Monday, November 17, 2014

Education Outreach Intern (Bellevue - Unpaid)

As a collaborative venture, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (MSEEC) has a unique mission statement developed in partnership with Pacific Science Center and City of Bellevue. The mission of MSEEC strives to inspire lifelong stewardship of our natural world through innovative and interactive environmental programming.

MSEEC has an exciting internship opportunity for a student interested in developing their outreach and partnership building experience. In 2014 MSEEC developed a new set of outreach programs aimed at bringing the Mercer Slough to the classroom environment for those schools and students unable to participate in our on-site field study programs and those that want an additional in-class experience alongside our field trips. The Education Outreach Intern will help develop innovative approaches for marketing and outreach to schools and informal educational institutions in order to increase participation in these new in-class programs.  


This is a great opportunity for students who want to positively impact a nonprofit while exploring a career in Education, Nonprofit Management or Communications. Interns may also receive college credit depending on their school’s requirements and guidelines.


Reports To: Mercer Slough Site Supervisor
Position Start Date: January, 2015
Position End Date: 1 quarter minimum commitment with possibility to expand to 2 quarters
Time Commitment: 8 - 10 hours a week, primarily on weekday afternoons and occasional evenings and weekends will be required. 
Vehicle Required: Mileage from the MSEEC to schools will be reimbursed.


Job Duties
• Develop and implement a community engagement plan for MSEEC’s new PreK-8 Outreach lessons
• Reach out to teachers, PTAs and afterschool program staff in King County via phone, email and direct contact
• Work collaboratively with MSEEC staff, Pacific Science Center Marketing Team and other Pacific Science Center staff to develop and implement engagement strategies
• Positively represent MSEEC at off-site events
• Participate in monthly MSEEC staff meetings (when possible)
• Be familiar with the full span of MSEEC’s Outreach lessons, including content, program logistics and pricing
• Create and maintain a contact list of potential and current program participants
• Assist as needed with department’s administrative tasks, as related to Outreach lessons
• Other duties as assigned


Internship Benefits

• Receive an end of term performance evaluation and a letter of recommendation if internship is satisfactorily completed
• Strengthen communication and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Science Center staff, school district employees and nonprofit professionals
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of a large nonprofit educational institution
• Opportunities to network with education and nonprofit professionals in King County
• Receive a full year membership to Pacific Science Center, including free IMAX tickets at internship’s completion
• Work with an amazing and dedicated staff of environmental educators


Position Requirements
• Candidates must be current college (Junior or Senior) or graduate students
• Must possess a valid WA State Driver’s License and working vehicle
• Flexible and willing to take on a variety of tasks
• High level of energy, enthusiasm and initiative
• Works well independently, as well as part of a team and can react accordingly to the Science Center’s fast-paced nature
• Strong customer service skills and excellent written and oral communication skills
• Pass a criminal background check
• Provide 3 references
• Candidates must be working towards a career in an education, environmental,  nonprofit, or communications field
• Experience teaching in an informal or formal setting a plus
• Must be willing to work occasional evenings.


TO APPLY:  Email a cover letter and resume to
volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “Education Outreach Intern.”

Pacific Science Center


We are an independent, nonprofit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 


Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer.  We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.  Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait as protected by law such as age, race, gender, veteran status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or other activities. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blogger Internship – Tinker Tank (Unpaid)

Over 15,000 guests have experienced Pacific Science Center’s Tinker Tank since it opened last year.  Tinker Tank is a prototype maker space with changing staffed, hands-on activities on Friday and Saturday afternoons.  Activities have ranged from experimenting with aerodynamics, to creating gravity walls, to experimenting with electric circuits and much more.  The space has been generally well-received by guests of varying ages and backgrounds. 

A Blogger Intern is needed to help showcase Tinker Tank’s dynamic activities and content to the digital world.  The intern will research peer institution’s Maker Space blogs, as well as general Maker Space blogs.  The internship is centered on creating a proposed Tinker Tank blog plan with estimated cost, content strategy, evaluation methods, sample blog posts and projected timeline.  This is a scalable internship, in that an intern could choose to extend their internship to two quarters to then execute the plan in the second quarter.  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable project coordination, communication, and digital skills, as well as strengthened their resume.

Reports To: Manager of Exhibit Development
Position Start Date: January, 2015
Position End Date: interns will need to make a minimum 10-week commitment
Time Commitment: 9 - 12 hours a week

Job Duties
• Research peer institution’s Maker Space blogs and maker blogs generally  
• Develop a plan to create a Tinker Tank blog with estimated cost, content strategy, evaluation methods, sample blog posts and projected timeline
• Implement Tinker Tank blog plan (time permitting)
• Generally research Tinker Tank for content ideas
• Other duties as assigned


Learning Opportunities
• Strengthen written communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Exhibits staff, Tinker Tank volunteers and guests
• Develop project management skills associated with researching and developing a Tinker Tank blog plan
• Demonstrate leadership skills
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center


Position Requirements
• Current college or graduate student
• Preference to students pursuing career in marketing, digital media, communications, museums or informal education
• Strong social media and desktop publishing skills
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Track record of working well in a team environment
• Courteous professional manner
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check 


TO APPLY:  Email a cover letter and resume to volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “Social Media Development Internship.”

Pacific Science Center
We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer.  We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.  Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait as protected by law such as age, race, gender, veteran status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or other activities. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Polliwog Preschool Volunteer (Adult Program - Bellevue)

Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center.  Polliwog Preschool is a Mercer Slough program for preschoolers (3-5 years old).  At Polliwog Preschool we focus on developing the whole child - socially, emotionally, mentally and physically - while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world. The program is play-based and student-driven with stations to choose from, discovery exploration times and specific activities that relate to a new theme each week.

Energetic, caring people with a background or interest in early childhood and environmental education are needed to assist with Polliwog Preschool’s many offerings.  Volunteers will get a chance to assist Polliwog Preschool Educators while contributing to the success of this popular program.  We ask that volunteers are able to commit for a minimum of 6 months as well as be able to come in once or twice a week, to allow volunteers and Polliwog students to get to know one another. 

Reports To: Mercer Slough Site Supervisor & Early Childhood Education Staff
Position Start Date: November, 2014
Schedule:  Our three Polliwog Preschool groups come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Volunteers are needed for our weekday morning classes from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with a later shift time of 12:30 – 4:30 pm available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Job Duties
• Assist Polliwog Preschool Educators by interacting with students during free play times, modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors
• Engage students in investigations, imaginative play, and cooperative interactions with other students
• Model “Leave No Trace” environmental education principles for students
• Demonstrate and support students’ appreciation for the natural world, and aid students in positively and safely interacting with the park’s flora and fauna.
• Greet parents and students
• Safely move the group from place to place, and ensuring that students are properly dressed for the weather conditions
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• 18+ years old
• Pass a criminal background check
• Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
• Commit to volunteering at least once a week for at least 6 months


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Desire to work with and inspire preschool-age children from diverse backgrounds
• Enthusiasm for science, the environment and education
• Excitement about going outside with children in all kinds of weather
• Courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should difficult situations arise
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation


TO APPLY: Complete the volunteer application available here

PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.