MERITO Program Activity Guide Curriculum Developer
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), the nation’s
largest marine protected area, encompasses more than 5,300 square
miles of central California coastal waters that contain a rich
array of habitats and marine life. The Sanctuary program provides
protection of these natural resources through research and education
to foster public understanding and stewardship of this nationally
significant marine area. The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation
(MBSF) is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the
MBNMS on many education, research and resource protection programs.
The MBSF has been contracted by the MBNMS to implement an education
and outreach program to reach communities that are not part of
mainstream conservation initiatives. Central California has numerous
communities for which Spanish (and its associated dialects) is
the dominant language.
OBJECTIVES The MBSF is responsible for implementing
the various components of an existing plan named “Multicultural
Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans” (MERITO), working
closely with all MERITO partners including the local Hispanic community,
regional marine education partners, and sanctuary staff. Currently
the MERITO program is expanding its afterschool ‘Watershed Academy” program
and will be publishing a new watershed and ocean science activity
guide to support teachers and program leaders in implementing these
hands-on field and in-class experiences for our community’s diverse
student groups. The level of expertise needed for this position equates
to a Federal Government GS-9.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
closely with the MERITO program manager to develop
a schedule of work that includes deadlines and deliverables. Meet
deadlines and produce deliverables, as scheduled.
closely with MERITO staff to develop and produce
a final published version of the existing lesson plans centered
around watershed and ocean science activities.
new lesson plans as needed and edit and expand existing lesson
plans for use by 5th –8th grade teachers and
necessary supplemental tools for activity guide lesson plans/modules
such as student activity worksheets.
copyright logistics and permission with other curricula
providers in relation to MERITO Watershed Activity Guide.
feedback and updates to the MERITO Program Manager.
with graphics designer to develop final version
of MERITO Activity Guide for review by MERITO staff.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
experience with the development, implementation and evaluation
of science curricula, particularly those geared towards culturally
diverse audiences and aligned with California state standards and
National Education Standards.
background in science and/or education with work-related experience
in curriculum development and editing.
of and familiarity with a broad range of marine conservation issues
and their application to the Central California Coast and National
working with K-12 teacher audiences.
verbal and written communication skills specifically in writing
for diverse audiences. Fluency in Spanish a plus.
SCHEDULE OF DELIVERABLES
5 new lessons/activities to round out themes already in the guide
existing 49 lessons include background, learning objectives,
materials, vocabulary, standards, teacher preparation, activity
procedure, related careers, journal prompts and related lessons for
all content, user friendly style and tone
lessons into appropriate modules as identified by contractor and
MERITO program manager
15 worksheets for lessons identified by contractor and MERITO
alignment with California state and national standards for science,
language arts, mathematics, visual and performing arts and English
9 module summaries to accurately and thoroughly reflect lessons
in each module
the welcome and introduction sections to guide for teachers and
teacher resource pages
with other curriculum guides to obtain permission to adapt/use
select activities in the Watershed Activity Guide
contractor will bill the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation (MBSF) based
upon completion of deliverables outlined in section IV or portions
thereof as agreed to by the contractor and the MBSF. Benefits and insurance
are not included and are the responsibility of the contractor. This
is considered a project-based position. Product delivery completes
TRAVEL AND OTHER DIRECT COSTS
to the MBNMS office for meetings with MERITO staff is the responsibility
of the contractor.
will have access to a copier, printer, fax and phone for mailings or
other communication needs, but will not have a permanent space provided.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
product is desired by August of 2005 to commence with graphic work
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
applicants please submit a cover letter, a resume and writing/curriculum
sample via email to Michelle
Templeton or mail
Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Attn: Michelle Templeton, MERITO Program Manager