STEM Education Outreach Coordinator

Position: STEM Education Outreach Coordinator


Organization: Desert Research Institute



The Desert Research Institute is a world-renowned science center, with a statewide k-12 education program, Science Alive.

Position Description

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education Outreach Coordinator AmeriCorps member will learn about and gain experience in expanding the reach and access of the program for rural and Title one schools in Nevada. This position will be an essential member of the team for this non-profit organization. They will represent the company and work with the communications team to develop and implement projects that increase STEM awareness within the surrounding community. Frequent travel and community engagement will be required for projects including citizen science, energy smart education, family nights and educator training. The AmeriCorps member’s creativity and knowledge of STEM topics will be needed to customize curriculum to encompass applied science, 21st century technology, and environmental science and STEM topic areas. A background in education can help the AmeriCorps member offer valuable insight, but is not required.


Service Location: Reno, NV


Timeline for Service: October 2019 - August 2020


Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, appearances and other

  • communication opportunities

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

  • Implement new school program, STEM family nights

  • Expand reach with Citizen Science project, Stories in Snow

  • Coordinate EnergySmart classroom outreach

  • Visit informal partners to provide training on Curriculum kits, Green Boxes, and STEM kits

  • Assist writing grant proposals for program funding

  • Develop public education and information materials, presentations and displays – including contributing to

  • newsletters, media/new media outreach and website content.

  • Expand reach and enrollment in curriculum program

  • Attend and table at community and school events

  • Act as a public speaker at public events

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Work with Science Alive Program Lead to maintain kits

  • Identify and build relationships

  • Promote and maintain positive professional relationships with partners

  • Perform administrative duties including inventory maintenance

  • Create social media materials such as graphics, templates, or videos

  • Track and report on metrics

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A passion for working with children and helping them grow

  • Experience or background in education with a focus on STEM

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • A keen eye for detail

  • Ability to manage and maintain multiple moving layers

  • 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 or equivalent experience in education, communication, marketing 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

Host Site Agency Mission

Science Alive serves schools in every county across the state of Nevada by providing teachers with free professional development or access to our Green Box program. Since inception, we have worked with over 500 schools, and 100,000 students. Currently, 75% of the schools we serve are Title One schools, which are schools that receive federal assistance to close the achievement gap between low-income students and other students. Over 50% of the students we reach are on a federal assisted free and reduced lunch program because of their low- income status, and almost 20% are second language English learners.

Program Mission

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, STEM kits, offering Teacher Trainings and Workshops throughout the school year, and through School Support in the form of speakers, field trips, and special opportunities.

Additional Guidelines and Expectations

AmeriCorps members are required to wear at least one piece of AmeriCorps gear (AmeriCorps button), provided by the Parks Foundation, every day during their term of service. AmeriCorps members must participate in at least one National Day of Service during their term of service and may participate in additional service projects.

Member Benefits

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $13,992, a $6,095 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.

Evaluation and Reporting

Members will receive a mid-year and end-of-term performance evaluation from their site-supervisor and the AmeriCorps Program Director. Members will submit their biweekly Member Service Logs (timesheets) to their supervisor to be approved. Members are also responsible for reporting performance measures to their site supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director every month during their term of service.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Leah Madison at 

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