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Story Garden Assistant (part-time, seasonal)

Position Description

The Discovery Center is seeking an experienced gardening assistant with a strong work ethic and positive attitude to help maintain the Museum’s 2-acre Story Garden and grounds in cooperation with the Story Garden Supervisor. This position is ideal for someone with experience in gardening or landscaping, who enjoys working outdoors.

Responsibilities
• Work outdoors and be prepared to work in challenging weather conditions (heat, rain, etc.).
• Experience using power equipment such as weed whackers, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc.
• Basic knowledge of landscaping concepts.
• Task oriented.
• Willing to interact with the public and answer visitor questions.
• Hands-on tasks include garbage removal, leaf raking, planting, weeding, pruning, deadheading, trimming and maintenance of trees, shrubs and perennials, mulching and edging planting beds, watering and fertilizing plant material, etc.
• General clean-up
• Other duties as assigned.
This is a part-time, seasonal, nonexempt position and reports to the Director of Exhibits/Visitor Services.

Required Skills/Experience
• 1 year demonstrated experience working with plants and using various equipment such pruners, handsaw, chainsaw, hedge trimmers and backpack sprayer
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Proven ability to thrive in a fast paced environment.
• Must be able to work independently and exhibit initiative to solve problems.
• Must have a valid NY drivers’ license.

Physical Demands & Work Environment
The physical demands and 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 the essential functions of this position. Physical requirements include stooping, kneeling, bending, standing, squatting/crouching, crawling/kneeling, pushing/pulling, climbing (ladders) and reaching above the shoulders and lifting of up to 50 lbs. Lifting and transporting of moderately heavy objects, such as wheelbarrows, equipment, planters, etc will be required.

Compensation

  • $10.40/hour

Application Information
• Please send a resume and three (3) professional references to: director@TheDiscoveryCenter.org

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.


Visitor Services Staff
Position Description
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier seeks Gallery Aides to actively engage visitors to enhance their experience while maintaining museum standards, communicating museum offerings, programs and services, and ensuring the safety of visitors.

Responsibilities
• Inform visitors about The Discovery Center’s current and upcoming events.
• Actively engage visitors to enhance their experience and respond promptly to their needs.
• Constantly circulate in assigned areas and be alert to visitors’ needs.
• Organize, clean and monitor exhibits to ensure they are presentable and safe. Report any part of an exhibit that is not working properly.
• Share information about membership opportunities and actively communicate these opportunities to visitors.
• Facilitate and/or aid in the execution of various programs developed by the Events Department.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Experience
• 1+ year of experience working with children in an educational setting or in the hospitality
industry.
• Must be friendly, approachable, and self-motivated.
• Must have ability to participate effectively in teams.

Compensation
• $10.40/hour

Schedule
• Varies, Hourly, Reports to Director of Visitor Services
• Must be able to work weekends

Physical Demands & Work Environment
The physical demands and 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 the essential functions of this position. Physical requirements include stooping, kneeling, bending, standing, squatting/crouching, crawling/kneeling, pushing/pulling, climbing (ladders) and reaching above the shoulders and lifting of up to 50 lbs.

Application Information
Please apply online (click here) or in person at 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton, NY 13903.

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

 


Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Position Description/Responsibilities

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier seeks a Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher to develop and implement educational programs in a preschool setting for 4 year old children.  In this role, you will create lesson plans and syllabi for a classroom of up to twenty one (21) children.  You will be responsible for consistently monitoring all children to ensure safety.  The afternoon session in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom is a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program sponsored by the Binghamton City School District.  The UPK program follows a kindergarten readiness curriculum supplied by the BCSD and State of New York.

The ideal candidate will be creative, a team player, have an ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and have an understanding of issues that may arise with young children.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will have proven experience in planning curriculum for and management of a preschool classroom.

Required Skills/Experience

  • NYS Early Childhood Teacher (Birth – Grade 2) Certificate

OR
NYS Students with Disabilities (Birth – Grade 2) Certificate
OR
Bachelor’s degree in ECE or a related field AND have a written five year plan for becoming certified

  • Knowledge of lesson planning, development and implementation
  • Classroom management skills for preschool age children

Desired Skills/Experience

  • 5+ years of teaching experience
  • 2+ years of curriculum development

Compensation

  • Commensurate with experience

Schedule

  • Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-3:30PM during the school year (September-June) with breaks for holidays
  • This position is nonexempt and reports to the Director of Education

Application Information

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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