STEM Education and Engagement Coordinator

Position: STEM Education and Engagement Coordinator

Organization: Desert Research Institute 


Science Alive conducts education and engagement for the Desert Research Institute, a global scientific research and development institute under the Nevada System of Higher Education. The mission of Science Alive is to support PreK-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need, so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live and contribute in our community. Science Alive achieves our mission by providing inquiry-based STEM curriculum through our Green Boxes, offering Teacher Trainings and Workshops throughout the school year, and through School Support in the form of speakers, field trips, and special opportunities.


Position Description:

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education and Engagement Coordinator will work with Science Alive’s educational programs to expand the reach and access for rural and Title one schools in Northern Nevada. The main programs that the STEM Education Engagement Member will be working on are the Green Box program and two new pilot programs; mini Green Boxes and STEM Kits. These programs are curriculum support component of Science Alive non-profit education program designed for informal and formal education settings.  Another large component of this position will be engaging with our rural and Title One schools in Northern Nevada. This will be done through a number of ways including; visiting classrooms and schools and doing hands-on lessons from our STEM Kits, hosting a table at a school STEM night, or engaging the public by tabling at a community event.  Experience in public speaking, engagement activities and a background in education is preferred. Some travel will be required and all travel costs will be paid for. 


Service Location: Reno, NV


Timeline for Service: September 2018 - August 2019

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Identify and compile hands-on STEM activities for an informal setting;

  • Work on new program pilot, Mini-Green Boxes;

  • Launch “Plug ‘n’ Play” program for the Green Box program;

  • Expand current social media efforts;

  • Expand reach and enrollment in Green Box program;

  • Attend and table at community and school events;

  • Act as public speaker at school events;

  • Host engagement activities at school functions. 

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Work with Science Alive staff to create, maintain, and pilot kits;

  • Expand reach with pilot Citizen Science project, Stories in the Snow;

  • Identify and build relationships;

  • Promote and maintain positive professional relationships with partners;

  • Perform administrative duties including inventory maintenance.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A passion for working with children and helping them grow;

  • Experience or background in education, preferably in STEM or environmental education;

  • Strong written and oral communication skills;

  • A keen eye for detail;

  • Ability to multitask;

  • Motivation, a strong work ethic, and team oriented;

  • Dedication to seeing tasks to completion, and efficiency in completing tasks;

  • Creativity and a love for learning;

  • A professional attitude.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

  • A degree in education, communication or related degree;

  • Experience communicating to a variety of audiences;

  • Experience managing logistics of outreach;

  • Experience in community or curriculum engagement and design;

  • Ability to serve as in-classroom presenter;

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google Suite and basic office software.



AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $13,732, a $5,920 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service. If the member qualifies, they will also receive student loan forbearance and interest payments.  

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