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Posted by: Science Systems and Applications, Inc. on Aug 02, 2022


Lanham , MD

Job Description:

The date is April 8, 2024. You are in a protected place of natural beauty and cultural significance, marveling at an indescribable total solar eclipse. Surrounding you are thousands of others enthralled by the same phenomenon: families on spring break, students and teachers on field trips, NASA scientists that study the Earth and heavens, and interpreters and informal educators that have crafted thoughtful programs to help visitors connect it all together. You are feeling elated and proud, because you know that you had an integral role in making this unique experience happen. If this is where you want to be, this is the job for you!

SSAI is seeking a full-time Education and Outreach Specialist to coordinate eclipse efforts for the Earth to Sky program (ETS), working alongside NASA civil servants and other NASA contractors. This position can be based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, with telework flexibility, or may be fully remote from anywhere in the contiguous United States with reliable high-speed internet. Domestic travel of approximately 10 percent per year is anticipated as a requirement for this position.

Receiving direction from the ETS lead and support from the rest of the team, the incumbent will coordinate Earth to Sky's eclipse efforts and will:Facilitate eclipse-related communication between NASA's outreach and communication leadership and other federal, state and local land management agencies' interpretation and education leadership;Liaise with NASA, NPS, and USFWS teams working on eclipse plans. Facilitate communication between these teams;Provide input to help NASA teams tailor eclipse outreach products to best meet the needs of interpreters and informal educators;Design, develop, and deliver digital engagement (e.g., mailing list posts, website posts) and professional development (e.g., webinars) to help supervisors, program managers, and frontline interpreters use NASA eclipse resources to engage and educate the public and students;Conduct in-person and virtual outreach (presentations, booths) at professional conferences to help supervisors, program managers, and frontline interpreters use NASA eclipse resources to engage and educate the public and students;Devise and implement practices to promote equity, inclusion, and access for ETS community members in using NASA eclipse resources;Assist in planning and coordinating NASA presence at a major event at an NPS site, National Wildlife Refuge, or National Forest for each of the two upcoming solar eclipses;Work with evaluator to develop survey tool and write a concluding report; Support and contribute to Earth to Sky's ongoing efforts in bringing NASA science content to the Earth to Sky community of interpreters and informal educators.Required Qualifications:Undergraduate degree in science, science education/communication, or a related discipline and a minimum of 5 years of experience in interpretation, environmental education, informal education, formal education, and/or science outreach; or equivalent combination of education and experience.Experience in designing, developing, and implementing interpretation, education, and/or public outreach products and programs about earth and/or space scienceExperience in designing, developing, and implementing successful training for informal educators (interpreters and/or environmental educators)Experience organizing complex special events involving coordination among multiple stakeholdersKnowledge and experience with professional interpretation methodology (NPS and/or National Association for Interpretation) Strong skills in interpersonal communication and public presentationStrong organizational skillsExperience in collaborative efforts, contributing to a team to accomplish science communication/interpretation/education or trainingAbility to work independently from project leadershipProficiency with Microsoft OfficeDesired Qualifications:Knowledge of solar eclipses and related science fieldsExperience conducting public programs and staff training related to solar scienceStrong contact network across land management agencies at federal, state, and/or local scales.Advanced degree in science, education, or a related field and/or 5 additional years of experience in interpretation, environmental education, informal education, formal education, and/or science outreachExperience in collaborating with NASA outreach staff, or NPS or USFWS professional development staff, to create/lead training for interpreters and/or environmental educatorsExperience in designing, developing, and leading webinarsExperience engaging underserved populations Experience in a frontline place-based interpretation and/or informal education roleExperience in digital engagement for place-based interpretation and/or informal educationExperience working at a federal and/or state land management agencyExperience conducting complex projects over lengthy periodsAbout Earth to Sky:

ETS is a partnership between NASA and the National Park Service (NPS) which enables place-based interpreters and informal environmental educators to access and use NASA resources in their work. ETS provides professional development in climate communication and other Earth science communication, and nurtures a supportive community of practice numbering over 1,500 individuals across the country. ETS also serves a vital role as a liaison between NASA and the interpretation communities of the NPS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other land management organizations at federal, state, and local levels. The ETS partnership is uniquely positioned to help interpreters and informal educators access NASA eclipse resources and take advantage of the enormous opportunity the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses provide to educate and inspire the public about the science that the partnering agencies accomplish. Learn more about Earth to Sky at https://earthtosky.org .

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About Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI)

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is a customer-centered and employee-focused science and technology company headquartered in Lanham, Maryland. We are a leading provider of scientific research and development (R&D), engineering, and information analytics services across the range of Earth and space science disciplines. We have a staff of highly qualified science, engineering, and IT professionals. Their activities range from cosmological studies to learn more about the birth of the universe to examining anthropogenic changes in Earth systems. Our personnel published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers every year. We have scientists in the field who support research operations around the world, and engineers in laboratories who are building and preparing the next generation of space-based instruments. Our IT staff specializes in high-performance computing, systems administration, and network security. We create and implement data systems and applications to manage, archive, and distribute critical data. Despite our diverse skill sets and backgrounds, one theme unites us all—a genuine passion for science and technology.

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