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Education Manager, National Aquarium of New Zealand


Reference: 4793906

Located in Napier, the National Aquarium is a unique, exciting and dynamic facility focused on all things aquatic. Owned by the people of Napier and Napier City Council, the aquarium attracts 150,000 visitors each year and offers a wide range of experiences from diving displays and keeper talks, to getting up close and personal with little penguins. Its centrepiece exhibit is the stunning 1.5 million litre Oceanarium with a 50m-long viewing tunnel. It is home to a diverse collection of saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world.

We have exciting plans to expand and redefine the aquarium. Our vision is to create an iconic destination that all New Zealanders will be proud of, and that visitors will be inspired by. Redefining our National Aquarium gives us a unique opportunity to tell New Zealand's freshwater and marine story through themes of sustainable utilisation and conservation.

We are looking for a motivated and driven Education Manager to help achieve our vision to create a national centre of excellence which showcases education, research, environmental kaitiakitanga (guardianship), indigenous knowledge, and science.

About the position

A key focus of the role will be to design and implement new initiatives and processes to ensure that the aquarium delivers engaging and far-reaching education programmes, while remaining compliant with international standards of animal welfare and Zoo Aquarium Association's adopted policies. Leading a team of two Educators, you will be responsible for creating and implementing an innovative education plan and ensuring its effective delivery to a wide range of aquarium visitors. This includes LEOTC learning sessions, and collaboration with schools to develop and implement a curriculum of authentic, hands-on interactive learning experiences, as well as extending the reach of the aquarium education programmes through social media and website blogs, as well as providing support resources to educational institutions across New Zealand.

Positioning the aquarium as an advocate for sustainability will be achieved through your leadership of the aquarium's Green Team, with a focus on continually reviewing practices with the objective of reducing the aquariums environmental footprint.

Your strong collaboration and presentation skills will be essential in your role as key liaison between the aquarium, cultural groups, schools and other education providers.

As part of the senior management team at the aquarium you will have plenty of scope to work with a passionate team to realise our vision of creating an iconic destination that all New Zealanders will be proud of, and that visitors will be inspired by.

About you

To be successful you will need to:

  • Be an experienced educator
  • Display energy, enthusiasm and inspiration
  • Ideally have a degree in marine biology, zoology, environmental science or similar
  • Have a personal interest in nature, conservation, science and aquariums
  • Be an effective leader of teams
  • Have managed expenditure and revenue budgets
  • Demonstrate success creating interactive visitor exhibits and educational programmes
  • Have experience engaging wide audiences quickly
  • Have a working knowledge of NZ MOE education policies and LEOTC scheme

This is a permanent full time position which will require some availability to work weekends and evenings.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

Our preferred candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment screening which includes drug testing and, for some roles, health screening.

If you are ready for this opportunity, then we encourage you to apply now. We will be interviewing suitable candidates as applications are received and may close this advertisement when we have found the right person.