Assistant Education Coordinator

Recruitment #022820-MXAA08-400400



The DNERR has two main components, the Blackbird Creek Reserve in Townsend and the St. Jones Reserve in Dover. These sites include both brackish and freshwater estuaries, and represent the diverse estuarine ecosystems found throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.


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Summary Statement

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), in the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy is currently seeking applications for a casual/seasonal Assistant Education Coordinator position. The primary assignments will include coordinating education volunteers to assist on school programs and public tours, scheduling school programs, leading a variety of educational interpretive programs including on small boats.  This position will also assist the DNERR Education Coordinator with planning special events, developing curriculum and instructional materials, and teacher trainings.  This position also helps with exhibit animal care.  Work is performed under various weather conditions.  Additional work on weekends, evenings and holidays may be scheduled.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Plan and lead daily activities for school outreach and public programs.
  • Lead outdoor sport activities such as hikes, canoeing, boat trips and discovery labs.
  • Assist with graphic design of printed brochures and program flyers.
  • Ensure a fun, educational and safe environment for children.
  • Assist in the upkeep and posting of materials to the Reserve social media sites.
  • Supervise and mentor education volunteers.
  • Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and have fun.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:  

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. One year's experience working with children and young adults such as academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant or education teacher.
  3. One year's experience in supervising groups, staff or volunteers.
  4. Knowledge of environmental education, biology, ecology or a related field.
  5. Knowledge of various recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, boating, rock climbing or swimming.
  6. Possession of a valid driver’s license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 05/01/2020 upon filling the vacant position.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.  

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.  

As a condition of hire, applicants for this position must successfully pass a Swim assessment.  

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.