Senior Educator


Mississippi Aquarium

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Meredith Horn

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Gulfport, MS
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Mississippi Aquarium’s Senior Educator leads and facilitates all instructor-led field trips, homeschool days, and camps. They are an integral part of the Education team, and also play a heavy role in the creation and development of all education programming.


The Mississippi Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to be the window to the waters of the Mississippi, the Gulf Coast, and beyond. Our goal is to foster an appreciation for the aquatic environments of Mississippi and encourage guests to explore these majestic environments and play a more active role in local research and conservation efforts. 

Responsibilities (include but not limited to): 

  • Present and facilitate engaging programs, activities, and instruction for students participating in field trip experiences, utilizing the best practices in informal STEAM education and conservation messaging
  • Participate in the planning, development, and delivery of onsite and offsite education programs
  • Serve as departmental liaison for education interns; mentor undergraduate interns and oversee their projects
  • Support data tracking 
  • Inspire learning and instill a passion for the aquatic world that encourages guests to play an active role in conservation efforts
  • Under general supervision, identify and coordinate supplies and organize resources
  • Assist in the development and coordination of Mississippi Aquarium’s camps; take lead on delivery, training of counselors, and managing each session. 
  • Support the assessment of instructional materials for education programs and projects
  • Handle and present a variety of animal species (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods); maintain current animal certification and proficiency
  • Utilize excellent customer service and innovation to address challenges and find solutions
  • Work collaboratively to evaluate the programs and progress of participants
  • Support other teams within the Mississippi Aquarium to complete special projects and tasks
  • Actively attend staff meetings and provide thoughtful, creative and constructive participation
  • Able to work a flexible schedule to satisfy operational needs, which will often include working on weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Willing to be a part of a collaborative team environment to include, cross-training across departments, supporting other internal teams, and completing other duties as assigned

Apply online at to access the full job description and application link. Attach a resume and cover letter within the application form. 

Compensation Information

Compensation: $16/hour


  • 26 days Paid Time Off, additional awarded with continuous service
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance Packages
  • 100% Company paid Short-Term, Long-Term Disability Insurance Coverage, and Life Insurance Policy
  • Aquarium Membership for self, spouse, and any dependent children
  • 10 compilatory tickets for family and friends
  • Discount at our Mississippi Aquarium Gulf Cafe
  • Discount at Mississippi Aquarium Gift Shop
  • Uniform Stipend