Friday, February 5, 2016

STEM Education Internship (unpaid)

STEM Education Internship (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center is committed to driving science education forward in Washington State, and inspiring today’s youth to further their education and go into careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  We offer a wide variety of programs, including standards-based formal and informal science education programs and an award-winning environmental education center.

We are looking for STEM education volunteer interns to support our STEM-OST (Out-of-School Time) program.  The focus of this internship is to deliver hands-on lessons and activities in physics, engineering, astronomy, mathematics and remote sensing to elementary and middle school children in out-of-school time programs in underserved communities in the Seattle area.  The program employs a tiered mentoring approach; each STEM-OST team, comprised of one outreach education teacher, one STEM education volunteer intern and one teen intern, visit participating community organizations with existing out-of-school time programs for a Summer Series consisting of one hour sessions per day for five days (typically over a 5-week period).

People who are enrolled or seeking enrollment in an education certificate program or with a background in education are well suited to this position.
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TO APPLY:  Email volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “STEM Education Internship” in the subject line as well as with your resume, cover letter and any questions you have.  You may also mail your information to – Attention:  Volunteer Program, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Avenue North, Seattle, WA  98109, -OR- fax to 206.269.2147.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open Until Filled
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Reports To: Outreach Education Manager
Position Start Date: Mid-June
Time Commitment: A program series typically runs 1 day/week at each site for 5 weeks (a few will run daily at a site for one week).  At least a 5 week commitment to at least 1 program series is preferred (about 4 hr/week for 5 weeks), to ensure consistency throughout the delivery of a program series.  We highly recommend committing to more than one program series to allow for a more in-depth volunteer experience.

Schedule:  Variable; dependent upon number of program series.  Programs run mid-June through August.

Job Duties:
Support STEM-OST programs at community-based youth organizations and other sites.
Assist with the evaluation of programs and activities.
Assist with mentoring teen interns.
Support curriculum/training development.
Assist with collection and reporting of statistics and reports.
Assist with research, development and revision of program materials.
Other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
Enrolled or seeking enrollment in an education certificate program or STEM program.
Experience working with elementary and middle school-aged children.
Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check.

Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
Great attention to detail.
Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Track record of working well within a team environment.
Desire to inspire children through innovative and engaging science curricula.
Enthusiasm for science and science education.
Courteous professional manner.
Ability to exercise sound judgment.
Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation.

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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.

Human Resources Recruitment Internship (unpaid)

Pacific Science Center’s Human Resources Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a Human Resources career. Pacific Science Center employs over 400 full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff. Typically we post over 100 positions a year. Spring is an especially busy season for the HR Department, as hundreds of temporary seasonal Camps for Curious Minds staff are hired.  In 2015, over 5,000 campers participated in over 50 camps designed to provide the perfect opportunity to explore, experiment and discover.

The HR Recruitment intern will play an integral role in camp staff recruitment, interview facilitation, training support, payroll input, and more!  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable HR recruitment and administration skills.  

Reports To: Human Resources Recruiting Manager

Position Start Date: March or April 2016
Position End Date:  June 2016
Time Commitment: 9 – 12 hours a week (may involve some evening and weekend hours)

Job Duties
·        Utilize Taleo recruitment software to post and manage applicants
·        Assist with camp staff recruitment
·        Co-facilitate group interviews
·        Assist with background checks and references for new staff
·        Co-facilitate trainings and assist with onboarding new staff
·        Assist with payroll input through Ascentis software
·        Provide general administrative support to the busy HR department
·        Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities
·         Develop high-level administrative skills associated with recruiting and onboarding large volumes of temporary seasonal staff while utilizing Taleo and Ascentis software programs
·         Strengthen communication skills through interactions with applicants, Human Resources and other Pacific Science Center staff
·         Demonstrate leadership skills while working in a team environment
·         Cultivate public speaking skills through co-facilitation of staff interviews and trainings
·         Gain insight into the inner-workings of a busy Human Resources Department with a demanding work-load

Position Requirements
·         Current college or graduate student working towards a degree with an interest in Human Resources
·         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 “Human Resources Recruitment 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, January 5, 2016

Animal Care Volunteer

Animal Care Volunteer

Pacific Science Center is home to a variety of fascinating animals –  snakes and mole-rats, insects and spiders, a salt water tide pool model and of course our Tropical Butterfly House. Each animal is unique and interesting, and their remarkable qualities are often best revealed in in-depth conversations with their caretakers. The animal care volunteers work behind the scenes to maintain the animals and their habitats then bring what they’ve learned to our visitors, delivering interactive conversations and hands on experiences.

Reports To: Life Sciences Manager
Position Start Date: Ongoing. (Must be a SIP volunteer for six months before beginning in animal care.)
Schedule: Must commit to one four hour shift every two weeks, one shift weekly is preferred. Shifts are 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Shifts are available Monday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.

