Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Curriculum Assistant Volunteer - Youth & Family Programs (Adult Program)

Pacific Science Center’s Youth & Family Programs Department seeks a skilled individual who can help with the creation of Camps for Curious Minds curriculum.  In 2014, almost 5,000 campers participated in over 60 summer camps designed to provide the perfect opportunity to explore, experiment and discover.  The Curriculum Assistant Volunteer will work with the Youth & Family Programs staff to create curriculum for up to 3 new summer camps in 2015. This position is ideal for a team player who is looking to expand their curriculum development experience.  The Youth & Family Programs department aims to utilize high-level curriculum throughout all camps to ensure all campers participate in an enriching experience.  If available, the volunteer may be able to assist with implementation of developed curriculum during the summer.

TO APPLY: Apply online at the bottom of the volunteer page, here.

Reports To: Youth & Family Programs Staff
Position Start Date: Ideal candidates will start in January, 2015
Schedule: Must commit to occasionally meet with Youth & Family Programs staff on-site at Pacific Science Center.  Most work would be done remotely.  Minimum of 20-40 hours total commitment. 


Job Duties
• Assist with the creation of one or more new summer camp curriculum –  camps include:
    o Critter Club (PreK – K grade): campers will get an up close look at the animals that call Pacific Science Center home. Each day will focus on a different animal (naked mole rats, butterflies, reptiles and the tide pool)
    o Out of This World (2 – 4 grade): campers will explore human space flight, what it takes to be an astronaut, current NASA missions, stars, galaxies, the solar system and more
    o Circus Science (4 – 6 grade): campers will combine health and wellness (exercise, muscles, nutrition etc.) with physics (center of mass, inertia, momentum, balance, elasticity and more) to discover the science of the circus
• Collaborate with Youth & Family Programs staff on the direction and scope of curriculum
• If available, assist with the implementation of developed curriculum during the summer
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• 18+ years old
• Pass a criminal background check
• Curriculum development background – preferably in an informal setting
• Education, or science knowledge a plus
• Must be a team player, able to complete tasks to specification, and manage time to complete the assigned tasks


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Ability to follow instructions
• Must be self-motivated to stay busy and complete tasks
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner, work neatly, cooperatively and considerately with other people
• Smiling team player with a pleasant disposition and ability to work in a fun atmosphere with music and smiling faces


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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Events Internship - SPECTRA New Year's Eve Party (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center is in the planning stages of SPECTRA 2015 – our annual New Year’s Eve party.  This large scale-event includes live entertainment by KEXP DJs, aerialists, contortionists, food trucks, photo booths, VIP areas, mixology and of course the best view of fireworks in all of Seattle.  This event supports the operations of Pacific Science Center.  The Event Intern will play a pivotal role in ensuring the staffing and guest experience is positive. 

The Event Intern will communicate with vendors and staff, gain hands-on event production experience and be a valued member of a busy team amongst other exciting responsibilities.  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern should have gained valuable event production experience while strengthening their resume. This is a great opportunity for students who want to positively impact a nonprofit while exploring a career in Event Production.  Interns may also receive college credit depending on their school’s requirements and guidelines.

Reports to: Event Supervisor
Position Start Date: October 2014
Position End Date: Early January
Time Commitment: Flexible, ideally 10-15 hours per week, 20-30 hours week of event.  Intern must be willing to work the entire New Year’s evening.


Job Duties
• Create staffing plan for the many moving parts associated with SPECTRA
• Assist with event needs, facility requests, recruiting event staffing support (employees and volunteers)
• During SPECTRA, support volunteers and employees that are staffing the event
• Event set-up & take down
• Review and edit event materials including social media posts
• Other duties assigned


Learning Opportunities
• Strengthen communication and customer service skills through diverse interactions with vendors, volunteers, staff, and general public
• Develop high-level administrative and creativity skills associated with executing a large-scale public event
• Demonstrate event productions and leadership skills while working in a team environment
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center


Position Requirements
• Current college or graduate student with an interest in public programming and producing community-wide events
• Must be onsite December 31 and January 1 and work in the office the week of the event
• Strong skills in Microsoft Office
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Experience editing, writing, and/or strong grammar skills preferred
• Track record of working well within a team environment
• Enthusiasm for science and science education
• 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 “Events 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.
 

