal or informal teaching experience
• experience in grant writing and reporting
• ability to work nights and weekends
• ability to speak Spanish preferred

This position reports to the Director of Education.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Marilyn Caputo, Education Program Assistant, at mcaputo@fairchildgarden.org.

Internship Opportunities—Undergraduate

This position will assist in delivering environmental science-based educational programming to elementary and/or secondary students at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Programs run weekly during the school year from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm; must be able to commit to at least one day per week (during program hours) for fall and/or spring semester. Preference will be given to those who are available September – May.

Note: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Candidates must submit a resume, brief cover letter, and application to Amy Padolf, Director of Education.