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Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Visitor Center Hours: Wed-Sat: 10am-4pm | Sunday: 12pm-4pm
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Trails open daily
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Trail Hours: Trails open daily from dawn until dusk
Location:

1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.
Buffalo, New York 14203

Location: 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14203

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Discovery Camp Head Counselor

Department: Learning & Interpretations, Buffalo Museum of Science Tifft Nature Preserve
Position Title: Discovery Camp Head Counselor
Reports to: Discovery Camp Coordinators
Status: Seasonal / Full-time /Non-exempt

Position Overview

At the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve, we take pride in providing an environment that inspires curiosity, self-directed learning and fun for our guests of all ages. All staff is recruited, trained, directed and developed with this in mind. We believe that science is fun and that everyone can be a scientist when they make observations and ask questions. Research shows that when you mix GREAT SERVICE with GREAT PEOPLE, the result is LASTING MEMORIES for our guests.


Summary of Position

An energetic and positive individual who enjoys working with children and is responsible for facilitating and overseeing engaging science-themed experiences. This will be accomplished in a variety of settings for learners from age 3-16 for the promotion of lifelong learning.


Essential Functions
  • Serve as the main caretaker of the Discovery Campers in your designated Camp.
  • Be aware of allergies, medical conditions and specific notes on each Camper from the parents (i.e., food and environmental allergies, asthma, ADD) and keeping those Campers’ needs in mind at all times.
  • Set the tone and pace, including basic rules for the Camp.
  • Introduce and enforce all rules for expected behavior.
  • Responsible for the set up and delivery of all science based lessons (lesson plans will be provided), except when other facilitators / presenters are scheduled to teach the program or activity.
  • Facilitate classroom activities and projects and provide direct supervision for outdoor activities. Serve as the Primary Point Person on safety concerns and educational content coordination for your designated camp.
  • Communicate with parents regarding daily activities and procedures, at the beginning and end of the day.
  • Serve as a host for facilitators / presenters to come in and present programs and activities.
  • Mediate relations between Campers.
  • Supervise Assistant & Junior Camp Counselors and divide responsibilities among them.
  • Convey all necessary information regarding the agenda of the Camp.

Education, Experience, Skills & Qualities Required
  • Bachelor's degree with a focus in education or a STEM field.
  • Experience working and communicating with children 3-16 yrs of age.
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance.
  • Experience in customer service.
  • Enthusiastic, patient and flexible.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to deal with emergencies calmly and responsibly.
  • Good character, integrity and adaptability.
  • A creative problem solver.
  • Strong time management and teamwork skills.
  • Minimum time commitment: 35 working days over the 10 week summer camp season.

Physical Demands
  • Speaking in small and large groups.
  • Walking often.
  • Bending/Stooping Frequently.
  • Lifting/Carrying specimens and objects up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to handle or assist with living specimens.

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this position. This job description is not intended to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and work conditions of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify the duties of this position and designate other functions as essential at any point in time..

Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references via email or USPS to:

Careers
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211
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EOE




 

Discovery Camp Assistant Counselor

Department: Learning & Interpretations, Buffalo Museum of Science Tifft Nature Preserve
Position Title: Discovery Camp Assistant Counselor
Reports to: Discovery Camp Coordinators
Status: Seasonal / Full-time /Non-exempt

Position Overview

At the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve, we take pride in providing an environment that inspires curiosity, self-directed learning and fun for our guests of all ages. All staff is recruited, trained, directed and developed with this in mind. We believe that science is fun and that everyone can be a scientist when they make observations and ask questions. Research shows that when you mix GREAT SERVICE with GREAT PEOPLE, the result is LASTING MEMORIES for our guests.


Summary of Position

An energetic and positive individual who enjoys working with children and who is responsible for helping to facilitate and oversee recess and sports programs in a summer camp setting. This will be accomplished in a variety of settings for learners from age 3-16 for the promotion of lifelong learning.


