Unusual geoscientist-educator position available - Fernbank Science Centerpublished Jul 23, 2014 1:58pm
Dr. Bill Witherspoon, who is retiring, writes the following about the position:
"In my 17 years here, this job has provided the freedom to work with children, educators, and the public in the following ways:
- Teach a 15-hour geology unit to a group of about 16 ninth graders (in 12 sessions per year - one of the expectations of the job)
- Be a guest speaker in classrooms more than 100 days per year, providing hands-on and slide show geology experiences to thousands of students grades K-12 (another job expectation)
- Provide outdoor education for single classes at local geology sites, as often as 20 days per year
- Create geology field and lab workshops for teachers
- Answer "ask a geologist" questions from the general public
- Develop and teach advanced studies courses including field experiences for 11th and 12th graders (class size limited to 14)
- Accept an invitation to serve on a state Science Education Advisory Committee
- Work with exhibit designers to create geology exhibits
- Work with a graphic artist creating issues of a student science newsletter
- Learn from colleagues in nearly every area of science
This position has a two-month+ summer break, plus four weeks+ of breaks during the year. Some staff teach during summer break for additional pay; others appreciate the family time. In recent years I was able to use summer and other breaks to co-author Roadside Geology of Georgia."
The position requires an advanced geosciences degree (doctorate preferred) and K-12 experience (certificate preferred). The job's demands include maintaining a broad knowledge of the geosciences, applying energy and creativity to developing lessons, and persistently working on the flexibility and attentiveness needed to connect with a wide variety of audiences.
Pay and benefits are in a range similar to many college-level teaching positions.
Applications and resumes are submitted online at http://pats.dekalb.k12.ga.us (click on "By Locations" and expand "Fernbank Science Center").
Although the PATS posting does not specify, a geoscientist will be hired for this "instructional specialist" position.