Volunteer Opportunities at PRI

Internship Opportunities at PRI

About the organization: PRI's Museum of the Earth is a major new natural history museum in Ithaca, NY dedicated to high quality education on the history of the Earth and its life. The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), founded in 1932, is a dynamic fast-moving institution with one of the largest research collections of fossils in North America and an active education program. PRI promotes science literacy through hands-on inquiry-based programs.


Positions Available

Teacher Professional Development Coordinator

This position is funded over the next five years by a National Science Foundation grant to develop teacher professional development resources to help secondary school science teachers use real-world regional and local Earth system science as the focus of an inquiry-based, systems approach to teaching Earth science. The project expands upon existing "Teacher-Friendly Guides" to Earth science of the Northeastern and Southeastern U.S., creating Guides and teacher resources for each of five other regions of the U.S.

The position involves two related means of coordinating teacher participation in the project: (1) organizing logistics of workshops and ongoing teacher support, working collaboratively in each of the five regions with secondary school teachers in advisory panels and workshops; (2) management of online resources and interactive tools associated with the project website (which will be created by an outside vendor). The online resources will include the Teacher-Friendly Guides themselves, together with an associated virtual fieldwork database and a variety of other tools for teacher interaction and learning.

Qualifications: Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills required. Experience in secondary school science education, in use of online collaborative tools, and website development very helpful. Should have passion for Earth system science, Earth science education, and best practices in teacher professional development. This position is best for someone who enjoys using web-based technology, would enjoy organizing workshops, and has the capacity for traveling to numerous meetings and conferences. Salary within the range $30,000-$39,000, depending on experience. Position will begin by summer 2008 or earlier.

About the organization: PRI has an active and growing outreach program in Earth system science education. In 2003 PRI opened the Museum of the Earth, a major natural history museum in Ithaca, NY. The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), founded in 1932, is a dynamic fast-moving institution with one of the largest research collections of fossils in North America. More information about PRI can be found at www.priweb.org and www.museumoftheearth.org. Ithaca is home to Cornell University (with which PRI is affiliated), Ithaca College, and numerous cultural organizations, and is set in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of rural Upstate New York.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, and a list of three references (including address, phone number, and e-mail address) by email to rmr16@cornell.edu or by mail to: Associate Director for Outreach, Paleontological Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed until position is filled.

 

Post-doctoral position available

Teacher Professional Development Post-doctoral Fellowship in Earth System Sciences

Description: The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has an upcoming opening for a Teacher Professional Development Coordinator in Earth system science.

This position is funded for two years of a five-year National Science Foundation grant to develop teacher professional development resources to help secondary school science teachers use real-world regional and local Earth system science as the focus of an inquiry-based, systems approach to teaching Earth science. The project expands upon existing "Teacher-Friendly Guides" to Earth science of the Northeastern and Southeastern U.S., creating Guides for five other regions of the U.S. and associated resources such as online virtual fieldwork database and tools for teacher interaction and collaboration.

The position involves applying current research in teacher professional development and science education to all components of the project, particularly the Teacher-Friendly Guides. This involves (1) working on the pedagogical design of the Teacher-Friendly Guides and associated online resources, (2) integrating current understandings of pedagogical content knowledge in Earth system science, (3) helping design an ongoing teacher online learning community, and (4) helping coordinate and implement external evaluation procedures.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in science education, preferably with emphasis in teacher professional development. Special knowledge of secondary school science education, online learning communities help. Should have interest in applying knowledge to best practices in Earth system science education.  Position can begin as early as July 2008.

About the organization: PRI has an active and growing outreach program in Earth system science education. In 2003 PRI opened the Museum of the Earth, a major natural history museum in Ithaca, NY. The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), founded in 1932, is a dynamic fast-moving institution with one of the largest research collections of fossils in North America. More information about PRI can be found at www.priweb.org and www.museumoftheearth.org. Ithaca is home to Cornell University (with which PRI is affiliated), Ithaca College, and numerous cultural organizations, and is set in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of rural Upstate New York.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, and a list of three references (including address, phone number, and e-mail address) by email to rmr16@cornell.edu or by mail to: Director of Education, Paleontological Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Applications will be accepted and reviewd until position is filled.

PRI -- CNC Collaborations Coordinator

Description: The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) seeks an individual to develop, coordinate, and implement educational programming for PRI's Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center (CNC). This position will capitalize on the complementary strengths of these two organizations, both located in Ithaca, NY, to offer high-quality natural history programming to central New York audiences. This programming will focus especially on Earth system history and processes, including the evolution of landscapes and ecosystems.

