Science Education Training Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Science Education Training Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in teaching science, designing curriculum and teacher training is needed to support the Q?rios (Curious) program at the Punta Culebra Nature Center (PCNC), the main visitor center for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). PCNC focuses its efforts in interpreting the scientific investigations of STRI, awaken curiosity, and inspire learning about science and nature through our exhibits and exceptional education – and in turn, help our biodiverse planet. The curriculum and design plan for the Q?rios program have already been created as part of a previous grant from the US Embassy. Curriculum is being applied in a temporary exhibit space in PCNC, but further implementation and evaluation are required to continue to improve the program before the opening of the new space. New education material and programing will need to be created to compliment the current program. With the support of an experienced Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV), the program could be evaluated, revitalized, improved with innovation, creativity can be included, and docents can replicate those ideas in future activities.

The Science Education Training Specialist will work to implement, evaluate, revitalize, and include some updated lesson plans to the current Q?rios program at PCNC. The PCRV will also support in training the PCNC docent team in new teaching methods and training them to deliver any new and updated lessons. The goal of this assignment is for the Q?rios program to be evaluated, revitalized, and improved with innovation, allowing docents to replicate those ideas in future activities.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Required Skills

o Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a college or university in science, environmental education or equivalent experience
o Ability to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people fluently in both English and Spanish in a multicultural environment
o 2-3 years of experience in curriculum/lesson plan development, giving informal science and/or environmental education programs, and designing and delivering trainings
o 2-3 years of experience working with inquiry-based pedagogy and instructional strategies, and use of educational technology for digital natives
o 2-3 years of experience working with children in elementary, middle and/or high school level
o Demonstrates a positive and team-oriented attitude, and acts in a professional and appropriate way at all times
o Confident, solution-focused, and skilled at handling varied and often complicated situations, working well independently as well as with a diverse team at all levels of an organization
o Proficient in Microsoft Office

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Panama

  • Panama may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Panama, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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