Job Duties
Daily care tasks to maintain our animals – prepare food, clean and disinfect dishes and feeding equipment, maintain safe and healthy habitats
Learn about the animals’ life cycles, ecology and behavior, and share this knowledge with guests
May assist with more in depth animal care tasks, such as major cage cleaning projects, cage enrichment, tide pool collecting, or developing new care protocols
Pin pupae within the butterfly house and assist with butterfly releases when appropriate
Engage in animal care-themed guest interactions such as illustrating an animal, monitoring a colony of animals for behavior or health, etc. while inviting visitors to share in the activity
Other duties as assigned

Required
18+ years old
Pass a criminal background check
Must be a SIP (science interpretation program) volunteer for six months before starting in animal care.
Must be willing to perform repetitive tasks that are necessary to keep animals healthy
Willingness to learn about new animals
Must be able to complete tasks to specification, and manage time to complete the assigned tasks each day
Share an enthusiasm for informal education and engagement

Abilities and Personal Characteristics
Ability to follow instructions
Self-directed
Must be motivated to stay busy and move quickly from task to task
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

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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.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Science on Wheels School Programs Assistant - Math Science Mashups!

Please join Science on Wheels for one of our Math & Science Mashup Events. This volunteer opportunity will take place starting in the late afternoon, and into the evening. Science on Wheels has partnered with Zeno, a math education organization, to provide these family events at schools and community centers in the Seattle area. These events provide a fun, engaging experience for youth and their families, while showcasing how math and science are used in the home. Each 2-hour event features a short science show and a dozen hands-on activities, facilitated by Pacific Science Center and Zeno staff and volunteers.  Students and their families are invited to freely explore the activities throughout the evening.  The event is completely free to the site and all attendees.

Things you should bring:
·         Water bottle
·         A snack (food will not be served)
·         Wear comfortable shoes/pants because you'll be doing a lot of walking
·         PSC polo/vest and nametag (we will provide)

If you join us for a Mashup, you can either drive with us in the van from PSC, or meet us at the site in your own vehicle. Typical shifts for these events run from about 3:30 pm until 8:30 pm, with some variation depending on how far away the site is and the actual run-time of the event.

We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each of the events listed below:

Date
Van
Location & Time
7-Jan
Mashup
Highland Park Elementary, Seattle (6:30-8p)
21-Jan
Mashup
Highlands Elementary, Renton (6-8p)
27-Jan
Mashup
Mark Twain Elementary, Federal Way (6-7:30p)
18-Feb
Mashup
Hilltop Elementary, Seattle (TBD evening)
2-Mar
Mashup
Madrona Elementary, Seattle (TBD evening)
24-Mar
Mashup
Rainier View Elementary, Seattle (TBD evening)

Let Lisa Yeager know if you would like to join us for either of the opportunities above at volunteers@pacsci.org !

Katharine Canning | PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

Outreach Education Coordinator 

Friday, December 4, 2015

SIP Specialty Positions

Science Interpretation Program Volunteer – Specialty Positions
After 6-months of service, Science Interpretation Program Volunteers may have the opportunity to volunteer in specialty roles.  The initial Program Volunteer roles ensure volunteers have a strong Science Interpretation Program foundation. Specialty roles include: Interpreter Volunteer, Operations Volunteer and Research & Development Volunteer.  Depending on staffing levels, Specialty Volunteers will still be scheduled to cover key floor positions.
Reports To: Science Interpretive Leadership Staff (will vary depending on position)
Position Start Date: Various and based on need
Schedule: Must commit to a minimum of one shift every two weeks, one shift weekly is preferred. Shifts are 9:30 am – 2:00 pm or 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Shifts are available every day of the week.  Weekday shifts are needed most. Afternoon shifts change to 1:30 – 6:00 pm during weekends, summer and holidays.
Training: Volunteers will receive training prior to starting in specialty roles 
Advanced Interpreter Volunteer Job Duties
Provide superior science interpretation at key locations including insect village, puzzle place, Science On a Sphere, additional interpretive zones and travelling exhibits (when applicable) 
Assist Stage Presenters with Live Science Shows
Lead Pocket Science and Discovery Cart activities with guests
Foster a welcoming environment for guests and proactively assist guests with directional and informational questions 
Support key daily operational procedures (ex: using walkie-talkies, line-control, assisting with lost parties, etc.) 
Other duties as assigned
Operations Volunteer Job Duties
Assist Leadership staff with data entry, office duties, scheduling, meetings and more
Contribute to the Interpretations employee and volunteer e-newsletter 
Co-facilitate volunteer trainings with Leadership staff
Administer guest surveys
Research & Development Volunteer Job Duties*
Contribute to the Science Interpreter blog (http://sipscience.blogspot.com/)
Research and write content for activities, shows, demonstrations and more
Assist with planetarium support including researching content, proof reading shows, IT support and more
Research and fact check science content
Develop and write curriculum
Create props for Live Science Shows or other educational activities
Assist writing trainings for volunteers
Provide homework support for Discovery Corps members
*Note: The Research & Development Volunteer may work on one or more of the above bullet points.  The job duties will vary depending on the department’s needs and volunteer’s skill set.  Length of service will vary depending on the nature of the project.
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.
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Math Moves Special Exhibit Volunteer

Do you like math? Do you want to like math? Math Moves! challenges guests to work together in a playful, full-body exploration of ratios, proportions, and other fundamental math concepts, and Pacific Science Center is looking for volunteers to enhance our guest experience. High volumes of guests are expected to visit Pacific Science Center, including thousands of camp and school children. Math Moves! Special Exhibit Volunteers play a critical role in ensuring guests have a positive experience. Volunteers work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff, lead guests through educational activities and provide general information about the exhibit and good customer service.

