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Learning Officer - Dynamic Earth

11 Jan 2019 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

HOURS Full time, Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:30. Some weekend and evening working may be required.

SALARY c. £20 000

SUMMARY

This is a science communication role of both formal and informal Learning programmes where you will play an active role in the delivery and further development of our Learning Programme and associated Public Engagement and Outdoor Learning activities.

In the main you will deliver different elements of the established Learning Programme in our dedicated learning spaces. You will also contribute to the development of our Earth and Environmental Science school related programmes, the production of supporting educational materials and the sourcing of teaching equipment and resources. The current development focus for our schools programme is around digital learning and making so relevant skills and an interest in this area would be advantageous.   

In addition, you will assist in the delivery and development of the Outdoor Learning Programme and play a key delivery role in Public Engagement activities. This includes in-house delivery as well as supporting outreach activity in locations across Scotland. 

You will be an integral member of a small but dynamic team where you will work, in part, to a determined schedule and in part on projects where self-management is required.

MAIN DUTIES

DELIVERING AND DEVELOPING THE SCHOOLS PROGRAMME:

  • Delivering workshops, storytelling and other activities in line with the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Coordinating school groups visiting the centre
  • Developing new content for the Schools Programme Delivering and developing activities both as in-reach and outreach

DELIVERING AND DEVELOPING THE PUBLIC PROGRAMME:

  • Delivering workshops, activities, shows to public, community and families.
  • Developing the Public Programme. Delivering and developing activities in the main as in-reach with some outreach.

THROUGHOUT THIS, YOU WILL:

  • Work to ensure all learning activities are delivered to a consistently high standard with scientific integrity as core.
  • Work with schools and other stakeholders to ensure the full potential of the Learning Service is achieved.
  • Liaise with professionals to ensure the Learning Programme is current and reflects the latest in research and information.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Working with schools, community and public to engage participants in Earth and environmental sciences within our local environment of Holyrood Park.
  • Assisting in the delivery and development of Outdoor Learning activities.
  • Contributing to the preparation of supporting Learning materials and the Marketing and Learning section of the website.
  • Liaising with teachers and other educational representatives/organisations and soliciting feedback to ensure the Schools Programme and educational resources are focused, relevant, topical and appropriately targeted to the curriculum.
  • Ensuring that all educational equipment and resources are properly maintained and that usage is properly recorded and managed.
  • Supporting the Learning Bookings Officer in dealing with learning and group enquiries.
  • Contributing to the development of the Dino’s Dynamos children’s club as required.
  • Attending education exhibitions, conferences and presentations as required.
  • Updating your own knowledge of the material interpreted within the centre and the curriculum, on an ongoing basis in order to deliver the highest quality Learning Programme.
  • Ensuring that correct budgetary control, invoicing and follow up procedures are followed, in conjunction with other departments.
  • Any other duties as required.

Person Specification:

You must be enthusiastic, warm and friendly with outstanding communication skills and a genuine interest in the charitable aims of Dynamic Earth and informal science learning. You must be pro-active and be able to take responsibility for your own work load. 

 

Experience and Qualifications:

Essential

  • Educated to degree level in a science discipline, preferably in the field of Earth and Environmental or physical science
  • Experience of delivering science learning to a range of audiences
  • Experience of developing learning resources and activities
  • Clear understanding of Dynamic Earth’s mission and the various activities that support this

Desirable

  • Computer programing and coding skills
  • Interest in/experience of developing and/or delivering digital learning content and activities
  • Confidence in leading groups in the outdoors
  • A working understanding of the needs and interests of teachers and schools
  • Knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence
  • Clean current driving license.

Please apply via CV and covering letter to Anna Danby anna.danby@dynamicearth.co.uk

Deadline for applications Sunday 3rd February 2019

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