The Wilderness Center’s Job Postings:
Title: Education Specialist – Astronomy Program
Direct Supervisor: Education Program Manager
Location: The Wilderness Center; Wilmot, Ohio
Summary of Position:
The primary goal of this position is to help fulfill the Astronomy education component of TWC’s Mission. This position conducts educational programming in Astronomy using currently accepted science and a variety of interpretive and teaching techniques.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Programmatic – 90%
a. Provide formal youth education programming for school (private, public, home-school) and other youth groups. School programming should include all school ages and activity levels and be correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards when appropriate. Programs may be conducted on-site or off-site, evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
b. Provide informal adult, youth and family education programming for the general public which includes all age levels, diverse cultures, and a variety of activity abilities. Programs may be conducted on-site or off-site, evenings, Saturdays and Sundays
c. Provide interpretive educational displays for the Astronomy Building
d. Serve as liaison to The Wilderness Center Astronomy Club
• Design and conduct formal Planetarium and Astronomy programming for School and Youth Groups, Scouts and Homeschool as directed by the Education Manager.
• Design and conduct informal Planetarium and Astronomy programming for Sprouts, Roots & Branches and Oaks programs as directed by the Education Manager.
• Implement established programs as needed.
• Create, update and maintain interpretive displays in The Astronomy Education Building
• Attend and participate in Astronomy club meetings and events.
2. Operational – 10%
a. Docent, intern, and education specialist training and support.
c. Astronomy Education equipment maintenance and repair.
• Support Education Manager with docent, intern and education specialist scheduling, training
• Maintain and purchase supplies and equipment for Astronomy education programming.
Qualifications & Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Ability to work with the Center’s 16 inch telescope with computer-controlled tracking, digital
planetarium equipment and media and other interpretive props and devices.
• Experience teaching children and adults Astronomy topics in planetarium, classroom and outdoor
situations is preferred.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to provide excellent customer services required. Provide a helpful, friendly and courteous
disposition to clients, members, visitors, and supporters.
• Technological requirements – Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite. Familiarity with
PowerPoint, in particular, a plus.
• Physical Requirements – Naturalists are regularly required to walk long distances (up to five miles),
stand, see, speak, and hear. Required to reach, use hands to manipulate objects or tools and work in
all weather conditions. Occasionally required to lift objects up to 40 lbs., carry, bend and stoop.
• Travel requirements – Requires use of dependable personal vehicle to travel within a 75-mile radius
of The Wilderness Center. Mileage will be reimbursed.
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings, weekends and some holidays.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Commitment and adherence to Wilderness Center’s mission and core values.
The Wilderness Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to comply with all
applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, age, color, sex, religion,
national origin, or other protected classification.
The Wilderness Center can only offer unpaid internships at this time. If you are interested in an internship, please call us at 330-359-5235 for more information.