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Education Interpreter I

South Carolina Aquarium
Charleston, United States Posted: May 10, 2024

If you think our animals are amazing, wait till you meet our people! Located along the pristine harbor in the heart of historic Charleston, the South Carolina Aquarium has been inspiring visitors for over twenty years. From our over 5,000 animals to our award-winning education team, from the Sea Turtle Care Centerâ„¢ to our conservation programs protecting local species, visitors are struck with awe and inspiration as they journey through all our exhibits, representing the mountains to the sea of South Carolina.

About the South Carolina Aquarium
  • We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums with a mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. We invite you to join the #1 visitor attraction located in one of the Top Cities in the World (Conde Nast, 2021).
  • At the South Carolina Aquarium, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity.
  • Our culture is built on having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together to increase our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission.
  • It brings us together in ways that help us stand out.
  • We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.
Job Summary:
  • This position is designed to be an ambassador for the Aquarium through a variety of on-site and off-site educational programs. Duties include participating in offsite outreaches, member programs, supporting daily education and interpretive programs and engaging with guests.
Essential Functions:
  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies
  • Provide an exceptional visitor experience for all guests
  • Engage guests through daily shows, guided tours, and gallery interpretation
  • Participate in outreach programs
  • Assist in member and community programs
  • SCA 1st Responder
  • Other duties as required
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Outstanding interpretive skills
  • Ability to work with audiences of all ages
  • Must be able to give interpretive talks to groups of 10-200 people
  • Skills needed to combine creativity, enthusiasm, and exemplary teaching methods to engage visitors in science related activities
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must be a team player and self-motivated
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor
  • Must be able to handle live animals
  • Professional image required
  • Must have a working knowledge of Aquarium exhibits and animals
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings
Licenses and Certifications Required:
  • Valid Driver's License
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED - Required to either possess or obtain prior to start date
Supervision of others:
  • N/A
Physical Requirements:
  • Often standing, carrying up to 50 lb and driving,
  • sitting;
  • average walking,
  • bending,
  • stooping,
  • crouching,
  • climbing ladders,
  • kneeling,
  • balancing,
  • pushing and pulling,
  • crawling,
  • computer and phone tasks.
Working Conditions:
  • Normal office environment,
  • public contact,
  • rotating shifts,
  • weekends and required to wear a radio;
  • outdoor work required.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.
  • They are not construed to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel classified.
  • The South Carolina Aquarium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Experience Required
  • Education and Experience Required:
  • Prefer some experience in a related field with demonstrated teamwork and interpretive skills
  • Free Parking,
  • Reciprocity Program with Local Attractions.
  • Amazing Culture...For Real!
  • $15.00/Hourly

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