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Education/Training Spec I

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Education/Training Spec I

Job No: 530728
Work Type: Staff Full-Time
Location: St. Johns
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design, Veteran's Preference Eligible
Department: 57130100 - WH-ADMINISTRATION

Job Description

Classification Title:

Education/Training Specialist I

Job Description:

This position facilitates and provides day to day oversight for a variety of Whitney Laboratory's K-12 education programs. The selected candidate coordinates, schedules, and trains Whitney Education Docents and manages the Whitney lab volunteer database. This position promotes the Whitney Laboratory Education mission in the community as appropriate, collaborates with local schools and partners to facilitate science learning and literacy, and works closely with the Education Manager on other projects as needed.

Docent Coordinator

This position is responsible for recruitment, training, and overall management of Education docents. The coordinator will schedule docents for all programs and maintain email/phone communication with docents as required. The candidate will arrange professional development opportunities in the form of lectures and outings. With the Education Manager, the coordinator will provide training workshops and materials, update manuals, maintain hours, and provide daily Docent supervision. The coordinator will ensure docents are delivering high-quality programming representative of the Whitney Laboratory that is consistent with our mission.

Program Coordinator
The Education Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of Whitney's education programs: Day at the Whitney Lab, the Traveling Zoo, Sea Turtle Camp, Science Day Camps, Simply Science programs, home learner days, in classroom kits, online education, and any additional programming added. Duties include facilitating daily program needs, which may include local travel. This position coordinates various outreach programs in support of local K-12 schools.


This position teaches within education programs when necessary. The coordinator will conduct program surveys and create new evaluations as needed. The coordinator will collaborate with the manager on designing appropriate education program evaluation metrics.

Administrative tasks

This position requires you to maintain all records of program payment, including invoicing for all programs, confirming receipt of payment, and providing receipts when needed.
This position will also be responsible for managing Whitney's volunteer database.
This position will develop and implement procedures for onboarding new volunteers to include maintaining records of trainings, updating required forms, and coordinating annual training programs to ensure policy compliance.
Additionally, you will work closely with other departments such as the Sea Turtle Hospital, Events, and Housing Coordinator, as required.

Expected Salary:

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

This position requires experience and training in informal education at a bachelor's level or higher. This position requires volunteer management experience. Excellent interpersonal, customer, and organizational skills are also essential. Experience working in a scientific environment and knowledge of Northeast Florida ecosystems helpful. Aquarist/animal husbandry experience helpful.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

This position is eligible for veteran's preference. If you are claiming veteran's preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Health Assessment Required:

Applications Close: 08 Apr 2024

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