CERES Education – Energy Education Coordinator

Are you a passionate educator looking for a vibrant and diverse new challenge? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people, and empower the youth of today to become the environmental champions of tomorrow?

Then this is for you! Come and join the amazing CERES Education team and help us change the world!

We are looking for someone who:
  • Can manage a thriving energy education program; including interactive renewable energy displays, a Mobile Energy Classroom & EcoHouse
  • Will develop our brand new, world-leading Human Powered Classroom
  • Has the passion and ability to engage and excite people about our bright alternative energy future
Read on for details about how to apply.

Position Description

About CERES

CERES ‐ Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies ‐ is an award‐winning, not-for‐profit, environment park and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. Once a landfill site and wasteland, today CERES is a thriving, vibrant community. With over 350,000 members of the public, and school student visits a year, CERES is the most visited environmental education centre in Australia.

CERES includes: local and community projects (community gardens and site groups); community food system (propagation, market gardens); not‐for‐profit enterprises (restaurant, café, nursery, market, and CERES Fair Food delivery); educational programs (environmental and cultural, both on site and in schools); accredited training and work experience programs; workshops and courses for adults and children; festivals, functions and venue hire; and an active volunteer program.

More information about CERES Education can be found at http://sustainability.ceres.org.au/welcome/

About the Position

The Energy Education Coordinator is an integral part CERES Education’s Excursions and Incursions Team. The Coordinator is not only in charge of the maintenance and development of Energy Education programs, but supports all team members including other coordinators, educators, administration staff and site maintenance team. The Energy Education Coordinator works closely with the Education Manager, who has overall responsibility for the CERES Excursions and Incursions team and its activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate CERES Energy Education Programs
  • Monitor the success of Energy Excursion programs e.g. feedback from schools and CERES educators.
  • Improve the quality of existing education programs and introduce new programs, as appropriate
  • Assist in the maintenance and development the CERES Education travelling classroom (known as the Mobile Energy Classroom).
  • Key development and maintenance role in CERES new education building known as The Human Powered Classroom.
  • Perform maintenance on Energy teaching spaces and equipment e.g. Fossil Fuels classroom, Energy Park teaching spaces, Human Powered Classroom, EcoHouse, Mobile Energy Classroom etc.
  • Supervise, train and assist casual CERES educators and help with the daily planning of Excursions and where appropriate, Incursions.
  • maintain safety and cleanliness of teaching areas and equipment and ensure adequate supplies of teaching materials
  • Keep up-to-date with new developments in sustainability and environmental education programs
  • Liaise with and report to external organisations, in conjunction with the Excursions Manager
  1. Education Delivery
  • Deliver a range of CERES Excursion and Incursion programs, to visitors of all ages, on a regular basis
  • Present at conferences and workshops.
  • Run CERES Education stalls at festivals and events.
  • Deliver Energy PD sessions, both in-house and to other organisations.
  1.  Support CERES Education Team
  • Maintain open communication and good relations with the Education Group Manager, Excursions Manager, other co-ordinators, teachers and other CERES staff
  • Participate in active listening and honest discussion of issues and concerns
  • assist with daily education planning
  1. Participate in CERES Activities
  • Contribute to CERES staff meetings and CERES review/strategic planning process
  • Attend and contribute to CERES festivals and events, as appropriate

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  1. Teaching and / or presentation experience essential.
  2. Teaching qualification strongly preferred, but not essential.
  3.   An undergraduate qualification in an appropriate discipline highly preferred but not required (geography, science, environmental science, etc.)
  4. Current Working with Children check.
  5. Strong background knowledge in Energy generation and conservation principles and how lifestyle, government policy and community impact and interact with these issues.
  6. Basic electrical maintenance knowledge (Basic rewiring, soldering, electronic device problem solving etc.), and confidence in performing these duties.
  7. Basic vehicle and engine knowledge for delivery and development of sustainable transport programs, and any basic problem solving with the Mobile Energy Classroom.
  8. High level communication and interpersonal skills.
  9. Strong administrative and computer skills (e.g. word processing, Publisher, Powerpoint, database, email and internet etc.)
  10. Broad knowledge and commitment to other environmental issues and solutions.
  11. Show personal initiative in the delivery and coordination of day-to-day operations.
  12. Strong ability to remain calm whilst under pressure.    

Conditions of Employment

  1.   This position is 4 x 7 hour days per week, or 56 hours per fortnight, 2 x 7 hour days per week   teaching,    2 x 7 hour days per week coordination (allocations vary from time to time)
  2.   Work hours begin at 9.00am
  3. Classified as EM3 in the CERES wage structure – currently $28.67 per hour, plus superannuation.
  4.   Other conditions are described in the standard work agreement

Applications

Applicants are asked to submit:  

  • A cover letter (no longer than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and key skills you would bring to the team.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 27th February