Youth Programs Coordinator

UC San Diego

La Jolla, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $27.16 - $28.10 / Hour
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

UC San Diego


Hiring Pay Scale: $27.16 - $28.10 / Hour

Schedule will primarily be Tuesday through Saturday and may be flexed to accommodate holidays, seasonal hours, weekend programs, and/or evening special events, as needed.


Birch Aquarium at Scripps aquarium.ucsd.edu is a non-profit exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The aquarium showcases over 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates. The interactive museum features research discoveries by Scripps scientists and engages visitors of all ages.

Our goal is to promote conservation efforts that protect our ocean planet. We educate visitors on how our world works and inspire them to become stewards of the planet. Our conservation efforts are based on scientific research, and we aim to connect people with nature and with a shared sense of responsibility to care for our planet Earth.

Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037.


Under general supervision of the Manager of School and Youth Programs, the Youth Programs Coordinator oversees administrative responsibilities related to education programs and is responsible for the development, assessment, and implementation of year-round science education programming. Researches, develops, implements and provides the highest-level of science content and accuracy for Education programs and activities appropriate for and in alignment with the Aquarium’s role as the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego. Program audiences include, but are not limited to, multi-generational groups, families, toddlers, adults, preK-12 and college students, and teachers. Serves as Program Lead for youth programming, including but not limited to in-person and out-of-school time camps and after school programs. Program Lead responsibilities include full knowledge of day-to-day coordination of program logistics, objectives and lesson plans; communicating with program participants and stakeholders; training, mentoring and evaluation of program educators and assistants; recommending revisions and making approved changes; and assisting with strategic development of the program. Independently, and as part of a team, develops program descriptions and lesson plans, including the creation, procurement, and organization of materials appropriate to assessment of audience/community needs, investigation of current research and literature, and drafting plans and budgets for approval. As part of a dynamic team, participates in program marketing, staff development and strategic planning, and support of cross-unit programs. Supervises, recruits, interviews, and hires part-time, full-time, and seasonal instructional staff. Implements programs using appropriate materials, teaching strategies and curriculum, recommending revisions as needed.


  • BA or BS in marine science, environmental science, or related natural sciences or in education with science specialization, or combination of related educational background and teaching in the subject matter, or equivalent experience.
  • Three (3) or more years experience teaching in an informal science education institution, with a strong emphasis in science interpretation and integration.
  • Demonstrated experience in and thorough knowledge of interpreting and communicating complex scientific research for preK-12 and public audiences using research-based pedagogical strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience in overseeing Summer Camp programming, including scheduling, program development, and developing staff training and supports.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing work direction and/or supervision in an educational setting.
  • Thorough knowledge of museum educational techniques and approaches, and the ability to apply them across programmatic type(s) and environment(s).
  • Thorough knowledge of the learning characteristics of museum audiences.
  • Thorough subject area knowledge.
  • Thorough knowledge and skills in training development and / or learning strategies, and program and educator assessment.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to make sound judgments / decisions.
  • Originality, creativity and ability to maintain classroom attention.
  • Knowledge of emerging educational technologies and their application within museum education programming.
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of promotional and marketing techniques for museum educational programming.
  • Thorough knowledge of budget tracking and analysis strategies.
  • Experience and knowledge of best practices in outdoor programming, including public and environmental safety, especially in water-based activities such as snorkeling and surfing.
  • Working knowledge and experience with best practices in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


  • Schedule will primarily be Tuesday through Saturday and may be flexed to accommodate holidays, seasonal hours, weekend programs, and/or evening special events, as needed. During Summer programming, schedule will primarily be Monday through Friday.
  • Some programs involve outdoor, water or sea-going activities and may require lifting equipment and handling live organisms.
  • Background checks, including National Registry of Sex Offender, FBI (live scan) and DMV are required. Must have a valid CA Driver’s license.
  • Duties may require direct contact with children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) training will be required. Must meet CANRA compliance requirement per California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA," Penal Code sections 11164-11174.4).
  • If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Category Admin & Leadership , Environmental Education , Marine Biology , Outdoor Recreation
Tags Naturalist , Nature Center , Outreach , Aquarium