Job Opportunity – Associate Curator of Education: STEM

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Associate Curator of Education: STEM

Title: Associate Curator of Education: STEM 
Division: Education and Engagement
Classification: Salaried, regular full-time exempt
Reports To: Director of Programs
Supervises: Teen Interns and Volunteers
Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 dependent upon experience and bilingual skills

High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary

The Associate Curator of Education: STEM is responsible for the design, implementation and assessment of a variety of in person and virtual STEM-focused education programs, with an emphasis on environmental science, environmental justice and the natural history of the High Desert. The programs will engage audiences of all ages, including PreK-12 students, educators and families.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. Below we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate for the position, e.g. education, environmental education, resource interpretation, biology, etc.
  • Knowledge of, passion for and commitment to teaching and learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on environmental science, environmental justice and the natural history of the High Desert
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience teaching students in grades PreK-12 in formal or informal settings
  • Experience leading outdoor, experiential education activities based on scientific field study techniques
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in teaching people of all ages
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, Oregon’s K-12 education standards and the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and institutions, including schools, museums, non-profits and tribal nations to develop and implement educational programs
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices and using culturally relevant pedagogical approaches
  • Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; ability to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed
  • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
  • Detailed-oriented while handling multiple projects and deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in field appropriate for the position
  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Working knowledge of developing and implementing informal education programs and ability to incorporate multiple disciplines, including art
  • Experience teaching using a digital platform

The position requires some evenings and weekends, working inside and outside in all weather conditions.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Collaborate with Museum staff, regional institutions and partner organizations to develop, implement and evaluate innovative community and school programs, including workshops and special events, aimed at engaging audiences of all ages, with a multidisciplinary focus on STEM, environmental science, environmental justice and the natural history of the High Desert.
  2. Collaborate with researchers, evaluators, Museum staff and other institutions across the nation on a National Science Foundation funded grant that examines the impacts of culturally sustaining, STEM family programming in diverse rural communities.
  3. Understand the needs of the communities served by the Museum, define target audiences, and develop specific strategies and programs to meet defined needs, objectives and priorities.
  4. Work with the Programs Department and community advisors to develop and implement engaging programs for all audiences in connection with the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collections.
  5. Collaborate with Museum staff on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation process and ensure that relevant conservation messages and actions are integral components of every program.
  6. Develop on-line supplementary educational resources, curricula, classes and activities to support museum-based programs.
  7. Collaborate with Museum staff on the development of evaluation protocols for educational programs.
  8. Keep abreast of current educational research and best practices as related to the position.
  9. Demonstrate a positive professional presence, inspiring and building confidence both within the Museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.
  10. In coordination with the Communications Team, represent the Museum as needed in a variety of mediums, including social media, print, photography and video, in materials produced by both the Museum and by journalists sharing the story of the Museum’s work.
  11. Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to justice, diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
  12. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision and fulfill our mission

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert

Please send resume & cover letter to the High Desert Museum,