Supports and enhances elementary school learning through preparation of classroom materials, outdoor training and instruction in horticulture and other physical sciences. Participates and assists in lesson planning and carrying out teacher assigned tasks to reinforce instruction. Provides instruction and assessment of student performance and reports on academic progress as required.
NATURE AND SCOPE
Under general supervision, exercises latitude and discretion in developing the class programs and layout and design of exhibits and learning sites. Work relationships are predominately with students and teachers. Work may require routine exposure to the elements when conducting outside classes.
Level III Instructional Aides have well-developed skills, knowledge and training in a single area of educational support. Advancement to this level would require a minimum of a two-year degree or specialized training or certification in life sciences.
ESSENTIAL TYPES OF DUTIES (Examples) • Prepares materials for classroom and outdoor instruction. Schedules classes and teaches classes. • Assists teachers in maintaining lab sites such as the nursery, etc. • Assists teacher in the interpretation of the environment either in the classroom or outdoors. • Monitors student progress to related life science State standards. • Interacts with students in their outdoor training activities. Encourages the learning process, observes progress and shares observations with the principal, classroom teachers and visiting administrators. • Monitors budget, purchases equipment and supplies. • Coordinates parent/community volunteer and support activities for the life lab. • Participates in curriculum and activities planning, staff meetings and conferences. • Promotes fundraising activities related to life lab support. • Assists in the health and safety activities of the school.
QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In-depth technical knowledge of instructional aide practices and child development practices and principles required. Advanced study (college-level) in the area of life, botanical sciences and horticulture. Knowledge of working with children, including those with special needs and have the ability to provide individualized instruction. Specialized skills in the design and construction of special exhibits is desirable. Abilities: An essential requirement is the ability to design, develop and instruct in horticultural and/or natural history interpretative programs. Ability to recognize and work within the limitations of special education or handicapped students required. Requires the ability to balance emotional support and discipline to deal with behavior problems. Physical Abilities: Requires sufficient arm, hand, finger dexterity in order to operate keyboard, and other office equipment. Requires visual acuity to read words, numbers. Requires lifting of light to moderate objects on an occasional basis. Requires ambulatory ability to go to different locations. Requires the ability to take precautions against a nominal exposure to health and safety risks. Requires speaking and hearing to communicate in person or over the phone. Experience and Training: Minimum AA degree in physical science, education or a related field or equivalent training. Minimum of three years experience working with students in a formal or structured setting required. Experience with interpretative programs strongly desired. Licenses or Certificates: First aid and CPR certificates desired.
You will need:
3 letters of recommendation
Must Pass Basic Skills Test