Insect Biodiversity Center Education Program Specialist

When March 1, 2021 9:00 PM to April 15, 2021 10:00 PM

Where University Park, PA

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Penn State Insect Biodiversity Center Education Program Specialist Position

As a new position, the Education Program Specialist of the Insect Biodiversity Center (IBC) will be responsible for developing and implementing new and existing educational and experiential programs for the public, K-12 groups, undergraduate students, and other stakeholders. These programs will leverage and support research activities of Insect Biodiversity Center faculty, students, and staff. These programs will primarily be offered through The Arboretum at Penn State's Pollinator and Bird Garden, a new 3.5-acre garden which will open to the public in spring 2021. The Program's Coordinator Education Program Specialist will work directly with the IBC's Director of Pollinator Programs, Arboretum staff, and Center faculty, to develop, publicize, coordinate, and execute mission-related classes, workshops, events, and other experiences in the Arboretum, as well as other venues such as the Frost Entomological Museum and the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. Entrepreneurial initiative and ability to integrate well with the Arboretum team will be key attributes. This new position is part of the plan to grow educational programming and resources for research activities at the Arboretum through the Insect Biodiversity Center. This is a fixed term position funded for one year from date of hire with an excellent possibility of refunding. 

The position will be at the University Park campus of Penn State. The 13-square-mile campus is home to more than 46,000 graduate, professional, and undergraduate students and more than 12,000 full time employees (faculty and staff). University Park is pedestrian and bike-friendly and features a mix of historic classroom buildings, modern architecture, and beautiful landscaping. State College is a quintessential college town with a diverse population that offers residents many of the amenities of a larger urban environment, including a vibrant athletics program and performing arts community. State College is surrounded by multiple state parks which provide ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, and is within a few hours' drive of New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. State College is consistently ranked among the nation's most livable cities.


  • Together with Arboretum staff, develop and deliver outdoor place-based educational programming including workshops, courses, tours on pollinators and insect biodiversity for diverse audiences, including the public, K-12 groups, undergraduate students, adult learners, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and disseminate informational materials about different themes and sub-gardens within the Garden through print and digital media
  • Contribute and integrate pollinator-related information to Arboretum's searchable database of all the plants in the Pollinator and Bird Garden
  • Coordinate with research partners (Insect Biodiversity Center, Center for Pollinator Research, Center for Immersive Experiences, Penn State Herbarium, College of Education) on developing resources and programs
  • Create and archive series of articles/videos describing seasonal patterns in insect and plant communities at the Arboretum, to promote the Arboretum and ultimately generate a comprehensive visitors' guide
  • Work with Arboretum staff and Insect Biodiversity Center members to create and offer new programming for Pollinator Week
  • Assist in monitoring insect and plant community across season and years using standard scientific practices

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) with 2 years of experience in Entomology, Ecology, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Recreation/Parks/Tourism Management, or another relevant field of study
  • Experience in scientific communication and educational program planning, development, oversight, and budgeting
  • Experience working with and leading teams
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects, prioritize, and operate successfully in a fast-paced work setting

The following background checks must be successfully completed for this position: 

This position will require successful completion of standard background checks.


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