Essential Functions
  • Assist the Head Camp Counselor and facilitators with their programs and daily routines.
  • Help the Head Counselor set up activities and snacks.
  • Help the Campers complete their assignments and projects by re-explaining directions or offering advice on how to start / complete an assignment / project.
  • Ensure that all Campers are present and accounted for at all times in the space that they are in.
  • Assist in getting the Campers from one spot to another, in a safe, quiet and organized manner.
  • Help to keep the classroom spaces neat, safe and organized.
  • Assist the Head Camp Counselor in keeping an awareness of allergies, medical conditions and specific notes on each Camper from the parents/guardians and keeping those Campers’ needs in mind at all times.
  • Deal with and solve minor problems.
  • Bring any major problems, including safety issues, to the attention of the Head Camp Counselor or Buffalo Museum of Science staff in a positive and efficient manner.
  • Meet Camp responsibilities and objectives effectively.
  • Give constructive feedback to Campers and work one-on-one with Campers who do not follow the rules (by being disruptive, disrespectful, etc) or not fitting in.
  • Demonstrate respect and initiative at all times.
  • Behave as a responsible and positive role model for Campers and peers.

Education, Experience, Skills & Qualities Required
  • Desire & experience working and communicating with children 3-16 yrs of age.
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance.
  • Experience in customer service.
  • Enthusiastic, patient and flexible.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to deal with emergencies calmly and responsibly.
  • Good character, integrity and adaptability.
  • A creative problem solver.
  • Strong time management and teamwork skills.
  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • High School Graduate or Equivalent by the start of the 2018 summer camp session (6/25/2018).
  • Exceptions may be made to age and education requirements for those with previous work experience.

Physical Demands
  • Speaking in small and large groups.
  • Walking often.
  • Bending/Stooping Frequently.
  • Lifting/Carrying specimens and objects up to 40 lbs.

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this position. This job description is not intended to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and work conditions of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify the duties of this position and designate other functions as essential at any point in time..

Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references via email or USPS to:

Careers
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EOE




 

Discovery Camp Junior Assistant Counselor

Department: Learning & Interpretations, Buffalo Museum of Science Tifft Nature Preserve
Position Title: Discovery Camp Jr. Assistant Counselor
Reports to: Discovery Camp Coordinators
Status: Seasonal / Part-time /Non-exempt

Position Overview

At the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve, we take pride in providing an environment that inspires curiosity, self-directed learning and fun for our guests of all ages. All staff is recruited, trained, directed and developed with this in mind. We believe that science is fun and that everyone can be a scientist when they make observations and ask questions. Research shows that when you mix GREAT SERVICE with GREAT PEOPLE, the result is LASTING MEMORIES for our guests.


Summary of Position

An energetic and positive individual who enjoys working with children and who is responsible for helping to facilitate and oversee engaging science-themed experiences in a summer camp setting. This will be accomplished in a variety of settings for learners from age 3-16 for the promotion of lifelong learning. Also known as a Discovery Camp High School Intern.


Essential Functions
  • Assist the Head Camp Counselor and facilitators with their programs and daily routines.
  • Help the Head Counselor set up activities and snacks.
  • Help the Campers complete their assignments and projects by re-explaining directions or offering advice on how to start / complete an assignment / project.
  • Ensure that all Campers are present and accounted for at all times in the space that they are in.
  • Assist in getting the Campers from one spot to another, in a safe, quiet and organized manner.
  • Help to keep the classroom spaces neat, safe and organized.
  • Assist the Head Camp Counselor in keeping an awareness of allergies, medical conditions and specific notes on each Camper from the parents/guardians and keeping those Campers’ needs in mind at all times.
  • Deal with and solve minor problems.
  • Bring any major problems, including safety issues, to the attention of the Head Camp Counselor or Buffalo Museum of Science staff in a positive and efficient manner.
  • Meet Camp responsibilities and objectives effectively.
  • Give constructive feedback to Campers and work one-on-one with Campers who do not follow the rules (by being disruptive, disrespectful, etc) or not fitting in.
  • Demonstrate respect and initiative at all times.
  • Behave as a responsible and positive role model for Campers and peers.
  • Internship Credit Available.

