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Museum Education: Life Sciences 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. This position is for the Life Science Lab and reports to the Life Sciences Coordinator. Visitors to the Life Science Lab explore concepts such as ecology, anatomy, animal biology and more. With living collections such as snakes, rats and insects, guests of the life science lab can view these animals in a safe learning environment. Also with activities such as microscope exploration, DNA extraction and owl pellet dissections, this lab offers facilitated hands-on learning of Biology.

EXPERIENCES THIS POSITION WILL PROVIDE: • Maintain integrity and appearance of hall and lab exhibits on a daily basis. This includes animal care, lab cleaning, and assistance with opening and closing procedures. • Interact with visitors to help them explore and learn from exhibits and lab activities. • Share accurate science and museum information with visitors. • Participate in the presentation of hall and lab-based activities and demonstrations. • Maintain a safe and secure environment for visitors. • Support educator to train, coach, and supervise Life Science Lab volunteers. • Be prepared to be trained and work in other science halls or labs as needed. • Assume tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Science Educators.

Job Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: What we are looking for: • Ability to present science process and content in an engaging way to a broad age range. • Basic knowledge and interest in Life Science – Biology, Anatomy, Zoology, etc. • Comfortable working with and handling live animals. • Strong communication and customer service skills. • Experience working with the public in educational settings highly desirable.

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 in life science demonstrations and activities • Animal care and animal handling • 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 • 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 • Strengthen understanding of basic biology concepts • Develop and improve science communication skills

Hours/Shifts: Ideal candidates will commit to 6 – 12 hours a week for at least 1 academic term/ semester.

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 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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