The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneer's collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.
The LabVenture Program brings over 10,000 5th or 6th grade students in the state of Maine, from all 16 counties to the Cohen Center for Interactive Learning (CCIL) for a two-and-a-half-hour hands-on science experience. The LabVenture Visit Manager will be responsible for up to six 2.5 hour in-person programs each week as well as virtual programming as needed. This position will manage a small team of LabVenture Educators who collectively run daily operations of the program including welcoming students, delivering/leading student presentations/discussions, assisting students while they conduct research at their multitouch research tables, monitoring for and troubleshooting errors, monitoring “chats,” and operating the "behind-the-scenes" technology.
Each student group is different and dynamic, necessitating extraordinary skills in preparation, improvisation, and response to the audience. A comfort with technology is a must for both in-person and virtual programs. The LabVenture Visit Manger is responsible for the success of day-to-day operations of the LabVenture program. In addition to LabVenture programming, educators will play a role in the larger Education team spend approximately 10-20% of their time collaborating and supporting the Education goals including put not limited to facilitating teacher professional development, curriculum creation and review, program evaluation, etc. The LabVenture staff is a collaborative and creative team that works together to build, grow, and evolve the LabVenture learning experience. The team is driven by big ideas and has big goals. In addition to the day-to-day operations of the CCIL and student visits, this position will spend approximately 8 hours a week collaborating with and supporting program efforts across the Education department focused on evaluating, extending, and deepening student learning and supporting classroom teachers to provide authentic science experiences. The Visit Manager will also work with other Education program managers to balance tasks, workloads, and schedules across programs.
- Supervision of LabVenture Educators.
- Staff scheduling for student facing programing.
- Fostering skill growth for the LabVenture team.
Resource creation, dissemination, and evaluation
- Content and CCIL space development, testing, and editing.
- Provides feedback for new curriculum content development.
- Assists with (or leads) assessment and evaluation of LabVenture program.
- Fosters relationships with teachers from around the state.
- Supports teacher and student facing initiatives across education programs.
- Assists with new projects as necessary.
- Leading up to six 2.5 hour in-person programs per week in coordination with other Educators.
- Preparing CCIL materials and supplies for school visits.
- Leading virtual programs in coordination with team.
- Supervising students and providing technical assistance as needed during in person and virtual programs.
- Maintains positive teacher-student relations with groups coming to CCIL.
- CCIL maintenance, upkeep, and upgrades.
- Ordering and monitoring of program supplies.
- Assuring responsible daily husbandry of the CCIL exhibit tank system.
- Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline or in environmental or science education.
- Minimum of five years of relevant work experience, including leading technology-rich and/or science focused programming for students at or near middle school age.
- Comfort delivering education programs using sophisticated technology.
- Ability to work a regular schedule in our building in Portland.
- Successful candidate will be required to complete a background check.
- Strong communication skills in person, on phone, and in writing.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with coworkers, teachers, and others.
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills including a strong attention to detail, consistency, and follow-through.
Other Preferred Qualifications
- A passion for science education and interest in ocean science
- Familiarity with national best practices in STEM teaching and learning
- Curiosity and eagerness to be innovative, incorporate best practices, and meet organizational and audience needs
- Experience with or willingness to learn about larger aquarium systems
- Experience working with and troubleshooting hardware and software products.
Diversity and Inclusion
Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a long-standing policy and commitment to providing equal access and equal employment opportunities in all terms, conditions, processes, and benefits of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. GMRI's employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
Applicants and employees are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify their race/ethnicity, gender, disability status and veteran status to assist GMRI in fulfilling various data reporting requirements of the federal government. This self-identification is completely voluntary, will be kept confidential and separate from your application data, and used only to meet federal reporting requirements. Providing or declining to provide this information will not result in adverse action of any kind.
Salary and Benefits
Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Other Benefits of Position
- Working with a cutting-edge education team and world class research staff.
- Knowledge in incorporating technology with education inside and outside of classroom settings.
- Skills in translating science for middle school and general audiences.
- Skills in creating and delivering interactive and dynamic presentations.
- Networking with middle school educators throughout Maine.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Questions should be referred to jobs [at] gmri.org. However, we will not accept resumes sent to this address.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.