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The Morton Arboretum-Interpretation Coordinator and Content Developer-Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:45am

Interpretation Coordinator and Content Developer


The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle , IL 60532

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Job Description 

Research and develop a wide variety of Arboretum-centered content to inspire, engage, and catalyze the general public to take action on behalf of trees. Coordinate with Arboretum staff or other subject-matter specialists, interpretation and exhibit contractors, graphic designers, and volunteers to produce print and digital interpretation.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
● Physical Demands: Requires some light physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs.), ability to travel around the Arboretum on paved, wood-chipped, and dirt paths over varied and uneven terrain, in various weather conditions on foot or in a vehicle.
● Work Environment: Work is performed in combined indoor and outdoor settings.
● Equipment: General office equipment, digital camera, scanner, dry mount press, paper cutter, utility cart, Arboretum pick-up truck or van, two-way radio, First Aid supplies.
● Schedule: Position occasionally requires weekend or holiday hours.

Duties & Responsibilities 

● Work with scientists, researchers, and horticulture specialists to identify engaging and Arboretum-centered themes and stories for interpretation.
● Create content for multiple platforms (i.e trail panels and ephemeral signs) and multiple modes of engagement (i.e. tours or hikes, digital content, pop-up interpretation) in order to inspire, engage, and catalyze the general public to take action on behalf of trees.
● Research and acquire rights to photos, images, and videos as required for interpretation products.
● Apply contemporary, leading-edge practices for visitor-centered interpretation and content delivery.
● Collaborate with the Manager of Interpretation and Exhibits, Knowledge Management team, Marketing and Communications, Science Communication, internal and external content experts, and graphic designers to produce interpretive materials in a timely manner.
● Work with other content producers to ensure consistency, coherent messaging, and audience relevance across all communication channels.
● Maintain accurate participation and evaluation records of events and exhibits in order to measure customer satisfaction, impact, and interest trends. Use visitor studies and evaluations to understand and advocate for the visitor.
● Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience 

Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Communications, Interpretation, Museum or Environmental Education, Plant Sciences or related field. 2+ years’ experience as a writer required, preferably in a museum, public garden or educational environment. Excellent communication, organization, and project management skills, professional demeanor, and ability to collaborate with a creative team required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, digital delivery channels, Adobe Creative Suites, and Google applications beneficial.

Success Factors:
Strong writer, nimble, ability to work independently, able to manage multiple projects and deadlines, and willing to work as part of a team. Highly organized with the ability to complete multiple complex tasks with attention to detail and timeliness. Ability to relate effectively with people of various backgrounds and ages. Desire to learn continually and to develop engagement and evaluation skills.

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The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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