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Career Story: Education Special Events Coordinator At A Science Center

Education Special Events Coordinator At A Science Center

Job Title: Education Special Events Coordinator

Type of Company: I work for a science center.

Education: BS, Home Economics/ Child Development •• BS, Elementary Education (Grades K-5) •• M.Ed., Reading (Grades K-12)

Previous Experience: Upon completion of my first degree, I taught three- and four-year olds in a private school that went up to grade 5. After obtaining my teaching degree, I taught third grade in the local public school system for 12 years. During that time, I began volunteering at a local science museum and teaching in its summer camp program. After resigning from the school system, I was hired by the museum.

Job Tasks: My job falls under the Education Department within the museum. I am the Special Events Coordinator. The Museum hosts 5-6 "festivals" each year and I work with the curators to plan and put them on.

One of our most popular festivals is a thing called "Bunny Day", which brings in over 2000 visitors. I find exhibitors and set their schedules for the day and work with the marketing curator to design postcards, press releases, television spots, website information and newsletter articles to publicize the event. I collaborate with the volunteer coordinator to ensure that all areas are staffed by volunteers. I design a crafts project for the children to do. I design the schedule of events for the day, set up areas to be used and print a schedule to be given to visitors upon arrival.

Another requirement of my job is to put on the annual "Zoo Boo Bash," our non-scary Halloween event for young children. Planning for this begins in May. The three-hour event consists of carnival-style games, exhibitors, crafts, refreshments and trick-or-treating for the youngsters. The carnival games are run by local high school students who are involved in extracurricular civic organizations.

Finally, the last area of my job is to plan and organize scout overnights. I plan activities for the scouts to earn a badge. I work through the local scout council to advertise, take reservations and run the evening for the scouts.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: This is an ideal job for me as a former teacher. I am still involved in the field of education and I get to work with children. My knowledge in the area of science has been expanded tremendously. Every day is a learning experience. Being a part of a team and honing my leadership skills crosses over into other areas of my life such as the civic organization I belong to and my church activities. I continually build my self-confidence. Fortunately, I can say that there are no bad aspects of my job.

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