Occ. Code 3808300








New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard


Positions in this series are responsible for planning and conducting programs and activities within the overall education program of the New York State Museum. In addition to guided museum tours, film and lecture presentations, field trips and seminars for teachers and students, these activities include a loan kit program and an educational leaflet program. The education program deals with the subject matter encompassed within the exhibits, collections, and scientific and historical interests of the State Museum and is designed to introduce, enrich or otherwise augment subjects already in the school curriculum.


MUSEUM INSTRUCTOR, under the general supervision of the Museum Education Supervisor, instructs classes of students of various age and educational levels, and other visiting groups, in the nature and significance of exhibits: employs an instructional technique emphasizing the use of three-dimensional materials and an ecological approach in teaching the basic precepts of natural sciences such as geology, biology and anthropology, with actual classroom instruction involving specific subdivisions of these sciences, such as ornithology or mammology; furnishes appropriate collateral information; is responsible for all necessary reading and research relating to the instructional function and for the organization and installation of actual specimens, artifacts, audio¬≠visual materials and other teaching exhibits used in the classroom; collects and maintains similar teaching aids, including mounted and live specimens, required for the loan kit program; assists in planning class programs and schedules classroom instruction periods; cooperates with scientific staff in the writing of informational literature and material to accompany loan kits and for the educational leaflet program; advises on the educational aspects of the scientific exhibits; answers correspondence and telephone inquiries relating to natural science, museum facilities and publications. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor¬ís Degree including or supplemented by 18 semester hours in one or any combination of the following natural sciences:  biology, earth sciences or anthropology; and either one year of satisfactory experience after college graduation teaching one or more of the following or closely related subjects:  general science, biology, earth science or anthropology; or 30 additional graduate hours in education or one of the natural sciences listed above.


MUSEUM EDUCATION SUPERVISOR, under the general direction of the Director of Museum Services, is responsible for the overall education program of the New York State Museum: consults with teachers regarding the educational potential of exhibits and studies exhibits in relation to school curricula and adult education objectives; plans programs suited to the needs of particular groups; supervises Museum Instructors in conduct of established classes and in the development of new classes; assigns workloads, observes performance and prescribes instructional methods and techniques; supervises preparation of kits for the loan kit program; recommends revisions of kits in response to curricula changes; supervises the loan, recovery and maintenance of the kits; supervises preparation and publication of Museum Education leaflets; cooperates with staff of Museum and Science Service in preparation of written materials; writes and edits material for brochures and pamphlets dealing with Museum Education services and activities; edits the quarterly publication, Naho, and supervises its distribution to teachers; organizes, schedules, and supervises special activities such as film programs, lectures, field trips, workshops and special summer classes; directs Instructors involved in these special activities; arranges transportation; secures additional teaching assistance from staff of the Science Service as necessary; prepares materials to publicize these activities; recommends purchase of supplies, materials and equipment required for education program; recommends administrative action required for the efficient operation of the program. QUALIFICATIONS: One year of permanent service as a Museum Instructor.





Reviewed:  7/03






NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.