Database Registration Internship (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center’s Registration Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a career in Information Systems or Data Management.  Pacific Science Center hosts 70+ camps at 6 different sites for 5,000+ youth throughout the summer.  Each participant is registered through the Registration Department’s online cvent system. Cvent is a software platform widely used by a diverse array of companies and non-profits.  An intern is needed to work with our Sales Manager to develop the summer 2015 cvent registration tool.  Time permitting, the intern will also create cvent user guides for Pacific Science Center staff.  This is an excellent opportunity for any student seeking hands-on experience while contributing to a non-profit.  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable data management and registration skills that can be applied to future work settings. 

Reports To: Sales Manager
Position Start Date: January, 2014
Position End Date: 1 quarter minimum commitment with possibility to expand to 2 quarters
Time Commitment: 9 – 12 hours a week (weekday with possibility of working
from home one day a week)


Job Duties
• Review previous cvent registration tools
• Create a 2015 cvent registration tool based off of the unique 2015 summer camp needs
• Test and debug registration tool and reporting module
• Time permitting, create user guides for PSC staff on how to use the registration tool
• Other duties as assigned


Learning Opportunities
• Develop high-level database skills associated with assessing past cvent registration tools and from creating a new cvent registration tool
• Strengthen written and verbal communication skills through diverse interactions with Registration and camp staff
• Demonstrate leadership skills while working in a team environment
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of a busy non-profit setting with demanding work-loads


Position Requirements
• Current college or graduate student working towards a degree or career in Information Systems or Data Analysis
• Strong skills in word processing, desktop publishing and document production
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Track record of working well within 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 “Database Registration Intern”

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, September 16, 2014

Pompeii Field Trip Ambassador (Adult Program)

Pacific Science Center is looking for volunteers to enhance our guest experience during the highly anticipated exhibit Pompeii: The Exhibition. High volumes of guests are expected to visit Pacific Science Center, along with thousands of school children. Pompeii Field Trip Ambassadors will play a critical role in ensuring school groups have a positive experience and must be passionate about interacting with guests. Volunteers will work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff greeting group leaders, distributing tickets and providing general information about the exhibit. Please note, volunteers will be positioned in an indoor location separate from the exhibit. The enthusiastic support from Ambassador volunteers adds to the field trip experience, ensuring each group starts their visit positively.  Upon the completion of a three month commitment, the volunteer will be eligible for a complimentary Pacific Science Center membership.

The exhibit runs February 7 through May 25, 2015.  For more exhibit information please visit
http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Exhibits/pompeii

Reports To: School Groups Staff
Position Start Date: February, 2015
Schedule: One or more shifts per week for three months. Shifts are Tuesday– Friday 9:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.


Job Duties
• Greet group leaders inside Discovery Labs and distribute tickets and maps upon arrival
• Assist group leaders in finding their way to entrances, Pompeii exhibit, parking, CafĂ©, gift shop, restrooms and other Seattle Center locations
• Distribute, organize and stack school group lunch totes
• Monitor Discovery Labs lunchroom
• Effectively communicate information to teachers about the Pompeii exhibit
• Communicate late arrivals with SIP staff over radio
• Ensure field trip guests follow Pacific Science Center rules and policies
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• 18+ years old
• Pass a criminal background check
• Attend Pompeii exhibition training to gain insider knowledge about the exhibit and share this information with field trip leaders
• Comfortable sitting for extended periods of time
• Able to maneuver and stack school group lunch totes (large, wheeled Rubbermaid containers)
• Willing to use walkie-talkie with training


Abilities and Personal Characteristic
• Outgoing, friendly and comfortable with guest interactions
• Enthusiasm for learning new information about the Pompeii exhibit and sharing this knowledge with others
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal  appearance and hygiene
• Ability to work neatly, cooperatively and considerately with other people
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation


TO APPLY: Apply online at the bottom of the volunteer page, 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.