The overall responsibility of this position is to create collaborations between PRI and CNC and to foster a dynamic, interactive learning environment within the Museum and the Cayuga Nature Center that maintains both high standards of educational quality and high visitorship. Main job responsibilities include expanding summer and school vacation day-camp programs of both CNC and PRI, creating collaborations for teacher professional-development programs, public and school group outreach programs, creating a "field guide" to the CNC property, and developing other areas for collaboration between these two organizations.

The PRI-CNC Collaborations Coordinator works during peak visitation of public facilities of CNC and PRI (regular schedule of Tuesday-Saturday) and on some holidays and special events. This position reports to the Director of Public Programs and works closely with staff and volunteers at both the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree required. Advanced degree in an area of natural sciences, museum studies, outdoor interpretation, or related field preferred. Minimum of 2 years experience in museum education or similar informal education venue preferred. The ideal candidate has broad interests in Earth systems and the evolution of Earth and life, a passion for informal education, excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience working with diverse audiences. Candidate should be a dynamic instructor, with excellent interpersonal skills and be comfortable with hands-on, inquiry-based education. Candidates should have reliable transportation (travel reimbursed) for commuting between sites and to outreach programs.

Position begins May 2008.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, and a list of three references (including address, phone number, and e-mail address) by email to sls255@cornell.edu or by mail to: Director of Public Programs, Paleontological Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Please apply by March 21st. Additional questions can be addressed to Samantha Sands at 607-273-6623, ext. 22 or sands@museumoftheearth.org.

Global change and evolution projects manager

Description: The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) seeks an individual to manage the global change project and paleontological research partnership project at the PRI and its Museum of the Earth. PRI educational programming makes accessible the history of life on Earth, the processes by which the Earth system works, and the science by which we understand it.

The goal of PRI's paleontological research partnership projects is to engage classes of precollege students in authentic research to improve teaching and learning on Earth and life processes, such as evolution, sedimentation, and geologic time. Specifically, the position will work in collaboration with the Cornell Dept of Education on the NSF-funded project "Fossil Finders," curricula for 5th to 9th grade students centered around high resolution study of middle Devonian faunas of upstate New York. The position involves collection, curation, and shipping of samples, data management, and coordination with teachers participating in the project.

The goal of PRI's global change project is to help audiences of all ages and backgrounds understand the science behind human understanding of human impacts on climate change, biodiversity loss, and other large scale environmental issues. The position involves expanding and maintaining PRI's global change website, working with exhibits staff on associated Museum of the Earth exhibits, and working with other education staff on organizing guest speakers for public presentations, school presentations, publications, and other forms of outreach.

The two aspects of the position (research partnerships and global change) will receive approximately equal effort. The position will involve some travel, primarily around upstate New York State, for sample collection and presentations. This position will report to the Director of Public Programs and work closely with other PRI education and exhibits staff, with the Fossil Finders group in the Cornell Dept of Education, and with the PRI collections staff.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree (or higher) required in Earth sciences or related area of natural history; strong content knowledge in some combination of Earth sciences, evolutionary biology, and paleontology stongly preferred. Experience in science education, museums, curation, and/or research helpful. The ideal candidate will have interpersonal skills and strong skills in organization and project management.  This position may especially appeal to entry level or early career candidates passionate about science education and public understanding of the nature of science. Candidates should have reliable transportation (travel reimbursed) for sample collection, outreach, and meetings.

About the organization: PRI has an active and growing outreach program in Earth system science education. In 2003 PRI opened the Museum of the Earth, a major natural history museum in Ithaca, NY. The Paleontological Research Institution, founded in 1932, is a dynamic fast-moving institution with one of the largest research collections of fossils in North America. More information about PRI can be found at www.priweb.org and www.museumoftheearth.org. Ithaca is home to Cornell University (with which PRI is affiliated), Ithaca College, and numerous cultural organizations, and is set in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of rural Upstate New York.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, and a list of three references (including address, phone number, and e-mail address) to: Director of Public Programs, Paleontological Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, U.S.A.

Please apply by March 21st. Additional questions can be addressed to Rob Ross at 607-273-6623, ext. 18 and rmr16@cornell.edu, or Samantha Sands at ext 22 or sands@museumoftheearth.org.

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