The exhibit runs from January 23 through May 1, 2016.  For more exhibit information please visit https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/math-moves/ 

Reports To: Special Exhibit Volunteer Coordinator
Position Start Date: January 23, 2016 (Interviews and a mandatory training will be held in January. Date TBA.) Later start dates may also be available.
Schedule: Minimum of one shift every two weeks, one shift weekly is preferred. Shifts are available daily from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays) Math Moves! exhibit volunteers’ commitments end when exhibit closes with the option to continue volunteering in other areas or the next exhibit. Need is greatest now for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon. 

Key Responsibilities
Provide science interpretation and lead interactive hands-on activities with guests of all ages.
Foster a welcoming environment for guests and proactively assist guests with directions and information.
Ensure guests follow general Pacific Science Center rules. Be attuned to safety and security.  Support the Exhibits, Science and Education, and Guests Services teams.
Support daily operation procedures such as using walkie-talkies, assisting with line control, tracking attendance, and assisting with lost parties.

Requirements
Attend a Math Moves! exhibit training to gain insider knowledge about the exhibit and share this information with guests
Be comfortable standing and walking for extended periods of time
Use walkie-talkie with training
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must pass a criminal background check

Abilities and Personal Characteristics
Enthusiasm for learning new information about the Math Moves! exhibit and sharing this knowledge with others
Excellent interpersonal skills
Professional appearance and good personal hygiene
Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation
Ability to exercise sound judgement and flexibility should difficult situations arise

Benefits
A Science Center membership after three months
Bus or parking passes
Opportunity to share your knowledge and skills
Add to your resume and explore new careers
Elevate your current skill set and showcase your talent
Expand your network of contacts and raise your visibility
Experience leadership and be part of a great team

TO APPLY: Apply online at the volunteer webpage at https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteers/

PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
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. Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait 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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

EVENTS for Winter 2016

Upcoming Events this winter 2016:

Math/Science Mash-ups!
Science On Wheels is looking for volunteers (2-5) to help at our upcoming Math and Science Mashups. The shifts tend to run from 4:00  – 9:00  pm, with transportation provided to and from the site. You are also welcome to take your personal vehicle. Volunteers will receive on-site training to facilitate activities relating to math and science for families with students in grades K-5. We have so much fun at these events and hope you can join us! Just e-mail Lisa at volunteers@pacsci.org  
Never heard of Math and Science Mashup? Here’s more info:
Science On Wheels has partnered with Zeno, a math education organization, to provide Math and Science Mashup family events at schools and community centers in the Seattle area. These events provide a fun, engaging experience for youth and their families, while showcasing how math and science are used in the home. Each 2-hour event features a short science show and a dozen hands-on activities, facilitated by Pacific Science Center and Zeno staff and volunteers.  Students and their families are invited to freely explore the activities throughout the evening.  The event is completely free to the site and all attendees.
Our currently scheduled Mashups are: (You can sign up for just one or do more than one!)
  • 2/18 - Thursday, Hilltop Elementary in Seattle
  • 3/2 - Wednesday, Madrona Elementary in SeaTac
  • 3/24 - Thursday, Rainier View Elementary in Seattle
  • 4/21 - Thursday, Hazel Valley Elementary in Burien
  • 4/26 - Tuesday, Seahurst Elementary in Burien
  • 5/12 - Thursday, Honey Dew Elementary in Renton

Brewology 
Brewology, the science of beer making will be on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 volunteer shift is 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Check in at Reception. Pizza will be provided. Dress is casual.  Please don’t sample beers when volunteering. Must be age 21+.
 Event Details: Join Pacific Science Center for a night of science at our next after hours event, The Science of Beer Brewing. 
Volunteer details:  Volunteers will be a vital part of ensuring the event runs as smoothly as possible. Positions will include the following responsibilities.
·         Runner: Show vendors to their tables
·         Guest check in: Greet guests with a wristband and tasting tokens.
·         Glass distributer: Hand out complimentary shot glasses for tastings
·         Food replenishment: Must have food handlers permit. Replenish appetizers and water stations.

Polar Science Weekend 
Investigate a real ice core from Greenland, survey microbes from the coldest parts of the world, compare an arctic ice camp with a research tent used in the Antarctic, take the salinity taste test and join a spectacular smashing ice demonstration as you meet and talk to polar researchers.
It’s all part of Polar Science Weekend, returning to Pacific Science Center for the eleventh straight year March 4-6, 2016. Presented in partnership with the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, students, families and guests of all ages will enjoy three action-packed days of hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and more – all transporting you to the extreme environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. You will also meet polar scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on earth.  Volunteers get to check in scientists, assist them with needs as a runner, and staff an information booth.

To indicate interest in any of these – e-mail volunteers@pacsci.org and you’ll get plugged in!