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: flexible
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. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Collections Internship (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.
 
Since 1962, Pacific Science Center has accomplished many wonderful things and accumulated numerous archival items.  The archive includes fifty years of board meeting minutes, Seattle World’s Fair materials, photographs, and more.  A Collections Intern is needed to assist with the ongoing organization of Pacific Science Center’s paper and photo archives.  The Intern will inventory, catalogue, and re-house items within the archive.  This internship is an excellent opportunity for a Museology student seeking a thesis project as several potential projects have been identified.  A detail-oriented individual with a background in collections management, museum studies, library sciences, and/or archives is an ideal candidate for this internship.

Reports To: Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Position Start Date: Fall, 2014
Position End Date: Ideal candidates will commit to 2 quarters – minimum 10 week commitment
Time Commitment: 9 to 12 hours a week - Intern needed during regular business hours (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Application Instructions: Send cover letter and resume to:
volunteers@pacsci.org subject line - Collections Internship 

Job Duties
• Complete the digitization and proper storage of board meeting minutes
• Finish the labeling and housing of photos
• Catalogue and re-house select World’s Fair memorabilia
• Organize items within the archive
• Order archival supplies
• Other duties as assigned


Learning Opportunities
• Develop high-level collections/archives skills
• Demonstrate leadership skills by making collections decisions
• Develop collections policy skills by creating photograph digitization standards
• Strengthen communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Pacific Science Center staff, volunteers, and visitors
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center


Position Requirements
• Background in museum collections management and/or archival collections management
• Working toward a degree in Museology, Non-Profit Administration, Library Science, Archive/History or related field preferred
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check 
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion
• 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


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.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Evaluation Assistant Volunteer (Adult Program)

The Evaluation department is looking for enthusiastic self-starters. This is a volunteer opportunity to work with a small team to collect and process data for a variety of Science Center programs and initiatives.

The Evaluation department aims to accurately collect and reflect the voices of our guests and stakeholders. This feedback is often used when reporting on the impact of Pacific Science Center’s initiatives to our donors and grant funders. Additionally, we use data to continually assess and improve our programs and exhibits and ensure that we are providing relevant, inspiring experiences for the public. Evaluation guides planning, enables decision-making, and strengthens programming. An aptitude and interest in audience research is desired. The volunteer will contribute to this important effort.

Reports To: Evaluation Manager
Time Commitment: 2-shifts a month for a minimum of 6 months. Evaluation opportunities will be available on an on-call basis and will include weekends and occasional weekday opportunities.  Typical shifts will be 3 hours.
Training: Volunteers will receive appropriate evaluation training. 
To Apply:  Apply online at the bottom of the volunteer page, here.


Job Duties
• Attending training sessions and meetings to learn evaluation methods and standardized procedures
• Carrying out evaluation projects accurately and according to the directions and protocols established by the Evaluation department
• Establishing rapport with a wide variety of visitors; following scripts to obtain informed consent; asking questions in a consistent manner; and accurately reporting data
• Data collection may include distributing surveys to visitors, conducting face-to-face interviews, tracking and timing studies, and visitor observations
• Assist in entering data into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and/or transcribing audio files into Microsoft Word
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• Enjoy interacting with children, families, and the general public
• Good skills in dealing with the public, accuracy, attention to detail, and clear handwriting
• Must be able to stand and interact with people for extended periods.
• Proficient with computers/technology and knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word is a plus.
• Attend agreed upon trainings
• Commit to at least 6-months and to volunteer a minimum of 2-shifts a month
• 18+ years old 
• Pass a criminal background check
• Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Excellent listening and communication skills (verbal and written)
• Comfort working with people
• Ability to follow directions and good attention to detail
• 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



Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.
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.