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Education Interpreter l or ll

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Jekyll Island, GA
Job Description:

Job Summary:

Under general supervision, provide enthusiastic and innovative instruction for school groups and the public serving a broad range of audiences, and demonstrate dedication to a shared vision for the future of the education programs. The successful candidate will teach through hands-on inquiry methods encouraging exploration and stewardship of sea turtles and the natural environment. The position includes weekend and holiday coverage, performing daily interpretive presentations, and supporting seasonal staff and volunteers. 

Description of Duties: 

Leads group tours, field trips, field programming (ex. Evening Turtle Walks, Sunrise Walks, etc.), public tours, and teaches day camp curriculum.

Interacts with guests through public speaking presentations, frequently using a mic/PA System and often using live reptiles, including snakes

Participates in onsite and offsite educational events (ex. Shell-e-brate and CoastFest).

Assists with the creation of programmatic reports as directed 

Creates and edits educational copy and assets such as marketing materials, website content, online publications, and social media posts

Performs daily care and recordkeeping for a collection of educational animal ambassadors, which includes turtles and snakes 

Assists with daily operations, including opening and closing, answering phones, group check-in, and orientation, and customer service

Performs maintenance inspections on interpretive exhibits and light custodial duties

Performs other duties as assigned by the department supervisor


General Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Performs multiple tasks simultaneously, calmly, and efficiently in a high-pressure setting

Uses independent judgment, personal experience, and training to ensure quality guest interactions and exceptional customer service according to policy

Familiar with K-12 group management techniques and online teaching

Team player with excellent interpersonal and written communication skills 

Self-motivated; ability to self-manage time to ensure that all primary responsibilities are met

Outgoing and demonstrates enthusiasm

Ability to conduct programs for diverse audiences ranging in size (2-100).

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of the organization

Proficient in using social media, email marketing, and video conferencing



18+ years of age

Valid driver’s license 

CPR and First Aid certified or the ability to gain certification

Flexible availability is required, including weekends, holidays, evenings, and early mornings

Occasional travel, including overnight, required 


Education Interpreter I Qualifications:

HS Diploma or GED or greater and/or experience equivalent to two (2) years in fields such as formal or informal education, museum studies, or aquarium and zoo studies, using the required knowledge, skills, and abilities 

One (1) year or more of experience in engaging children and adult audiences in cultural or nature centers, zoos, aquariums, parks, museums, or similar industries as either staff or a volunteer

One (1) year or more of customer service experience in a related field


Education Interpreter II Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field; and/or experience equivalent to four (4) years in fields such as formal or informal education, museum studies, or aquarium and zoo studies, using the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Two (2) years or more of experience in engaging children and adult audiences in cultural or nature centers, zoos, aquariums, parks, museums, or similar industries as either staff or a volunteer

Two (2) years or more of customer service experience in a related field

Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation and ability to maintain 10 CEUs annually to maintain certification preferred 

Experience training volunteers and/or seasonal staff 

Experience in program planning for special programs such as sea turtle camp and evening turtle walks.


Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

Exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up-to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

More than 50% of the typical workday may be spent walking, sitting, standing, and using repetitive motions of the wrists, hands or fingers. 

Between 25% and 50% of the typical work day may be spent climbing stairs, pushing, and pulling. 

Less than 25% of the typical day is spent balancing, stooping and/or crouching, kneeling, and reaching. 

Sensory abilities require vision, touching, and feeling, with more than 50% of the day spent communicating, including talking and hearing.

Must have visual clarity for close-range works such as computer use and reading and distance such as operating motor vehicles and determining the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work assigned. 

Work may be conducted inside a classroom, but most will include exposure to extreme heat, high humidity, and occasionally adverse weather conditions.

Will be exposed to hazards such as moving mechanical parts and moving vehicles.

May be subject to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, oils, odors, dust, mists, or poor ventilation.

Noise levels are generally considered normal. 

This position provides on-the-job training. 



This description of job responsibilities is intended to reflect the major responsibilities and duties of the job and is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time. 


This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. Applicants who complete the online application process will receive an email receipt of submission to the email address provided. If the email confirmation is not received, the applicant may contact Human Resources at 912-635-4081 for confirmation; however, due to the volume of applicants received, we are unable to provide information on application status after receipt. Applicants who need assistance to accommodate a disability may request an accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 912-635-4081. 


All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Incomplete applications or applications without accompanying documents when required will not be considered. Selected applicants will be contacted for the next steps in the selection process. Successful completion of background checks is required, including credit when applicable to the position. Relocation expenses are not authorized; applicants should consider this when applying. 


Jekyll Island Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Authority supports equal employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

$13.41 - $15.41 per hour (DOQ)

Jekyll Island Employee Benefits

How to Apply:

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For questions regarding this position, please contact Brandy Dow at

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