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Museum Education: Physics Lab 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 Physics Lab invites students to explore and teach physical science through hands-on interactive exhibits and demonstrations in the Physics Lab and Turbine Hall. The Physics Lab Work-Study position has two roles: (1) to facilitate visitor learning experiences with informal interactions, demonstrations, and lab activities and (2) to assist with maintenance of the labs. In the course of this position, work-study students will develop a variety of successful facilitation techniques for engaging audiences in an informal education environment.

EXPERIENCES THIS POSITION WILL PROVIDE: • Facilitating hands-on physics and engineering 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 • Opportunities to develop individual or team projects including (but not limited to) creation of demonstrations, development of lab materials, or assisting with reserved lab classes

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 • Background or interest in physics, engineering and/or education preferred

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 physics 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 • 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 physics concepts • Develop and improve science communication skills

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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