Friday, August 21, 2015

Polliwog Preschool 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.

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 at Mercer Slough is a school-year program for preschoolers aged 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 specific activities that relate to natural and emergent topics, and plenty of time for nature exploration. Activities are designed to address each child's developmental needs while encouraging curiosity, fostering love of nature, and developing the whole child. You can learn more about the program at https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/preschools/polliwog-preschool/

With our low teacher to child ratio and ample outdoor exploration time, this position is ideal for students who seek opportunities to plan lessons, participate in documentation and assessment, and refine behavior management skills.

Our preschool operates from mid-September through early June. We have three cohorts: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-12, Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12, and Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4. Each cohort has 12 children and two lead teachers. We follow the Bellevue School District school break schedule.

Benefits of this Internship

  • Opportunity to earn college credit through your school
  • Experience developing daily and weekly plans in collaboration with preschool teachers
  • Experience fostering children’s social, emotional, and physical development, and promoting independence and respect
  • Access to resources such as curriculum guides and literature relevant to early childhood environmental education
  • Learn about Pacific Northwest native flora and fauna through direct experience

Reports To: Mercer Slough Manager and Early Childhood Education Coordinator
Position Start Date: Week of September 21
Time Commitment: Minimum of 3 months (one academic quarter), 8-20 hr/week.
Schedule: 8 hours per week: T/Th 8:30-12:30, or T/Th 12:30-4:30
12 hours per week: MWF 8:30-12:30
20 hours per week: M-F 8:30-12:30

Job Duties:
Early Childhood Education: Assist Polliwog Preschool Teachers in planning and providing learning experiences for preschool-age students, including interacting with students during free play times, modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors, and engaging students in investigations, imaginative play, and cooperative interactions with other students.
Environmental Education:  Assist Polliwog Preschool Teachers in sharing the environment of the Mercer Slough Nature Park with students.  Model “Leave No Trace” 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.
Operational Support: Contribute to overall preschool operational functions by assisting Polliwog Preschool Teachers in greeting parents and students, safely moving the group from place to place, and ensuring that students are properly dressed for the weather conditions.

Required:

  • 18+ years old
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to hike up to two miles over uneven terrain
  • Willingness to be outside up to two hours per day in all types of weather
  • Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference) 
  • Commit to volunteering with at least one full cohort (MWF and/or T/Th), 8-20 hours per week for at least 3 months 

Desired:
Background in early childhood and/or environmental education
Previous experience at an environmental learning center, park, or preschool

Abilities and Personal Characteristics:

  • Desire to work with and inspire preschool-aged 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:  Email volunteers@pacsci.org with your resume and any questions you have.  Note Polliwog Preschool in e-mail subject line. We’ll email you our application to complete and return.  You may also mail in your information to – Attention:  Volunteer Program, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Avenue North, Seattle WA  98109, -OR- fax to 206.269.2147. This is an unpaid internship.
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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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Archive 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: October 2015
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

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:  Email volunteers@pacsci.org with Archive Collections in the subject line. Please attach your resume, cover letter and any questions you have.  You may also mail in your information to – Attention:  Volunteer Program, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Avenue North, Seattle WA  98109, -OR- fax to 206.269.2147. (This is an unpaid internship.)
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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.

Special Exhibit Intern - Grossology

Pacific Science Center seeks an intern to enhance our guest experience and provide support to volunteers during Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. High volumes of guests are expected to visit Pacific Science Center, including thousands of school children. Grossology Special Exhibit Volunteers plays a critical role in ensuring guests have a positive experience. The intern will work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff, lead guests through educational activities and provide general information about the exhibit and good customer service, plus assist with volunteer coordination and support. There is potential to partner to assist in creation of Grossology activities for guests.

The exhibit runs through January 3, 2016.  For more exhibit information please visit https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/exhibits/grossology/

Reports To: Special Exhibit Volunteer Coordinator
Position Start Date: October 2015
Schedule: Minimum eight hours every week. Shifts are available daily from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. in August, Saturdays, Sundays, and during peak holiday season.) Grossology exhibit intern’s commitment ends when the exhibit closes Jan. 3rd. Ideally an intern will assist one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) and at least a day during the Christmas break but this is not a firm requirement.

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.
  • Serve as the volunteer lead, providing support to volunteers and assisting the volunteer coordinator to fill schedule holes. 
  • Potentially assist in creating a pocket science activity that volunteers can do with guests.

Requirements

  • Attend a Grossology exhibit training to gain insider knowledge about the exhibit and share this information with guests
  • An interest in health and the human body
  • 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 Grossology 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:  Email volunteers@pacsci.org with Grossology Intern in the subject line. Please attach your resume, cover letter and any questions you have.  You may also mail in your information to – Attention:  Volunteer Program, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Avenue North, Seattle WA  98109, -OR- fax to 206.269.2147.
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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.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Polliwog Preschool Volunteer
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: September or October, 2015
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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Grossology Special Exhibit Volunteer

Special Exhibit Volunteer - Grossology

Pacific Science Center is looking for volunteers to enhance our guest experience during Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. High volumes of guests are expected to visit Pacific Science Center, including thousands of camp and school children. Grossology 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. Upon  completion of a three-month commitment, volunteers are eligible for a complimentary Pacific Science Center membership.

