The EUREKA! is seeking a dynamic individual to further the educational growth of learners in our community while outside of the four walls in a traditional classroom. The EUREKA! Environmental Institute Director is responsible for the creation, oversight, administration, and implementation of engaging science based outdoor education and recreation programs for learners of all ages, focusing on K through 12th grade students.
o Bachelor’s Degree or higher in STEM, Outdoor Recreation / Education, Parks & Recreation, Kinesiology, Sports Management, or other related field (Master’s preferred)
o Experience leading outdoor recreation trips (3 years or more)
o Experience working with students (5 years minimum)
o Experience supervising employees (2 years minimum)
o Preferred current river guide, climbing guide, AIARE, or equivalent
o Maintain a valid Wilderness First Responder or equivalent certification
o Must have a successful outcome on a background check
o Must have a current Covid-19 immunization record
o Must have a current First Aid/CPR certification
o Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive larger vehicles including, but not limited to, 12-passenger van, 14 passenger bus, trailer, CDL not necessary
o Organizational, attention to detail, analytical, and problem-solving skills
o Working knowledge of Google Docs and MS Office is desirable
o Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in a variety of outdoor recreation activities, including, but not limited to mountain biking, camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, snowshoeing, fly fishing, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, skiing
o Develop and write high-quality NGSS aligned outdoor recreation lesson plans for Environmental Institute camps, field trips, and special events
o Deliver / teach lessons that provide students with meaningful, hands-on learning experiences
About EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
Science in the hands of kids!
EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum is a non-profit organization that was founded by John McConnell. We operate with a small employed staff and a large group of dedicated volunteers who bring math and science to life. Our Mission is to inspire a passion and respect for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in our communities.
EUREKA! has evolved from its earliest beginnings as a volunteer effort by John McConnell, teaching scientific principles to kids through hands-on demonstrations that he created. During that time the project was given the name SITHOK, which stands for “Science In The Hands Of Kids”. After reaching about 5,000 students per year, the Mesa County School District granted John a space for EUREKA!. In 2018, EUREKA! relocated to the newly-constructed Confluence Hall building on the CMU campus.