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Museum Education: Center for Innovation Facilitator

Employer: OMSI

Contact Name: Jessica Norberg


Contact Phone503 797 4538

Job Category: Other

Job Location: OMSI

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Museum Education Work Study Students are in the halls and labs of OMSI where they facilitate hands-on science experiences and inspire museum guests to make amazing connections with science through activities, demonstrations, and informal interactions. Work Study Students assist Museum Education staff in the regular maintenance, upkeep, and development of the museum halls and labs. This position is for the Center for Innovation (C4I) and reports to the Turbine Hall Assistant Manager.

OMSI’s Center for Innovation is a new area of the museum where guests participate in Design Challenges—activities where they design, build, test, and iterate solutions to solve personal, local, and global challenges. As a work-study student in this area, you will primarily facilitate these hands-on Design Challenges with visitors of all ages. You may also participate in helping to design, develop, test, and evaluate prototype activities.

EXPERIENCES THIS POSITION WILL PROVIDE: • Facilitating design and engineering processes through hands-on activities, as well as facilitating other interactions, with museum guests of all ages • Working in a collaborative environment with paid and unpaid staff of a variety of ages, experiences, and backgrounds • Insight and participation in Design Challenge development and prototyping

Job Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: What we are looking for: • Strong communication, customer service, and problem-solving skills • Self-directed and willing to take initiative • Creative, imaginative, and collaborative • Desire and/or ability to present science, design, and engineering processes and content in an engaging way to a broad age range • Present a professional personal appearance • Must be dependable, punctual, and willing to commit to a schedule

TRAINING YOU WILL RECEIVE: • General informal science education philosophies and pedagogy • Facilitation best practices, including how to facilitate intergenerational communication, frame questions, gauge and respond to guests’ social and educational goals, and cultivate learner-driven investigations • Culturally responsive facilitation strategies • Museum safety and emergency response • General interactive exhibit and activity development skills and practices

LEARNING OUTCOMES: • Recognizing and promoting of science process skills in informal education • Fostering learner-driven investigations • Negotiating facilitator and visitor goals • Cultivating reflective facilitation practices • Supporting culturally responsive facilitation techniques • Identifying benefits and disadvantages of using different types of objects and models in learning experiences • Gaining knowledge of museum culture and practices

Hours/Shifts: Schedule depends on needs of the lab or hall, but will be regular and predictable week to week. • Ideal candidates will have availability on one or more of the following days; Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Pay: $12.50/hr

Application Process

HOW TO APPLY: This position is only available to students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study funding as part of their financial aid award package.

To apply and submit your online application, resume and cover letter, visit

Start Date: 10/01/2018

Application Deadline: 12/14/2018

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