MUSEUM SCIENCE SPECIALIST
Company: Kidspace Children's Museum is an incredible place of learning and discovery. We offer our guests hands-on experiences that are relevant, inspiring, and that involve guests in the learning process. It is a rewarding place to learn, grow, and be a part of.
Our mission at Kidspace is to promote education and enrich the lives of children, families, and the community through interactive experiences in science, art, and the humanities.
Kidspace Children's Museum, the premier children's museum in Southern California, subscribes to the belief that play is the work of childhood, and that children learn best when directing their own learning experiences.
Job Description: The Science Specialist is a full time position. As an integral member of the Education team, your main responsibilities will be to support the museum's mission by serving as the main expert and representative of the museum's Imagination Workshop maker space, as well as the Galvin Physics Forest, and provides science content for all educational programming on-site and off-site.
On a day-to-day basis, you will be expected to:
- Develop, manage and oversee the museum's Imagination Workshop exhibits and programs (Note: The Imagination Workshop is Kidspace's new Maker space, which is dedicated to building and take-apart activities that focus on the engineering, invention and innovation behind "how things work.")
- Plan, develop and implement rotating interactive Imagination Workshop projects and programs for the public
- Work directly with guests on the museum floor and lead them through formal and informal investigations of various Maker projects
- Provide excellent customer service by serving as the museum's lead point person for all Imagination Workshop project inquiries
- Develop, maintain and build upon all Galvin Physics Forest curriculum (Note: The Galvin Physics Forest is Kidspace's outdoor science space, with 13 interactive exhibits that demonstrate different physics concepts.)
- Expand the museum's science offerings by researching, composing and implementing new science programing that expands beyond the scope of physics and into the realm of other sciences, such as chemistry and astronomy.
- Serve as the museum's resident science expert
- Create, plan and teach public workshops
- Teach on-site and off-site school programs as needed
- Compose new curriculum for school programs, special events and daily public programs
- Plan special events, from concept inception and themed activities to staffing logistics and marketing efforts
- Maintain inventory
- Track, plan, compose and manage budgets
- Train staff and volunteers
- Evaluate and determine staff competence with content
- Market programs through various social media outlets
- Create web program registration pages and track/manage signups
- Compose program descriptions for brochure inclusion
- Cultivate partnership opportunities with local/regional science and Maker organizations to maximize resources and enhance program offerings
- Work with communications and marketing manager to publicize education programs
- Actively seek professional development opportunities to increase science and Maker expertise
- Work directly with Education Managers and Director to plan and support the Education Department's goals and vision
- Attend planning meetings
- Develop STEM and STEAM curriculum
- Develop & implementation camp curriculum
- Assist with administrative duties as needed, including school group check-in, museum floor supervision, etc.
To achieve this, you will be working both independently as well as in tandem with the Education team and the museum staff at large. The Science Specialist works closely with all Education Specialists.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree required
- Minimum of 2 years working with children in a science capacity preferred
- Thorough understanding of inquiry-based learning methodology and informal education philosophy
- Understanding and appreciation of hands-on learning, developmentally appropriate practices and imaginative play to support whole family learning
- Familiarity with the Maker movement and culture, and sincere joy for "tinkering" with things
- Experience with tools, including power tools, desired
- Firm understanding of physics
- Comfort working with the public, in the classroom and in front of large crowds
- Comfort working at a desk/in an office space as well as on the museum floor
- Ability to translate complex science and engineering information into easy-to-understand prose, both in writing and through presentation
- Ability to communicate in written and spoken word with tact, diplomacy and authority when necessary
- High level of professionalism and maturity
- Flexible, positive attitude
- Ability to work well under pressure
- Openness to learning and adapting to changes as they arise within the museum
- Fluency in a foreign language is a plus
- Able to talk, see, stoop, bend, reach stand for long periods of time, have agility to climb up towers and through tunnels and walk in order to perform museum floor duties
- Able to quickly respond to emergency situations
- Able to spend entire shift mobile between guests and museum stations
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
- Able to work in an outdoor environment with climate and temperature changes for long periods of time
- Some evening and weekend work required
General Information: Kidspace is an equal opportunity employer (full time positions include –and provide competitive benefits).
How to Apply: Cover letter & resume with references may be submitted by mail, email or fax (no phone calls please) no later than November 1st to: email@example.com
Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
How to apply
How to Apply:Cover letter & resume with references may be submitted by mail, email or fax (no phone calls please) no later than November 1st to: firstname.lastname@example.org
480 N. Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA, 91103, US