CHICAGO HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY POSITION DESCRIPTION
TITLE: Instructor, College First Program
PURPOSE: To deliver a hands on-summer science enrichment program for Chicago Public School students in grades 11-12. The instructor will design and deliver an informal science curriculum with emphasis on outdoor field investigations, and oversee student mentorship assignments and individual research projects.
College First is a high-school internship at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It is a paid internship for six weeks during the summer and monthly meetings during the school year. A school bus provides transportation from designated stops starting as early as 7 a.m. to bring students to the Garden by 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students leave the Garden at 3 p.m. each day. Students are eligible to receive college credit through Wilbur Wright, one of the city colleges of Chicago.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
1. Work with a co-instructor to teach a curriculum emphasizing environmental science and inquiry process, appropriate for middle school level.
2. Help plan and conduct weekly field trips to supplement the science curriculum and emphasize careers and college.
3. Lead daily outdoor science investigations that utilize the display gardens and natural areas on-site at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
4. Guide student independent research investigations, which they will present to the public at the end of the session.
5. Supervise students during work with mentors and coordinate with mentors to facilitate a positive experience.
6. Act as a liaison with staff at Wilbur Wright, to submit grades and other paperwork.
7. Assist with other program activities as necessary.
DEPARTMENT: School of the Chicago Botanic Garden
REPORTS TO: Manager of Secondary Education
SUPERVISES: Students in the Science First program
POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Be available to work/teach for 37.5 hours/week from June 24 through August 14, 2013. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years combined experience teaching science in either formal and/or informal education settings to high school or middle school-aged students, ability to conduct outdoor field and conservation science activities, and familiarity with computer technology. Master's degree in environmental science, biology, or related field is required.
Chicago Botanic Garden
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