Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
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Passionate and talented environmental educator with over a decade of experience. Skilled curriculum writer and communicator, with a focus on marine education and conservation.

Core Qualifications
  • Curriculum writer
  • Program developer
  • Program presenter
  • Scientific literacy
  • Background research & synthesis
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
Professional Experience
Independent Contractor, 07/2012 - Current
Mainegeneral Health Winthrop, ME,
  • Researched and wrote curriculum materials for Monterey Bay Aquarium Education Department pertaining to: sea otter conservation, pelagic predator tagging & tracking, plastic pollution and sustainable seafood.
  • Researched, wrote and edited K-2nd grade wetland ecology curriculum for San Elijo Lagoon Education Center.
Education Specialist II & Home School Day Coordinator, 01/1 - 01/1
Ascential Salt Lake City, UT,
  • Taught interactive marine biology and conservation programs for K-12 students and teachers attending field trips and teacher institutes.
  • Developed numerous new school programs for K-12 students.
  • Conducted background research, wrote staff training materials, sourced relevant image and video needs, and developed program tools and deliverables.
  • Assisted in caring for health and safety of program animals.
  • Assisted School Programs Manager with all aspects of school programs, including staff coordination, intra/inter-department communication, program development and assessment.
  • Coordinated Home School Day program.
  • Duties included; program development and implementation, on and off-site staff and volunteer training, management, and communication.
  • Facilitated and aided in developing teacher professional development inquiry based science institutes.
  • Wrote curriculum for elementary, middle and high school levels.
Animal Trainer, 01/1 - 01/1
San Diego Zoo's Safari Park City, STATE,
  • Trained, handled and cared for animals housed within the Wildlife Behavior and Education Compound, including diverse species of reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Presented "Animal Encounters" to visitors of all ages.
  • Utilized live animals to educate visitors about animal behaviors, natural habitats and environmental conservation.
Intern & Volunteer Coordinator/Educational Liaison, 01/2004 - 2005
Sea Life Park Hawaii, Animal Programs City, STATE,
  • Managed Intern & Volunteer program.
  • Conducted interviews, managed intern & volunteer placements and schedules, developed and facilitated intern & volunteer training, planned and managed intern & volunteer budget and events.
  • Liaison between Animal Programs and other park departments.
  • Conducted presentations for VIP guests regarding marine organisms, conservation and animal training.
  • Designed and composed new educational signage, conservation brochures and tour guide training packets.
Community Programs Coordinator, 01/1 - 01/1
Sea Life Park Hawaii, Education Center City, STATE,
  • Coordinated and developed all community programs.
  • Publicized community events, prepared all program materials, managed program fees and led events, including the on-site overnight program, for participants of all ages.
  • Independently created and implemented a dolphin interactive program exclusively for participants with special needs.
  • This included developing curriculum, working closely with animal care staff, visiting institutions, participants and their families to maximize program effectiveness, and facilitating all aspects of the program, from recruiting candidates and reserving program dates, to assisting children and training staff during interactive sessions.
Education and Husbandry Intern, 2003 - 2004
The Dolphin Institute/Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory City, STATE,
  • Trained and cared for resident Bottlenose dolphins.
  • Administered vitamins and medications, supported senior trainers and maintained training and husbandry logs.
  • Assisted Director of Education with teaching educational programs for schools and community centers, and provided on-site participants with hands-on dolphin interactions.
Intern, 01/1 - 01/1
New England Aquarium City, STATE,
  • Taught visitors of all ages about local marine animals and ecosystems.
  • Facilitated Aquarium's Family Activity Center's educational games and discussions.
  • Conducted interactive animal presentations, using local marine invertebrates.
  • Assisted in caring for health and safety of program animals.
  • Developed interactive curriculum regarding marine mammal natural history and communication abilities for on-site and off-site outreach programs.
Education and Training
Masters of Advanced Studies: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Expected in 2007
Scripps Institution of Oceanography - La Jolla, Ca

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Bachelor of Arts: Sociology Environmental Studies, Expected in 2002
Brandeis University - Waltham, Ma
GPA: cum laude

Sociology cum laude Environmental Studies

Community Involvement

California Regional Environmental Education Community

San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative

California Ocean Communicators Alliance

Work History
Education Specialist II, 10/2007 - 06/2011
Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey, C a
Animal Trainer & Presenter, 03/2005 - 06/2006
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido, Ca
Community Program Coordinator/Intern & Volunter Coordinator/Educational Liaison, 09/2002 - 2005
Sea Life Park Hawaii Waimanalo, HI

Curriculum writing

Program development

Program facilitation

Background research and synthesis

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