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Museum Education: Earth Science Educator

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. The Earth Science Hall focuses on how earth systems and humans affect each other. The Earth Hall includes the Earth Science and Paleontology Labs and an exhibit called Science On a Sphere (SOS). SOS is a six-foot diameter globe with data visualizations projected on it. These include weather, real-time earthquakes, climate change models, ocean currents, and other planets. This work-study position has two roles: (1) to facilitate visitors’ learning experiences through informal interactions, demonstrations, and lab activities, SOS presentations, and assist with classes as needed and (2) to assist with maintenance of the labs and SOS.

EXPERIENCES THIS POSITION WILL PROVIDE: • Facilitating hands-on earth science activities and 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 • Assisting with teaching reserved, hands-on classes on paleontology and other earth science topics • Opportunities to develop projects such as demonstrations, lab displays and signage, or curriculum • Assist with maintaining and resetting lab exhibits and displays

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. • Desire and/or ability to present science process 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. • Must have an earth science background (ie geology, climate, paleontology)

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 • Engaging visitors in earth science classes, demonstrations, and activities • Lab specific maintenance and procedures

LEARNING OUTCOMES: • Recognizing and promoting of science process skills • Fostering learner-driven investigations • Negotiating facilitator and visitor goals for optimal museum experience • 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 • Experience with explaining earth science concepts to visitors of all ages and backgrounds

Hours/Shifts: Schedule depends on needs of the lab or hall but will be regular and predictable week to week.

Pay: $12.50/hr

Application Process

This position is only available to students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study funding as part of their financial aid 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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