The exhibit runs through January 3, 2016.  For more exhibit information please visit https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/exhibits/grossology
Reports To: Volunteer Coordinator
Position Start Date: anytime between August 1, 2015 and December 1, 2015
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. in August, Saturdays, Sundays, and during peak holiday season.) Grossology exhibit volunteers’ commitment ends when the exhibit closes with the option to continue volunteering in other exhibits.

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 Grossology 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
Be able to use a 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 Grossology 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

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.  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Butterfly House Horticulture Volunteer (Adult Program)

The Tropical Butterfly House is a beautiful living exhibit where Pacific Science Center guests can learn about butterfly diversity, life cycle, and ecology.  It opened in 1997, and has been visited by millions of people, yet no two experiences are quite the same; each day brings slight shifts in temperature, light, butterfly population, and plant growth.  There are over 100 species of plants within the Tropical Butterfly House.  Many of these plants provide nectar and habitat for the butterflies.  Some of the plants are ethnobotanical, including coffee, cacao, vanilla, papaya, and others.

Though the plants on exhibit in Tropical Butterfly House may appear effortlessly natural, they are the result of the hard work and enthusiasm of a team of Butterfly House Horticulture Volunteers.  These volunteers care for the plants, keep the exhibit looking beautiful and tidy, and share their knowledge about the exhibit’s butterflies and plants with guests.  By caring for the exhibit’s planted spaces, volunteers ensure that the butterflies are well-fed, and that Pacific Science Center’s guests have the most enjoyable, educational experience possible.

Reports To: Horticulturist
Position Start Date: Summer, July 2015
Schedule:   Minimum 2 four-hour shifts per month.  Shifts are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.  One shift weekly is preferred.

Job Duties
Care for plants in the Tropical Butterfly House by watering, deadheading, pruning, and removing dead plant material
Help keep the exhibit space clean and well-maintained
Learn about butterflies and tropical plants, and be willing to share this knowledge with guests
Occasionally assist with butterfly husbandry, including butterfly pinning and butterfly releases
Other duties as assigned

Abilities and Personal Characteristics
Excited about horticulture, plant biology, ethnobotany, entomology and related topics (a background in these subjects is not required, instruction will be provided)
Comfortable working in warm, humid conditions with plants and soil; comfortable being around animals found in the exhibit, including flying insects, soil invertebrates, and common greenhouse plant pests
Interested in sharing information about plants and butterflies with Pacific Science Center guests (a background in public speaking or teaching is not required, training will be provided)
Must be able to follow instructions from a supervisor and work independently once a task has been assigned
Motivated to work quickly and efficiently to get tasks done within a set timeframe
A smiling team player who works well with other volunteers and staff
Is service-oriented and has a pleasant disposition towards diverse museum guests

Required
18+ years old
Pass a criminal background check
Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
Comfortable working in public areas
Equally able to work in teams and independently
Willing and able to do physical work in tropical environment
Interested in learning new things and sharing knowledge with others
Willing to attend portions of the Science Interpretation training program to learn customer service and informal teaching techniques
Experience with gardening techniques and equipment a plus, but not required

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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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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fairs and Festivals Street Team (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus. Summer is particularly busy as our guest numbers rise and our presence at local events increase.  The promotional demands within our Marketing department also rise in the summer.  Our Marketing department has an exciting opportunity for a person interested in developing their promotions and marketing experience by representing the Pacific Science Center at Seafair, Bumbershoot and other events!

By the end of summer, you will have gained valuable event planning and marketing skills, as well as strengthened your resume/portfolio. This is a great opportunity for those who want to positively impact a nonprofit while exploring a career in Marketing, Public Relations, or Communications or who just want to make a difference while having fun meeting people at local festivals and fairs.

Reports To: Special Events Coordinator
Position Start Date: June 2015 (start date flexible)
Position End Date: Minimum of 10-weeks, ideal candidates will commit through the end of summer
Time Commitment: June – Labor Day weekend, twice a month (or more if you wish) for four hours on a weekend.

Job Duties

  • Assist with the set-up, teardown and facilitation of events
  • Represent Pacific Science Center at off-site events (such as: Symmetra Family 4th, Seafair Milk Carton Derby, Bumbershoot, etc.) under the supervision of the Marketing and Promotions Intern.
  • Manage the distribution of marketing materials at all off-site events
  • Staff an interactive, informational booth at events
  • March in parades, passing out candy, etc. to children along the parade route.
  • Brainstorm cost-effective guerrilla marketing tactics that can be implemented throughout the summer
  • Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities

  • Strengthen communication and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Science Center staff and the general public
  • Develop high-level administrative and creativity skills associated with working in a busy Marketing department
  • Demonstrate event planning and leadership skills while working in a team environment
  • Gain insight into the inner-workings of a large nonprofit educational institution

Position Requirements

  • 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
  • An interest in Marketing, Public Relations or Communications strongly preferred
  • Experience in promotional events a plus
  • Must be willing to work weekends in the summer

Benefits to Volunteer

  • Science Center passes to exhibits
  • 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:  Fill out application form at Pacific Science Center volunteer page at http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Get-Involved/volunteer . Direct any questions to volunteers@pacsci.org

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.