WonderLab offers year-round salaried and hourly employment with benefits, as well as seasonal jobs, in a smoke-free and drug-free environment. The museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, number of dependents, or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.
SUMMER 2016 WONDERCAMP TEACHER
REPORTS TO: WonderCamp Director
STATUS: Part time, temporary position, approximately 30 teaching hours per full-day, week-long camp session. Each camp session is approximately 6 teaching hours per day (9 am – 4pm with a lunch break from approximately noon-1pm), Monday-Friday. Teachers may teach one or more sessions.
SALARY: $800 per week for full day, Monday - Friday camp session
BENEFITS: Free WonderLab membership, dual or basic family level; 20% discount in gift store; 50% camp fee discount for child of teacher registered for camp.
CAMP DATES: June 13-17; June 20-24; June 27 – July 1; July 11 – 15
CAMP LOCATION: University Elementary School (Monday-Thursday); WonderLab Museum (Friday)
POSITION PURPOSE: The WonderCamp Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing one or more selected WonderCamp sessions; including classroom management of campers and camper safety in the classroom and other school areas. WonderCamp’s primary purpose is to introduce children to the process of scientific inquiry in a fun, relaxed setting. Camp activities encourage children to explore, observe, test, measure, design and discover. Children may learn scientific concepts new to them, but the camp’s focus is on the science process skills of creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Camp sessions take place in air-conditioned classrooms and, as appropriate, outdoors on school grounds. All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. An experienced teacher leads each camp, with help from trained high school interns. Approximately 20 children are enrolled per camp. The WonderCamp Director and four college administrative interns are on-site for support during the camp week.
The WonderCamp Teacher reports to the WonderCamp Director and works closely with a team that also includes the Camp Director Assistants, Camp Intern Coordinator and High School Camp Interns. Camp Teachers directly supervise 4-5 high-school Camp Interns assigned to each camp session.
Key Responsibility Area: Plan and implement selected WonderCamp sessions.
Plan an age-appropriate, fun and exciting week-long camp curriculum, with focus on hands-on activities that encourage the process of scientific inquiry. Teachers will have access to prior WonderCamp curricula and lesson plans, resources of the TIS room at WonderLab and an extensive supply inventory.
- Submit lesson plans and materials lists in advance of camp, by specified deadlines, to Camp Director. WonderLab staff will purchase all specified materials and set them up in your camp classroom.
- Provide camp session information by deadline as needed to WonderCamp Director.
- Meet with Camp Director in advance of camp to go over camp philosophy, camp procedures, and session planning.
- Attend mandatory teacher meeting at WonderLab (February/March).
- During camp session, implement all aspects of your camp curriculum to provide an outstanding camper experience, both educationally and socially.
- Provide professional and friendly camp classroom management. As needed, seek the assistance of on-site Camp Director for discipline or safety concerns.
- Maintain a safe and secure environment for all campers throughout the session, in the classroom, other areas of the school and outdoors.
- Supervise and involve high-school Interns with camp activities in a positive and productive manner, to help provide an outstanding experience for campers.
- Assist with recess camper supervision, as necessary.
- Maintain clean and orderly workspace to provide an optimal learning environment.
- Follow general camp schedules and procedures.
Key Responsibility Area: Assist with evaluation of WonderCamp program.
Provide a brief written evaluation of each high school Camp Intern assigned to you (form provided).
- Provide a brief written evaluation of your experience as a Camp Teacher (form provided).
Internal: Maintain close communications with WonderCamp Director, Camp Director’s Assistant, High School Intern Coordinator, and other College Interns.
External: Maintain positive working relationship with other Camp teachers, Camp Interns, campers and families.
- Three years classroom teaching experience, or equivalent.
- Educational background, or equivalent experience, in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
- Teaching experience in informal educational settings preferred.
- Experience coordinating or supervising other members of a team.
- Experience working with youth and/or families.
- Friendly, professional and positive attitude; ability to work effectively with a variety of people.
- Proof of eligibility to work in the US.
- Valid driver’s license and own transportation to program locations.
- Three references.
Applicants should fill out the online application form (link above) or stop by the museum for a paper application and return to:
WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
Attn: Colleen Couper, WonderCamp Director
P.O. Box 996; 308 West 4th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Position is open until filled. Employees are subject to a criminal background check. WonderLab galleries, offices and grounds are smoke-free environments.
WonderLab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, number of dependents, or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, upon request.
Questions: Colleen Couper firstname.lastname@example.org (812) 337-1337 ext. 24