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Director of Human Resources

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is currently seeking a PART TIME professional Director of Human Resources (20 hours per week).

The position is responsible for the strategic development and alignment of all HR programs with SM&NC master planning initiatives, mission and strategies reporting to the Executive Director & CEO and serving on the Director’s Cabinet Team.

Responsibilities include talent acquisition and development, policy and procedure development and implementation including regular updates to the Staff Manual, legal compliance (UI, WC, EEO, etc.), performance management, guidance, coaching and training of managers, administration of all employee benefit programs, compensation updates, salary survey participation, processing of bi-weekly payroll, conduct employee orientations, and maintains all HR files and records with up to date and accurate information.

The successful candidate will have at least ten years of related HR experience, excellent verbal, presentation & written communication skills, demonstrated experience promoting cultural change, possess a maturity to have professional and respectful demeanor and interaction with Board members, HR Committee, Managers and staff working with complete discretion and confidentiality at all times. You will need to have superior time management skills, coaching expertise and be skillful in all aspects of MS Windows as well as payroll platforms.

Candidates can apply in person, via email to kmith@stamfordmuseum.org or fax resumes to 203-322-0408 – attention HR.

Final candidates will undergo background screening and must be available to start working no later than December 15, 2019.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Environmental Educator & Animal Care Specialist (Full-Time)

Reporting to the Environmental Education Supervisor, the Environmental Educator & Animal Care Specialist position is a full-time, exempt position working 4 days (possibly including 1 weekend day) from 8am-6pm from September through mid-June and 5 days from 9am-5pm from mid-June through August, although some early/evening hours and weekend days per month (outside of regularly scheduled special events) will be required. This position will be responsible overall for the day-to-day management of live animal care within the Heckscher WILD! exhibit space, Overbrook Nature Center, and additional exhibit spaces, including off-site Discovery Spaces. This management will include, but is not limited too, directing interns and volunteers, overseeing and participating in daily care of the live animals, public interaction within the exhibit space, and upkeep and basic maintenance of exhibit space. This position will also be responsible for teaching and preparing natural history, farm, and physical science-based school programs, after schools, and public programs, as well as on-site and traveling summer group programs and farm tours. The Environmental Educator & Animal Care Specialist will work, in conjunction with the Environmental Education supervisors on exhibit policies and procedures for animal care and handling and general work in the exhibit. 

Specifically, the Environmental Educator and Animal Care Specialist will:

  • Be responsible for the overall day-to-day coordination of the Heckscher WILD! Exhibit
  • Train and manage interns and volunteers in proper animal husbandry and schedule accordingly
  • Work with the Education supervisors on animal care policy and procedures and work to enact for all paid and non-paid staff
  • Work with all staff to ensure the health and well-being of all animals
  • Keep records for veterinary visits, animal intakes and permits, as needed
  • Interact with the public within the exhibit through scheduled programs and non-scheduled “teaching moments”
  • Teach educational programs for predominantly preK-5th grade students on a variety of natural history, astronomy, and farm-based topics, both onsite and as a part of SMNC in the Schools. 
  • Teach after school programs on natural history/farm/science topics, both onsite and as a part of SMNC in the Schools and keep curriculum records on these programs
  • Teach scout and public programs, including but not limited to Vacation Break Out Days, Vacation Drop Off Days, Take a Hike Week and Outdoor Adventurers programs. 
  • Staff and support SM&NC special event weekends, such as Harvest Festival and Heckscher Farm Festival
  • Help to ensure that programs promote responsible environmental education and support SM&NC mission
  • Help to ensure that Heckscher WILD! is a successful and exciting part of the SM&NC brand
  • Aids in the teaching of our Wild Kids summer camp program
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications & Essential Skills:

  • Minimum of two years relevant, professional, related experience.
  • Minimum B.S. in biology, environmental science, education or related field.
  • Must possess a maturity to have professional, respectful demeanor with Board, major donors, and other key business contacts acting with discretion and a keen understanding of confidentiality.
  • The position requires excellent communications skills, oral and written, as well as the ability to multitask and think creatively on program development and implementation.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, bend, stretch, and stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk, and/or run.
  • Knowledge of small animal husbandry and handling; comfortable handling all types of small animals
  • Excellent interactions with the public and use of exhibits and components as a teaching tool
  • Excellent Internet and research skills. Must be well-organized and detail-diligent with ability to perform your own administrative work.

Compensation: Yearly salary, competitive, full benefits package

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to (e-mail preferred):

Lisa Monachelli, Director of Education
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org

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