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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Position Description

Position Title: Education Specialist

Reports To: Public Programs Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

Date Last Revised: April 2017

Summary: ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO is a dynamic learning and teaching community committed to engaging diverse public audiences in dialogue; providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences to guests; and inspiring environmental stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling good humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, creatures, and guests.

The Education Specialist supports the development and delivery of the guest experience at ECHO, while specializing in the support and development of preschool audiences. Responsibilities include delivery of daily programs, floor management, coordination of seasonal festivals, and support of ECHO’s Early Science Initiative. The position ensures a high-quality educational experience by working closely with volunteers, interns, floor staff, and preschool partners. The successful applicant will be a dynamic presenter, detail-oriented, demonstrate strong interpersonal and program development skills, and have previous experience working with science content and early learners.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervise and mentor activities of education volunteers and interns to include; assigning, reviewing and evaluating daily tasks and project work.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate volunteers, interns, and staff to deliver an outstanding daily guest experience.

  • Deliver educational presentations and activities to guests ages 0 -100 with a special focus on preschool audiences.

  • Work with the Public Programs Manager to create trainings and processes that facilitate the development of volunteer/interns.

  • Work with the Education Team to develop new public presentations, early science programs,  and festivals

  • Help manage program materials and resupply of consumables.

  • Work with other departments to coordinate and communicate floor and program needs.

  • Assist in planning and delivery of public festivals.

  • Assist in daily floor closure and clean-up.

  • Greet and orient visitor groups.

  • Maintain participant database and communications.

  • Coordinate grant-related data, such as contact lists, program evaluations, and online analytics.

  • Other duties and special projects assigned as needed.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education or STEM field.

  • 2+ years experience building and delivering memorable learning experiences.

  • Early childhood (ages 2 – 5) teaching experience.

Job Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional public presentation skills.

  • Knowledge of educational theory and practice, especially in informal science education.

  • Fluent in Microsoft Office, Google Apps.

  • Understanding of and ability to troubleshoot AV technology.

  • Enthusiasm for working with learners of all ages.

  • Experience in program development.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic team setting.

  • Strong interest and skills in mentoring volunteers and interns.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.

  • Committed to ongoing cultural competence.

  • Able to work a 40-hour/week schedule, including weekend and holiday shifts.


The position requires a Sunday – Thursday work schedule through the summer switching to a Tuesday – Saturday work schedule for the school year with occasional holiday shifts as part of a 40-hour/week commitment. This position and hours are guaranteed through September 15, 2019.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work is performed partially on the museum floor and in a regular office setting. The Public Programs Coordinator must be able to be physically active on the museum floor for several hours at a time. The position also requires the individual to effectively communicate subject matter to ECHO guests.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and professional growth opportunities.

Application Instructions: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume and cover letter to ECHO Job Search. Please put Education Specialist in the subject line of the email and send to:

Application Deadline:  Friday, May 12, 2017


Job Details

  • Position Type: Program
  • Location: Chittenden County
  • Employment Type/ Status: Full Time