Skip to main content

Public Programs Manager

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Job Field:
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Job Description:

   Job Summary 
   The Public Programs Manager will develop, implement and coordinate educational programs and activities for various audiences, including adults, teens, children and families. Specific responsibilities include oversight for on-site and off-site public programming, family event day planning and the Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) youth volunteer program. The Public Programs Manager will also co-manage Fernbank's annual summer camp program. 
   Major Functions 
   Hire, train and manage the Public Programs Coordinator and instructional staff to implement public programs 
   Manage the development, implementation and evaluation of family and children's on-site and off-site programs offered throughout the year, including but not limited to programs like Excellent Experiments, Tadpole Tales, workshops, family event days, and birthday parties 
   Support the monthly Fernbank After Dark adult science night with development of hands-on science activities and staffing 
   Manage all aspects of the FUN (Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist) teen volunteer program, including spring recruitment, training, Science Cart activity development and scheduling. 
   Work with the Director of Education to develop annual budget for managed programs and manage expenses throughout the year 
   Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to ensure promotional information about upcoming programs is current 
   Maintain program attendance and evaluation records for reporting to Development 
   Co-Manage the summer camp program with the School Programs Manager, including tasks like content development, purchasing, registration, staffing and program delivery 
   Identify and cultivate partnership opportunities throughout the community that support the Museum's educational programming and mission 
   Research and arrange exhibitors, performers and other resources for programs 
   Develop and teach a variety of educational programs for diverse audiences. 
   Collaborate with and support other departments such as Membership, Marketing, Development and Exhibits. 
   Other projects and duties, as assigned, to support the goals and mission of the Education Department and the Museum. 


   Required Qualifications: 
   Bachelor's degree (or higher) in STEM field, education or natural history science content area 
   Minimum two years' experience in informal science education, including program coordination and development. 
   Two years' supervisory experience 
   Experience working with adults and families 
   Weekend availability required plus some evening and holiday work as needed 
   Other skills, abilities and/or competencies required: 
   Positive, outgoing disposition with enthusiasm for Natural History subject matter 
   Highly motivated self-starter able to work independently and see projects through to completion 
   Able to work in a high-energy, fast-paced environment 
   Flexibility and a willingness to help out as needed 
   Ability to research and learn new scientific information quickly 
   Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
   Comfortable with communicating a wide variety of scientific subjects to diverse audiences 
   Excellent customer service skills 
   Able to manage multiple tasks and projects 
   Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills 
   Willing to work with educational animals such as reptiles, amphibians, and some terrestrial invertebrates 

Compensation is based on education, experience, and qualifications.

   Fernbank Museum offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, life insurance, and retirement options. 

How to Apply:

   Official posting and application information available here:…;