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Museum Education: Featured Exhibits 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 Featured Exhibit Hall displays national touring exhibits on loan to OMSI for short engagements. These short-term exhibits introduce visitors to a wide range of topics, from music to mummies! The Featured Exhibits Work-Study position has three main roles: (1) facilitate visitor learning experiences with informal interactions, demonstrations, and activities, (2) assist and work alongside volunteers in the exhibit and (3) provide customer service. Below is a description of Work Study responsibilities for the upcoming exhibit, The Discovery of King Tut, on view October 6, 2018 – January 27, 2019.

EXPERIENCES THIS POSITION WILL PROVIDE: • Interact with visitors to help them explore and learn from exhibits and lab activities. • Working in a collaborative environment with paid and unpaid staff of a variety of ages, experiences, and backgrounds. • Share scientific information with visitors through informal educational demonstrations. • Help train, coach, and supervise education volunteers.

Job Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: What we are looking for: • Strong communication, customer service, and problem-solving skills • Interest in informal facilitation and science education • Creative, imaginative, and collaborative • Able and eager to present science process and content in an engaging way to diverse audiences • Present a professional personal appearance • Must be dependable, punctual, and willing to commit to a schedule • Experience working with the public in formal or informal educational settings highly desirable

TRAINING YOU WILL RECEIVE: • General informal science education philosophies and pedagogy • Attend and receive training(s) about informal education facilitation, responding to emergency situations in the museum, and lab-specific maintenance. • 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 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 • Designing, evaluating, and reiterating hands-on activities • Learning team-based inquiry evaluation methods

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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