Education, Experience, Skills & Qualities Required
  • Desire & experience working and communicating with children 3-13 yrs of age.
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance.
  • Experience in customer service.
  • Enthusiastic, patient and flexible.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to deal with emergencies calmly and responsibly.
  • Good character, integrity and adaptability.
  • Ability to assist in teaching an activity.
  • A creative problem solver.
  • Strong time management and teamwork skills.
  • Minimum time commitment: 25 working days over the 10 week summer camp season.
  • Must be at least 15 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled in High School or equivalent schooling program.

Physical Demands
  • Speaking in small and large groups.
  • Walking often.
  • Bending/Stooping Frequently.
  • Lifting/Carrying specimens and objects up to 40 lbs.

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this position. This job description is not intended to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and work conditions of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify the duties of this position and designate other functions as essential at any point in time..

Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references via email or USPS to:

Careers
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EOE




 

Stewardship Technician

Department: Tifft Nature Preserve
Position Title: Stewardship Technician
Reports to: Preserve Steward of Tifft Nature Preserve
Status: Full-time / Non-exempt / Temporary

Position Overview

Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264 acre nature preserve, owned by the City of Buffalo and operated by the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. Situated near the Buffalo River and surrounded by industry, the property itself was once an industrial site, serving as a transhipment facility for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. In 1976, it was dedicated as a nature preserve by the City of Buffalo, thanks to many committed citizens who visited the property for years to view its unique flora and fauna - particularly its high diversity of spring migratory birds. Today, the Preserve includes a diversity of habitats, including a 75-acre cattail marsh, several ponds, upland woodlands, and grasslands.

The Preserve is widely celebrated in Western New York for its industrial heritage and the reclamation of nature that followed. Tifft Nature Preserve is a popular and accessible destination for Buffalo and surrounding communities, and provides a wide array of environmental education programs for local schools and the general public.

Over several decades, the establishment of invasive species, and high populations of deer, geese and beaver have slowly degraded the health and quality of natural communities at Tifft Nature Preserve. In response, The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences has been dedicated to ecological management at Tifft Nature Preserve, its “living collection,” to improve habitat, species diversity and ecological function.


Summary of Position

The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences is seeking a hard-working natural resource professional to assist with stewardship of Tifft Nature Preserve, including ecological restoration, land management and data collection. This position is 30 hours per week and temporary, running approximately from May - September 2018.


Essential Functions
  • Perform ecological restoration and habitat improvement activities such as invasive species control, tree and shrub planting, vernal pool installation, and maintenance of existing projects
  • Perform land management activities such as trail maintenance as well as the repair and installation of signage, kiosks, fencing, boardwalks and other preserve infrastructure
  • Assist with vegetation and wildlife surveys, collect data on invasive species control efforts and monitor ecological restoration projects
  • Work alongside and oversee stewardship volunteers
  • Maintain and inventory tools and equipment required to perform the above functions
  • Assist with work in other departments as needed, including public programming and events

Required Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of Bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences
  • Desire to work in the field of conservation, land management, and/or ecology
  • Experience performing physical labor outdoors (agriculture, landscaping, construction, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of the plants, animals, and natural communities of Western New York
  • Experience operating small engines, and land management equipment including chainsaws, brushcutters, hedge trimmers, power trimmers or pumps
  • Excellent record-keeping and organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and to follow instructions with attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and to solve problems with limited resources
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather and on rough terrain

Desired Skills and Experience
  • Field experience in land management or ecology
  • Horticultural experience, including plant propagation and care
  • Chainsaw training and certification
  • Ability to easily identify common Western New York plants and animals
  • Experience with vegetation and wildlife survey methodology, or with other types of field data collection
  • Basic carpentry skills

This position is physically demanding. Candidates should be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, lift heavy items up to 40lbs and handle living specimens. Most work days involve walking, standing, stooping or bending over for extended periods of time.

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this position. This job description is not intended to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and work conditions of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify the duties of this position and designate other functions as essential at any point in time.

Please send cover letter, resume and names of three references via email or USPS to:

Careers
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EOE