Youth Programs Manager, Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Organization: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, University of California Santa Cruz

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Type of opportunity:

The Youth Programs Manager has full responsibility for the ongoing student/youth/teacher education program at Long Marine Lab’s Seymour Center. The Seymour Center is part of Long Marine Laboratory, a marine research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Under the general direction of the Seymour Center Director, the Youth Programs Manager has overall responsibility for developing, managing, and presenting K-12 and community college school programs, organized and informal youth education programs including an extensive summer day camp program, and teacher/youth group leader education. This includes developing marine science curricula and materials; training, supervising, and mentoring staff assistants, volunteers, and interns; developing and managing budgets; and program administration such as database management, participant registration, marketing and communications for youth programs. The Youth Programs Manager also serves as an integral education team member at the Seymour Center.

The overriding responsibility of the Youth Programs Manager is to ensure both organized and informal school/youth/teacher groups visiting the Seymour Center receive an excellent educational experience, emphasizing research in progress at Long Marine Lab and within the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or closely related field.
  • 3-5 years demonstrated experience developing and implementing Marine Science programs for K-14 school and other youth groups.
  • Strong ability to engage children and adults in effective science education activities in classroom and field.
  • Demonstrated supervisory/leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with volunteers, including training, day-to-day management, coaching, evaluation, and recognition.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, planning, and presenting teacher workshops.
  • Demonstrated curriculum development skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating hands-on activities, including props and manipulatives.
  • Excellent knowledge of Central California marine science and natural history.
  • Understanding and appreciation of current marine research.
  • Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Common Core State Standards.
  • Ability to develop relationships and foster partnerships with teachers and school district administrators, and with university faculty and researchers.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent group management and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills; detail oriented.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently; ability to work well in teams.
  • Experience in budget development/management.
  • Ability to create, inventory and maintain program materials in good working order.
  • Comfortable in and around water, including rivers, oceans, and pools.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience with children in outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, tidepooling, swimming, hiking, and overnight camping.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; database use, calendaring, and communication programs.  Start and end dates:

Salary/pay: Starting Salary Range: $3,758-$5,262/monthly. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This position is eligible for full benefits.

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How to apply: Follow the instructions here.

Application deadline: November 29, 2015