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Education Assistant

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge

Part Time
Posted November 12, 2020

Education Assistant

Reports to: Director of Education Programs

Status: Part-Time

Compensation: $16


Who we are:
Located on Jefferson County Open Space, Dinosaur Ridge is one of the most important paleontology sites on Earth. Our globally iconic site has been ranked by paleontologists as the #1 dinosaur track site in the nation, and one of the most important in the world. Dinosaur Ridge typically draws almost 250,000 annual visitors to our outdoor museum to view approximately 300 dinosaur tracks still preserved on the sandstone slope. Dinosaur Ridge was also the site of the first Stegosaurus discovery on earth and was designated National Natural Landmark (a subunit of the National Park Service) in 1973. The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989 with the purpose of preserving the fossils on Dinosaur Ridge and educating the public about the natural history of the area. Our mission was later expanded to include the fossil sites at Triceratops Trail in Golden, Colorado.


Who you are:

In the role of Education Assistant, you will primarily be responsible for assisting with the delivery of engaging science-based education programs at Dinosaur Ridge for a variety of audiences including schools, families and adults. Programs include outdoor tours and visitor-center based education programs, as well as virtual programs. You will also be responsible for planning and coordinating 3-6 travel and field programs each year for members and supporters of the organization.  Additional responsibilities include assisting with the implementation of a new learning management system, supporting educational events, and managing our onsite specimen collection.


Your program delivery will include dynamic inquiry-based teaching and interpretation skills that inspire awe, wonder, and learning. Your communications with external and internal parties will involve effective email, phone, and interpersonal skills. You will use hands-on props, narratives, and creative education techniques to engage participants in learning and to make personal connections. Your approach will be one of accuracy, efficiency, and professionalism. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong people skills, excellent verbal communication, genuine ability to get along with coworkers and external organizational representatives, and of course enthusiasm about nature, science, and dinosaurs!


We anticipate this part-time position work 20 hours per week and will allocate their time approximately:

  • Leading school and scheduled education programs (in-person and virtual) – 45%
  • Coordinating travel and field programs – 25%
  • Assisting with education events and other tours – 10%
  • Assisting with implementation and management of Learning Management System – 10%
  • Specimen Collections Management – 5%
  • Administrative tasks, including attending meetings or staff trainings – 5%


Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in science field, with coursework in paleontology and earth science
  • Minimum of one year working in, or teaching in, an interactive inquiry-based program for school, family, and/or adult audiences, preferably in an outdoor or museum setting
  • Experience managing a Museum Specimen Collection
  • Effective and professional oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Available to work 3-5 days per week, including occasional weekends and holidays
  • Able to work and walk around outside in a variety of weather conditions for 4+ hours
  • Proficiency in MS365 and adaptability to learn other computer programs
  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • Age 25+ with a Valid Colorado Driver’s License and verifiable safe driving record
  • Values diverse perspectives and work-styles
  • Team-oriented and consistently demonstrates positive values in work habits
  • Passion for the mission of Dinosaur Ridge


Admired, but not Required, Qualities:

  • Degree in Paleontology or Geology
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Outdoor or environmental education experience
  • Virtual program development & delivery experience
  • Experience working with learning management systems


To Apply:

Email your resume and letter of interest to Erin.Lacount@dinoridge.org


Equal Opportunity Employer

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, volunteers, and guests. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on job requirements, individual performance, and business needs.

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